Pitch, Hit and Run
Pitch Hit and Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. This program is designed to provide youth with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills. Boys and girls have a chance to advance to the Major League Team Championships and to the MLB World Series. Proof of age and grade is required upon check-in.
This competition is hosted by the City of Greenville Parks, Recreation & Tourism and the Greenville Drive
DATE: Wednesday, July 20
TIME: 6 PM - 8 PM (drop in anytime)
LOCATION: Fluor Field
AGES: 7 - 14 year olds (as of November 15, 2022)
In the Pitch, Hit & Run program, there are both a baseball and softball division. Participants are only permitted to participate in the sport/ division in which they have played in their local league/travel play or by age. Participants may compete in only ONE division per competition year. A participant is not able to switch divisions once they have begun a competition. If athletes are found participating in a division in which they do not qualify, they will be removed from all further competitions and disqualified. We reserve the right to ask for verification from athletes at any point throughout the process.
Below are the divisions and age groups for competition
- Baseball Division
- Softball Division
- 7-8 Age Division
- 9-10 Age Division
- 11-12 Division
- 13-14 Division
Objective: The PITCH portion of the program will test how accurately a participant can throw strikes to a designated "Strike Zone" target from a designated distance. Any method of underhand/overhand pitching or throwing is accepted.
- Each participant receives five (5) attempts to hit the designated "Strike Zone".
- Participants in the baseball division pitch/throw from 45 feet away and the softball division participants from 35 feet away.
- The "Strike Zone" target (17" x 30" banner) reflects a standard MLB strike zone.
- The participant 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 time a participant hits the target, they are awarded 50 points. The bullseye of the target is worth 100 points.
THE HIT COMPETITION
Objective: The HIT portion of the program will test a participant'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: It is recommended that participants bring their own bat and helmets.
- Each participant will be allowed five (5) swings in an attempt to hit the ball.
- Each ball earns points, depending on the zone in which it lands (not where it stops rolling).
- 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 participant's speed and how quickly they can run from home to first (90 ft.)
- Each participant gets two (2) attempts to run – the fastest time will be scored.
- Participants must start in a standing runner’s stance, as if they are leading off of a base.
For more information about the program, visit MLB Pitch, Hit & Run.