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2021 SD VFW Baseball Community of the Year Recognized

By VFW Baseball Chairman, 09/13/21, 3:30PM CDT

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2021 SD VFW Baseball Community of the Year and Friends of SD VFW Baseball Released

Department of SD VFW Baseball Chairman, Danny Frisby-Griffin, released the results of the Program’s fourth annual VFW Youth Baseball Community of the Year. Drawing upon the set-aside funds and generous donations from the Frisby-Griffin Family and VFW Posts across South Dakota, VFW Baseball was able to provide the $1000 VFW Youth Baseball Community of the Year Award to Diamond Club Baseball Association, Webster VFW Post 4690 and the City of Webster. We are recognizing their extraordinary efforts in ensuring the safety and security of the players and fans for our season’s largest tournament with 20 Class B 12U teams. VFW Post 4690, Diamond Club Baseball Association and the community of Webster also went above and beyond in executing SD VFW Baseball’s first 16U All Star Game since 2004. All Star Game Day included a players’ skills showcase run by Northern State University and Dakota State University Head Coaches.

The VFW Executive Committee met September 7, 2021, to determine the awardee. The Committee used the score sheet posted on their website and were not surprised by how close the competition was again this year. VFW Baseball would have loved to award every one of these communities but as we’ve been saying this year…VFW Baseball is not in the “participation business” but in the “life lesson” and culture education business.

Congratulations go out to the community of Webster and their VFW members. Diamond Club Baseball Association worked with their community and VFW Post so baseball players across SD had the opportunity to play in one of the best baseball complexes in SD.

This year, we would like to recognize three organizations as Friends of VFW Baseball for their outstanding work and positive relationship with SD VFW Baseball with checks for $250. The Vermillion Parks and Recreation Department, working with the Vermillion VFW Post 3061, ensured a VFW member was at every game to recite the VFW Baseball Code of Conduct prior to the start. They put together a very well run tournament and we look forward to visiting them again soon.

We would like to thank Canistota/Freeman Baseball Association for the hard work they put in to get the Freeman Baseball Complex ready for their tournament weekend. Their positive, can do attitude was contagious and was a lot of fun to watch in action.

Finally, VFW Baseball would like to highlight the church members associated with the Center Field of Dreams. They hit it out of the park hosting SD VFW Baseball’s first 8U Machine Pitch State Tournament. The feedback was all positive and the teams are already looking forward to next year’s tournament.

If you are interested in ensuring the VFW tradition of youth baseball, please consider a donation to the VFW Baseball Grant Program. Your dollars will go to youth baseball programs and communities that may need assistance in providing their youth an opportunity to play baseball, recognize an outstanding baseball community/association as well as assist veterans’ programs. Your donation will not be used for VFW Baseball Program execution.

“This past season was interesting as we bounced back from COVID impacted summer. We’re extremely excited to be able to recognize communities and organizations for their outstanding support of VFW Youth Baseball. The SD VFW Baseball Program continues to support youth baseball and veterans’ programs across South Dakota,” said Frisby-Griffin. “We’re consistently striving to make SD VFW Baseball better each year. Make sure you make it to our 2022 16U All Star Game and Showcase to watch the outstanding players from across SD.”

Registration Reminder

REMINDER: The primary registration period is not open yet. We hope to have it open by the middle of February.

  1. A VFW Baseball team and players must register online at www.sdvfwbaseball.com  
  2. Early registration fee is $175 per team until May 1.
  3. Registration fee is $200 per team from May 2 until June 15. Entry form and rosters are due by June 15th.
  4. Late registration is $225 per team from June 16 until June 21st. It is imperative all age divisions registration/rosters be completed by 12 PM on June 21st to allow class assignment, state and region pool play/bracket construction as well as region assignments to be completed no later than June 25th. Rosters will be locked down at 12:01 PM June 21st.
  5. Extremely late registration: All age division team initial registration may be accepted on a case-by-case basis until June 25th and the fee will be $250. After brackets are posted, 14U and 16U team acceptance into tournament requires 2/3 approval of the teams in their prospective region and the fee will be $250.
  6. Team registration will include Team’s name, Sponsor’s name, Coaches Name, information, phone, cell phone, address and email.
  7. In addition, each team will designate a Team Manager (TM) application by GameChanger Point of Contact (POC) with email for administration and official score keeper purposes.
  8. During league or VFW season play TM POCs will both keep TM active scoring. They will resolve scoring conflicts including pitch count real time creating one official contest.
  9. It’s highly recommended that Team Manager be used at all age division (8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U) games.
  10. Team roster must have the following player information by 12 PM June 21st: uniform number, first and last name, address/city of primary residence, school attended the last school year and for 8U/10U/12U the high school within the school district their elementary/middle school feeds into and date of birth.
  11. Initial team rosters with complete player information, including school last attended information, must be posted by June 21st. If your team roster doesn’t have the information necessary to determine your class assignment, VFW Baseball reserves the right to move you to a higher class or disqualify the team without refund.
  12. You may list unlimited players on the team roster however, VFW Baseball provides 14 medals per team for 8U/10U and 18 medals per team for 12U, 14U and 16U State Tournaments. VFW Baseball will provide vendor information for purchasing additional medals or trophies as required.
  13. June 21st at 12 PM is the cutoff date for all roster changes to be posted on the website, late roster changes for all age divisions will be on a case-by-case basis and coordinated with the VFW Baseball Chairman (do not post rosters to the website after 12 PM on June 21st).

It is imperative registration/rosters be completed by June 21st to allow region brackets/seeding to be completed no later than June 25th. Late registration for 12U and 10U will be accepted until June 25th. Teams may be accepted on a case-by-case basis after this date.

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