|Pitch Pit Instructions and Code of Conduct|
2013 Pitch Pit Instructions
The Pitch Pit is a very exciting process and we ask that everyone follow these instructions so that the event is as successful as possible for everyone involved.
Come prepared with your short pitch and also be able to go into some of the details on your project.
Please note that while NATPE works to ensure the continued participation of confirmed Pitch Pit Catchers, occasionally Catchers will cancel and NATPE makes no guarantee as to the continued participation of confirmed Catchers. In case of Catcher cancellations, NATPE is not responsible but will make every reasonable effort to facilitate an acceptable substitute.
• Attendees who purchased the Ultimate Pitch Package are guaranteed to receive four confirmed Pitch Pit meetings in advance of the event and a Pitch Critique (critique scheduled for Thursday, May 9).
• All other PitchCon attendees who register after April 30 will be eligible to sign up for their first two Pitch Pit meetings onsite and will be given an appointment scheduled for Thursday, May 9 (during PitchCon) from 10am to 1pm or 2pm to 4pm to sign up for their first two Pitch Pit meetings. Registrants will receive their appointment time via an e-mail confirmation. It is important for the registrant to bring a printout of this e-mail with them to their sign-up appointment.
• Registrants will receive Pitch Pit meeting confirmations via e-mail on May 3. Please make sure to check your e-mail. If you haven’t received confirmation of your Pitch Pit meetings by May 6, please contact Jenean Atwood Baynes at the NATPE office at 310-857-1622.
• All PitchCon attendees with Pitch Pit meetings confirmed in advance via e-mail will need to stop by the Pitch Pit sign-up desk on Thursday, May 9 to receive their official pitch appointments confirmation form. The Pitch Pit sign-up desk will be located in the Louie Room at the SLS Hotel.
• We are not able to guarantee your top two choices although every effort will be made to accommodate your choices in order of preference.
• Review the Catcher Company Bios online or in the Pitch Pit Catchers handout. Decide which companies you would like to pitch to. Consider who might be the most likely buyer for your project(s), who might be the most suitable representation for you, etc.
• Review and sign the NATPE Pitch Pit Release form. If you are signing up in advance of PitchCon you will need to electronically accept terms of the Release in order to be confirmed for your first two meetings. If you are signing up onsite, you will need to submit the signed form in order to receive your first two meetings.
• If you are signing up for your first two Pitch Pit meetings onsite, be prepared with your top five choices when requesting appointments and look for updates regarding catchers who are full.
• We will open up the Pitch Pit schedule at 7:30 a.m. on Friday to sign up for additional Pitch opportunities until every Catcher is completely booked. Please refrain from asking the staff if you may sign up early. Staff will be concentrating on setting up and prepping the Pit for you.
• Starting at 7:30 a.m., we will be signing Pitchers up as quickly as possible on a first-come, first-served basis, allowing one appointment per rotation in line. We ask for your patience during what will undoubtedly be a very busy time. Please make sure you provide yourself sufficient time between the pitches you schedule. If you are late to or miss your pitch meeting, it will be reassigned.
Line A and Line B.
Line A will be for pitches at 9 a.m., 9:30, 10:15, 10:45, 11:30 and noon
Line B will be for pitches at 9:15 a.m., 9:45, 10:30, 11:15, 11:45 and 12:15 p.m.
You will have up to 10 minutes for your pitch. If you finish your meeting before the pitch period is up, please leave the table to open up an opportunity for Pitchers waiting in the Bullpen.
At the 5-minute mark, the first warning bell will chime. When you are pitching, this will serve as your halfway marker. The bell will chime for a second time at the 8-minute mark to serve as a reminder to wrap up your pitch. The bell will chime for a third time at the 10-minute mark when your appointment is over. Please be respectful to the Catcher and to the next Pitcher by concluding your pitch promptly.
• Do not give the Catchers scripts, treatments, tapes or any other material unless requested.
• Be open to constructive feedback they may be willing to offer.
• They will most likely only provide you with a business card or other contact information if they are interested in your pitch. If you are following up after the event, proper protocol is to reference NATPE PitchCon so they will remember the source of the submission.
If you are confirmed for a meeting with a company requiring a separate signed release form, you may pick up a copy of their specific release at either the Pitch Pit sign-up desk or from the Catcher to whom you are pitching.
• All attendees who schedule their appointments in advance will need to bring their confirmation e-mail to the Pitch Pit sign-up desk on Thursday, May 9 to get official confirmation forms for their appointments.
• While NATPE works to ensure the continued participation of confirmed Pitch Pit Catchers, occasionally Catchers will cancel and NATPE makes no guarantee as to the continued participation of confirmed Catchers. In case of Catcher cancellations, NATPE is not responsible but will make every reasonable effort to facilitate an acceptable substitute.
• NATPE reserves the right to modify the sign-up procedures as the 2013 Pitch Pit develops.