Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Eye of the Storm, Part II

When we left the team yesterday, we had just finished breakfast at the Holden Center. But the next part of the day fuels the reason for being...at least being at college, and that is the class time. Each schedule will vary but many of the players will be in class from either 8 or 9 am through the mid-afternoon, ending roughly at 1 or 2 pm, enough time to grab a lunch, change, and get to practice on time.

8:00 am-2:00 pm - Class Time
Austin Hall, College Hall, Garfield Center, Holden Center, and the Royce Hall for the Fine Arts and Performing Arts
The majority of classes take place in the Garfield Center (pictured right) which also holds faculty offices and the Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Austin Science Center was renovated and reopened in 2010 and will be ready for full classes in January. The new center is the home of chemistry, math, environmental science and pre-veterinarian programs. Also, students studying in San Salvador and the Bahamas use Austin Hall as their "hub." Players are encouraged to schedule their classes early to accommodate the team's practices which take place in the early afternoon.

2:30 pm-5:30 pm - Practice
Braggs Field at Kiwanis Recreation Park
The practice home of the Storm is located just off-campus in downtown Painesville. After class, the players drive down to Braggs Field (pictured right) at Rec Park for a three-hour workout to complete their baseball day. During the week, the Storm baseball team practices three days during the week and twice on the weekend. The field itself features newly constructed dugouts with pro-style seating. During the construction of the dugouts, grass was added to the baselines. Last season, the bullpen mounds were demolished and reconstructed and now feature two mounds in each bullpen.

Braggs Field sits adjacent to Britt Stadium, home of the Storm football and track squads. The Britt received a facelift in the off-season and now features a field turf playing surface which is utilized by the baseball team when inclement weather makes an appearance, still allowing for the team to take ground balls and long toss. Underneath the stadium bleachers sits the Storm batting tunnels which are used rain or shine and allow for hitters to get plenty of swings each day at practice.

Up next...Part III: Individuals