When should the competition be held?
Competitions can be scheduled anytime from the beginning of the year through early May. Competitions can be held on a weekend or weekday -- whichever works best for your organization and potential participants. Local hosts typically have the most participation when the competition is held along with a large-scale event, such as Opening Day or Picture Day.
Why "early May?"
Your Local Competition should be completed prior to mid-May to ensure your local winners have the opportunity to advance. Regionals will take place from mid-May to early June. To avoid any conflict with the winners advancing in the Regional Competition, please attempt to conduct your local event prior to the second weekend in May.
Who can participate in the competition and what are the age groups?
The competition is open to all boys and girls age 14 and under. Boys and girls compete together against each other in one of two age groups (12U or 14U). A participant's age is determined as of July 17, 2018.
My team/league already has a Home Run Contest; can I use our current contest and results for Jr. Home Run Derby?
Yes. Each local host can determine the most appropriate competition format for their Local Competition. If you already have a contest in place, you can use it as your Jr. Home Run Derby Competition and the Champion in each age group is eligible to advance. Be sure to utilize the Jr. Home Run Derby age groups when submitting the results for advancement to the Regional Competition.
Our field is too large and the fence distance is too far for participants to be able to hit home runs, what can I do?
The goal is to encourage home run hitting and success amongst the players. A youth field with a fence distance that encourages home runs is ideal, but any field can easily be used; a larger field can be shortened by moving home plate forward towards the pitcher's mound, or a chalk line can be drawn in the outfield as a temporary fence.
My field does not have an outfield fence, is a baseball/softball field necessary?
A youth ball field with a fence is obviously the ideal location for the competition, but if a youth field with a fence is not available, the competition may still be held in an open field. You can create a chalk line and use it as a temporary fence.
I only have access to 12U players, is it required to host for the 14U age group as well (or vice versa)?
Your Local Competition is not required to include both age groups; however we encourage you to open your competition to both age groups for anyone in your community that may want to compete. It is very simple to score and award both age groups.
Is it required to have a minimum number of participants per age group?
No. It is recommended that a Local Competition consist of a minimum of 30 participants, but there is no minimum required per age group.
Is it required to open the competition to anyone, or can we host only for the members of our organization?
While it is encouraged to open the competition to anyone, the local host can elect to host a "private" event where only those organization members can participate. The host must notify Jr. Home Run Derby Headquarters that they plan to host a 'private' event.
What is included in the Administrator Kit?
Your free Local Administrator Kit will include a handbook (contains all the instructions you need on how to set up and run a successful competition), registration forms, participation and award certificates, promotional posters and other information required to host your event.
When will I receive my Administrator Kit?
Your kit will be shipped within 1-2 weeks of Jr. Home Run Derby Headquarters receiving your online sign-up. Note: initial shipping of kits starts at the beginning of each new year.
Is it required to know the finalized competition date, time and location for my competition prior to signing up to host?
No. If you are unsure as to when exactly your event will take place, you may register now and email that information to JrHRD@mlb.com at a later date. However, it is strongly recommended to submit your finalized date, time and location as soon as possible. Please understand the number of competitions is capped, therefore we need to receive competition details and results for each kit that is shipped.
Can I use Jr. Home Run Derby as a fundraiser?
Jr. Home Run Derby is promoted as a free program, so you cannot charge participants to compete. However, you may choose to have raffles, merchandise/concession sales, carnivals or other fundraising opportunities going on in conjunction with the competition.
Can I run this program in my school?
Yes. You may run this program as part of PE classes, a school field day or as an after-school activity.
Can I host multiple Local Competitions?
Yes. You may host multiple Local Competitions if you have different groups, sites or leagues in your area to which you can offer the program. Hosting multiple competitions is a great way to allow multiple sets of winners from your area to advance to the next level of competition. Keep in mind that it is recommended that each Local Competition consist of a minimum of 30 participants.
Can I pre-register participants for the competition?
Yes. Once you receive your administrative kit, you may distribute the registration forms provided and have participants pre-register via the physical registration form or at JrHRD.com. For an electronic version of the registration form that can be emailed or posted to a website, please email JrHRD@mlb.com.
How many participants advance in each age group from the Local Competition? What if there is a tie for 1st place?
Each Local Competition can submit only one Champion in each age group for advancement. In the event of a tie at the Local Competition, the local host must determine the one Champion in each age group for advancement by conducting a hit-off or another type of tiebreaker to determine the Champion in each age group.
When and where will the Regional Competition take place?
Regional Competitions will take place from mid-May to early June. Regional sites will be located throughout the United States (8-10 sites) on pre-determined dates and locations. Jr. Home Run Derby Headquarters will provide Regional Competition information to all Local Competition Champions.
What happens after the Regional Competition?
Regional Champions in each age group will receive a trip for two (participant and legal parent/guardian) to MLB All-Star Week for the Jr. Home Run Derby National Finals. Travel will include transportation, lodging, meals and event tickets.
How do I promote my Local Competition?
Provided in your Administrative Kit is a Local Competition Press Release. You may fill this out and distribute it to your local media outlets -- newspaper, television, radio, etc. Also provided in your administrative kit are promotional posters that you can fill out and post around your town as well as a sample flyer. Hosts are encouraged to utilize their current websites, newsletters and social media to promote to participants, parents and volunteers. Leagues can have their coaches get the word out to their teams and commit to bringing their players to compete at a certain time, or implement the competition into a team practice.
Can I use the Jr.HRD logo in my promotional material?
If you would like to use the JrHRD logo, you must first contact Jr. Home Run Derby Headquarters at JrHRD@mlb.com to request use. You will have to provide a proof of how you plan to use the logo.