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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.

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Bettendorf High School’s baseball program is offering 3 days worth of camps in late April to help get youth players ready for a great baseball season!

The fundamentals camps are 7-9 p.m. each night at the Bettendorf Middle School gyms from Monday, April 26 to Wednesday, April 28.

The camps are for players from 3rd through 8th grades.

Pitching and catching is the focus of the camp on Monday, April 26.

Defensive work by infielders and outfielders will be addressed on Tuesday, April 27.

The camp on Wednesday, April 28 is all about Hitting.

Instruction is provided by the BHS coaches and players.

Cost for the camp is $20 each night or $50 for all three nights. Registration is limited to the first 60 participants each night.

There is a $10 family discount for families signing up multiple players for all three nights. The first player is $50, but each additional family member registered is only $40.

The registration deadline is April 23. A registration form is attached to this post.

For a registration form or for more information, please email BHS head coach Blake Hanna at bettendorfbaseballclub@gmail.com.

The document Bettendorf_Baeball_Camp_2021.pdf was attached to this post.

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The Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley Youth Baseball season starts Thursday and Friday with tryouts/evaluations for both the Majors (grades 6-7) and Minors (grades 4-5) divisions indoors at the TBK Complex.

Note: There are no tryouts/evaluations for players in the Coach Pitch (grades 1-3), Intro to Kid Pitch (3rd grade or below), Juniors (grades 8-9) or Seniors (9th grade and up) divisions.

The Coach Pitch, Intro to Kid Pitch and Juniors teams are forming now with coaches meetings planned. The Seniors season starts later, with a player and coaches meeting in mid to late April.

The Intro to Kid Pitch coaches meeting is 7 p.m. Thursday at the TBK Complex, following the tryouts/evaluations for Majors & Minors. Kid Pitch division director Ron Johns will decide at the meeting if registrations are ready to close.

BPV registrations currently remain open in every division EXCEPT Majors and Coach Pitch, where space is now restricted and waiting lists are forming by contacting the appropriate division director (see contacts below).

If you are interested in playing in Intro to Kid Pitch, Minors or Juniors, you are asked to sign up immediately.

Please note, the option to sign up for LeClaire-based teams is closed in Majors, Minors, Intro to Kid Pitch and Coach Pitch UNLESS there are enough players and coaches for a full team. Contact Alysia Huffman to discuss at alysia.quigley@gmail.com.

To register, visit:
https://active.leagueone.com/Olr/Pages/Welcome.aspx?ClubId=14196

If you need assistance in registering, please contact Steve Tappa (tappasteve@gmail.com or 563-676-8111) or any of the division directors listed below. Walk-up sign-ups also are offered during this week’s tryouts/evaluations.

Please note: Volunteer coaches still are needed in the Coach Pitch division, and still welcome in every division, including Seniors. Contact the appropriate division director listed below.

For the Majors and Minors division, the tryouts/evaluations are 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday (April 1) and 5-6:30 p.m. Friday (April 2). Players in those two divisions (grades 4-7) need only attend one night — so choose whichever one fits your family’s schedule the best.

For players unable to attend the tryouts/evaluations for any reason, they will still be placed on a team.

All registrants are placed on a team. The tryouts simply are used to help coaches evaluate players in an effort to level the competitive balance of the teams in those divisions.

The tryouts feature one station each for the skills of hitting, fielding, pitching and running. The tryouts are indoors on synthetic turf, so players should wear athletic attire — t-shirt, tennis shoes, shorts or sweatpants or baseball pants. Please bring a baseball glove and favorite bat if you wish.

Please check in at the main table where your BPV registration will be confirmed. You will then be assigned a tryout number and directed to your first station. Once all stations are completed, players may leave and they will be contacted by their 2021 coach/team after the division draft is conducted early next week following Easter.

More information about BPV is available by visiting BPVBaseball.com (https://bpv.teampages.com). Details about the calendar and divisions are located on the two previous registration posts.

