Bettendorf/PV Youth Baseball: Welcome

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The President's message:
 

Welcome back to our website!

We will be rolling out registration details for players in January, but in advance of that, we wanted to get a jump on our volunteer needs, especially in the Concession Stand at the 4-Plex.

The Concession Stand is a two-fold project, providing a much-needed amenity for the fans/families at the 4-Plex while also raising money for the many good works of BPV. With families moving on to higher levels, though, we are seeking volunteers mainly with players in the 9-12 year-old age range, as those will be the parents normally at the 4-Plex over the near future.

Hayley English
remains in charge of the project, but needs your help in running the stand on a nightly basis! If you are interested in volunteering your time -- whether on a game night or off night -- please contact Hayley at 417-439-1212 or henglish2010@hotmail.com. We ask that you contact Hayley before Dec. 15, as there is a Concession Stand Meeting and Training Session in the works.
 
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The Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley Youth Baseball Association was incredibly honored in September to have the family of the late William B. "Bill" Griffith remember him with memorials going to the organization.

The 57-year-old from Davenport died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 as the result of a motorcycle accident in LeClaire.

Bill was born Jan. 25, 1959 in Beloit, Wis., the son of Tom and Elsie (Peiserich) Griffith. Bill grew up in Bettendorf, though, and was employed for over 25 years in maintenance with Bettendorf Community Schools.

Bill enjoyed baseball, football and motorcycling. Among Bill's fondest memories was playing baseball as a youngster with his brothers Mark and Matthew, as well as with neighborhood friends on the field close by Jackson (now Neil Armstrong) Elementary.

In honor of that memory, Bill and the family chose to have his memorials made to BPV Baseball. Thank you to all who so generously gave in Bill's memory and in accordance with his wishes.

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In off-season workout news, two of our good friends and partners are offering chances to get better this winter.

St. Ambrose University's baseball program is hosting its annual Winter Camp on Dec. 27-28 at the Ambrose Dome on Davenport's Brady Street. The camp is for players ages 6-12 and costs $65 per camper. For more details, visit http://www.eteamz.com/BPV/files/2016SAUWinterBaseballCamp.pdf.

The Legends Baseball and Softball Academy also offers 30-minute lessons to help improve mechanics from the ground up. Legends, which boasts a new indoor facility with over 5,500 square feet, has a new 3-week mini session in the works for toddler athletes called Toddler T ball. This session consists of basic throwing, hitting, and fielding at all positions.

Legends also has an explosive hitting and throwing program, which has helped enrollees improve 3-7 mph with their exit velocity, cleaned up their swing, and looked more explosive in the past four weeks. On the pitching side of things, the explosive throwing consists of weighted ball routines (implemented from Trevor Bauer's offseason program), arm care, strength and mobility. What you will see is cleaner arm paths to reduce pain; cleaner lower half’s to reduce stress in the shoulder, and better mechanics to have command of the baseball.

Legends also hosts frequent winter camps to get the chance to get more work in during the snowfall months and learn more from other positions. A typical camp day runs about 3 hours. These camps consist of, agility, infield, outfield, pitching, and hitting mechanics while working with knowledgeable instructors with more than 20 years combined years in professional baseball.  

For more information, email Cory Harris (cory@legendsbaseballqc.com) or call 563-650-2945. Legends is located at 3902 2nd Ave, Moline.

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The fall season is over. The batting cage nets are down and put away for another season. Time to look forward to the 2017 baseball season.

The Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley Youth Baseball Association would like to thank our umpires, coaches, players, families and concession-stand volunteers for another great season. The BPV Board of Directors also wishes to thank the City of Bettendorf's Parks Department for the beautiful diamonds we enjoy annually. We also would be remiss if we failed to thank our generous sponsors and service providers for helping offer baseball in our community. Included is Champs Trophy, our official awards provider; Names Around Town Photography, which again offered team and individual pictures; Breedlove's, our official sporting goods provider; and Bettendorf Office Products for our printing needs.

We hope to unveil plans for the 2017 baseball season in January, with online registration opening soon afterward.

Volunteers are needed in all phases of the behind-the-scenes Board of Directors. Please consider volunteering your time, ideas and talents! You don't need to be a baseball expert -- help is needed with concessions, trophies, sponsorships, outfield signs and equipment, too!

