General Information

REVISED DATES: Thornapple Valley Baseball League Spring 2021 Season
  • March 15 – Coaches Meeting
  • March 21 – Player Evaluation Day
  • March 22 – Makeup Evaluation Day
  • March 23-25 – Player Drafts
  • March 29 – Preseason Practice Begins
  • April 12 – Instructional League Practice Begins
  • April 23 – Tentative Field Clean-Up Day
  • April 24 -Tentative Opening Day
  • June 4 – Regular Season Ends
  • June 7-15 – Playoffs and All Star Games (All Leagues Except Instructional)
  • June 16-22 – Weather contingency week for Playoffs and All Star Games. (Only If Needed).

 

COST:

Instructional: $110

All other divisions: $135

$10 sibling discount

$15 late fee for anyone that signs up after the registration deadline (March 14)

 

DIVISIONS:

INSTRUCTIONAL - AGES 6 and 7 (Typically Kindergarten and 1st graders)

  • Schedule- Typically teams play and/or practice twice a week. Games are on Saturday afternoons or Monday evenings. Practice could be on any week day, depending on coaches availability. Season runs April-early June.  June 4-6 will be the last weekend.
  • Coach pitch (Tee also 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 8 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 chose 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 instructional league if we feel it is in the players best interest.

 

YOUTH LEAGUE - AGES 8 and 9 (Typically 2nd and 3rd graders)

  • Schedule- Typically Teams play and/or practice 2-3 times per week.  Sunday's are only used in extreme situations.  Season runs April-early June.  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 weather.
  • Machine pitch.
  • Players are placed on teams by random draw, with even age distributions. Team requests are NOT available.
  • Players cannot turn 10 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. No 2 3/4" bats allowed.

 

ROOKIE LEAGUE - AGE 10 (Typically 4th Graders)

  • Schedule- Typically Teams play and/or practice 2-3 times per week.  Sunday's are only used in extreme situations.  Season runs April-early June.  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 weather.
  • Kid pitch.
  • 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. No 2 3/4" bats allowed.

 

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.  Season runs April-early June.  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 weather.
  • Kid pitch.
  • 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. No 2 3/4" bats allowed.

 

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.  Season runs April-early June.  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 weather.
  • Kid pitch.
  • 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: 2 5/8” bats allowed. 1.15 BPF/USSSA or USA stamp bats. No 2 3/4" bats allowed.

 

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.  Season runs April-early June.  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 weather.
  • Kid pitch.
  • 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