KEY CONTACTS:

Coach Pitch (Grades 1-3): Tyler Driever (tdriever@mchsi.com)
—*Intro to Kid Pitch (3rd Grade/Advanced):* Ron Johns (johnsronald2020@gmail.com or 251-533-1858)
Minors (Grades 4-5): Matt Wood (mcw1205@aol.com or 563-340-5917)
Majors (Grades 6-7): Dan Escontrias (danesco33@gmail.com or 563-210-3489)
Juniors (Grades 8-9): Tyler Driever (tdriever@mchsi.com)
Seniors (Ages 15-20): Steve Tappa (tappasteve@gmail.com or 563-676-8111)

NOTE: Coaches meetings are planned for the next week in every division EXCEPT Seniors. If you are planning to coach, please contact the appropriate division director. Volunteer coaches are needed in all divisions to make BPV happen.

The Intro to Kid Pitch coaches meeting is 7 p.m. Thursday at the TBK Complex, following the Majors/Minors tryouts/evaluations. Division director Ron Johns will decide if registrations are ready to close at that meeting. Please contact Ron for more details.

BPV tryouts/evaluations April 1-2

Posted by Steve Tappa  at Mar 22, 2021 8:45AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley Youth Baseball has set tryouts/evaluations for the Majors (grades 6-7) and Minors (grades 4-5) on April 1-2 indoors at the TBK Complex.

BPV registrations remain open after those tryout dates, but space will be limited in every division except Seniors (ages 15-20). Participants are asked to sign up before the tryout dates so we can properly plan for the correct number of teams in each division and allow the most playing time for everybody.

To sign up, visit:
https://active.leagueone.com/Olr/Pages/Welcome.aspx?ClubId=14196

The tryouts/evaluations are 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, and 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 2. All participants are placed on a team. The tryouts simply are used to help coaches evaluate players in an effort to level the competitive balance of the teams in those divisions.

More information about BPV and the 2021 spring/summer season is available below or by visiting BPVBaseball.com (https://bpv.teampages.com).

DIVISIONAL BREAKDOWN

The divisions offered this year are the same as last season (in all divisions, all players bat in order and participation rules are followed):

Coach Pitch: A beginning program for Grades 1-3. Younger players can request to play, however a season of tee-ball is suggested, with that separate city program an appropriate starting point for all baseball players. Inexperienced 3rd graders can request to remain in Coach Pitch. Coaches pitch to batters. Players run the bases with some restrictions. Three outs or a run limit (whichever comes first) defines the inning. Games run six innings, with teams playing typically twice a week, and practice time on the weekend once games start. April is set aside for practices. Games run May to around July 4. The season ends with a postseason tournament and All-Star games, where all of the league’s participants receive an award. Fields used are at Hoover School, Scheck Park, the diamonds nearest to Splash Landing at Middle Park (called Lowry Field & 23rd St. Field) and LeClaire’s Veterans Memorial Complex. Most teams grouped by school or special request. Also: LeClaire-only teams are a registration option on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those interested in coaching are encouraged to contact the division director, Tyler Driever at tdriever@mchsi.com.

Intro to Kid Pitch: Geared for 3rd graders and any advanced/veteran coach pitchers ready for a new challenge. Kids pitch to hitters with restrictions. A mixture of rules are used from the Coach Pitch and Minors Divisions to prepare players for the next level. Six-inning games, with teams playing typically twice a week, and practice time on the weekend once games start. April is set aside for practices. Games run May to around July 4. The season ends with a postseason tournament and All-Star game, where all of the league’s participants receive an award. Field used: Crow Creek #6 (by the soccer fields). LeClaire-only teams are a registration option on a first-come, first-serve basis. Most teams grouped by school or special request. Those interested in coaching are encouraged to contact the division director, Dan Escontrias at danesco33@gmail.com.

Minors: For Grades 4-5. Full kid pitch with base-running restrictions. Regulation games are six innings, with teams playing typically twice a week, and practice time on the weekend once games start. April is set aside for practices. Games run May to mid-July, with All-Star games and a postseason tournament capping the season. Fields used: Scheck Park, Crow Creek #10 & #11 at the 4-Plex and LeClaire’s Veterans Memorial Complex. Teams formed by a draft following evaluations. LeClaire-only teams are a registration option on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those interested in coaching are encouraged to contact the division director, Matt Wood at mcw1205@aol.com.

Majors: For Grades 6-7: Full base running rules. Regulation games now seven innings, with teams playing typically twice a week, and practice time on the weekend once games start. April is set aside for practices. Games run May to mid-July, with All-Star games and a postseason tournament capping the season. Fields used: Crow Creek #8 & #9 at the 4-Plex. Teams formed by a draft following evaluations. Also: A LeClaire-only team is a registration option on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those interested in coaching are encouraged to contact the division director, Dan Escontrias at danesco33@gmail.com.

