Soccer Begins Winter Training

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State women's soccer team reported for training, Tuesday, under the direction of new head coach Jim Thomas.

 "It was a lot of fun," said Thomas "We did some fitness stuff coming out of the gate as a way to sort of test their mental steel. For this point in the year, they are in a good mental place and had a good attitude and put together a great effort today."

Under NCAA rules, the team can currently train eight hours per week, two of which can involve skill instruction. Starting Feb. 18, training will be extended to 20 hours per week. Until then, the focus will be on fitness, covering everything from speed and agility to strength training.

"We have a four week period to establish a baseline physically and assess where the group is as a whole," Thomas said. "We have a great strength and condition coach in Steve Schulz who will help establish a new culture when it comes to physical fitness. We will be out-and-about trying to experience some of the unique geography Boise has to offer so hopefully we can make it interesting."

Training will be conducted both in eight-person groups as well as with the team a whole. Something Thomas said will give him the chance to address the individual strengths of the each player.

The Broncos' spring season schedule will be released in February.

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