IN THE BIGS — TJ Weir continues to work on his craft while paying his knowledge forward to young baseball players in the area. (Herald Photo / Provided)
IN THE BIGS — TJ Weir continues to work on his craft while paying his knowledge forward to young baseball players in the area. (Herald Photo / Provided)
by Jenn Goad
Reporter
jenn@kokomoherald.com
 
After the announcing of his free two-hour long baseball camp for players ages 6 through 12, TJ Weir already has seen 90 kids register for the first annual TJ Weir Baseball Camp. 

For those who will be attending or want to attend, here is a closer look at what campers can expect. 

The camp begins Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. and will last until after 1 p.m. For the campers who have already preregistered online at form.jotform.us/Tjordanweir/Baseball, they will want to arrive at Kokomo Municipal Stadium at 10:30 a.m. in order to pick up their shirt and be ready for the event. 

Once all campers are registered and have a T-shirt, they will be greeted by Weir and his staff and given a rundown of what they will experience during the day. After the greeting, players will be split up into age groups where they will warm up their arms for the drills. 

While players are warming up, Weir will speak with the parents and share with them the “why” behind the camp, as well as details on the auction that will be taking place during the entirety of the camp. Parents will be able to bid on professional baseball memorabilia, and funds will be donated to the Kokomo High School baseball team in honor of their support of Weir’s career. 

“It’s always been a goal of mine to give back to this community that has so graciously supported me over the years,” said Weir. “Over the recent years I’ve come back in the offseason and done private pitching lessons. My dad and I were just brainstorming one day, and we thought doing an entire camp would be a great way to give back. For me, I hope it becomes something like what Joe (Thatcher) does, where it is an annual thing where we are able to fund raise and donate funds to a local business or nonprofit.”

As for the actual camp, players will go from warm-ups to stations. The stations will cover pitching, hitting, base running, fielding, and a competition station. 

The stations will be run by former collegiate players, high school coaches, and former baseball players as well. 

“As they go through the camp they’ll be able to talk with professional, collegiate, and high school-level guys. Hopefully the kids will soak up as much as they can. After we run them through the stations, we’ll have a few skill drills and then finish up with several competitions. Those who win the competitions will walk away with prizes,” said Weir. 

For those who still want to participate, be sure to register online at the link mentioned earlier in the article.