Juniors: For Grades 8-9 (ages 13-15). NOTE: If pairing BPV with high school baseball, play in Seniors on a full-sized diamond against older competition. Teams normally formed by a draft following evaluations. Full baseball rules (except dropped third strike) on slightly smaller-than-regulation fields (54-foot mound, 80-foot bases). Games are seven innings, with teams playing typically 2-3 times per week, and practice time on the weekend once games start. April is set aside for practices. Games run May to mid-July, with an All-Star game and a postseason tournament capping the season. Fields used: Crow Creek #5 and Castro Field at Kiwanis Park/Paul Norton School. Some games also at out-of-town destinations such as Eldridge, Long Grove and Donahue, versus teams from the North Scott and Wapsi Little Leagues. Bettendorf fields have lights, so night games are normal. Those interested in coaching are encouraged to contact the division director, Tyler Driever at tdriever@mchsi.com.

Seniors: Ages 15-20. Grab your friends and create a team (adult coach needed). All registrants are placed on a team. Full baseball on a regulation diamond (60-foot, 6-inch mound, 90-foot bases). Games are seven innings or limited by time limit. Teams play typically three times per week, with practice time available on the weekend. Games start in mid-May and run through late July, with a postseason tournament and All-Star game capping the season. Fields used: Devils Glen Park, McCausland City Field and occasionally Crow Creek #5. Schedule includes doubleheaders (5:30 and 8 p.m. starts) on lighted fields, mainly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays also possible depending on participation numbers. Those interested in coaching or forming a team are encouraged to contact the division director, Steve Tappa at tappasteve@gmail.com.

KEY CONTACTS

Coach Pitch (Grades 1-3): Tyler Driever (tdriever@mchsi.com)
—* Intro to Kid Pitch (3rd Grade/Advanced):* Dan Escontrias (danesco33@gmail.com or 563-210-3489)
Minors (Grades 4-5): Matt Wood (mcw1205@aol.com or 563-340-5917)
Majors (Grades 6-7): Dan Escontrias (danesco33@gmail.com or 563-210-3489)
Juniors (Grades 8-9): Tyler Driever (tdriever@mchsi.com)
Seniors (Ages 15-20): Steve Tappa (tappasteve@gmail.com or 563-676-8111)
NOTE: Coaches are needed in all divisions! (Contact any of those listed).

ABOUT THE BPV

The calendar: April 1-2 is when the season kicks off with evaluations in the Minors and Majors. Coaches meetings also are held at this time in all but the Seniors division, with Coach Pitch, Kid Pitch and Juniors teams forming (exact dates will be announced soon). For all divisions except Seniors (which mirrors the high school season), April is set aside for practices. Games begin in May. Seasons end with a division tournament and All-Star Games planned around the July 4 holiday. Depending on weather, all seasons should wrap up by mid-July (Note: Coach Pitch/Kid Pitch finishes by July 4; Seniors start later with games in mid-May and running until the end of July). BPV also offers a separate Fall program on weekends starting in mid-August and running through the end of September.

Games: Expect to play a couple of games each week. Once games start, practice time is mostly available on the weekends, decided on by a team-by-team, first-come basis. (The two oldest divisions usually play 3 games per week). Exact game schedules determined by the number of participating teams closer to the start of games.

Awards: All participants receive an award in the Coach Pitch and Intro to Kid Pitch divisions, with an awards jamboree at the All-Star Games. The top teams in the regular season and tournament also earn trophies in each division. Additionally, the All-Star Game participants receive a keepsake for playing.
Equipment: All players receive a jersey, hat and baseball socks for their uniform. Baseball pants and shoes, as well as gloves are the responsibility of the participant. (Some also provide their own helmets and bats, but BPV also provides helmets (and older bats upon request), along with catchers gear, in a set of team equipment).

Fees: Cost for the season is $100 ($125 for Seniors to partially cover additional insurance costs) plus a service fee for the online registration/organizational service. However, BPV does not exclude participation due to financial hardship. For more information, please contact Steve Tappa (tappasteve@gmail.com or 563-676-8111).

