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6757 Cascade Road SE #166
Grand Rapids , Michigan
United States 49546
March 17, 2020
Board of Directors
Thornapple Valley Baseball League

As the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus continues to impact work, sport, and social schedules, we at TVBL are closely monitoring developments.  We take seriously our player and family health and safety.

At this time, all practices are indefinitely postponed.  We do not yet have an anticipated start date for games, as this will depend on guidance from state and federal authorities.  

TWe will plan in advance and monitor messages and decisions from the State of Michigan, World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local agencies.  This will include scheduling decisions made by local school boards and administrators.

We are hopeful the 2020 season can be played safely and without significant disruption, but we will not let our hopes cloud our judgment.  We will communicate with you to the best of our abilities.  Please feel free to contact us at tvblbaseball@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.
Registration is Open: Site Has Moved!

Welcome to the Thornapple Valley Baseball League!  

We are putting the finishing touches on our new website, hosted by TeamSnap.  In the meantime, please go to the following TeamSnap registration link:  TeamSnap Registration

Please register as soon as possible; spring will be here before we know it.  That's not true.  Months of misery await.  But register anyway! 

TVBL Bat Rules

Effective April 2018, TVBL welcomes bats conforming to the USA Baseball standard.  These bats have a 2 5/8" barrel diameter and are conspicuously marked with a "USA Baseball" stamp just above the handle.  USA Baseball bats perform similarly to wood bats (which are also allowed in all TVBL leagues)

In addition, depending on level of play, the following bats may be allowed in TVBL: 

1.     Senior League: in our oldest league, the widest range of bats are permitted.  In addition to USA Baseball bats, we allow bats with the 1.15, or "USSSA", stamp, at the 2 1/4", 2 5/8", and 2 3/4" diameters.  The full "travel bat" option can be used in Senior.  BBCOR,  or high school, bats are also allowed.

2.      Major League:  bats up to 2 5/8" in diameter may bear the 1.15 BPF/USSSA stamp.  2 3/4" bats are NOT allowed in the Major League

3.      Instructional, Youth, Minor, and Rookie Leagues:  the only 1.15/USSSA bats that may be used are those limited to 2 1/4" in diameter.  Otherwise, these leagues are limited to USA Baseball bats.