Frequently Asked Questions about MDLL Hit-A-Thon
When does my team particiapte?
Check out the detailed schedule for Single A through Intermediate. We are working on calendar options for our T Ball players. Please check again soon and watch email for notifications.
Why are we raising money for the league?
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. Although the Washingon Nationals funded the overall renovation of the field in Mason District Park in 2017, there will be additional items required to enhance player experience and for future maintenance of the field.
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 website 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. 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.
What if it rains?
The Hit-a-Thon chair would really like it to stop raining long enough to have the 2018 Hit-a-Thon. If the event is cancelled by MDLL for reasons other than weather, donations will be refunded for the portion of the event(s) that you purchased. Refunds are not given for rain delays or rain cancellations stated in accordance with the facility policy.
How else can I help?
We will need volunteers for a variety of roles and time slots on June 11, 12 and 13: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4dabaa22a4ff2-2018 Thank you for helping to make Hit-a-Thon a success!