(RAMAPO, N.Y.) – The Rockland Boulders will host two local qualifiers for the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit, & Run competition. Both dates, Sat., May 10 and Sat., May 17, will be held at Provident Bank Park and are open to all boys and girls ages 7-14.
On May 10, the competition will begin at 4:30 p.m. while the May 17 qualifier starts at 9:00 a.m. Each competitor will be divided into four age groups: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14 (as of July 17, 2001). A national competition, participants will have a chance to showcase their skills in three of the most fundamental aspects of baseball/softball – pitching, hitting and running.
The Pitch portion will test throwing strikes in to a designated Strike Zone target. In the Hit portion, participants will hit off a stationary tee to judge distance and accuracy while the Run aspect sees competitors timed, starting at second base, touching third and eventually reaching home.
The official skills competition of Major League Baseball, Pitch, Hit, & Run is a grass-roots program designed to emphasize the fun element of baseball/softball. There is NO registration fee but participants are asked to pre-register for the event on Major League Baseball’s website. Participants will be required to provide age verification (birth certificate) at each level of the competition and may only take part in ONE local qualifier. Metal spikes are not allowed at any level of the competition.
Pitch, Hit, & Run is a national competition that has four levels – Local, Section, Team Championship and National Finals. Champions at the local level will advance to a Sectional Competition where they will have the chance to advance to the Team Championship held during June in all 30 Major League Baseball markets. It all comes to a head at the National Finals held during the 2014 MLB All-Star Week in Minneapolis, Minn.
For complete rules and regulations visit www.MLB.com and search “Pitch, Hit, & Run” or call the Rockland Boulders at 845-364-0009.