For information about joining BPV's all-volunteer board, and ensure more than 600 kids annually play baseball in our community, please contact league president Bob Tappa at rftappa@gmail.com or 563-499-4702.

The volunteer work is responsible for several amenities you might take for granted at our city's baseball fields. From scoreboards to batting cages, to lights at Devils Glen, Paul Norton School and Crow Creek No. 5, the BPV continues to make baseball better in our community.

Umpires are needed, and compensated for their work in all leagues except the 8-under division (where a parent from each team is asked to umpire those games). If interested, please apply by calling or emailing Don Wendel at dwendel@windstream.net or 563-271-7046.

Sponsorship of teams in all divisions are needed! Outfield signs also are available to help advertise your business! For more information, please see our sponsorship letter (http://www.eteamz.com/BPV/files/2017BPVSponsorLetter.pdf) and sponsorship registration form (http://www.eteamz.com/BPV/files/2017BPVSponsorshipRegistrationForm.pdf). You also may contact Pat English at pat.english@americold.com or 563-209-7733.

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The 2016 summer season was marked by many highlights! For a recap, please visit the following links:

Ages 15-19:
For final regular-season standings, please see the "standings" section of the website:
http://www.eteamz.com/BPV/standings/index.cfm?season=476083&division=6647073

For a glance at the tournament bracket:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cqXf7gZ0pK-w5IwlKDPfqe4ptfR4DE9fpZL_EGbGzz0/edit#gid=928109352

For the All-Star program:
http://www.eteamz.com/BPV/files/2016All-StarsProgram(15-19division).pdf

For pictures, visit the "News & Pictures" section of the website:
http://www.eteamz.com/BPV/news/index.cfm?cat=578684

Ages 13-14:

For final regular-season standings, please see the "standings" section of the website: http://www.eteamz.com/BPV/standings/index.cfm?season=476083&division=2639908 

For a glance at the tournament bracket:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1928wuoPZ1O1kb3QE67Ntuyz3VZKgUzt-0TVzJboN4FQ/edit#gid=2074237802 

For the All-Star program:
http://www.eteamz.com/BPV/files/2016All-StarsProgram(13-14division).pdf

For pictures, visit the "News & Pictures" section of the website:
http://www.eteamz.com/BPV/news/index.cfm?cat=578684

Ages 11-12:

For final regular-season standings, please see the "standings" section of the website:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QcU6bprSjgFSYcXOzFjKfkkIGgIppBStFqbVIQoMRko/edit#gid=1040704176

For a glance at the tournament bracket:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wErnPqBgE30ES_J89Jg3zr_eYbBzI1hwZlox23kh2oE/edit#gid=0

For the All-Star program:
http://www.eteamz.com/BPV/files/2016All-StarsProgram(11-12division).pdf 

For pictures, visit the "News & Pictures" section of the website:
http://www.eteamz.com/BPV/news/index.cfm?cat=578684

Ages 9-10:
For final regular-season standings, please see the "standings" section of the website:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QcU6bprSjgFSYcXOzFjKfkkIGgIppBStFqbVIQoMRko/edit#gid=1040704176

For a glance at the tournament bracket: 
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NeLkpE9TVZkNzY4844jq1wbK0gWIQJcuEjdidHCzLOs/edit#gid=1712589802

For the All-Star program:
http://www.eteamz.com/BPV/files/20169-10AllstarProgram.pdf

For pictures, visit the "News & Pictures" section of the website:
http://www.eteamz.com/BPV/news/index.cfm?cat=578684

Ages 8-under:
For final regular-season standings, please see the "standings" section of the website:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Zozzdq0fBN0ODYJIiNAXXblfk4t87ZVH-oc-6cwVQH4/edit#gid=946146044

For a glance at the tournament bracket:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12Wss1p6WDhGcs7FsufjHLQyTpgs2h9jbv57WRqghOjY/edit#gid=39807538

For the All-Star program:
http://www.eteamz.com/BPV/files/2016All-StarsProgram(8-underdivision).pdf

For pictures, visit the "News & Pictures" section of the website:
http://www.eteamz.com/BPV/news/index.cfm?cat=578684
 
For any questions about our age-bracket divisions, including inquiries about coaching, contact the appropriate league director:

Ages 6-8:
Steve Tappa, tappa@qconline.com, 563-676-8111 or Ron Johns, johnsronald@johndeere.com, 706-220-7286

Ages 9-10:
Dan Escontrias, danesco33@gmail.com, 563-210-3489

Ages 11-12:
TBA

Ages 13-14:
Bob Tappa, rftappa@gmail.com, 563-499-4702

Ages 15-19:
Steve Tappa, tappa@qconline.com, 563-676-8111

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The Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley Youth Baseball Association offers a college scholarship annually to a senior at both Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley High Schools. Candidates must have good academic credentials. Community involvement is a plus. Winners must also have played at least six seasons in the BPV.

