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Tryouts for the Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley Youth Baseball 9-under tournament team for 2022 is Tuesday, Sept. 7 from 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m.

All of the tryout opportunities are at Diamond number 11 at the Crow Creek Park 4-Plex.

The tryouts are in advance of the 2022 USSSA season. This team will be playing BPV games during the week and 1-2 USSSA weekend tournaments per month.

Players with birth dates of May 1, 2012 and younger are eligible to try out and play for the BPV 9-U tournament team.

All families are eligible for these BPV weekend tournament teams, but these opportunities are separate from the Bettendorf Baseball Club (BBC) partnership between BPV and the Bettendorf High School baseball program.

If you plan to attend the tryout, please send an email to bpv9uteam@gmail.com with parent name, player name and mobile number so we can ensure the tryout is able to accommodate those interested and communicate any updates.

For more information or alternative tryout times, please contact Trent Kulig at bpv9uteam@gmail.com.

"Fall Ball registration open"

Posted by Steve Tappa  at Jul 26, 2021 11:32AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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Online registration is now open for Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley Youth Baseball’s fall ball program.

Please visit: https://active.leagueone.com/Olr/pages/welcome.aspx?clubid=14196

The fall baseball program features seven weekends of scheduled games from Saturday, Aug. 21-Sunday, Oct. 10.

Games are on Saturdays for the three youngest divisions at the Crow Creek Park 4-Plex, as well as nearby as needed at CC#6 and Tyler Hurd Field at Scheck Park. (Game dates: Aug. 21 & 28; Sept. 11, 18 & 25; Oct. 2 & 9).

Games for the oldest division (ages 14 and over) are Sundays at Devils Glen Park and Smitty Field at Crow Creek #5. (Game dates: Aug. 22 & 29; Sept. 12, 19 & 26; Oct. 3 & 10).

NOTE: There are no scheduled games the weekend of Sept. 4-5 because of the long holiday weekend associated with Labor Day (Sept. 6).

The weekend of Oct. 16-17 also is set aside as a rain date in case weather impacts too many weekends of game play. Otherwise, the program is designed to simply play (and practice) as much baseball as possible around school commitments.

Monday, Aug. 23 is the first day of the 2021-22 school term for both the Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley School Districts.

Before school and the fall games start, practice time is available to the individual teams. After school starts, practice time remains up to the individual teams and the preferences/schedules of their families.

For the youngest divisions, it is suggested teams try and practice at least one night each week once the fall games/school year begins, but other sports and extracurricular activities may impact plans (and should take precedence) as BPV hopes to help grow well-rounded student-athletes for the future.

Games also can be scheduled during the week on a team-by-team basis because of rainouts or special request.

The special fall divisions are:

— Rookie: Ages 6-8 as of Sept. 15, or grades 1-3 suggested. Coach Pitch rules are followed. This is a great place to start and build experience for next season!

— Single-A: Ages 8-10 or Grades 3-5. A chance for Coach Pitch and Kid Pitch players/teams to get used to the next-level rules in the Minors division.

— Double-A: Ages 11-13 or Grades 5-7. A chance for Minors players/teams to preview the Majors division style of play. Note: Teams intended to play doubleheaders for extra game action as the schedule allows. COACHES: If your team wants only to play once-per-week, please advise the program director.

— Triple-A: Ages 14-over or Grades 8-12. A smash up for our Juniors and Seniors division to allow Juniors players/teams a chance to look ahead to the future on a full-sized diamond, and Seniors division players to remain active and work on baseball and leadership skills. Note: Teams intended to play doubleheaders for extra game action as the schedule allows. COACHES: If your team wants only to play once-per-week, please advise the program director.

NOTE: AAA-plus division is possible if enough players ages 18-20 are interested, otherwise those participants again will be incorporated into the entire Triple-A division to provide leadership for the overall program.

Program details:

Registration is $75. (NOTE: There also is a nominal online registration fee paid by each registrant for use of the registration management system).

The registration deadline is Aug. 15. Financial assistance is available by filling out an application located at BPVBaseball.com. Or request a financial aid form from tappasteve@gmail.com.

Summer BPV teams encouraged, but not required, to stay together. For instance, If there are 2-3 or more kids/coaches wishing to play together, please let us know on your registration and send a follow up email to tappasteve@gmail.com.

If planning on rejoining a spring/summer team, or perhaps jumping in with friends/neighbors/classmates to create a special fall squad, please note this request on your registration, too.

All coaches, especially those with full or near-full teams, should contact Steve Tappa as soon as possible at tappasteve@gmail.com to declare their intent to coach in the program.

All registrants are placed on a team.

Those wishing to sponsor a fall team to provide new uniforms for their team should contact the program director prior to Aug. 1. Otherwise, existing team jerseys are worn to provide additional exposure for spring/summer sponsors (new players on those teams are asked to wear a similarly colored hat & t-shirt/baseball sleeves).

Game balls and umpires provided. Team catching equipment and batting helmets also are available upon request.

For questions, please contact Steve Tappa at tappasteve@gmail.com or 563-676-8111.

PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY:

Fall Ball is intended to be a great bridge to the next level next season! The emphasis is not on winning, but rather developing skills and experience by playing (and practicing) as much extra baseball as possible.

Besides batting the entire lineup, as all divisions in BPV follow during the spring/summer season, special rules also are used:

TIME LIMITS: 1-hour & 45-minute cut offs (10-run rule enforced after 4 innings; 5-run limit each inning; The intention is to play as many innings as the time limit affords).

PITCHERS: Limited to 2 innings pitched per game & 3 innings per day if doubleheaders are played (goal: use multiple pitchers & develop more hurlers with mound time). Coaches, DO NOT pull pitchers midway through an inning unless in the case of injury. (Otherwise, this needlessly wastes game time for all).

