During the five-day program, Schirmer will compete against top amateur teams from San Juan, Puerto Rico while receiving instruction from Coast to Coast staff who have all played or coached the game of baseball at the collegiate or professional level. The same staff will provide college recruiting information to both the players and their parents in seminar format during their stay.
Schirmer showed his skills for the Coast to Coast coaches at a recent tryout at Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo. At the tryouts, players were evaluated in four areas: hitting, fielding, arm strength and speed. Players selected at the tryouts then have a chance to choose either the Puerto Rico program, the Arizona Camp and Showcase, or the Florida Camp and Showcase event, which is held twice a year in Jupiter, Florida, at the Roger Dean MLB spring training complex.
In addition to baseball, Schirmer also participates in football, wrestling, track and basketball at River Valley. His parents are Susan and Donnie Schirmer of Washta, and he has one brother, Dominic, who is 11 years old.
Coast to Coast Baseball is a for-profit venture that charges the qualifying players a fee to participate. Schirmer will be seeking to raise his share of the team's cost for the camp.