RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- The "Pitch Hit & Run" competition is returning to Ridgewood on Saturday, May 7.
Ridgewood Baseball and Softball Association is pairing with Scott's and Major League Baseball to host the Ridgewood event.
Pitch Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. It's designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete in a free competition that recognizes excellence in core baseball and softball skills.
This portion 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, and a pitch that hits any part of the target will be deemed a strike.
This aspect will test ability to hit from a stationary batting tee, along a tape measure from home plate, toward straight-away centerfield. Hits will be measured for distance and accuracy.
The run portion will measure speed in a sprint from the start line, touching third base, and touching home plate. Boys division participants will run 160 feet, and girls division participants will run 120 feet.
There are four age divisions for both baseball and softball: 7-8, 9-10,11-12 and 13-14, as of July 17.
Finalists will have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the 2016 MLB All-Star Game. The individual Pitching, Hitting and Running Champions, along with the All-Around Champion in each age group at the local competition will be awarded. They'll advance to the sectional level of competition.
All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and this registration and waiver form.
The event will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Veterans Field. For more information about the RBSA, visit its website.
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