Frequently Asked Questions

Is there great place in the area for my child to play baseball?2021-01-15T19:01:06+00:00

Absolutely! Please consider registering your child/children to play baseball at Kingwood Forest Cove Area Youth Baseball (new window). Register quickly to guarantee your spot!

Are players from outside of Kingwood Forest Cove Area Youth Baseball welcome to participate?2021-01-15T19:15:27+00:00

Yes! Tell your friends! You do NOT need to be registered to play at Kingwood Forest Cove participate in these events. These events are open to all boys and girls aged 4-14 regardless of team/league affiliation or baseball/softball experience! The only requirement is that all participants must register online prior to competing in the Pitch Hit & Run or Jr. Home Run Derby.

Who can participate in the event?2020-11-02T17:44:51+00:00

All boys and girls aged 4-14 may compete in the Pitch Hit & Run and Jr. Home Run Derby. Anyone may participate in the games, activities, food, auctions and raffles.

When and where will the event be held?2020-11-02T15:18:58+00:00

The event will be held on February 27, 2021 at Deer Ridge Park in Kingwood, TX. The Pitch Hit & Run competition will start at 9:30am. The Jr. Home Run Derby will start at 1:30pm. Silent auctions, raffles and other activities will begin at 10am through the conclusion of the event.

The address for Deer Ridge Park is: 2239 Hundred Oak Cir, Kingwood, TX 77339.

From Kingwood Drive or Northpark, turn south on Woodland Hills Dr. until you reach the entrance to Deer Ridge Park. The entrance is on the right.

How much does the event cost?2020-11-02T15:38:57+00:00

The Pitch Hit & Run and Jr. Home Run Derby are FREE to all participants. Participants must register online for these events prior to competing, however you may register at the park.

There will be food vendors, games, activities and items for raffle and auction.

  • Food vendors will set their own prices and display them on their menu.
  • A wrist band may be purchased for $10 which grants unlimited access to games and activities.
  • Raffle tickets will be sold for $2 each. You may choose which items to put your tickets on.
  • Auction item prices will be determined by bidding.
My son/daughter turns 15 on or before July 17, 2021, can they still participate?2020-11-02T17:30:56+00:00

Unfortunately they will be unable to participate in the Pitch Hit & Run and Jr. Home Run Derby competitions as all participants must be 14 or younger on July 17, 2021, however they may participate in the other activities available at the event.

My son/daughter turns 4 on or after July 17, 2021, can they participate?2020-11-02T17:30:26+00:00

Yes! All participants must be between 4 and 14 as of July 17, 2021.

Where will the proceeds from the food, games, activities, raffles and auctions go?2020-11-02T15:37:59+00:00

The proceeds from the event will be split 50/50 between Kingwood Forest Cove Area Youth Baseball and Kingwood Girls Softball Association. These organizations will be able to use these funds to improve their fields (Forest Cove, Civic Center, Deer Ridge, Northpark), purchase new equipment, improve common areas (e.g. concession stands and bathrooms) and provide a better baseball and softball experience for more area kids!

What are the age brackets for the Pitch Hit & Run event?2020-11-02T15:41:55+00:00

All participants will be put into one age bracket depending on their age as of July 17, 2021. The age brackets are: 4-6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14. There can be no exceptions to which age bracket a participant is placed.

Can my child choose to compete in the PHR with baseball or softball?2020-11-02T15:44:10+00:00

Absolutely! There are no restrictions on who can compete in the baseball or softball division, however, once a participant chooses a sport, they must complete the entire competition with that sport. In other words, they cannot choose to pitch baseballs and hit softballs.

What kind of balls will be used in the PHR competition?2020-11-02T15:50:38+00:00

For baseball of all ages, a regulation baseball will be used.

For softball, ages 4-6, 7/8 and 9/10 will use a regulation 11-inch softball. For ages 11/12 and 13/14, a 12-inch softball will be used.

There will be no “T-Balls” used for any part of the competition, however participants will never be asked to field or catch a ball.

How does the PHR competition work?2020-11-02T15:56:19+00:00

For full details, please check the Pitch Hit & Run section of this website, or the official Pitch Hit & Run website (new window).

Pitch: Participants will be given 6 opportunities to hit a standard MLB strike zone from 45 feet (baseball) or 35 feet (softball). Any pitch that touches any part of the strike zone will be awarded points.

Hit: Participants will be given 3 opportunities to hit a ball as far and as straight as possible. Only their best attempt will be recorded and swings and misses will be counted as a “try”.

Run: Participants will run 120 feet from second base to home with one turn around third base to home. They will have one opportunity to run as fast as possible. A coach with a stopwatch will start timing when the participant leaves second base and stop when the participant touches home plate. Participants must touch third base for their time to count.

How much does the PHR cost?2020-11-02T15:58:25+00:00

Pitch Hit and Run is a FREE event for all boys and girls aged 4-14. All participants must register before they may compete. Please visit the Pitch Hit & Run page of this site to register.

What happens if my child wins the PHR competition for their division?2020-11-02T16:11:08+00:00

For champions in the 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14 age brackets of baseball and softball, their scores will be compared to other champions within the Houston Astros market area. Local Champions who will move on to the Team Championship will be notified by Pitch Hit & Run Headquarters (Major League Baseball). Local Champions are NOT guaranteed to advance to the Team Championship. Please read through the MLB Pitch Hit & Run FAQs (new window) if you have further questions.

Champions in the 4-6 age bracket are not eligible to advance to the Team Championship.

