Official Rules and Policies

It is our mission is to create a fun, fair, and safe environment to celebrate and promote women in drumming.

Contest Eligibility & Exclusions


All entrants must be female. There are no restrictions on age, style or instrumentation.

Grand prize winners of previous Hit Like A Girl contests are not eligible to participate in the contest; however, previous finalists and entrants may participate in this contest.

You must be a qualified entrant to participate in the Contest. A “Qualified Entrant” is defined as one who does not earn more than $100,000 adjusted gross per year as a professional musician, based on the prior tax year and is not a party to any endorsement or entertainment contracts that, in the Sponsor’s sole determination, conflict with the spirit of the contest. For purposes of clarity, the term “professional musician” does not include teaching music or giving music lessons, or and incomes derived from teaching-related activities will not be counted in determination of a contestant’s status.


The Contest is void where prohibited by law. Employees of sponsors and media supporters and each of their affiliated companies, parents, subsidiaries, officers, directors, employees and their immediate families or family members are not eligible to participate in this contest. Any person employed at any time from February 1, 2017 through the conclusion of the Contest will be considered an “Employee.”


This year’s contest is somewhat different from the past. Our goal is to encourage more girls and women to participate and adjust the process so that there are opportunities, benefits and rewards for all players. We therefore have several types of contests, several types of prizes and several types of winners within Hit Like A Girl.

Judges’ Feedback
Everyone who enters HLAG gets a copy of their score sheets with feedback from at least 2 and as many as 4 of our preliminary judges, a certificate of participation and a “PowerPack 3” digital goody bag that includes free educational material, booklets, magazines and discount coupons. Preliminary Judges are esteemed educator members of Percussive Arts Society, Vic Firth PDT, Sabian Education Network, and the D’Addario Education Collective.

The HLAG Evaluation Sheet was developed by leading educators and scores entries on Groove, Sound, Technique, Musicality & Interpretation, Presentation, Showmanship & Effect and Story.

Weekly Winners
One “Weekly Winner” in the upper and lower age division of the drumset category is chosen during each week of the contest and will receive an assortment of prizes. Weekly contestants are those who rank in the weekly “Top Ten” list based on each contestant’s scores from the preliminary judges. Those scores are submitted to a team of judges made up of executives and endorsers of the company sponsoring that week’s judging.

Following the 6 weeks of entries— and independent of all previous rankings and winning selections— the top 20 scoring entries in the upper and lower age divisions of the drumset category become the Finalists of the 2017 Hit Like a Girl contest. Up to 4 “Wild Card” entries in each age group may be added in the case that multiple contestants’ preliminary judges scores are tied. Finalists have two chances to win:

Public Voting Winners
Beginning March 27, 2017 all Finalists appear on the HLAG Homepage and a “Vote Now” button will be added to each finalist’s page on the site. Once they sign-in using their HLAG or Facebook account, visitors may vote for as many of the finalists’ videos as desired but only one vote per contestant per day. Votes are verified, certified, updated and posted daily. At the end of the online voting period (April 9 at 11:59 PM PDT), the under and over 18 entries with the most votes are declared the “Popular” winners of the contest and receive a prize package.

Celebrity Judging Winners
Also beginning March 27, 2017, each Finalist’s preliminary score is erased and a panel of the world’s top female and male drummers review and re-evaluate the Finalists’ entries to determine the “Critical” winners, including the Champions and 1st and 2nd Runners-Up in each age division. These winners receive a prize package and performance opportunities.

Special Awards
Special Award recipients are selected by representatives of a range of media and educational sponsors based on talent, geography and/or need. See Special Awards.

World, Concert, and Marching Percussion
One winner in the upper and lower age divisions of the World, Concert and Marching Percussion categories is chosen by a panel of judges who specialize in those areas. These winners receive category-appropriate prizes and performance opportunities.

Winners in various categories are announced between the end of the entry period (March 14) and the end of the Online Voting period (April 9). Popular winners are announced on April 18. The Champions and remaining winners are announced on the 2017 HLAG Awards Show on on April 18, 2017 at 5:00 PM PDT.