2023 Home Run Derby Rules and FAQ
What is the Home Run Derby?
KNLL is hosting a Home Run Derby for KNLL baseball and softball players. The Home Run Derby is officially sponsored this year by T-Mobile and is FREE to participate in.
When is the Home Run Derby?
The Home Run Derby will be a featured event at KNLL Fan Fest at Big Finn Hill on May 21st. It will start at 12 pm and run approximately 2 – 2.5 hours.
Participants must be present to participate (Round 2 and Final Round participants, especially).
Who can participate in the Home Run Derby?
All current Coast and Majors players who are league age 9-12 years old are eligible but they must a) Register in advance to participate; and b) Have submitted a completed Participant Release prior to participation.
What will the active experience be for participants in the Home Run Derby?
Participants will have 90 seconds (1:30) to hit as many home runs as possible in Round 1. The top 10 home run hitters from Round 1 will advance to Round 2 and will have another 90 seconds to hit as many home runs as possible. The top 5 from Round 2 will advance to the Final Round and will have a third and final 90 seconds to hit as many home runs as possible.
What do players receive for participating in the Home Run Derby?
- A fun experience!
- Each participant will receive an official Certificate of Participation.
- Coast and Majors-level Champions plus the overall League Home Run Champion will receive KNLL trophies.
- Further, the KNLL Home Run Champion may be eligible to participate in additional T-Mobile Little League Home Run Derby regional and/or national events.
Participants must adhere to basic Little League rules and standards:
- Only USA Baseball labeled bats (USABat) can be used (a selection of bats provided by the league will be available)
- Use of a helmet by the batter is mandatory (a selection of helmets provided by the league will be available)
- Official Little League balls will be used
Home Run Derby Participant Experience
- Participants will bat in a random order in Round 1 – the order will be posted 15 minutes before the start of the Derby.
- A Public Announcement (PA) system will be used to announce the current, on-deck, and in-the-hole batter. On-deck and in-the-hole batters should be in the 3rd base dugout and ready to bat promptly when it is their turn.
- Prior to being in the 3rd base dugout, participants will have an opportunity to get loose in or around the Big Finn Hill batting cages.
- Batters will exit the field via the 1st base dugout after their turn. They will receive their Certificate of Participation here.
- Round 1 (top 10) and Round 2 (top 5) winners will be announced at the conclusion of the round. In Round 2 and the Final Round, batters will bat in order of home runs hit thus far, the lowest total number hitting first.
- At the conclusion of the Home Run Derby, league level and the overall champion will be announced and trophies handed out.