RICHMOND, Va. – For over 32,000 VCU students, today marked the first day of classes, for the members of the VCU baseball team, it meant something more: the first day of official preseason practice. 

Over the next 10 days, the VCU Baseball players will be allowed to receive individual training in small groups from members of the coaching staff. The time will be used to improve on conditioning and fundamentals, prior to the team's first official team practice on January 27th. 

For VCU Head Coach Paul Keyes (pictured right), just the chance to get back on the field is a welcomed activity for him and his staff.  "I think I speak for all baseball players and coaches, in that you always enjoy the experience of being back on the field. For the last few months, our staff has either been on the road recruiting or in the office preparing for the season, so this is an exciting time to get back in the routine of things and see the progress that our student-athletes have made since the fall season."

Coach Keyes and his staff kicked things off early, beginning with conditioning sessions at the start of the day, followed by group work in the afternoon.

That joy to get back on the field is also shared by the players, including senior captain Seth Cutler-Voltz, "We have a lot of expectations for this season, so we need to make sure we are doing things the way right so we can reach those goals.  It's an honor every day to be a part of this team and we are all excited to see what we can do moving forward."

The Rams are set to start the season on the west coast with a three game series at Long Beach State beginning on Feb. 17th.