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The Pitch

Objective

The PITCH portion of the program will test how accurately a competitor can throw strikes to a designated "Strike Zone" target from a designated distance (35 feet for the softball division and 45 feet for the baseball division). Any method of underhand/overhand pitching or throwing is accepted. An attempt hitting ANY portion of the target will be deemed a strike.

Suggested Equipment

Six (6) baseballs (All baseball division participants)

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

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

"Strike Zone" target (provided by PHR Headquarters)

Pitching rubber or chalk line

Cable Ties (provided by PHR Headquarters)

Procedure

Each competitor receives six (6) attempts to hit the designated "Strike Zone".

Competitors in the baseball division pitch/throw from 45 feet away and the softball division competitors from 35 feet away.

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.

The "Strike Zone" target (17" x 30" banner) reflects a standard MLB strike zone.

It is recommended that the "Strike Zone" target be adhered to a backstop/fence or net with the provided Cable Ties. The bottom of the "Strike Zone" target should measure 20 inches from the ground for all competitors.

The competitor must start from the pitching rubber or chalk line and deliver each ball to the "Strike Zone" target. Treat the rubber/chalk line just as you would a pitching rubber in a real game.

Each attempt hitting ANY portion of the "Strike Zone" target is worth 75 points.