Thank you for your interest in participating in Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run. Pitch Hit & Run provides youngsters across the country an opportunity to participate in an exciting baseball/softball skills competition. This national initiative gives boys and girls, ages 7 - 14, the chance to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities. There are two separate divisions of Pitch Hit & Run; baseball and softball. Participants may compete in either division.
Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run is intended to encourage youth participation and emphasize the FUN element of baseball/softball. Since there is NO registration fee, everyone has the opportunity to participate.
PITCH: Participant is tested throwing strikes to a designated Strike Zone target.
HIT: Participant hits a ball off a stationary tee for distance and accuracy.
RUN: Participant is timed, starting from second base, touching third then touching home plate.
All of the events are individually scored and converted to a total point score through the use of conversion tables.
Participants will compete in each of the three components of Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run and accumulate a total score based on his/her performance.
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 annually during All-Star Week.
Each youngster MUST first participate at a local competition. The 1st Place All-Around, Pitching, Hitting and Running Champions in each division age group advance to the Sectional competition.
At the Sectional competition, the youngster must be a 1st Place All-Around Champion in his/her division age 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 division age 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 division age group are ranked nationally by total score. The champions' scores from all 30 team markets are compared and the top scorers in each division age group nationwide advance to the National Finals.
Age is determined as of July 17, 2016. The following chart is an age group breakdown for the Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run events in 2016:
|Age 7/8||July 18, 2007 - July 17, 2009|
|Age 9/10||July 18, 2005 - July 17, 2007|
|Age 11/12||July 18, 2003 - July 17, 2005|
|Age 13/14||July 18, 2001 - July 17, 2003|