EACH PLAYER: Should play the infield each game (goal: develop multiple positions).

SPEED UP: Courtesy runners for catchers & pitchers; replacements ready for catchers making the 3rd out as a hitter (goal: maximize the time allowed).

SUBS: May borrow other BPV Fall League players to avoid a forfeit, but they should bat last and should not pitch (goal: play as much as possible; forfeits do no one any good).

BBC tryouts Aug. 19-20

Posted by Steve Tappa  at Jul 26, 2021 11:31AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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Tryouts for 2022 teams in the Bettendorf Baseball Club (BBC) are Thursday & Friday, August 19-20.

Players in the 8-under to 12-under categories (as of May 1, 2022) are at the Crow Creek Park 4-Plex from 5-7 p.m.

Players in the 13-under and 14-under categories (as of May 1, 2022) are under the lights of “Smitty Field” (Crow Creek Park diamond No. 5) from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Players need only attend one tryout session.

In 2020, Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley Youth Baseball (BPV) began a new partnership with the Bettendorf High School baseball program called the Bettendorf Baseball Club (BBC).

There was a successful 12u team during the 2021 season, mixing weeknight play and practices in the BPV with action in select weekend travel tournaments. The August tryouts are the next step to expanding the program to additional age levels.

NOTE: The BBC is specifically for current Bettendorf Community Schools students and their families! Separate BPV tournament teams for Pleasant Valley (and other school) students also are offered but unaffiliated with a high school program at this time (we share those tryout details when available and as teams are forming!)

If interested in the BBC? PLEASE FILL OUT THE TRYOUT FORM at BETTENDORF BASEBALL CLUB (google.com)

The BBC is committed to building a quality organization with well-led teams that will cultivate future BHS Bulldog baseball players and confident, responsible, hardworking young men.

BBC teams develop both by playing at their current age level in weekend USSSA tournaments and by “playing up” in BPV weeknight games, a combo that fosters well-rounded, multi-position athletes.

BBC players will be eligible for both all regular BPV activities (games, practices, camps, clinics) and unique BBC team activities, including chances to learn from BHS baseball players and coaches.

BBC teams will wear uniforms designed by BHS coaches and BBC board members to reflect the colors and styles of Bettendorf High School Baseball.

While travel baseball normally includes significant costs, the BBC is committed to offering opportunities to players from a broad range of economic backgrounds.

Interested in coaching? Please send an email to danesco33@gmail.com & tappasteve@gmail.com & include details about baseball background, coaching experience, & info on related player(s).

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Bettendorf/Pleasant Valley Youth Baseball is hosting a fundraising baseball tournament this weekend (Saturday, May 15-Sunday, May 16).

Lots of service learning hours are available for local high school students. This also offers a great resume entry on college and work applications, with references available to our best volunteers!

Help also is appreciated by the general public to support the BPV’s three-pronged mission of A) providing community-based baseball to youngsters 6-20 regardless of financial need; B) offering college scholarships to our best and brightest high-school graduating BPV products; and C) raising funds for much-needed facility improvements, such as our 2021 special projects at Scheck Park/Tyler Hurd Field (several improvements along dovetailed with naming the field) and much-needed laser-grading at the Crow Creek 4-Plex.

Most of the help is in the concession stands/outposts, but there are also grounds crew spot available for the handiest.

Games run 8 am-8 pm Saturday and Sunday at Crow Creek Park, Devils Glen Park and Ed Scheck Park/Tyler Hurd Field. All time slots are available! Any help is appreciated!

To reserve a spot, or for more information, contact Steve Tappa at tappasteve@gmail.com or 563-676-8111.

All proceeds from the BBC Slugfest go to the BPV’s program mission to make baseball better in our community!

SPECIAL NOTE: USSSA or high school-certified umpires also are needed and invited to apply for paid shifts of games. Please contact Steve Tappa at the above email or cellphone to inquire.

ADDITIONALLY: BPV has service learning hours & volunteer positions available this summer and fall that can be easily worked around other activities!

Help is needed in concessions each night at the Crow Creek Park 4-Plex or Devils Glen during the summer season.

A Fall Ball program features weekend games on Saturdays at the 4-Plex and Sundays at Devils Glen from mid-April to mid-October.

There also are several behind-the-scenes jobs available working with league, equipment and facility management.

For more information, or to inquire about a spot on the volunteer team, contact Steve Tappa at tappasteve@gmail.com or 563-676-8111.

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High schoolers: Grab your friends and help form a team this summer in the Seniors Division of Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley Youth Baseball!

Teams of friends, ages 15-20, play an average of three games per weeknight from mid-May to late July. Solo “free agents” also are very much welcome and are placed on a team.

Registration is open at the following sign-up link:

https://active.leagueone.com/Olr/Pages/Welcome.aspx?ClubId=14196

NOTE: Players making high school teams are eligible, but pairing with freshman baseball is the best option. If trying out and not sure if you will make your high school team, sign up because refunds are available if you make the team and have second thoughts next month. (It is easier to subtract players from a BPV roster instead of trying to add players scrambling for available spots later).

To discuss the possibilities, or for more information, please contact Steve Tappa at tappasteve@gmail.com.

The Senior Division season officially kicks off Sunday, April 25 with a Players/Coaches meeting at Devils Glen (Saldivar Field).

The purpose of the 6 p.m. meeting is to set expectations, discuss details of the season and cover other important information about the division.

The meeting also allows “free agents” to get an idea of the familiar faces in the league and preferred team placements.

A rules meeting for interested coaches & team captains follows immediately after the meeting with all the players breaks up at approximately 7 p.m.