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Host FAQs

Competitions can be scheduled anytime from early 2019 through early/mid-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 PE classes, or after-school activities.

Your Local Competition should be completed prior to the Sectional Competition that you are assigned to in your area so that your local winners have the opportunity to advance. Some Sectionals take place in late May or early June, which means you COULD schedule your Local Competition later in May if you find out that your corresponding Sectional is scheduled later. To avoid any conflict with the winners advancing in the competition, please attempt to conduct your local event prior to the first weekend in May.

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.

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.

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.

No. It is recommended that a Local competition consist of a minimum of 30 participants, but there is no minimum required per division or age group.

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.

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.

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, award certificates, promotional posters, a "strike zone" banner, participation cards and other information required to host your event.

If you sign up to host a competition prior to February, you will receive your kit by the end of February. Otherwise, you will receive your kit within 1-2 weeks of PHR National Headquarters receiving your online sign-up.

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.

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.

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.

Yes. You may run this program as part of PE classes, a school field day or as an after-school activity.

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 each Local Competition should have a minimum of 30 participants.

Yes. Once you register, you will receive a specific url link to your event's webpage. From there participants can pre-register leading up to, and including, the day of the event.

Sectional Competitions will take place from mid/late May to early June. Sectional sites will be determined based on prior experience and where Local Competitions break out geographically. You will be notified by your state coordinator or PHR National Headquarters as to when and where the Sectional will occur. If you have not received Sectional information from your state coordinator or PHR National Headquarters by the first week in May, please email immediately.

It is the Local Competition host's responsibility to notify his or her winners of the Sectional Competition information.

The number of participants advancing in each division age group will vary. The following competitors will advance in each division age group: All-Around Champion, Pitching Champion, Hitting Champion, and Running Champion.

Please note that one child may win every category, in which case only that competitor would advance for that division age group. For another example, the Pitching Champion may also be the Running Champion. If this is the case, only that competitor will advance for both categories. Second place participants will not advance just because one person wins more than one category.

In addition, you may have ties for the Pitching, Hitting or Running Champion (most common in Pitching) - in that scenario, everyone who tied for 1st will advance (unless competitors tie for 1st with the minimum score of 50 points, in which case they would not advance based on that skill).

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

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.

Leagues can have their coaches get the word out to their teams. They can also have coaches commit to bringing their kids to compete in the competition at a certain time. Recreation departments and community organizations often put notification of the competition on their website or in their newsletters announcing upcoming events. Another idea is to use your social networking sites to recruit participants and extra volunteers.

Participant FAQs

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

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.

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 from early 2019 through early/mid-May. Locate your nearest competition and register online, or contact the Local Competition host to find out more information about the event you're interested in. You also want to be sure the date, time and location of the event have not changed.

No. You should first register online. You also may want to contact the local host to confirm the event details have not changed, or in the event of inclement weather, has not been rescheduled.

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

Your Local host should have provided or will be providing you with Sectional information. Your child must attend the Sectional to be eligible to advance to subsequent levels of competition. If you have not received Sectional information from your local coordinator by the first week in May, please email immediately.

Your child's score will be compared with the other Sectional winners in the same division age group for your MLB Team Championship market. If your child's score is one of the top three in his/her division age group in your market, he/she will advance to the Team Championship competition.

All Sectional winners will be notified by PHR National Headquarters as to their advancement status.

Yes. Participants may compete in more than one Local Competition, but may only compete once in subsequent levels of the competition.

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