Scout Aquatics Newsletter - May 18

Carolyn Grevers

Scout Aquatics NewsletterMay 18


I don’t know about you, but I’m missing the pool.  I created a 30 Day Fitness Challenge that I am attaching.  Please take care and go slow….omit anything that is too hard.  The coaches are doing this along with many swimmers and parents on the team (I am already sore!), so join in!  Illinois Swimming has a new Olympic athlete to talk to us this Tuesday, Kathleen Baker.  Enjoy!


Note from Illinois Swimming:

We are excited to host a weekly Q&A with former Illinois Swimming athletes as we discuss their passion for the sport, their roadblocks, successes, and more. This zoom meeting is open to ALL ILLINOIS SWIMMING MEMBERS to join.


This week's guest will be Olympic Gold Medalist Kathleen Baker. Kathleen is a member of the USA Swimming National Team and currently trains in San Diego, CA with Team Elite and Coach David Marsh.  

Be sure to join us at 6:00pm central as we chat with Kathleen.





Attached is the Scout Aquatics 30 Day Fitness Challenge that I posted on the team page and Facebook.  The link below is for a pushup progression because pushups are included in the Fitness Challenge.  You can try all the swimswam daily workouts they have…..there’s 56 HERE!



Interested in becoming an official?  During these crazy times it’s easier than ever to get your training done.  More information on becoming an official is on the Illinois Swimming site.  Click the link below!  Got more questions?  Ask either Marilyn Wieland (our officials rep.) or Shane Koonce (both an official and our board president). 



One of the jobs I’ve been working on the last few weeks is to get our team recognized as a SAFE SPORT certified team.  I have done everything I can do to get the certificate, so now I am asking you for help!  I need some of BOTH swimmers and parents to take the SAFE SPORT training.  The link is below.  We need a minimum of 10% of the team to do this, so this will be posted regularly until completed.  (We are at 2% for both swimmers and parents)  THANK YOU for helping make our team even better!



Here are some links to keep you up to date with swimming news, video and technique:

      Go Swim videos (coach Flo’s favorite!):

      SwimSwam news and video:

      Swimming World news and information:

      USA Swimming news and information:

Bonus - Virtual Calming Room:


As a reminder, we are on hold until we get the all clear from USA Swimming and Lake Forest High School to start back up.  Until we do, we are trying to give everyone some inspiration on the team’s Facebook page.  I am posting anything that is fun, entertaining, enlightening, informative and swimming related. 


Birthdays:  We have 1 birthday this week.  Happy Birthday to…..

Peter Landis (18)!


Upcoming Events

Nothing yet!

Scout web site:

Contact us:

Head Coach, Carolyn Grevers  (o) 224-436-3195                                               Email:

Question for Head Age Group Coach (LTS, JS, JSP), Flo Burke                      Email:

Questions for Head Senior Coach (SS/SSG), Bizzy Vega                                    Email:

Club President: Shane Koonce                                                                                 Email:

Officials Rep: Marilyn Wieland                                                                               Email:


Take Action to Maintain Sanity and Conditioning During Covid-19

By Dr. Alan Goldberg//

As you're all too painfully aware, we're continuing to go through an incredibly challenging, unprecedented time in our country and world right now.

Nothing is as it used to be! Everything has changed!

As a swimmer, you probably haven't been in the pool for a month or more. Your schooling has been moved to online. You can't easily hang out with your friends. You have to get creative to keep some semblance of physical conditioning going, and most likely, you have to do that all on your own. Swimming by yourself would be hard enough if you could actually do it. But now, you have to try to stay in shape outside of the pool and without the support and motivation you'd naturally get from being surrounded by your teammates.

To make matters worse, none of us knows how long this pandemic-generated, social isolation  will continue. If you're one of the lucky ones, your state may have already, or soon will be clearing you to be able to do activities outdoors again. This may mean that a few of you will actually be able to get back in the water. Until that happens, what's critically important is that you're able to stay motivated enough to keep yourself active on a consistent basis.

This is especially key for all of us during these trying times. In the face of the fear, confusion and uncertainty generated by the Covid-19 virus, it is very easy to become overwhelmed and immobilized. In fact, right now, that is your biggest challenge: To avoid being so bored and/or anxious that you totally shut down and go into a state of freeze.

Many of the swimmers I've been working with have been struggling with this exact issue. With all of the losses they've sustained, (their social life, school, identity as a swimmer, short course and now long course seasons, goals, etc.) they're fighting against a strong gravitational pull to be swallowed up by their couch or computer and do nothing. 

So the key question right now is how do you stay motivated when you're all alone and can't get in a pool with your coach or teammates? How do you stay active when a good part of you wants no part of that?

The answer I'd like to offer up to you is contained in a very simple, yet powerful principle: DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU GET MOTIVATED BEFORE YOU DO SOMETHING! DO SOMETHING FIRST, AND THEN YOU'LL GET MOTIVATED!

Far too many athletes are sitting around their houses, waiting for some form of powerful inspiration to suddenly strike them that will somehow magically propel them into action. Back in the day, you might have easily gotten this motivational boost from another teammate or two who pushed your motivational buttons and fired you up. Or you were able to get it from your coach who could excite you by his/her words or actions. Unfortunately, most of us are now stuck in these training vacuums where the only other swimmer you can see is the one that is looking back at you from the reflection in your mirror!

What to do?

You have to get off your butt and start utilizing the TA strategy. The TA strategy is what I usually talk about at the end of my team workshops. It is the most powerful success strategy I know of. I introduce it to the team by saying, “everything you have learned from your coaches, and everything that you might have learned from me today, can only be useful to you and help you grow as a swimmer if you use the correct TA strategy! And what's the correct TA strategy?” I then hold up one of my books that I've written for swimmers and say, “This book, which is a mental toughness training guide for swimmers belongs to the one person in this room who uses the correct TA strategy!”

I then hold the book up in front of the group and stop talking. After a moment or two of confused silence, few swimmers call out various answers while some others raise their hands. I then explain, “talking is not the correct TA strategy, nor is raising your hand!” Eventually, someone finally figures it out. They stand up, walk to the front of the room and then take the book out of my hand.

The TA strategy means that you have to TAKE ACTION! Having the best coaching in the world will only help you if you use it, if you take action and do the work to make it become part of your muscle memory! Same thing applies to mental training. I can provide you with the mental success strategies of world champions, but they won't help you at all unless you take action and spend  the time necessary to learn and practice them.     

The bottom line here is that during this incredibly challenging time we're all in, you need to get in the habit of taking action first. You need to start moving and doing things, and then you'll find that you start feeling more and more motivated.