ELITEAM Conditioning Camps & Clinics
47 Kew-Vasseur Rd Vermont 05673
OVERVIEW: ELITEAM Conditioning camps are specifically designed for young athletes (ages 8 to 14). ELITEAM’s unique approach teaches these young athletes the importance of sports physiology, sports psychology and sports nutrition. Celebrating its 26th year, ELITEAM is high energy with non-stop action and is all about pushing limits, learning new skills and having fun. ELITEAM’s goal is simple: to develop healthy, confident and complete athletes.
SPORTS PHYSIOLOGY- PSYCHOLOGY- NUTRITION: Through its hands-on approach, ELITEAM involves the athlete in the education process. Activities such as rock climbing, ropes courses and race situations will be used to teach focus, mental imagery skills and stress management. Running, agility workouts and ski-specific exercises will be used to understand the body’s physiological functions. And by baking bread, energy bars and other healthy snacks, and nutritionally evaluating a variety of foods, the athletes discover how diet can affect their health and performance.
ACTIVITIES: A wide variety of cross-training activities are used to improve each athlete’s power, strength, balance, agility & coordination. Sample workouts include dryland slalom, ropes courses, rock wall climbing, slack lining, ski-specific exercises, obstacle courses, sand pits, hiking, soccer, yoga, cooking, funky dance, circuits, leg routines, USST exercises, and more.
WHO ATTENDS: ELITEAM is for high-energy kids who love the outdoors and are involved in competitive sports. Many of the campers who attend are young ski racers, but any young athlete is welcome. No matter what sport your child participates in, he/she can benefit from the ELITEAM program. Overall, ELITEAM is ideal for kids who are active, outdoorsy, and love a challenge.
GIRLS POWER CAMP (GPC): In addition to ELITEAM’s classic camps, ELITEAM now offers girls-only overnight camps. This program launched last summer and was a huge success! The GPC sessions, lead by Kelley Lewis and an all female staff, remain true to ELITEAM’s commitment of teaching young athletes about Sports Physiology, Psychology and Nutrition. However, at this camp, these topics are viewed through the lens of a female athlete. Ultimately, the goal is to provide a focused path forward in which the girls can more easily tap into their inner strength and confidence, and are inspired to push their limits with a strong body and powerful mind.
GPC “POWER HOUR” WORKSHOPS: In between training workouts, the GPC program includes “Power Hour” workshops designed to inspire personal growth and promote a positive mindset. The workshops teach skills that will help the girls navigate the challenges of their sport and daily lives with a feeling of confidence and empowerment. Sample topics include Self-Awareness, Stress Management, Women’s Nutrition, Body Image & The Female Athletes Body, Support Networks, and Positive Mindset.
CAMPER-COACH RATIO: Approximately 45 athletes attend each of the World Cup and Europa Cup camps, and a maximum of 36 girls attend each GPC session. A 4:1 ratio of campers to coaches at all camps ensures personal attention for every camper.
WHO RUNS ELITEAM: Olympian Doug Lewis, co-creator of ELITEAM camps, is a two-time U.S. Olympian and World Championship medalist. Doug has been extensively involved in World Class athletics as a ski racer, coach, broadcaster, motivational speaker and spokesperson for over 30 years. He has dedicated himself to passing on his winning knowledge of sports and competition to young athletes.
Waitsfield, VT: ELITEAM’s roots run deep in Vermont. The camps began there in 1991 with a tiny group of enthusiastic campers, and have been growing ever since. ELITEAM’s Vermont camps in July are held on the Green Mountain Valley School campus. All campers and staff stay overnight in the dorms. ELITEAM utilizes the academy’s world-class “Race Performance Center” gymnasium (unlike any other in the East!), soccer fields and ropes courses, along with the Mad River Valley’s extensive trails, fields and mountains for training and activities.
Park City, Utah: ELITEAM has offered camps in Park City for several years now, however, no camps are scheduled in Park City for 2017. Looking forward, ELITEAM plans to return with a Day-Camp option (for athletes ages 10-14) in 2018. When running camps in Park City, ELITEAM partners with the U.S. Ski Team to provide exclusive access to the Team’s Center of Excellence facility. ELITEAM uses the Center’s gym, testing equipment, workout rooms, kitchen and classroom. Every afternoon, the athletes hear directly from a U.S. Ski Team guest speaker to learn about a variety of topics, covering the target areas of Sports Physiology, Sports Psychology and Sports Nutrition. ELITEAM also utilizes the many recreational fields and trails in and around Park City.
Ski Club ELITEAM Clinics:
ELITEAM provides Clubs with a one or two-day dryland clinic held at the Ski Club locale. Through challenging and fun ski-specific exercises together with some classroom work on Nutrition and Psychology, we motivate and educate young ski racers to hit the Fall training schedule with energy, focus and determination.
Contact: Director Kelley Lewis