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The Hit

Objective

The HIT portion of the program will test a competitor's ability to hit from a stationary batting tee, along a tape measure from home plate, toward straight-away centerfield. Hits will be measured for distance and accuracy.

Suggested Equipment

One (1) adjustable batting tee

Six (6) baseballs

Six (6) 11-inch softballs (7/8 and 9/10 softball division)

Six (6) 12-inch softballs (11/12 and 13/14 softball division)

Two (2) different sized aluminum baseball/softball bats

Note: Participants may use their own bat. Any type of bat is acceptable. In the event a participant does not have a bat, sharing of bats is encouraged.

Measuring tape (at least 250 feet, positioned from home plate, through second base toward straight-away centerfield).

String (at least 50 feet, used to determine accuracy).

Six (6) small bean bags/flags used to mark each hit.

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 softball division should compete with an 11-inch softball, whereas those in the 11/12 and 13/14 softball division should compete with a 12-inch softball.

All participants in the baseball division compete with a standard baseball.