Bettendorf/PV Youth Baseball: Welcome

Scoreboard work 5
New scoreboard: Castro Field at Kiwanis Park
Monday, May 11
The President's message:

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Welcome back to our website!

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CONCESSION STAND
Our 2015 Baseball Season is underway and we are excited to have a concession stand. We ask that you please volunteer a total of 6 hours this season. Concession sign ups are available through Pat English: 563-209-7733 or pat.english@americold.com, Hayley English: 417-439-1212 or henglish2010@hotmail.com, or Deb McGrath: 563-343-2087 or domerswife@gmail.com  

The game schedules have been released. Uniforms get handed out this weekend. A new baseball season starts next week!

The Pinto (8-under), Mustang (9-10 year-olds) and Pony (13-14 year-olds) divisions have their first games Monday, May 4. Bronco (11-12 year-olds) starts two days later. By Monday, May 11, action starts in the Colt (15-19) league.

If you've yet to sign up for the Colt League, there still is time, but do so quickly to avoid ending up on a waiting list! Contact Colt League Director Steve Tappa at 563-676-8111 or tappa@qconline.com.

If interested in helping behind the scenes this season, contact me or any board member.


If interested in supporting BPV financially, your contributions are extremely important and very much appreciated in helping offset our ever-increasing expenses. Please contact me or any of the apporpriate board members: Megyn Moser, Sponsors: 563-505-3018 or msquared78@gmail.com,  Peter Duytschaever, Sponsors: 309-738-3238 or peteduytschaever@gmail.com,  Martha Garcia-Tappa, Marketing: 563-505-2909 or marthagarciatappa@yahoo.com, or Jimmy Tappa, Fundraising: 563-349-9681 or jtappa@qconline.com.

Contact me if interested in joining our umpiring crew at rftappa@gmail.com or 563-499-4702.

For those playing in the Pony League this season, you'll also notice an electronic scoreboard finally installed at one of our oldest diamonds, Castro Field at Kiwanis Park/Paul Norton School. Among our other long-range goals is to add lights at the Crow Creek Park 4-Plex and install additional batting cages at fields around our great community.

I'd also like to direct you to the rest of our website, which includes sections for Standings and Schedules, Handouts (division ruiles and other pertinent information), Pictures (please send us 2015 action!) and About Us.

If you are new to our program, here's a little bit about BPV Youth Baseball: 

-- Our mission is simple: to offer an affordable, city-based, competitive baseball league for the youngsters of our families in this great community;
-- Our all-volunteer program strives to offer the best experience possible for all players, coaches, officials, sponors and fans by providing a safe, fun, structured outlet;
-- Besides baseball skills, BPV also hopes to develop sportsmanship, leadership, social responsibility and a sense of community;
 -- Our non-profit program raises funds to not only support this mission, but also partners with the City of Bettendorf and the Bettendorf's Park & Rec Department to continually improve the baseball-playing facilities in our community;
-- BPV annually awards a $500 college scholarship to one senior each at the Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley high schools that went through our program and exhibits the traits we admire the most. (To apply, please see your high school guidance counselor);
-- With backing from our generous sponsors, no youngster is denied the chance to play baseball for financial reasons. (Contact me to inquire about scholarship details);
-- Our motto: It's not about the winning; it's about competing and learning to try your hardest and work together with others. We're all about helping the young people of our great community become productive citizens and fantastic neighbors.

A couple of important facts about BPV Youth Baseball:
-- More than 600 youngsters annually participate in our program via one of our five age-bracket divisions -- Pinto (8-and-under), Mustang (9-10), Bronco (11-12), Pony (13-14) and Colt (15-19);
-- All players receive a baseball uniform of a jersey, hat and socks. Baseball pants and shoes are the participant's responsibility;
-- Each team also is provided batting helmets, catcher's gear and bats upon request. Players are expected to have their own gloves;
-- Umpires are paid for their work at all levels except Pinto, where parent volunteers are asked to help run the game. For those interested in paid umpiring jobs, please contact Bob Tappa;
-- Volunteers are always needed and welcomed, whether for coaching or behind-the-scenes board work. Those volunteers must clear a background check to work with children per city rules;
 -- The City of Bettendorf and Bettendorf's Parks and Rec Department allows BPV to use their diamonds at the following parks: Crow Creek, Devils Glen, Middle, Kiwanis, Hoover, Scheck, Edgewood and Meier. We thank them for their ongoing support and partnership;
-- BPV partners with youth baseball organizations in the North Scott School District and cross-river East Moline to provide easily-reachable, regularly-scheduled, regular-season and postseason games.
-- The tentative starting date for the season for all divisions except Colt is Monday, May 4 (weather permitting).
-- The Colt division start date is Monday, May 11, with a special opening night ceremony planned later this season to honor forner league director Terry Heible, who died last fall after 30 seasons of behind-the-scenes volunteer work on behalf of youth baseball in our community.
 -- The targeted finish for all divisions except Colt is mid-July. The Colt division's desired finish is July 24.



Bob Tappa, 
BPV Board President 
rftappa@gmail.com 
or 563-499-4702
 
 


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