The Pitch

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 softball division and 45 feet for the 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.

Suggested Equipment:
  • Six (6) baseballs (All baseball division participants)
  • Six (6) 11-inch softballs (7/8 and 9/10 softball division participants)
  • Six (6) 12-inch softballs (11/12 and 13/14 softball division participants)
  • "Strike Zone" target (provided by PHR Headquarters)
  • Pitching rubber or chalk line
  • Cable Ties (provided by PHR Headquarters)
Procedure:
  • Each competitor receives six (6) attempts to hit the designated "Strike Zone".
  • Competitors in the baseball division pitch/throw from 45 feet away and the softball division competitors from 35 feet away.
  • Participants in the 7/8 and 9/10 softball division should compete with an 11-inch softball, whereas those in the 11/12 and 13/14 softball division should compete with a 12-inch softball.
  • All participants in the baseball division compete with a standard baseball.
  • The "Strike Zone" target (17" x 30" banner) reflects a standard MLB strike zone.
  • It is recommended that the "Strike Zone" target be adhered to a backstop/fence or net with the provided Cable Ties. The bottom of the "Strike Zone" target should measure 20 inches from the ground for all competitors.
  • 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.

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