BPV Youth Baseball tryouts/evaluations this weekend
Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley Youth Baseball season begins this weekend with tryouts/evaluations planned in two divisions — the Minors (Grades 4-5) and Majors (Grades 6-7).
NOTE: These are the ONLY divisions with tryouts/evaluations in BPV (see details below).
However, this Saturday (April 1) is the target deadline for registrations to secure spots in all divisions except Seniors (ages 15-20), which starts games a month later around Memorial Day.
For all divisions, the registration link is open at: https://active.leagueone.com/Olr/Pages/Welcome.aspx?ClubId=14196
Once a division is full, though, registration will close and waiting lists will begin forming.
A waiting list already has started in Coach Pitch (Grades K-2) — but that division is already close to adding another full team. NOTE: For further expansion to happen, more volunteer coaches are necessary.
If you are interested in registering for Coach Pitch, please contact division director Bob Jurkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All but the oldest division (Seniors) will have coaches meetings starting next week to begin forming teams. Included is a Coach Pitch coaches meeting Wednesday, April 5 at the Bettendorf Public Library (7 pm).
MINORS & MAJORS TRYOUTS/EVALUATIONS
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.
If the forecast holds, and a day delay is necessary, BPV hopes to confirm those changes by Thursday evening.
For those unable to attend on either weekend date, an all-comers 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 intended to help 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.
Juniors teams (grades 8-9) begin forming teams during their upcoming 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 with a coach for the summer.
REMINDER: Volunteer coaches still are needed in every division, especially head coaches in Coach Pitch and Minors.
Please consider coaching for your children and friends to help make baseball happen in our community!
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 (email@example.com or 563-940-3935)
— Intro to Kid Pitch (2nd advanced/3rd Grade): Steve Tappa (firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-676-8111)
— Minors (Grades 4-5): Bob Jurkowski (email@example.com or 563-940-3935)
— Majors (Grades 6-7): Matt Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-340-5917)
— Juniors (Grades 8-9): Steve Tappa (email@example.com or 563-676-8111)
— Seniors (Ages 15-20): Steve Tappa (firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-676-8111)
For a detailed 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-
For more details about BPV, visit BPVBaseball.com.