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Home Run Derby

Phillies Home Run Derby

Phillies Home Run Derby is a baseball and softball hitting contest for children aged 7-12 years old.

For more information on Phillies Home Run Derby email fandev@phillies.com.

HISTORY

Jack Bradley, an avid Phillies fan, began the Home Run Derby and partnered with the Phillies in 1971. When it began, six Home Run Derbies were held and children competed in three age divisions. The winners of each local competition competed in the Home Run Derby Championships held at the Phillies' new home, Veterans Stadium. As the program's popularity increased, the competition became three rounds, a local competition, a regional competition, and the Championship round held at the Vet.

It has since become one of the Phillies' most successful and long-running programs and added a softball division for girls. Currently, the home run hitting contest for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 12 now annually serves over 22,000 children in 51 local competitions.

Jack's sons, Paul and John, who participated in the Home Run Derbies themselves as children, now run the program. The Bradley's do not plan on slowing down anytime soon and, like their father did with them, hope to pass the baseball and Phillies Home Run Derby tradition down to their sons.

COMPETITION RULES

Competition is broken into three age levels; Division A (7-8 years), Division B (9-10 years) and Division C (11-12 years) for both baseball and softball.

Batters receive one practice swing and 10 competition swings. Since a pitching machine is used, every pitch should be the same. However, there are times that a pitch is either too high or too low and this is determined by the Home Run Derby operator. If this happens, the batter receives another pitch. Batters do not have to swing at every pitch.

Batters are awarded points for each swing and the distance of each hit. Distances differ by age group:

All divisions
  • Foul ball = 0 points
  • Swing and miss = 0 points
  • Fair ball = 1 point
Division A - Girls 7/8 years
  • 50 feet = 2 points
  • 75 feet = 5 points
Division B - Girls 9/10 years
  • 75 feet = 2 points
  • 100 feet = 5 points
Division C - Girls 11/12 years
  • 100 feet = 2 points
  • 125 feet = 5 points
Division A - Boys 7/8 years
  • 75 feet = 2 points
  • 100 feet = 5 points
Division B - Boys 9/10 years
  • 100 feet = 2 points
  • 125 feet = 5 points
Division C - Boys 11/12 years
  • 125 feet = 2 points
  • 175 feet = 5 points

There are three levels of competition:

  1. Local competitions are held in towns or townships in April through July. The top three winners in each division advance to the Regionals.
  2. Regional competitions are held in eight different locations. Each local winner is assigned to a regional competition and the first place winner in each division advances to the Championship.
  3. The Championship is held at Citizens Bank Park prior to a Phillies game. This year the Championship will be held on September 13, 2015.
2014 CHAMPIONS
THE WINNERS IN THE GIRLS 7 AND 8 YEAR OLD DIVISION ARE:
  • Champion: KAYLEY YORK
  • Second Place: LAUREN MARTINO
  • Third Place: BRIANNA BENEDETTO

THE WINNERS IN THE GIRLS 9 AND 10 YEAR OLD DIVISION ARE:
  • Champion: JULIA DI SANDS
  • Second Place: ELLA GAMBER
  • Third Place: JORDYN HEMINGWAY

THE WINNERS IN THE GIRLS 11 AND 12 YEAR OLD DIVISION ARE:
  • Champion: THERESA BECK
  • Second Place: CHASITY SINONE
  • Third Place: BRIANNA SCHUCK

THE WINNERS IN THE BOYS 7 AND 8 YEAR OLD DIVISION ARE:
  • Champion: JEFFREY LOUGEE
  • Second Place: WYATT HUNT
  • Third Place: COLE SERFASS

THE WINNERS IN THE BOYS 9 AND 10 YEAR OLD DIVISION ARE:
  • Champion: KALEB POWELL
  • Second Place: AARON MERKLEIN
  • Third Place: COLIN SCHUMM

THE WINNERS IN THE BOYS 11 AND 12 YEAR OLD DIVISION ARE:
  • Champion: MICHAEL BAGINSKI
  • Second Place: MALIN JASINSKI
  • Third Place: LUKE WANAMAKER

CURRENT/PAST LOCATIONS
  • Audobon, NJ
  • Barnegat, NJ
  • Berlin, NJ
  • Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Clifton Heights, PA
  • Deep Run, PA
  • Devon, PA
  • Doylestown, PA
  • Egg Harbor Twp., NJ
  • Exton, PA
  • Glendora, NJ
  • Glenside, PA
  • Harleysville, PA
  • Honesdale, PA
  • Honey Brook, PA
  • Indian Mills, NJ
  • Lansdale, PA
  • Lenape Valley, PA
  • Lower Twp., NJ
  • Millville, NJ
  • Montgomery Twp., PA
  • Mt. Ephraim, NJ
  • Nor Gwyn, PA
  • North Wildwood, NJ
  • Octorara/Christiana, PA
  • PAL
  • Palmer, PA
  • Plumstead, PA
  • Prospect Park, PA
  • Ramsey, NJ
  • Revere, PA
  • Ridley, PA
  • South East Youth Athletic Association (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Sea Isle City, NJ
  • Sharon Hill, PA
  • Souderton, PA
  • Spring Lake, NJ
  • Stone Harbor, NJ
  • Toms River, NJ
  • Towamencin, PA
  • Upper Moreland, PA
  • Upper Perkiomen
  • Upper Providence, PA
  • Walnutport, PA
  • Williams Twp., PA

 

INFORMATION

To receive information on how your town or child can participate in the Phillies Home Run Derby e-mail fandev@phillies.com or call 215-463-1000.

 

HOME RUN DERBY ALUMNI IN MLB
  • Aaron Boone
  • Brett Boone
  • Ben Davis
  • Mark Gubicza
  • Erik Kratz
  • Jeff Manto
  • Jaime Moyer
  • Mike Scioscia
  • John Smiley
  • Mike Trout