Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs High School football team starts a season of high expectations with a conditioning camp at 5 p.m. Monday.
The team will workout every day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the high school, ending Friday with the annual race up Howelsen Hill.
"It's tough," Steamboat coach Aaron Finch said about the camp. "We make them work, and they make themselves work. It's been a good tradition for us."
The camp is must for a Steamboat team that opens the season at 1 p.m. Aug. 29 at home against Holy Family. The Zero Week game gives Steamboat only two weeks of organized practices. Organized practices begin Aug. 17, meaning the conditioning camp becomes all the more important.
"We take our legs away so we can get them back the next week," Finch said. "We try to get a lot of that conditioning work done."
The camp includes a lot of running and lifting weights. Finch said the team does most of its conditioning during the week so that when practice starts on Aug. 17, the team can focus more on the playbook and putting in offensive and defensive schemes.
"It's a good process we do," returning quarterback Austin Hinder said. "It will hurt, but it will be good."
Hinder, however, said this conditioning camp should be the best and easiest one he's been to in his four years.
With multiple returning starters and expectations of a deep run into the state playoffs, Hinder said summer workouts have seen high numbers of players.
In addition to lifting weights, Hinder has been throwing and working on routes with his receivers and running backs.
"The seniors who don't show up will have some explaining to do. It's the same with the juniors and sophomores," Hinder said. "Everybody wants to work hard because you have to."