Doug and Kelley's Eliteam Blog

Since 1991, ELITEAM has been teaching kids about Sports Physiology, Sports Psychology and Sports Nutrition. But more importantly, it’s about having the kids discover their limits, and then try to push through them. Here is where you'll find our blog entries of daily activities, challenges, photos and fun in the height of the summer camp sessions.


 COACHES CORNER – Thursday Highlights

- I loved seeing Ginger pushing her limits by doing 25 push ups blindfolded on the incline log.
Also, Tela gave me a great quote today: "I just did the verticals playpen blindfolded, I'm ready for anything"

- Shamus cracked me up today when he asked "wanna know how well I love slalom??”
It was awesome watching Noi taking 16 secs off his time in the indoor obstacle today.
I loved it when Reilly told me "I plan on winning this whole thing this year” after his second training run at the sandpit slalom.

Hearing Shamus exclaim, "I love this part!!!!" in regards to the leg routine we did today. He also happened to be wearing his dad’s 1997 Eliteam shirt today, which was rad.
Merrick on the SL after he was struggling; "I'm going to focus on something I saw in the red notebook: Remember what you did to finish”

- It was awesome watching Reilly "wrecking ball" into his buddy Paul on the Burma Bridge on the ropes course.
As Louie was hanging 40 feet over the river on the Burma bridge, he said, "this is so chill"

- Watching Will slip up a little on the Berg, pick himself back up and still CRUSH it and PR with a time of 13.03 was a highlight for me today.

- Shamus pushing his limits and setting a personal best in the agility course was so fun to see.

- My highlight from today was Reilly's quote on the launch pad. "I'm going to launch full force off this” as he then proceeded to grab the bag on his first try!


What did you think of Sandpits today? What is the key to having a good run?
Turner- It was fun. The key was to start your turn high.
Jack- Good. Quick feet on the sharp turns. Sprint on the flats.
Matthew W- The key is to stay high on the turns.
Will Chapin- Starting your turn high.
Jackson- staying focused.
Cate K- It was amazing! For me the key was don’t think negative and just go for it!
Molly- The sandpits were awesome!!!! The key is to have a high line and be fast.
Ava- I thought they were a great way to improve your skiing skills and push yourself every run to do better!
Jackie- I loved it. The key for me was to turn early.
Meredith- It was SO fun! The key is to be quick on the turns (and not to fall!)

Give 3 words to describe how the black bean brownies tasted.
Turner- delicious, sugary, tasty.
Ray- Chocolaty, can’t taste the beans, yummy
Jack- Ok. Good.
Will C- delicious, yummy, chocolaty
Jackson- Awesome, good, awesome
Cate K- Chewy, moist, beanyish
Molly- Tasty, delicious, awesome
Ava- interesting, ok, so-so
Jackie- delicious, chocolaty, beany

Turner- super fun.
Ray- Great!
Jack- Epic!!
Matthew- AWESOME
Will C- fun
Jackson- AWESOME!!
Cate K- Amazing! I totally want to come back again, and again, and again! It was awesome! I LOVE IT!
Molly- ELITEAM is cool!!!!
Ava- Wonderful!!!!
Jackie- awesome
Meredith- SOOOOOO fun! The struggle makes you STRONGER.

It's the Struggle that makes you Strong...


Zack: My highlight from today occurred when a group of about 10 campers were chanting "let's go Helen let's go" as she does incline log in the Eliteam Woods

Christian: It was great to see Shamus pushing his limits as he made it to the wire on Burma bridge. He was too scared to go up the ladder but he ended up pushing himself and climbing all the way to the top of the wire.
The best quote of the day occurred during distraction training: Dan: "what's a distraction?" Camper: “Ooh look that's a pretty flower"

Livy: Watching camper Paul carried Coach Lucy up the hill piggyback style and drop her halfway up during our leg routine was hilarious!

Julia: I loved watching Russell chase Coach Livy with a HUGE moth today. We have now officially named Russell “Park Ranger Russell” for his love of bugs and animals! 

Morgan: My highlight today was seeing Jackson flawlessly bunny hopping across the incline log on one foot!

Jess: Today on the slalom, one group all had personal bests by saying that they were going to improve on the last 3 gates before they went! It all seemed to get them in the zone and they were pushing each other to all improve their times! 

Lucy: My favorite moment from today occurred when three campers (Russell, Matt, and Silas) all asked to do more days of dish duty because they loved it so much. Today we asked the campers what their best and worst parts of the obstacle course and Noi replied "I had no worsts.” Confidence is key at Eliteam. 


