MLB PITCH, HIT & RUN
Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) is an exciting baseball/softball skills competition that provides boys and girls, ages 7 to 14, the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities.
Boys and girls in all 50 states and beyond have the opportunity to compete. Competitions can host boys and girls on the same date and time, but boy and girl winners in each age group will be awarded separately.
PHR participants can advance through four levels of competition, including Local and Sectional competitions, Team Championship events at all 30 Major League ballparks, and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game.
There are four levels of competition - Local, Sectional, Team Championship and National Finals.
- Local: Hosted one day in March, April or early May
- Sectional: All Local winners advance to a Sectional in their area
- Team Championship: The top scorers are eligible to compete at PNC Park
- National Finals: The top scores nationwide earn an all-expense paid trip to the MLB All-Star Game to compete in the National Finals competition
The official skills competition of Major League Baseball, PHR is intended to encourage youth participation and emphasize the fun element of baseball and softball. All participants must begin by competing in a Local competition, which can be hosted by any organization, league, civic group or set of volunteers in the community. PHR is free of charge to both the participants and the local hosting organization.
PHR is a 1-day event that is easy to administrate and can often be completed in only a few hours. The competition can be hosted on a baseball/softball diamond or any open field. Registered hosts will receive an administrative kit with a handbook, promotional posters, registration forms, strike zone banner, award ribbons, participation baseball cards for all participants, and more information required to host the event.
Ask your local organization about events in your area. For general information, send your name, address, organization and questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BASEBALL TOMORROW FUND
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The mission of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund is to promote and enhance the growth of baseball in the United States, Canada and throughout the world by funding programs, fields and equipment purchases to encourage and maintain youth participation in the game.
On May 14 2018, the Pirates held a free Field Maintenance Clinic in partnership with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. The event welcomed local youth coaches, Pittsburgh CitiParks officials, and field workers from around Western Pennsylvania to PNC Park from an opportunity to learn about different ways to improve and maintain the fields they work on from members of the Pirates grounds crew.
Grants from BTF are designed to be sufficiently flexible to enable applicants to address needs unique to their communities. The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. Applications are provided by BTF and available through the Pirates Community Relations Department.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is intended to provide funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and not as a substitute for existing funding or fundraising activities or to provide routine or recurring operating costs or funding for construction or maintenance of buildings.
BTF supports equal opportunity in its grant making. The opportunities that prospective grantee organizations provide for minorities and women will be considered in evaluating proposals.
To learn more, visit baseballtomorrowfund.com and follow BTF on Twitter @BaseballTomorrowFund.