Mountain Lions to conduct preseason training in Buena Vista

By Brooke Babcock published September 4, 2008

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs menâ€TMs soccer team is headed up to Buena Vista, Colo. for training camp at the Fountain Valley High School Mountain Campus on Aug. 10.

The team expects to return to Colorado Springs on or about Aug. 19.

“I chose Buena Vista just because it is kind of isolated,” said head coach Henry Ellis. “Itâ€TMs obviously a gorgeous area; that way during our downtime it can truly help the guys to relax.”

The main goal for going to Buena Vista is to create a strong team unity and bond between the players and coaches.

“Iâ€TMve already made significant changes since Iâ€TMve gotten here, bringing in around 15 kids,” said Ellis. “So just to really try to get those two groups â€" the old that are here and the new â€" to come in and bond instantly, I think will go along ways down the road.”

The training camp will offer a secluded place where Ellis can teach his playing style, gauge and improve fitness, instill discipline, and provide an atmosphere in which the team can bond.

“I just hope to instill my beliefs, the discipline level that was definitely lacked in the past, and the tactic level of how I want to play will definitely have a lot of time to get in there,” said Ellis.

Along with the beauty and seclusion that Buena Vista offers, the altitude will also pose a challenge for the team during training, especially for players coming from lower altitude. Buena Vista is almost 2,000 feet higher than Colorado Springs.

“The altitude is going to be a big factor,” said Ellis. “It will definitely help them in the long run.”

Ellis pointed out that training in Buena Vista will also help to break up the preseason and will help to keep things from being stagnant. While there will be a lot of things that players and coaches hope to accomplish, much of the benefit may have little to do with soccer.

“Whether it does help us in the season or whether itâ€TMs a lifelong friendship that someone has 20 years from now, Iâ€TMll be satisfied with that,” said Ellis.

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