Dept of SD Veterans of Foreign Wars Announces First Ever Youth Baseball Grant Results

Dell Rapids Baseball Association Receives Grant Dollars from SD VFW

SDVFWBaseballLogoSioux Falls (May 4, 2018) – Department of SD VFW Baseball Chairman, Danny Frisby-Griffin, released the results of the program’s first Youth Baseball Grant Results. Drawing upon the initial set-aside funds and a generous donation from the Frisby-Griffin family, VFW Baseball was able to provide a total of $2500 divided among the following three grant applications: Selby Teeners, Dell Rapids Baseball Association and Webster Youth Baseball Association.

The new grant program was created to help ensure youth across South Dakota have an opportunity to participate in baseball. In addition to the grant program, the Department of SD VFW Baseball also created a Youth Baseball Community of the Year Award (monetary) and established a Veterans Program Donation process to allow VFW Baseball to donate to various VFW Veterans programs and initiatives.

Webster Youth Baseball Association plan on utilizing their funding to build a batting cage for the 8U, 10U and 12U baseball teams as well as their youth softball teams. Dell Rapids Baseball Association are also utilizing their grant to add an outdoor batting cage serving over 200 players. Selby Teeners are purchasing new uniforms in addition to other equipment required to provide play safe youth baseball.

“This is an awesome opportunity for the Department of SD VFW Baseball program to give back to the future leaders of our nation,“ said Frisby-Griffin. “And who knows, there may be a future major league player out there that just needed a bit of support to keep playing.”

ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans organization.
Founded in 1899, the congressionally-chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in 6,400 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at or

CONTACT: Danny Frisby-Griffin, 402.332.7423,

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City Approves New Batting Cage

NewBattingCageA new batting cage will be constructed next to Field E in Dell Rapids after the city council gave its approval.  The Dell Rapids City Council approved the request by the Dell Rapids Baseball Association during the regular meeting on Monday, February 5th.

The Dell Rapids Baseball Association in partnership with the Dell Rapids Softball Association are working on a project to construct a new batting cage along the right field side of Field E.  The start of the project will be this spring in hopes of completing the project early into the baseball and softball seasons this summer, if not sooner.

“As you guys are probably aware, our numbers keep increasing, increasing, increasing, and we have one batting cage right now and that’s up by Rickeman Field.  So really, the youth fields don’t have any batting cages.  We would like to put a cage to start with, one single cage, down the right field line of Field E,” said Dell Rapids Baseball Association board member Jeff Holm.  Holm presented the project during the council meeting.

The Dell Rapids Baseball Association has been in contact with local companies and contractors to provide the materials for the project.  The goal is to try to get most of the materials and work volunteered or at cost to keep the price of the project as low as possible.  The baseball and softball associations did not request any city funding for the project.  Any costs associated with this project will be paid by the Dell Rapids Baseball Association.

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Dell Rapids City Council Approves Scoreboard Eagle Scout Project

ManualScoreboardThe Dell Rapids City Council gave the green light for an Eagle Scout project that will place manual scoreboards on two baseball fields at Dell Rapids City Park.  The approval was given during the council’s regular meeting on Monday, October 16th.

Jack Prasek presented plans to the council for a manual scoreboard to be given to the Dell Rapids Baseball association that he will build for his Eagle Scout project.  The scoreboard is planned to be placed on Field F on the south side of the river once completed.

“It will mostly be a simple scoreboard with a home score, guest score, and an inning.  We plan on having brothers or sisters doing the scoring at the games,” said Prasek during his presentation.

The manual scoreboard will start five feet off the ground and go to a height of ten feet.  The width of the scoreboard will be five feet.  Also included on the structure will be a walkway platform about two feet off the ground to be used to reach placing the scores.  There will be hooks placed on the scoreboard to hang numbers for the home score, guest score, and inning.  A lock box will also be built on the structure to store the numbers. DellRapidsFieldF

The cost of the project is estimated to be about $375-400.  Dell Rapids Lumber was chosen as the lumber company to purchase materials for the project.  The Dell Rapids Baseball Association will be paying for all the costs associated with the project.

None of the baseball fields have scoreboards at this point.  The hope is these manual scoreboards will be a benefit to the players and fans, and possibly these manual scoreboards will lead into digital boards sometime in the future.


