Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) is a FREE, exciting skills event providing boys and girls the opportunity to compete in four levels of competition including Team Championship events at all 30 Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game.
Grimsby Amateur Ball is proud to be hosting this event on SATURDAY, MAY 11th beginning at 2:00 pm with registration beginning at 1:30 pm. This year's competition will be held at Oakes Road Ballpark located at 18 Oakes Road North, Grimsby On, L3M 4B1. SCOTTS Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) is a FREE, 1-day event for boys and girls ages 7-14 (PHR) is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball and the competition is free of charge for participants. **Time, date and location subject to change.**
Boys and girls compete separately and participants have the opportunity to compete in four levels of competition including Locals, Sectionals, Team Championships and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game.
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 girls softball division and 45 feet for the boys 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.
• Each competitor receives six attempts to hit the designated "Strike Zone".
• Competitors in the boys division 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.
• 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.
THE HIT COMPETITION
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 center field. Hits will be measured for distance and accuracy. Note: Participants may use their own equipment. If a participant brings his/her own bat, it must be made available to all others competing.
• Each competitor will be allowed three swings in an attempt to hit the ball.
• Only the best of the three 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.
THE RUN COMPETITION
Objective: The RUN portion of the program will measure a competitor's speed in a sprint from the start line, touching third base, and touching home plate. Participants in the boys baseball division run a total of 160 feet, whereas those in the girls division run a total of 120 feet. • The competitor will start at second base or the indicated start line.
• He/she will begin from a standing start, and begin running when the administrator yells GO!
• The runner will be timed from the moment he/she leaves second base, touches an anchored third base, and touches home plate. No sliding is allowed.
LEVELS OF COMPETITION
Local Competition - March 1 - Early/Mid May
All-Around, Pitching, Hitting and Running Champions advance from EACH age and gender group.
Sectional Competition - Mid May-Early June**
Each Sectional is part of an MLB team's geographic market.
All-Around Champions in each age and gender group are ELIGIBLE to advance.
The top 3 scores in each age and gender group among the Sectional All Around Champions within each MLB geographic market will advance to the Team Championships.***
MLB Team Championship - June (weekends)
Held in all 30 Major League Ballparks.
Participants must place first in their age group to be ELIGIBLE to advance. The top 3 scores in each age and gender group out of all 30 MLB Team Championships will advance to the National Finals.***
National Finals - MLB All-Star Week
National Finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to the All-Star Game. Finalists will participate in an array of festivities upon arrival, including a PHR Welcome Reception, MLB Brunch and All-Star FanFest. Finalists will compete on-field prior to shagging fly balls during the Home Run Derby and attending the All- Star Game!
PRIZES/AWARDS: At each level of competition competitors will receive an item for their participation. Prizes at different levels of competition include ribbons, medals, trophies and other awards. National Finalists receive a trip to the All-Star Game.
* Competitors compete in four age groups: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14. Age is determined as of July 17.
** Weather permitting, specific dates within your market will be available upon determination of each Team Championship date.
*** Advancement notified by PHR Headquarters. All-Around Champions at the Sectional and Team Championship do NOT automatically advance.
Please use this link to register - https://goo.gl/forms/P1U56Y0sLzdWw5nz1