Congratulations to the 2016 winners – Luke Miller at Bettendorf and Eric Dilley at Pleasant Valley. If you know of a graduating senior, urge them to apply for the scholarship this coming school year.  For an application, ask your school guidance counselor or visit http://www.eteamz.com/BPV/files/BPVscholarshipapplicartion.pdf.
 
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The Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley Youth Baseball Association is responsible for several amenities you might take for granted at our city's baseball fields. From scoreboards to batting cages, to lights at Devils Glen, Paul Norton School and Crow Creek No. 5, the BPV continues to make baseball better in our community. Among the most-recent improvements and good works by the BPV:

-- A new scoreboard at Saldivar Field at Devils Glen Park, READY FOR THE 2017 SEASON.

-- A new batting cage at Devils Glen, prior to the start of the 2016 season, in a partnership with our affiliated Diamond Kings 13-14 travel program. Andrew Dresselhaus, the oldest son of Diamond Kings 14-under coach John Dresselhaus, completely overhauled and refurbished that part of the facility as his Boys' Scout Eagle Project. Pictures of the work and completed project are on the News & Pictures section of our website. http://www.eteamz.com/BPV/news/index.cfm?cat=578684

-- New batting cage nets at the Crow Creek Park 4-Plex ahead of the start of the 2016 season. The BPV also hangs, stores and maintains those nets, along with the batting cages at Devils Glen, CC#5 and Paul Norton School/Kiwanis Park/Castro Field. When not in use by BPV teams, the batting cages are for the entire community's benefit. Pictures of the annual project are available on the News & Pictures section of our website.

-- The concession stand at the 4-Plex is once again a going conern. Part amenity for the families attending games there, part fundraiser for the many good works of BPV. Please consider volunteering your time to help offer a concession stand! 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 concession stand at Devils Glen is run by volunteers from Bettendorf's New Choices, Inc. The proceeds from the stand benefit the organization's charitable mission to allow local individuals with disabilities to live as independently as possible.

-- G and R Integration Services generously donated in 2015 a defibrillator to the 4-Plex Concession Stand for emergencies. Defibrillation saves lives. The technology is a common treatment for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias and ventricular fibrillation. Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the heart with a device called a defibrillator.

-- A new scoreboard was installed after the 2014 season at Castro Field at Kiwanis Park/Paul Norton School. As you can see in the News & Pictures section of our website, our fundraising efforts allowed BPV to add to scoreboards at the 4-Plex, and at Diamonds No. 5 and 6 at Crow Creek Park.

-- BPV partnered with the City of Bettendorf in 2013 to replace the 30-year-old lights at Castro.

-- Our organization annually awards a college scholarship to a worthy graduating senior each year at both Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley High Schools.

Please consider donating your time and talents on behalf of the children of this community.
And, don't feel as if you need to be a baseball expert! From trophies and medals, to team and individual pictures, to concessions, sponsorships, fundraising, game equipment and league management, there's much to do in assuring more than 600 local youngsters annually get to play baseball in our city-wide league.

Volunteer work helps ensure the scholarship program as well as much-needed improvements to equipment and at all of the diamonds we use. The ultimate long-range goal is adding lights for the 4-Plex.
 
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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 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 Bob Tappa to inquire about financial assistance);
-- Our motto: It is not about the winning; it is about competing and learning to try your hardest and work together with others. We are 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 -- 6-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 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;
-- 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, Devil's Glen, Middle, Kiwanis, Hoover, Scheck, and Edgewood. We thank them for their ongoing support and invaluable partnership;
-- BPV partners with youth baseball organizations in LeClaire, the North Scott School District and cross-river East Moline to provide easily-reachable, regularly-scheduled, regular-season and postseason games at certain levels.
-- 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), News & Pictures (please send us your photos) and About Us. 

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


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Eric Dilley was the 2016 BPV Scholarship winner at Pleasant Valley.

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