Sponsorship: Our generous sponsors help make youth baseball an affordable treasure in our community. For information on sponsoring your child’s team, please contact Dan Escontrias (danesco33@gmail.com or 563-210-3489). Donations to help cover financial hardships and facility/program improvements also are very much appreciated. Please contact Escontrias or Steve Tappa (tappasteve@gmail.com or 563-676-8111).

Volunteers: Helping keep our costs so low is the volunteerism we enjoy at all levels! Behind-the-scenes help running the all-volunteer organization always is necessary. Please consider volunteering by contacting Steve Tappa (tappasteve@gmail.com or 563-676-8111).

Help wanted: Umpires are also needed and compensated for their work; contact Steve Tappa at tappasteve@gmail.com or 563-676-8111.

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The Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley Youth Baseball registration website is now open for the 2021 spring/summer season.

To sign up, visit:
https://active.leagueone.com/Olr/Pages/Welcome.aspx?ClubId=14196

A date for tryouts/evaluations will be announced soon, but the BPV hopes to hold those season-starting sessions for Majors and Minors (and possibly Juniors again) at the end of March, after Spring Breaks, so practices can start as soon as possible. The hope is all teams, except for Seniors, are ready to practice through out the month of April. So please register as soon as possible.

DIVISIONAL BREAKDOWN

The divisions offered this year are the same as last season (in all divisions, all players bat in order and participation rules are followed):

—* Coach Pitch:* A beginning program for Grades 1-3. Younger players can request to play, however a season of tee-ball is suggested, with that separate city program an appropriate starting point for all baseball players. Inexperienced 3rd graders can request to remain in Coach Pitch. Coaches pitch to batters. Players run the bases with some restrictions. Three outs or a run limit (whichever comes first) defines the inning. Games run six innings, with teams playing typically twice a week, and practice time on the weekend once games start. April is set aside for practices. Games run May to around July 4. The season ends with a postseason tournament and All-Star games, where all of the league’s participants receive an award. Fields used are at Hoover School, Scheck Park, the diamonds nearest to Splash Landing at Middle Park (called Lowry Field & 23rd St. Field) and LeClaire’s Veterans Memorial Complex. Most teams grouped by school or special request. Also: LeClaire-only teams are a registration option on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those interested in coaching are encouraged to contact the division director, Tyler Driever at tdriever@mchsi.com.

—* Intro to Kid Pitch:* Geared for 3rd graders and any advanced/veteran coach pitchers ready for a new challenge. Kids pitch to hitters with restrictions. A mixture of rules are used from the Coach Pitch and Minors Divisions to prepare players for the next level. Six-inning games, with teams playing typically twice a week, and practice time on the weekend once games start. April is set aside for practices. Games run May to around July 4. The season ends with a postseason tournament and All-Star game, where all of the league’s participants receive an award. Field used: Crow Creek #6 (by the soccer fields). LeClaire-only teams are a registration option on a first-come, first-serve basis. Most teams grouped by school or special request. Those interested in coaching are encouraged to contact the division director, Ron Johns at johnsronald2020@gmail.com.

Minors: For Grades 4-5. Full kid pitch with base-running restrictions. Regulation games are six innings, with teams playing typically twice a week, and practice time on the weekend once games start. April is set aside for practices. Games run May to mid-July, with All-Star games and a postseason tournament capping the season. Fields used: Scheck Park, Crow Creek #10 & #11 at the 4-Plex and LeClaire’s Veterans Memorial Complex. Teams formed by a draft following evaluations. LeClaire-only teams are a registration option on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those interested in coaching are encouraged to contact the division director, Matt Wood at mcw1205@aol.com.

—* Majors:* For Grades 6-7: Full base running rules. Regulation games now seven innings, with teams playing typically twice a week, and practice time on the weekend once games start. April is set aside for practices. Games run May to mid-July, with All-Star games and a postseason tournament capping the season. Fields used: Crow Creek #8 & #9 at the 4-Plex. Teams formed by a draft following evaluations. Also: A LeClaire-only team is a registration option on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those interested in coaching are encouraged to contact the division director, Dan Escontrias at danesco33@gmail.com.

