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Pitch, Hit & Run

Pitch, Hit & Run Participant Registration

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. Boys and girls compete separately at all levels of competition.

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.

Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run tests three of the most fundamental aspects of baseball/softball -- pitching, hitting and running.

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.

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 2014 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’s name, likeness and other personal rights for promotional use without compensation.
AGE VERIFICATION CHART

Age is determined as of July 17, 2014. The following chart is an age group breakdown for the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run events in 2014:

Age 7/8July 18, 2005 - July 17, 2007
Age 9/10July 18, 2003 - July 17, 2005
Age 11/12July 18, 2001 - July 17, 2003
Age 13/14July 18, 1999 - July 17, 2001