General Information

Thornapple Valley Baseball League Spring 2022 Season
  • Feb 26-March 3. Coaches Meeting (via Zoom)
  • March 2nd-Registration Deadline (all but Instructional)
  • March 3rd-5th- Late Registration
  • March 5th – Player Evaluation Day, Currently will be held at ACA Baseball Training at 5960 Alden Nash Lowell, MI 49331
  • March 7 – Makeup Evaluation Day/equipment pick up at TVBL Cages
  • March 9/10 – Player Drafts
  • March 12 – Preseason Practice Begins
  • April 1st- Instructional Registration ends
  • April 2-10- Instructional Late Registration
  • April 12 – Instructional League Practice Begins
  • April 15 – Field Clean-Up Day/Uniform Pick up
  • April 16 - Opening Day
  • May 7 - Picture Day
  • June 4 (Saturday) – 1st Round of Playoffs
  • June 7-14 – Playoffs and All-Star Games (All Leagues Except Instructional)
  • June 13-14 – All-star Practice/Game

 

COST:

Instructional: $125

All other divisions: $150

1st sibling $25 discount, 2nd Sibling $50, 3rd Sibling and more $100 per player

$25 late registration fee

Please contact the League at tvblbaseball@gmail.com if in need of Financial Assistance

 

DIVISIONS:

INSTRUCTIONAL - AGES 5 and 6 (Typically Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten)

  • Schedule- Typically teams play and/or practice twice a week. Games are on Saturday afternoons or Monday evenings. Practices could be on any weekday, depending on coaches' availability. The season runs April-early June.  June 4-6 will be the last weekend.
  • Coach pitch (5 max pitches-Tee used if unable to hit pitched balls)
  • Players placed on teams by school and/or with friends to the best of our ability (Player or Coach request available at sign up)
  • Players cannot turn 7 prior to August 1 of the new playing season year.
  • Bat Rule:  Bats must either be marked with the “USA” Bat stamp if 2 5/8” in barrel diameter, or limited to 2 1/4'” barrel diameters for 1.15 BPF/USSSA stamped bats. No 2 3/4" bats allowed.
  • Some Players may choose to "play up" in the older youth division for competitive reasons.  This is allowed by TVBL, but our board of directors reserves the right to move the player back into the Instructional league if we feel it is in the player's best interest.

 

YOUTH LEAGUE - AGES 7 and 8 (Typically 1st and 2nd graders)

  • Schedule- Typically Teams play and/or practice 2-3 times per week.  Sunday's are only used in extreme situations.  The season runs April-early June.  The last weekend that will be used for TVBL games is June 3-5.  Our goal is to conclude the season (playoffs and all start games) by June 15, however playoff games may occur during the week through mid to late June depending on the weather.
  • Machine pitch. 46 foot mound, 60 foot bases
  • Players are placed on teams by random draw, with even age distributions. Team requests are NOT available.
  • Players cannot turn 9 prior to August 1 of the new playing season year.
  • Bat Rule:  Bats must either be marked with the “USA” Bat stamp if 2 3/8” or larger in barrel diameter, or limited to 2 1/4'” barrel diameters for 1.15 BPF/USSSA stamped bats.
  • Some Players may choose to "play up" in the older division for competitive reasons.  This is allowed by TVBL, but our board of directors reserves the right to move the player back into the Instructional league if we feel it is in the player's best interest.

 

ROOKIE LEAGUE - AGE 9-10 (Typically 3rd and 4th Graders)

  • Schedule- Typically Teams play and/or practice 2-3 times per week.  Sunday's are only used in extreme situations.  The season runs April-early June.  The last weekend that will be used for TVBL games is June 3-5.  Our goal is to conclude the season (playoffs and all start games) by June 15, however playoff games may occur during the week through mid to late June depending on the weather.
  • Kid pitch. 46 foot mound, 60 foot bases
  • Players are drafted by coaches, per evaluation and draft process.
  • Players cannot turn 11 prior to August 1 of the new playing season year.
  • Bat Rule: Bats must either be marked with the “USA” Bat stamp if 2 5/8”or larger in barrel diameter, or limited to 2 1/4'” barrel diameters for 1.15 BPF/USSSA stamped bats.
  • Some Players may choose to "play up" in the older division for competitive reasons.  This is allowed by TVBL, but our board of directors reserves the right to move the player back into the Instructional league if we feel it is in the player's best interest.

 

MINOR LEAGUE - Age 11 (Typically 5th Graders)

  • Schedule- Typically Teams play and/or practice 2-3 times per week.  Sunday's are only used in extreme situations.  The season runs April-early June.  The last two weekends of May will not be used. The last weekend that will be used for TVBL games is June 4-6.  Our goal is to conclude the season (playoffs and all start games) by June 15, however playoff games may occur during the week through mid to late June depending on the weather.
  • Kid pitch. 46 foot mound, 60 foot bases
  • Players are drafted by coaches, per evaluation and draft process.
  • Players cannot turn 12 prior to August 1 of the new playing season year.
  • Bat Rule: Bats must either be marked with the “USA” Bat stamp if 2 5/8” in barrel diameter, or limited to 2 1/4'” barrel diameters for 1.15 BPF/USSSA stamped bats.
  • Some Players may choose to "play up" in the older division for competitive reasons.  This is allowed by TVBL, but our board of directors reserves the right to move the player back into the Instructional league if we feel it is in the player's best interest.

 

MAJOR LEAGUE - AGE 12 (Typically 6th graders)

  • Schedule- Typically Teams play and/or practice 2-3 times per week.  Sunday's are only used in extreme situations.  The season runs April-early June.  The last two weekends of May will not be used. The last weekend that will be used for TVBL games is June 3-5.  Our goal is to conclude the season (playoffs and all start games) by June 15, however playoff games may occur during the week through mid to late June depending on the weather.
  • Kid pitch. 50 foot mounds, 70 foot bases
  • Players are drafted by coaches, per evaluation and draft process.
  • Players cannot turn 13 prior to August 1 of the new playing season year.
  • Bat Rule: Any bat USA or USSSA stamped bat may be used.
  • Some Players may choose to "play up" in the older division for competitive reasons.  This is allowed by TVBL, but our board of directors reserves the right to move the player back into the Instructional league if we feel it is in the player's best interest.

 

SENIOR LEAGUE - AGES 13-15 (Typically 7th, 8th, and 9th Graders)

  • Schedule- Typically Teams play and/or practice 2-3 times per week.  Sunday's are only used in extreme situations.  The season runs April-early June.  The last two weekends of May will not be used. The last weekend that will be used for TVBL games is June 3-5.  Our goal is to conclude the season (playoffs and all start games) by June 15, however playoff games may occur during the week through mid to late June depending on the weather.
  • Kid pitch. 57 foot mounds/80 foot bases
  • Players are drafted by coaches, per evaluation and draft process.
  • Players cannot turn 16 prior to August 1 of the new playing season year.
  • 2 ¾” Bats allowed 1.15 BPF/USSSA or BBCOR