Juniors: For Grades 8-9 (ages 13-15). NOTE: If pairing BPV with high school baseball, play in Seniors on a full-sized diamond against older competition. Teams normally formed by a draft following evaluations. Full baseball rules (except dropped third strike) on slightly smaller-than-regulation fields (54-foot mound, 80-foot bases). Games are seven innings, with teams playing typically 2-3 times per week, and practice time on the weekend once games start. April is set aside for practices. Games run May to mid-July, with an All-Star game and a postseason tournament capping the season. Fields used: Crow Creek #5 and Castro Field at Kiwanis Park/Paul Norton School. Some games also at out-of-town destinations such as Eldridge, Long Grove and Donahue, versus teams from the North Scott and Wapsi Little Leagues. Bettendorf fields have lights, so night games are normal. Those interested in coaching are encouraged to contact the division director, Tyler Driever at tdriever@mchsi.com.

Seniors: Ages 15-20. Grab your friends and create a team (adult coach needed). All registrants are placed on a team. Full baseball on a regulation diamond (60-foot, 6-inch mound, 90-foot bases). Games are seven innings or limited by time limit. Teams play typically three times per week, with practice time available on the weekend. Games start in mid-May and run through late July, with a postseason tournament and All-Star game capping the season. Fields used: Devils Glen Park, McCausland City Field and occasionally Crow Creek #5. Schedule includes doubleheaders (5:30 and 8 p.m. starts) on lighted fields, mainly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays also possible depending on participation numbers. Those interested in coaching or forming a team are encouraged to contact the division director, Steve Tappa at tappasteve@gmail.com.

KEY CONTACTS:

Coach Pitch (Grades 1-3): Tyler Driever (tdriever@mchsi.com)
—* Intro to Kid Pitch (3rd Grade/Advanced):* Ron Johns (johnsronald2020@gmail.com or 251-533-1858)
Minors (Grades 4-5): Matt Wood (mcw1205@aol.com or 563-340-5917)
Majors (Grades 6-7): Dan Escontrias (danesco33@gmail.com or 563-210-3489)
Juniors (Grades 8-9): Tyler Driever (tdriever@mchsi.com)
Seniors (Ages 15-20): Steve Tappa (tappasteve@gmail.com or 563-676-8111)

NOTE: Coaches are needed in all divisions! (Contact any of those listed).

ABOUT THE BPV

The calendar: Late March is when the season kicks off with evaluations in the Minors and Majors. Coaches meetings also are held at this time in all but the Seniors division, with Coach Pitch, Kid Pitch and Juniors teams forming (exact dates will be announced soon). For all divisions except Seniors (which mirrors the high school season), April is set aside for practices. Games begin in May. Seasons end with a division tournament and All-Star Games planned around the July 4 holiday. Depending on weather, all seasons should wrap up by mid-July (Note: Coach Pitch/Kid Pitch finishes by July 4; Seniors start later with games in mid-May and running until the end of July). BPV also offers a seperate Fall program on weekends starting in mid-August and running through the end of September.

Games: Expect to play a couple of games each week. Once games start, practice time is mostly available on the weekends, decided on by a team-by-team, first-come basis. (The two oldest divisions usually play 3 games per week). Exact game schedules determined by the number of participating teams closer to the start of games.

Awards: All participants receive an award in the Coach Pitch and Intro to Kid Pitch divisions, with an awards jamboree at the All-Star Games. The top teams in the regular season and tournament also earn trophies in each division. Additionally, the All-Star Game participants receive a keepsake for playing.

Equipment: All players receive a jersey, hat and baseball socks for their uniform. Baseball pants and shoes, as well as gloves are the responsibility of the participant. (Some also provide their own helmets and bats, but BPV also provides those, along with catchers gear, in a set of team equipment).

Fees: Cost for the season is $100 ($125 for Seniors to partially cover additional insurance costs) plus a service fee for the online registration/organizational service. However, BPV does not exclude participation due to financial hardship. For more information, please ontact Steve Tappa (tappasteve@gmail.com or 563-676-8111).

Sponsorship: Our generous sponsors help make youth baseball an affordable treasure in our community. For information on sponsoring your child’s team, please contact Dan Escontrias (danesco33@gmail.com or 563-210-3489).

Volunteers: Helping keep our costs so low is the volunteerism we enjoy at all levels! Behind-the-scenes help running the all-volunteer organization always is necessary. Please consider volunteering by contacting Steve Tappa (tappasteve@gmail.com or 563-676-8111).

Help wanted: Umpires are also needed and compensated for their work; contact Steve Tappa at tappasteve@gmail.com or 563-676-8111.