Bettendorf/PV Youth Baseball: Welcome

Thomas Byrne
Thomas Byrne, BPV Scholarship winner
Tuesday, June 30
The President's message:

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Welcome back to our website!


The postseason and all-star games in each division are upon us! Please be aware of the action happening on the diamonds of Bettendorf:

PINTO DIVISION (Ages 8-and-under):
The Pinto League Postseason offers one-game shootouts for the BPV teams, with the regular season's top finisher taking on the No. 2 team, the No. 3 and 4 seeds meeting, and so forth. The three East Moline teams also are having a round-robin tournament for bragging rights. The schedule of matchups is linked below:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nmPY5pCrxzgDwJaDmxTx5W_aaPRyOVyVZB2W1Ul2qeU/edit#gid=0

The Pinto League All-Star Games also are scheduled for Saturday, July 4 at the Crow Creek Park 4-Plex (Diamonds 10 and 11). Each team selects three (3) All-Star Game representatives/participants. (The league champ gets a 4th player in the game). Coaches from the top 4 finishers are each in charge of a squad.

Volunteers from the other teams are needed to help umpire, run the scoreboards and announce, etc. All teams (available coaches and players) should report in jerseys and hats by 11:45 a.m. The awards jamboree and introduction of all teams begins at noon. The All-Star lineups follow before the Natiional Anthem and the game (we'll play 9 innings or 3 hours; whatever comes first). All awards and pictures will be passed out at this time, and we'll take a group picture of the All-Star assembly to share with our supporters.

MUSTANG DIVISION (Ages 9-10):
The Mustang League Tournament is underway! A bracket with games, dates and times is linked below:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CIBJsrDncw4FdYSUtTENKrbwTVHvF0klXjfCNZpDQDk/edit?usp=sharing

The Mustang League All-Star Games are Friday, July 3 at the Crow Creek Park 4-Plex (Diamomds 10 and 11). Only the BPV teams are involved, with each selecting four (4) representatives/participants. Coaches from the top 4 finishers are each in charge of a squad.

Volunteers from the other teams are needed to help run the scoreboards and announce. Regular-season honors also will be awarded.

BRONCO DIVISION (Ages 11-12):
The Bronco League Tournament starts July 6. A bracket with matchups is forthcoming.
The league's division standings are linked below:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pIIaV5WUHxtP2rag021F2gPFMKYvxSeWHJ7o2-DoA1g/edit#gid=684085420
 
The Bronco League All-Star Games are Saturday, July 4 at the Crow Creek Park 4-Plex (Diamomds 8 and 9). Each team selects four (4) representatives/participants. Coaches from the top 4 finishers are each in charge of a squad. Volunteers from the other teams are needed to help run the scoreboards and announce. Regular-season honors also will be awarded.

PONY DIVISION (Ages 13-14):
The Pony League Tournament has begun! The Pony League All-Star Game is 7 p.m. Friday, July 3 at the Crow Creek Park Diamond No. 5.

COLT DIVISION (Ages 15-19):
The tournament and all-star game are at the end of July, date and times still pending.

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I'd also like to highlight some of the good works being done in the BPV this season:

THE 4-PLEX CONCESSION STAND:

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 this season! 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  

NEW SCOREBOARD AT CASTRO FIELD:
As you'll see in one of the photos on this page, our fundraising efforts allowed BPV to add an electroic scoreboard before the season at one of our two Pony League diamonds, Castro Field (Kiwanis Park/Paul Norton School). This is in addition to scoreboards at the 4-Plex, and at Diamonds No. 5 and 6 at Crow Creek Park, among other improvements we've made to the fields of Bettendorf over the last few years. (We also partnered with the City a few years ago to replace the 30-year-old lights at Castro). Among the long-range goals is adding lights at the 4-Plex. If you would like to help with these good works, please contact Bob Tappa at 563-499-4702 or rftappa@gmail.com.

BPV SCHOLARSHIPS:
Our organization annually awards a college scholarship to a worthy graduating senior each year at both Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley High Schools. Our winners this year were Bettendorf's Thomas Byrne (pictured) and Pleasant Valley's Grant Morthland. To be considered for the scholarship, seniors need to apply through their guidance counselors, and must have played a minimum of six seasons in the BPV (DiamondKings count). The more BPV seasons, the better. Grade-point average and community involvement also are considered, as well as an essay addressing the candidate's experience in the BPV.

BATTING CAGES:
Among the baseball-related ameneties we offer each year for the community are batting cages -- two at the 4-Plex, and one each at the Pony diamonds (Smitty and Castro). We hang the batting cage nets each year before the season (see picture), and take them down each fall after the weather turns to nasty for hitting practice.

BASEBALL FOR KIDS:
More than 600 youngsters, from age 6-19, annually benefit from our program, which provides uniforms, equipment and competition at the following age divisons: Pinto (8-under), Mustang (9-10 year-olds), Bronco (11-12 year-olds), Pony (13-14 year-olds), and Colt (15-19).

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.

Also, contact me if interested in helping behind the scenes or joining our umpiring crew at rftappa@gmail.com or 563-499-4702.

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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