Pitch, Hit and Run

Each spring , Independence Parks & Recreation , in cooperation with Kenton County Parks & Recreation hosts a local MLB Pitch, Hit and Run Competition.  The contest is sponsored nationally by Scotts.

This year's PHR will be held - TBA.

Major League Baseball wants every child to be given an equal opportunity to compete in an exciting baseball/softball skills competition.  Therefore, there is no registration fee or purchase required for any participant to enter. Pitch, Hit and Run is intended to encourage youth participation and emphasize the “FUN” element of baseball/softball competition.  This competition is usually held in April at Pioneer Park. 

All participants must fill out a registration/waiver form from the local hosting organization.  Competition is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 14 years old.  Competitors must provide a copy of a valid birth certificate or baptismal record for age verification.  Any participant who competes in more than one local competition will be disqualified from the Pitch, Hit & Run competition.  No metal cleats are allowed.

Girls will compete against girls using softballs and boys against boys using baseballs.  Girls 7/8 and 9/10 will use 11” softballs; girls 11/12 and 13/14 will use 12” softballs.  Boys will use standard size baseballs.

Pitch: Each competitor will receive six attempts to hit the designated “Strike Zone”.  Competitors in the boys division will pitch/throw from 45 feet away and the girls’ division competitors from 35 feet away.  The “Strike Zone” target (17” x 30” banner) reflects a standard MLB strike zone.  Both boys & girls will have 6 attempts at hitting the “Strike Zone” target.

Hit:  Each competitor will be allowed three swings off a tee in an attempt to hit the ball.  A swing and a miss counts as one attempt (one swing = one attempt).  Only the best attempt will count toward a competitor’s score.  Scores will be based on distance and accuracy.  The goal of each competitor should be to hit the ball directly to dead-centerfield.  Any distance “off” center will be subtracted from the total distance.

Run:  Boys will run 160 feet and girls will run 120 feet and each must complete one turn ant third base.  The program standard for distance between the bases will be 80 feet in the boys division and 60 feet in the girls division.

All-Around winners from each of the four age groups (7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14) at the Local Competition will advance to a Sectional Competition.

The All-Around winners at the Sectional Competition will have their scores compared with other Sectional champions, and the top four scorers from the pool of Sectional champions will advance to the Team Championship.

Pitch, Hit & Run is produced by Major League Baseball Properties and sponsored by Scotts.  For more info visit their website www.mlb.com/phr.

In the event of threatening weather conditions or unplayable field conditions, cancellations and rescheduling will be determined by the local hosts at the competition site.  For competition information call 363-2934 or 525-PLAY (7529).