James C. Weaver Baseball Center
Completed in December of 2009, the James C. Weaver Baseball Center is located just beyond the left field foul pole at English Field. The facility is more than 8,000 square feet in size and serves the Hokies in a number of capacities. On Sept. 1, 2015, the facility was renamed in honor of the university's former athletics director, Jim Weaver, whose tenure from 1997-2013 saw tremendous development in the national profile of the university's athletic programs. (Click here for announcement)
"To be able to train and develop our student-athletes in a facility named in honor of Jim Weaver is an absolute honor and privilege for our coaching staff and players," Tech baseball head coach Patrick Mason said. "The James C. Weaver Baseball Center is the best indoor facility in the ACC and it is only fitting that it will now, forever, be named for the man who helped build it."
The primary usage of the center, which players have 24-hour access to, is for hitting and features four separate batting cages enclosed in netting. This netting can be raised to expose an area that is nearly the size of a normal infield, if the team chooses to work on fielding or throwing.
The floor of the building is outfitted with field turf, which allows for a natural roll of the ball for such a purpose, while new for the 2013-14 season was a permanent mound that was added in the back of the hitting stall on the far right.
On three sides of the center, the walls are equipped with large, garage-like doors that, when lifted, gives the area an open-air atmosphere. This also provides a great view of English Field, giving the program the ability to use it for special game-day events.
Also included in the center are three instructional video labs, one for pitchers, one for hitters, and one for general purposes. English Field is equipped with video cameras on both dugouts, behind the plate and in center field that can film pitchers and batters from either side of the plate, from the back or the front. Players can then view themselves on computer monitors in the labs for immediate feedback on form and execution.
Other features of the center include a secondary locker room area, where practice and game-day equipment and gear can be stored, and a workout area, which gives the players the ability to do cardio training, free weight training and speed and agility training.
The versatility of the center was certainly on full display back in June of 2013 as it served as the Media Center during the 2013 NCAA Blacksburg Regional. It housed the press conference area, a hospitality area, a viewing area and the work room for media personnel.
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