What was your favorite activity today and why?

Jackie- Making the black bean brownies. (I got to lick the brownie mix.)

Cate- I liked the obstacle course, it excited and entertained me!

Ava- I love the obstacle course because it was challenging and fun. I pushed myself to do my best.

Cate H- I like the Bungee because it was fun using the bungee, and it helped you to become strong at the same time.

Karolina- Ropes course because we got to do different courses. Baking black bean brownies because I like to bake.

Ella- My favorite part of today was making black bean brownies. I love baking and even more when they are good for you.

Kate D- Vertical Play Pen because it was a challenge.

Grace- Making Black Bean Brownies because I learned a lot of different good foods.

Tela- I liked the bungee because it helps you get stronger and it was fun.

Tyler- Slalom because I was doing good and each time I did it better.

Noi- Slalom because it involves skiing.

Will D- Vertical play pen because it was hard and fun.

Shamus- The SL course because I used my dad’s technique.

Turner- Ropes course because I got to challenge myself and I had to get over fear.

Describe your “struggle moment” today (mentally or physically).

Jackie- Doing some of the ropes course stations.

Cate- Going through the tunnel in the obstacle course. I was too tall and had to crawl through slowly.

Ava- My struggle moment was doing the high hurdles in the indoor obstacle course.

Cate H- My struggle moment was the dance because some moves are confusing and hard to learn. Another struggle moment was when I fell in the woods obstacle because when I fell I had to restart that obstacle and wasted time.

Ella- Today we had to do these jumps up the hill and it really burned.

Kate D- The dance because it was hard to do all the moves.

Grace- Walking across the big log.

Tela- My struggle moment was when we did the dance. It was embarrassing.

Tyler- The bungee running because you’d get pulled every time you had slack.

Noi- Slalom because it’s hard for me.

Will D- It was hard to get onto the wiggly ladder on the vertical play pen.

Shamus- I pushed my limits on the ropes course.

Turner- Telling myself to jump off a diving board (but nothing below it)

What did you learn from your “struggle moment”?

Jackie- When you breathe you feel more confident and calm.

Cate- That sometimes it is good to be tall other times it is not! J

Ava- I learned from my struggle moment that even if it looks hard you should still try it.


Ella- That what really hurts, is really good for you. J

Kate D- I can keep practicing.

Grace- Just do it.

Tela- Don’t worry. It is ok.

Tyler- Some things are harder than you think.

Noi- Slalom is hard for me.

Will D- If it push hard I can do lots of things.

Shamus- To try to go above your fears.

Turner- I have to face my fear.

Non-Stop on Day 1


Day 1 at the Europa Cup was non-stop from 1:30 check-in to 9:00 lights out! We did lots of team-building activities, agility exercises, relay races and even had some notebook time reading advice from Olympic athletes describing how “the struggle makes you strong”. Tomorrow will be another big day - including high ropes, leg routines, slalom courses and the dance - to name just a few. My highlight today- watching Coach Dan inspire campers to eat broccoli at dinner!


What activity did you like the most and why?
Coach Jessica- Today I really enjoyed coaching the Nitro team building exercise because it was cool to see the kids work together and come up with a solution to get every kid to fit on one single block. The kids came up with some great solutions to work together and when their ideas failed, they were quick to improve and adjust their methods!

Coach Julia- I really enjoyed boxing with the campers. It was awesome to see them focusing on their CORE, especially when asked to bare down and utilize the stability and power that comes from their abs. I saw many smiles and laughs as they exchanged sweaty gloves, which was all a sign of the hard work they were putting in.

What was your most memorable moment with the campers today?
Coach Julia- The Relays. Even as we focused on our agility, the campers smiled, giggled and even stumbled their way through the finish.

Coach Jessica- The Agility Workout. I love watching the kids do the "gorilla walk" and "high knee butt-kicks". It's always great to see the campers laughing that hard while becoming better athletes.

Coach Zack- The Spider Web station. It was awesome to watch each group of campers, most who had just met one another, talk and work together to figure out a safe and efficient process to get everyone through. All groups got the chance to do it a third time while being timed and was great to watch the group effort and determination to get through mistake-free as quickly as possible.


