Phillies Home Run Derby is a baseball and softball hitting contest for children aged 7-12 years old.
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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 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:
There are three levels of competition:
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