If your child qualifies for the Team Championship, you will be notified by MLB Pitch Hit & Run and they will go on to compete at the Team Championship at Minute Maid Park.

Who can compete in the Jr. Home Run Derby?2020-11-02T16:19:12+00:00

Any boy or girl aged 14 or under as of July 17, 2021 may compete in the Jr. Home Run Derby. Only winners of the 14U and 12U baseball derbies will be eligible to advance to the regional competition, however anyone may choose to compete in these divisions. Proof of age (e.g. birth certificate) will be required for the winners of the 14U and 12U competitions.

How will the Jr. Home Run Derby work?2020-11-02T16:20:26+00:00

Please see the Jr. Home Run Derby section of this site for full details.

How far will the fences be for the Jr. Home Run Derby?2020-12-23T19:25:38+00:00

Temporary fencing approximate 4-feet high will be placed on the fields to promote more home run hitting. The fence distances will be consistent to all fields (left, center and right) and approximately as follows:

  • 14U – 200 feet
  • 12U – 170 feet
  • 10U – 140 feet
How many pitches will each Home Run Derby participant get?2020-11-02T16:32:42+00:00

Each participant in every age level and division will get 3 warm up pitches (that do not count towards the participant’s total) followed by 20 pitches to try and hit as many “over the fence” home runs as possible.

Can a coach/dad/mom/brother/sister pitch to a participant during the Jr. Home Run Derby?2020-11-02T16:36:26+00:00

No. All pitches will be delivered by a pitching machine at an appropriate speed and angle for the division. Each participant in each division will get exactly the same pitching; speed/angle will not be adjusted for participants.

What qualifies as a home run during the Jr. Home Run Derby?2020-11-02T16:39:05+00:00

Only fair, over the fence hits in the air will be counted as home runs. Volunteers will be placed along foul lines and in the outfield to assess home runs. Hits that bounce over the fence, roll under the fence or otherwise do not clear the fence in the air will not be counted as home runs.

What happens if my child wins the Jr. Home Run Derby?2020-11-02T16:42:06+00:00

Winners of the 14U and 12U baseball Jr. Home Run Derby competitions will be submitted to Major League Baseball for consideration in the Regional Jr. Home Run Derby competition.

Winners of all divisions will receive a trophy and have their picture on this website and various social media platforms, with express parent consent.

What happens if there is a tie for the Jr. Home Run Derby Champion?2020-11-02T16:47:31+00:00

Those participants who are tied for first place after the conclusion of the derby will engage in a single round hit-off. Each participant will have 3 warm up pitches (that do not count) followed by 20 pitches to hit as many “over the fence” home runs as possible. If a tie remains at the end of the hit-off, the participant with the longest hit during the hit-off, measured where the ball first hits the ground, will be crowned the Champion!

What type of bats will be allowed in the Jr. Home Run Derby?2020-12-23T19:28:59+00:00

In order to keep the competition fair and safe, only bats that are approved for use may be used during the Home Run Derby. Bats will be checked by event volunteers prior to use. If a bat is deemed unfit for use by the event volunteers, the participant will be allowed to use a different bat.

Bats meeting the following criteria will be allowed:

  • Bats cannot be greater than 34 inches in length
  • Bats cannot have a barrel greater than 2 5/8 inches in diameter (2 3/4 inches is NOT permissible)
  • Non-wood bats must have the USA Baseball™ stamp, BBCOR stamp or be labeled with a BPF of 1.15 or less

Examples of bats that are unfit for use:

  • Bats that are cracked, excessively chipped, warped or dented
  • Any bat that has been modified from factory conditions (except for grip tape and/or pine tar)
  • Any bat designated for “T-ball”
  • Training or fungo bats

The lists above are not all inclusive and the event volunteers will have final say if a bat is fit for use. If you are unsure about your bat, please present it to the volunteers before your designated turn in the competition.

How will the pitches be delivered during the Jr. Home Run Derby?2020-11-02T17:15:19+00:00

Pitches in all divisions will be delivered by a machine at a speed and angle appropriate for the age and sport (baseball/softball). Please see the Jr. Home Run Derby section of this site for more details.

I’m interested in sponsoring this event, where can I get more information?2020-11-02T17:17:00+00:00

Awesome! We are glad to have you! Please check out the Sponsor section of this site for full details or email us at info@kwgameday.com. We look forward to working with you!

Will my sponsorship be tax deductible?2021-01-15T19:17:56+00:00

Absolutely. Kingwood Forest Cove Area Youth Baseball is registered 501c3 non-profit organizations. You can find the W9 on the Sponsors page.

What sponsorship opportunities are available?2021-01-15T19:02:09+00:00

There are multiple ways you can sponsor this event. Please check out the Sponsors section of this website for full details.

Broadly, opportunities exist for:

  • Financial sponsors to cover the operating expense of the event
  • Sponsored items, gift baskets or experience packages that can be auctioned or raffled
  • Prizes to be given to the winners of various events (children participants)

This list is not all inclusive, and if you’re interested in sponsoring, please reach out today to learn more!

What volunteer opportunities are available?2020-11-02T17:28:59+00:00

We’re so glad you’re interested in helping to make this event a success! Please check out the Volunteer section of this site for more details.

Broadly, we need help in the following areas:

  • Registration assistance for both PHR and Jr. Home Run Derby
  • PA announcers for both the PHR and Jr. Home Run Derby
  • On field assistance during the PHR and Jr. Home Run Derby
  • Parking management
  • Auction and Raffle management
  • Carnival/Event management
  • Security

This list is not all inclusive, so please visit the Volunteer section of this site for more details.

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