What activity did you like the most and why?
Jackson- I liked the Fit Light the best because I liked laughing at when I couldn’t find the light.
Matt S - I liked doing the boxing with Doug because it was so fun and I got to do it with a new friend.
Merrick - The Nitro because it is in the woods which is my favorite place.
Curt - I liked the Spider Web because we were lifting people up together.
Will D - Pole Agility because it was crazy and fun.
Turner - Boxing because I like core and punching.
Counselor Alex - Today I liked the giant basketball. I was able to throw giant balls into and giant hoop without knocking any campers over.
Jackie- Spider Web.
Tela- I like the Nitro.
Campbell- I liked the Spider Web because it was good teamwork.

What was your most challenging moment and how did you push through it?
Jackson- It was the Nitro because it was frustrating when you all fall off. I pushed through it by knowing that it is for fun.
Matt S. - My most challenging moment was leaving you and I pushed through it by having positive thoughts.
Merrick - The pole agility. I did everything at least twice!
Curt - Relay races because I can barely skip!
Will D. - Getting everyone on the Nitro Island.
Counselor Alex - The hardest thing was doing a moving wall sit through the agility poles in the partner race. I had to squat down to match the height of the camper.
Jackie- Boxing because I was sweating so much.
Tela- The nitro. We were all falling off and we came up with a new strategy.
Campbell- Boxing because my arms got really tired.

If you could tell your Mom one thing right now, what would it be?
Matt S. - I love you and miss the whole family.
Merrick - I am having the best time of my life.
Curt - I miss you
Will D - I love you!
Turner - I’m having so much fun.
Counselor Alex - Mom, I forgot toothpaste.
Jackie- I’m having so much fun. Love you. Miss you. Bye.
Tela- The fit light.
Campbell- This is the best camp ever. Can I go next year? I miss you. I love you.

New- Girls Power Camp

Strong Bodies. Powerful Minds.

We are very excited to announce the addition of an all-girls camp this Summer!

The camp will take the form of a weekend power retreat led by Kelley and an all-female ELITEAM staff. This program will remain true to ELITEAM's commitment to Sports Physiology, Psychology and Nutrition. However, multiple daily workshops will be added to teach life skills aimed at helping these young girls navigate the challenges of their sport and daily lives with a feeling of confidence and empowerment.

The camp will include "Power Hour" workshops designed to enhance clarity, inspire growth and promote a positive mindset. Sample topics include mental awareness, communication skills, positive self-talk, stress management, women's nutrition, positive body image & social media literacy, goal setting and adaptability.

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.

Following an empowering camp experience, we intend to keep the positive momentum going. After camp is over, we'll provide a year long follow-up program to include weekly texts and monthly tasks. (The follow-up program is optional, at no additional cost.) The monthly activities will be quick and easy to complete, but will be designed as a review and continuation of their positive work done at camp. If your daughter has a phone, she can also opt to receive weekly texts with inspiring quotes and friendly reminders. Kelley and the Girls Power Camp coaches will check-in with the girls along the way. The goal of this program is to help support a positive mindset throughout the year and serve as a reminder that your daughter has the encouragement and support of the ELITEAM Girls Power Team behind her all year long!

DATES:  August 5-7
LOCATION: Burke Mtn Academy- East Burke, VT
COST: $425 
AGES: 11-14 yrs old
(Space is limited to 30 athletes.)

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We hope your holidays have been filled with the warmth and happiness of friends and family, along with a good dose of fresh air, sweat, smiles, holiday treats and good cheer!

This Summer marks our 25th year inspiring athletes! We're amazed, excited and hope you can celebrate with us. In addition to our four VT camps in July, we look forward to returning to Park City in June. We're also excited to offer a new "Girls Power Camp" in August. See the sidebar for 2016 camp dates and rates. Registration will again be a lottery. To participate, submit an “enrollment request” anytime February 1-5.

Good luck to all of our winter athletes this season! #DigDeep
Please stay in touch via Instagram ("eliteamdigdeep") and Facebook.

2018 Camp Dates

Girls Power Camp: June 12-15 
Park City @ USST Center of Excellence
Ages: 11-14
Rate: $600

World Cup: June 25-26
Lake Tahoe @ Sugar Bowl Academy
Ages: 11-14
Rate: $200

World Cup 1: July 9-14

World Cup 2: July 16-21
Waitsfield @ GMVS
Ages: 11-14
Rate: $1275

Europa Cup: July 25-28
Waitsfield @ GMVS
Ages: 8-11
Rate: $800

Girls Power Camp: August 1-4
Waitsfield @ GMVS
Ages: 11-14
Rate: $850