Tryout details announced; registration deadline looming
With the spring/summer youth baseball season fast approaching, those yet to register need to do so quickly to secure their spot in Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley Youth Baseball.
All but the oldest division (Seniors, ages 15-20) will have coaches meetings soon and begin forming teams.
April 1 is a target deadline for registrations in all divisions except Seniors, with tryouts/evaluations scheduled for the Minors (grades 4-5) and Majors (grades 6-7) divisions (see details below).
But once a division is full, registration will close and waiting lists will begin forming.
The registration link is: https://active.leagueone.com/Olr/Pages/Welcome.aspx?ClubId=14196
BPV’s divisions are Coach Pitch (K-2nd grades), Rookie/Intro to Kid Pitch (grade 3 and advanced/experienced 2nd graders), Minors (Grades 4-5), Majors (Grades 6-7), Juniors (Grades 8-9) and Seniors (High School & up; ages 15-20).
NOTE: Seniors starts and finishes roughly a month later than the other divisions so it is better aligned with the high school and college seasons and school schedules.
For a breakdown of the divisions, please see our website’s registration kickoff message: https://bpv.teampages.com/organizations/21438/announcements/2337949-BPV-2023-spring-summer-registration-open-
MINORS & MAJORS TRYOUTS
BPV is hosting tryouts/evaluations for the Minors and Majors divisions on Saturday, April 1 at the Crow Creek Park 4-Plex.
For the Minors division (grades 4-5), the tryouts/evaluations are 2-4 p.m.
For the Majors division (grades 6-7), the tryouts/evaluations are 4-6 p.m.
Check-in is at the center of the four diamonds, underneath the picnic pavilion. Please arrive at least a half-hour early so players can warm up and be checked in no later than 15 minutes before the advertised time of the tryout/evaluation session.
The rain date is Sunday, April 2 at the same place and times. In the event of inclement weather that weekend, registered participants will be emailed to confirm any changes.
For those unable to attend that weekend, a makeup session for tryouts/evaluations is Tuesday, April 4 from 5-7 p.m. at the 4-Plex.
If unable to attend any session, players will still end up on a team. The tryouts/evaluations are simply used by coaches to measure a player’s current skill level. Coaches draft their team’s for the season, with the entire process helping to strike a competitive balance to make everyone better.
Players are asked to bring their glove, favorite bat and dress for a baseball practice in the spring weather (example: baseball hat, t-shirt or baseball sleeves or sweatshirt, and baseball pants or sweat pants). There will be a number of skill stations, including hitting, pitching, fielding and running.
No extra sign-up is necessary for tryouts/evaluations. If you are registered for Majors or Minors, simply plan to attend.
The Majors and Minors are the ONLY divisions with tryouts in BPV.
Juniors teams (grades 8-9) begin forming teams during their coaches meeting.
Teams are formed by school and special requests in Coach Pitch (grades K-2) and Rookie/Intro to Kid Pitch (grade 3 and advanced/experienced 2nd graders).
Seniors teams (ages 15-20) begin forming during a player meeting in late April (TBA), with players urged to play with friends and form their own teams for the summer.
REMINDER: Volunteer coaches still are needed in every division, especially head coaches in Coach Pitch and Minors.
For those planning to coach in any division, please contact the appropriate division director if you have not already done so:
— Coach Pitch (Grades K-2): Bob Jurkowski (firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-940-3935)
— Intro to Kid Pitch (2nd advanced/3rd Grade): Steve Tappa (email@example.com or 563-676-8111)
— Minors (Grades 4-5): Bob Jurkowski (firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-940-3935)
— Majors (Grades 6-7): Matt Wood (email@example.com or 563-340-5917)
— Juniors (Grades 8-9): Steve Tappa (firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-676-8111)
— Seniors (Ages 15-20): Steve Tappa (email@example.com or 563-676-8111)
For more details about BPV, visit BPVBaseball.com.