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Dell Rapids Baseball Association Makes Donation

DellRapidsBaseballDonationThe Dell Rapids Baseball Association was able to make a donation of older, used baseball equipment to an organization that gives the equipment to kids in Nicaragua.  The organization is called “Helping Kids Round First” and was founded by Craig Severtson of Flandreau.  Jay Bentz, Dell Rapids PBR manager/player, is a board member of the organization.  Other board members include Bill Nibbelink, Sam Gotham, Tim Huber, Brian Relf, and Gretta Melsted.

Every year the organization brings baseball and softball equipment and provides instruction to the youth in rural Nicaraguan communities.

The Dell Rapids Baseball Association was able to provide a small donation of used helmets, bats, equipment bags, hats, uniforms, and other items that will be given to the youth.

More information about “Helping Kids Round First” can be found by visiting their website at

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Dell Rapids Baseball Association Update

DellsBaseballLogoThe snow is nearly gone, the ice is melting, and the grass is turning green—all signs pointing toward spring and the start of baseball season.   Yes, it’s nearly here and the Dell Rapids Baseball Association (DRBA) is diligently preparing for the upcoming season.   The DRBA is looking forward to building off of last year’s success, as both the A and B Teener teams earned “runner-ups” in their respective state tournaments.  Little League also had two “runner-ups”, but also crowned a championship team in the MinnDak League.  Other highlights included:  High School Club Baseball saw Dell Rapids make the final four of the state tournament for the second year in a row; Legion baseball won its first game at regions before losing to the eventual state champion; and, both amateur teams (PBR and Mudcats) qualified for the state tournament and advanced past the first round.   Dell Rapids hosted the “B Teener” state tourney to many compliments and a huge success, even mother nature could not damper the mood of our guests.
DRBA is writing this column to simply update the community of the needs, changes, and future of baseball in Dell Rapids.  There are many exciting projects underway to improve our love of baseball in Dell Rapids—such as field improvements, tournaments, equipment updates, and tons of fun.  Currently, the Dell Rapids Baseball Association and Dell Rapids Little League (DRLL) are joining forces to form one entity to better accommodate baseball fans, parents, and kids in Dell Rapids. The current structure is still being formed; however, all information regarding baseball in Dell Rapids will be conducted through one website,  To eliminate confusion, all ages of baseball will be using the same online registration site, same as last year.  You can register for Little League, High School Club Baseball, Teeners, and Legion Baseball.  Online registration will open on February 1, 2017-so register early.  Registration costs will remain the same as last year.
Of course as in every year, the DRBA and DRLL are both looking for coaches.  If you’re interested in coaching at the High School Club, American Legion, Teener, or Little League levels, please send us a note or contact a board member—all through the website.   We are always looking for coaches to teach, mentor, and encourage our youth in Dell Rapids.   You don’t need to be an expert, but a background check is required for all coaching positions, at all levels.   If you have questions, please contact a board member so we can get an answer for you.  If you are new to town and part of a new business and interested in becoming a sponsor, please see the website for more information.    DRBA and DRLL thanks all those businesses who have supported Dell Rapids baseball in the past, and would like to just give a “heads-up” that our yearly letter will be arriving shortly.   We would not have baseball if not for the support of many local businesses—so a big thank you again.
Also, with change comes the departure of board members—long time DRBA board members LeAnn Kerzman and George Henry both have stepped down from the board after many years of service; their advice and expertise will be missed. DRBA appreciates their time and efforts put forth for the youth of Dell Rapids.  Please thank them when you visit with them in the community.  Until next time, LET’S PLAY BALL!
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SDSU Baseball Coaches Give Clinic to Dell Rapids Coaches

SDSU3Members of the South Dakota State University Jackrabbit baseball coaching staff provided a coach’s clinic for baseball coaches in Dell Rapids on Wednesday, January 27th.  Head Coach Dave Schrage, Assistant Coach Brian Grunzke, and Pitching Coach Ben Norton shared tips, drills, and ideas to 19 Dell Rapids baseball coaches during the clinic.

Coach Schrage said, “What a great thing to talk baseball in the middle of January in South Dakota.  We like going around doing it because I’ll be honest with you, when we leave tonight hopefully we learn something.  There’s not one way to do something.”

Coach Grunzke added during his demonstration, “There’s different ways to do things.  I didn’t invent things.  Most kids are pretty athletic if you let them be athletic.” SDSU2

The coaches that attended the clinic ranged from coaching 6U baseball all the way to Legion baseball in Dell Rapids.  The coaches saw demonstrations on throwing drills, hitting drills, and pitching drills.

The clinic was free to the coaches that attended and was promoted by the Dell Rapids Baseball Association and Dell Rapids Little League.  Members of both the DRBA and DRLL boards were please with the turnout to the clinic.


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