Bettendorf/PV Youth Baseball: Welcome

Jimmy Smith and Smitty
Smitty with his son and namesake, Jimmy Smith
Friday, August 14
The President's message:

Welcome back to our website!

The summer season is over, but that just means it's time for our Fall League.

Play is offered for Ages 7-14, with Pinto, Mustang, Bronco and Pony divisions forming depending on sign ups. The registration deadline is Aug. 15, with play starting Aug. 22 for five Saturdays this fall.

Walk-up registration and a question-and-answer session is 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Crow Creek Park 4-Plex.

For details, please visit this link to a registration flyer: 

A Fall League for the Colt League division (ages 15-19) also is available on Sundays from Aug. 23-Oct. 4. (Exceptions Labor Day Weekend Sept. 6 and the weekend of the Quad Cities Marathon on Sept. 27).

Walk-up registration and a question-and-answer session is 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 at Devil's Glen..  

For details, please visit this link to a registration flyer: 

If you miss the deadline for either Saturday or Sunday play, you are still urged to contact us to see if availabilities remain.

For the Saturday group, contact Bob Tappa at 563-499-4702 or email

For the Sunday group, contact Steve Tappa at 563-676-8111 or email


Sad news I'm hoping you can help with ...

My predecessor, and BPV's longtime president Jim Smith, is in Green Bay, Wis., right now, as his grown son Jimmy is in the fight for his life. A bout with pancreatitis led to an infection that has affected his entire system, attacking his vital organs, forcing doctors to induce a coma and rush him into surgery.

Jimmy has been in the hospital since mid-July, and while prayers for a full recovery are appreciated, even a dollar of your hard-earned money would go a long way to offsetting the mounting medical costs. Any donation would be a great way to payback a local youth baseball icon for his many years of volunteer service helping ensure 600-plus children are playing the game each summer.

Smitty's friend and umpiring partner Matt Mooney sends us this note:

"Jimmy's employer started a gofundme site at this link to help with medical bills. When he recovers the doctors still believe he has a 4-6 week hospital stay in front of him. Smitty does not know that I have passed this on to you. He is a proud man, as you know. But, I felt I should knowing how long he was involved in youth baseball. perhaps you could pass it on."

The link to the gofundme website is

Longtime BPV volunteer Terry Helble ended up in the newspaper, with BPV joining the Bettendorf Parks Department and other city officials in dedicating a bench in honor of the late Colt League Director. 

Here's a division-by-division recap of the summer season:

COLT DIVISION (Ages 15-19):
Here's a fnal look at the Colt League Tournament (for final regular-season standings, please see the "standings" section of the website):

The All-Star Game was Monday, July 27. The game was preceded by a reception and ceremony to honor Terry Heible, the late and longtime former Colt League Director. Bettendorf/Pleasant Valley Youth Baseball dedicated a bench at Devils Glen in Heible's honor.

PONY DIVISION (Ages 13-14):
Here's a final look at the Pony League Tournament (for final regular-season standings, please see the "standings" section of the website):
The All-Star Game was Friday, July 3 at the Crow Creek Park Diamond No. 5.  Please send us your All-Star pictures at to include on this website! 

Here's a final look at the Bronco League Tournament and final regular-season division standings:

The All-Star Games were Saturday, July 4 at Crow Creek Park 4-Plex (Diamonds No. 8 and 9). Please send us your All-Star pictures at to include on this website!

Here's a final look at the Mustang League Tournament. 

The All-Star Games were Friday, July 3 at the Crow Creek Park 4-Plex (Diamomds No. 10 and 11). Please send us your All-Star pictures at to include on this website!

PINTO DIVISION (Ages 8-and-under):
The Pinto League Postseason offered 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 had a round-robin tournament for bragging rights.

A final look at the Shootout results and regular-season standings is located here:

The All-Star Games were Saturday, July 4 at the Crow Creek Park 4-Plex (Diamonds No. 10 and 11). Please send us your All-Star pictures at to include on this website!


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

G and R Integration
graciously donated a defibrillator this summer for any emergencies at the 4-Plex. 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. We can't thank G and R Integration enough, or for that matter all of our sponsors and volunteers for supporting us.
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, Hayley English: 417-439-1212 or, or Deb McGrath: 563-343-2087 or  

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

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.

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.

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,  Peter Duytschaever, Sponsors: 309-738-3238 or,  Martha Garcia-Tappa, Marketing: 563-505-2909 or, or Jimmy Tappa, Fundraising: 563-349-9681 or

Also, contact me if interested in helping behind the scenes or joining our umpiring crew at 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 ceremony 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 
or 563-499-4702

Rain-out Hotline: 344-4467

Thomas Byrne, BPV Scholarship winner