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Frequently Asked Questions

Host FAQs

When should the competition be held?

Competitions can be scheduled through mid/late 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 league event, such as Opening Day, Picture day or as part of a PE class, or after-school activities.

Why "mid May?"

It is recommended that Local events be held prior to mid-May with results received immediately following to ensure that Local winners can have the opportunity to advance to the nearest Team Championship. The date of the Team Championship in each Major League Baseball® market will determine how late a corresponding Local Competition may be scheduled, which means you could schedule your Local Competition later in May if you find out that your corresponding Team Championship is scheduled on a later date.

My team/league is coed, can a girl compete in the Baseball Division?

Yes. Participants may compete in either division (Baseball or Softball). Participants should compete in the division they play locally in team/league play. Once a participant has competed in a division, he/she must remain in that division for all subsequent levels of the competition, and may not switch divisions.

Can I host both baseball and softball competitions on the same day/time?

Yes. It is very efficient to have baseball and softball competitions occurring at the same time. Participants in both divisions can compete simultaneously as the only difference is the ball being used and the pitching distance.

I want to host a softball competition, is it also required to host a baseball competition (or vice versa)?

Your local competition is not required to include both baseball and softball; however we encourage you to open your competition to both the Baseball and Softball Divisions for anyone in your community that may want to compete. It is very simple to score and award both divisions.

How should I set up the competition?

Can I use just one field or should I use multiple fields? You can do either. We recommend that you structure the competition so that participants rotate through the skills. If you use one field, you can set it up so that hitting takes place on the field, while pitching takes place down the right or left field line, in a bullpen, or right outside the field (a pitcher's mound is not required). Running can then take place at the end, as it takes the least amount of time.

If you have a large amount of participants, we recommend that you use multiple fields to be more efficient. By using multiple fields, you can have different skills being conducted on each field and have the participants rotate.

What type of facility do I need to host this event?

A baseball/softball field is obviously the ideal location for the competition, but if you don't have a baseball/softball field available, the competition may still be held in an open field. You can use the handbook and a tape measure to measure out the distances.

Indoor facilities are fine, but usually aren't able to accommodate the hitting portion of the competition. You can have pitching and running indoors and move hitting to an outdoor parking lot or field, if one is available.

What is included in the host kit?

The Host Kit includes a handbook (contains all the instructions you need on how to set up and run a successful competition), award certificates, promotional posters, a "strike zone" banner, participation cards and other information required to host your event.

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 complete that information 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 this year, therefore we need to receive competition details and results for each kit that is shipped.

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 any interested participants, the local hosting organization can elect to host a "private" event where only those organization members can participate. The host must notify PHR Headquarters that they plan to host a "private" event.

Can I use PHR as a fundraiser?

PHR is promoted as a free program, so you cannot charge participants to compete. However, some hosts choose to have raffles, merchandise/concession sales, carnivals or other fundraising opportunities going on in conjunction with the competition day.

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.

How long will the competition last?

Research shows that it takes each participant approximately two minutes to complete the competition. You can cut down on time by offering multiple stations on multiple fields.

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.

Can I pre-register participants for the competition?

All participants must register online. Once your Local Competition is approved, you will receive your event specific registration link to share with your network to encourage online pre-registration.

How do I promote my Local Competition?

Use your local organization's website and/or social media as a way to promote your event by posting the date, time, location, as well as details of the competition. You should also share your event specific participation registration link to encourage pre-registration online.

Provided in your administrative folder 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 folder are promotional posters that you can fill out and post around your town as well as a sample flyer.

Possibly the most important thing you can do to get the word out about this great opportunity is to establish cooperation and communication amongst coaches and youth baseball/softball providers in your community. Coaches can serve both as volunteers for the competition and as a communication source to notify their youth ballplayers of the date, time and location they should show up to compete.

How do I determine the winners of my Local Competition?

You will have one Champion for each division age group that is represented at your Local Competition. The Champion is determined by comparing the CUMULATIVE score of participants' pitch, hit & run scores in each division age group.

What happens after my Local Competition for my winners?

Once you award your Champion in each division age group and input the results for your Local Competition online, your Champions are now eligible to advance to the Team Championship level. The Local CHAMPION in each division age group DOES NOT automatically advance to the Team Championship. His/her score must be compared to other qualifiers in that MLB® team market in order to determine the top three (3) scorers in each division age group who will advance to the Team Championship.

What Team Championship will my winners be eligible for?

The geographic location of a Local Competition will determine the Team Championship in which the winners will be eligible for and have to opportunity to advance to. Team Championship assignments are pre-determined and may not be adjusted.

How will my winners know if they scored high enough to compete at the Team Championship?

Local Champion scores in each division age group within each Team Championship market will be ranked and participants will be notified accordingly as to their possible advancement by PITCH HIT & RUN ™.

Participant FAQs

How can I get a Local Competition in my community?

You can encourage a coach, league administrator, adult volunteer or someone within a local community/recreation organization to sign-up to host at PitchHitRun.com. If you would like PHR representative to contact someone in your community about hosting a competition, please send their email address to [email protected].

My child plays both baseball and softball. Can he/she compete in both the Baseball and Softball Division?

No. Participants may compete in either division (Baseball or Softball), however once a participant has competed in a division, he/she must remain in that division for all subsequent levels of the competition, and may not switch divisions.

I want to register my son/daughter. How can I find out where my nearest Local Competition is?

You may view an online listing of Local Competitions on our website around February to find out where your closest Local Competition(s) will take place. Keep in mind Local Competitions can occur through mid/late May. Locate your nearest competition and register online.

If I find a competition I want to attend on the online listing, should I just show up?

No. You should first register online. You also may want to contact the Local Host to confirm the event details (date, time and location) have not changed, or in the event of inclement weather, the competition has not been rescheduled.

What is the age cut-off date?

Your child's age as of July 17th of this year will determine his or her age in this year's competition.

In the pitching portion of the competition, do I have to throw overhand and use a pitching motion?

No. Any method of underhand/overhand pitching or throwing is allowed.

Is a child allowed to compete in more than one Local Competition?

Yes. Participants may compete in more than one Local Competition, but may only compete once in subsequent levels of the competition. Participants must be pre-registered online for each Local Competition that they participate in.

My child won at his/her Local Competition. Where do we go from here?

As a Local Champion, your child is now eligible to advance to the Team Championship level. The Local CHAMPION in each division age group DOES NOT automatically advance to the Team Championship. His/her score must be compared to other qualifiers in that MLB® team market in order to determine the top three (3) scorers in each division age group who will advance to the Team Championship.

How will I know if my child scored high enough to compete at the Team Championship?

Local Champion scores in each division age group within each Team Championship market will be ranked. Parents/guardians of Local Champions will be notified accordingly as to the possible advancement of their child by PITCH HIT & RUN ™.

As a Local Champion, what Team Championship will my child be eligible for?

The geographic location of a Local Competition will determine the Team Championship in which the winners will be eligible for and have to opportunity to advance to. Team Championship assignments are pre-determined and may not be adjusted.