This year's Omaha Challenge at Maryland will have a different look and feel to it.
The event, which is the apex of the baseball team's fall
training, has used a combination of traditional events such as tug-of-war, monster
tire flip, sled racing, dodge ball and more the last two years. But this season
head coach Erik Bakich has come up with a new theme - Sea, Air and Land.
And while the 2011 edition will still consist of many of the hallmark events you'd see in Omaha Challenges across the country, the "Sea" and "Air" additions promise to provide a challenge unseen before.
"The events we're adding will bring a new element of teamwork and competition to the Challenge," said Bakich. "We're always looking for ways to make it more difficult and this year will be the best one yet."
The event gets underway today and concludes on Friday. Maryland has spent the last month focusing on player development in terms of increasing baseball performance through strength and conditioning, and this week will be vital as the Terps continue to work towards the 2012 season.
"The strides we've made in the weight room over the past month have been excellent," said Bakich. "Our priority is to recruit the best players in the nation and then develop them to their maximum potential."
We don't want to spill the beans on exactly what the new events will be just yet, but we'll have a video of the OC up on the website after its completion. To get a better idea of all the event entails you can watch last year's edition. Coach Bakich will also be providing updates throughout the week on his Twitter account.
And speaking of recruiting -- we'll announce Maryland's fall signees for the class of 2012 next week, so stay tuned for that as well.