Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About
the MDLL Hit-A-Thon
Why are we raising money for the league? Doesn’t the registration cover it all?
The Hit-A-Thon raises a significant portion of the annual budget of the league. Without the Hit-A-Thon, registration fees would be significantly higher (we have one of the lowest fees in the area). The Hit-A-Thon allows the league to improve each year. In addition to allowing us to provide top-notch equipment and fields, we conduct players’ and coaches’ clinics and continually improve our facilities. This year, our fundraising takes on added significance because of our relationship with the Washington Nationals and their renovation of Mason District Park Field. Although the Nationals fund the overall renovation, there will be additional items required to enhance player experience and for future maintenance of the field. The funds raised through Hit-A-Thon will be matched by a grant for up to $20,000 from Fairfax County Park Authority.
How does the Hit-A-Thon work?
The Hit-A-Thon is very similar to a walk-a-thon. Each player solicits sponsors who pledge to make a tax-deductible donation MDLL. The amount of the pledge can be based on the total distance each player attains. Each player gets ten hits, and we count the six longest hits. The distance of those six hits is totaled for the player’s score.
Should I provide a flat donation or a pledge?
Many sponsors find it easiest to provide a flat donation of $5, $10, $20 or any amount.
Other sponsors will pledge a certain amount per foot, usually between $.03 - $.05. T-Ball players usually hit 400-600 feet. Major leaguers hit 800-1500 feet. Much of the excitement of our contest centers on the unknown factor of how far a player will hit—and consequently how much they will raise.
How can people pay?
To make collecting payments as easy as possible, MDLL has developed a robust website (mdll.dojiggy.com) for secure payments. This limits the time you would need to go back and collect funds from supporters. If someone prefers to send a check, payment can be made out to “MDLL” or “Mason District Little League”.
Do the players actually enjoy the Hit-A-Thon?
This will be a highlight of the baseball season. Kids enjoy hitting for distance, earning prizes, seeing who hits home runs and the break it provides during the season. This year, the event will span two nights: Wednesday, May 10th and Friday, May 12th. Top hitters from all divisions will participate in a Home Run Derby at the end of the season.
What is our goal?
The more players who participate, the better for MDLL and the more fun we all have! We are trying to raise $600 to $1,200 per team, which would equal more than $18,000. The teams who win the group prizes usually have every single player participating.
How do I get the word out to raise more money easily?
The pledge site has the ability to personalize your requests with pictures, videos, connections to Facebook, emails sent to your friends and family, etc. You can even see player, team, and MDLL progress through the fundraising goal thermometer.
How else can I help?
We will need volunteers for set up, and measuring and recording throughout the event. We will need pitchers and catchers and people to round up balls in the field. We will need adults to help with check in and announcers throughout the evening. Please go to the Sign Up Genius and take advantage of all the ways your family can be involved in this fun event!
When does my team particiapte?
The latest SCHEDULE is here or click the link on the left or from the Hit-A-Thon drop-down menu above.