The official skills competition of Major League Baseball is back! Pitch, Hit, and Run provides youth across the City an opportunity to showcase their skills in an exciting baseball competition. Boys and girls compete separately. This competition is for boys and girls ages 7 through 14 from Roanoke City, in addition to surrounding areas.
Participants compete in three skill challenges in this event: Pitching, Hitting, and Running.
First, the PITCH portion of the program tests how accurately a competitor can throw strikes to a designated "Strike Zone". The designated distance for the pitch is 35 feet for the softball division and 45 feet for the baseball division. Participants may throw overhanded or underhanded. Participants get six pitching attempts each. An attempt hitting ANY portion of the target is a strike.
Secondly, the HIT portion of the program tests a competitor's ability to hit from a stationary batting tee. Distance AND accuracy are measured for the hitting portion. The final score is total distance minus how far off center the ball is hit. Participants each receive three swing attempts and the highest of the three determines the score.
Finally, the RUN portion of the program measures a competitor's speed in a sprint from the start line, touching third base, and touching home plate. All participants will run a total of 120 feet. Each participant will start from second base, round third base, and finish their run at home plate (assuming the bases are 60 feet apart).
In the end, the Overall Champion will move on to the Pitch, Hit, and Run Sectional Competition. In addition, the winner from each individual skill competition will also be moving forward.
More information on the sectional competition comes following the local competition.
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