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April 20th MLB Pitch, Hit & Run

By PRK, 03/26/19, 2:15PM PDT

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SGSL Jamboree featuring MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Competition

Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run (PHR) is a FREE, 1-day event for boys and girls ages 7-14* that is simple to host. PHR is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball and can be hosted by any organization, league, civic group or set of volunteers in the community. An administrative kit is provided and the competition is free of charge for participants and hosts.

Participants compete in either the Baseball Division or Softball Division and have the opportunity to advance through four levels of competition including Locals, Sectionals, Team Championships and the National Finals during MLB All-Star Week. Providing this great opportunity for your community is as easy as:

• Sign up to host a Local Competition at PitchHitRun.com. Upon submitting an online registration with a date, time and location for your competition, you will receive a FREE administrative kit with materials necessary to host the competition. The kit includes a handbook, Strike Zone banner, registration forms, awards, participation cards, etc.

• After completing your competition - Award participants, provide Sectional Competition information to your winners, submit results online and mail all completed registration forms.

LEVELS OF COMPETITION

  • Local Competition - early 2019 - Early/Mid May
    • All-Around, Pitching, Hitting and Running Champions advance from EACH division age group.
    • Sectional Competition - Early/Mid May-Early June
      • Each Sectional is part of an MLB team's geographic market.
      • All-Around Champions in each division age group are ELIGIBLE to advance to their markets Team Championship.
      • The top 3 scores in each division age group among the Sectional All-Around Champions within each MLB geographic market will advance to the Team Championships.***
  • MLB Team Championship - Late May - June
    • Held in all 30 Major League Ballparks.
      • Participants must place first in their age group to be ELIGIBLE to advance. The top 3 scores in each division age group out of all 30 MLB Team Championships will advance to the National Finals.***
  • National Finals - MLB All-Star Week
    • National Finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to MLB All-Star Week. Finalists will participate in an array of festivities upon arrival, including competing on-field prior to shagging fly balls during the Home Run Derby!

PRIZES/AWARDS: At each level of competition competitors will receive an item for their participation. Prizes at different levels of competition include certificates, medals, trophies and other awards. National Finalists receive a trip to MLB All-Star Week.

* Competitors compete in four age groups: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14. Age is determined as of July 17, 2019.

** Weather permitting, specific dates within your market will be available upon determination of each Team Championship date.

*** Advancement notified by PHR Headquarters. All-Around Champions at the Sectional and Team Championship do NOT automatically advance.

OUR LOCAL COMPETITION IS ON APRIL 20TH AT 3:00 PM

VAUGHN MIDDLE SCHOOL FIELDS

PLEASE REGISTER PRIOR TO DAY OF COMPETITION

CLICK IMAGE BELOW TO GET REGISTERED

The Pitch

Try to throw strikes like Major League pitchers by taking a shot at hitting the MLB Strike Zone.

 

Procedure:

  • Each competitor receives six (6) attempts to hit the designated "Strike Zone".

  • Competitors in the girls division compete from 35 feet away.

  • Participants in the 7/8 and 9/10 girls division should compete with an 11-inch softball, whereas those in the 11/12 and 13/14 girls division should compete with a 12-inch softball.

  • The competitor must start from the pitching rubber or chalk line and deliver each ball to the "Strike Zone" target. Treat the rubber/chalk line just as you would a pitching rubber in a real game.

  • Each attempt hitting ANY portion of the "Strike Zone" target is worth 75 points.

The Hit

Swing away from home plate! Just like big leaguers, you'll be judged on distance and accuracy.

 

Procedure:

  • Each competitor will be allowed three (3) swings in an attempt to hit the ball.

  • Only the best of the three (3) attempts, as determined by the administrator, will count toward a competitor's score.

  • A swing and a miss counts as one attempt (one swing = one attempt).

  • A running or walking start is not permitted. Participant may take a single stride step, but cannot take multiple steps in attempt to hit the ball from a walking or running start.

  • Participants in the 7/8 and 9/10 girls division should compete with an 11-inch softball, whereas those in the 11/12 and 13/14 girls division should compete with a 12-inch softball.

The Run

Start at second and head for home to test your speed at running the bases.

 

Procedure:

  • The competitor will start at second base or the indicated start line.

  • He/she will begin from a standing start, and begin running when the administrator yells GO!

  • The runner will be timed from the moment he/she leaves second base, touches an anchored third base, and touches home plate. No sliding is allowed.

Levels Of Competition

Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run is a national grassroots program that has four levels of competition -- Local, Sectional, Team Championship and National Finals.

The first level is of a LOCAL scope. Everyone must participate in a local competition in order to advance to the higher levels. Champions at the local level advance to a SECTIONAL Competition. At this level, the Sectional All-Around Champions become eligible to advance to the TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS, which are held during June in all 30 Major League Baseball markets. The culmination occurs at the NATIONAL FINALS, held at the 2019 All-Star Week.

 

HOW TO ADVANCE

Each youngster MUST first participate at a local competition. The 1st Place All-Around, Pitching, Hitting and Running Champions in each age and gender group advance to the Sectional competition.

At the Sectional competition, the youngster must be a 1st Place All-Around Champion in his/her age/gender group in order to become eligible to advance to the Team Championship. The Sectional All-Around Champions' scores are compared with the other Sectional Champions' scores in that respective MLB team market. The Top 3 participants in each age and gender group advance to the Team Championship. The Sectional Champion does NOT automatically advance to the Team Championship.

After the Team Championships, the All-Around Champions in each age and gender group are ranked nationally by total score. The champions' scores from all 30 team markets are compared and the top scorers in each age and gender group nationwide advance to the National Finals.

Competition Rules

  • All participants must provide a copy of a valid birth certificate for age verification at all levels of competition.

  • Each youngster may participate in only one local competition. Competing in more than one local will result in disqualification of that individual.

  • No metal spikes are allowed during any portion of the competition. Use of metal spikes will result in the minimum score.

  • In the event of a tie for the All-Around Champion, the youngster winning more individual events (Pitching, Hitting or Running), among those involved with the tie, will be named the All-Around Champion. If a tie still exists, the youngster with the higher Hitting score among those involved with the tie, will be named the All-Around Champion. If a tie still exists, the Running scores of those involved with the tie will be used to determine the All-Around Champion. There is no tie breaker in the individual skill events.

  • In the event of threatening weather conditions, cancellations and rescheduling will be determined by the hosting organization at the competition site.

  • Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run endorses proper conduct and good sportsmanship.

  • Major League Baseball, LEJ Sports Group and state coordinators and organizers of Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition reserve the right to make rulings and recommendations regarding the competition events determined to be in the best interest of the program. All rulings and recommendations are final.

  • Participation in the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition authorizes Major League Baseball and LEJ Sports Group to use participant¬ís name, likeness and other personal rights for promotional use without compensation.