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 identify as female. There are no restrictions on age, style or instrumentation.

Champions (grand prize winners) of previous Hit Like A Girl contests are not eligible to participate in the contest in the same category they won; however, previous finalists and entrants may participate.

Individuals must be a qualified entrant to participate in the Contest. A “Qualified Entrant” is defined as one who does not earn more than $50,000 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. 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 by Hit Like A Girl Contest at any time from March 1, 2018 through the conclusion of the Contest will be considered an “Employee.”


Our goal is to encourage more girls and women to participate by creating 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.

Everyone who enters HLAG receives a certificate of participation and a “PowerPack 3” digital goody bag that includes free educational material, booklets, magazines and discount coupons.

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. These winners will be determined by an esteemed team of judges made up of drum industry executives and top female drummers and percussionists representing our Presenting Sponsors. Weekly Winners will be announced weekly beginning March 14, 2018. Weekly Winners automatically become Finalists.

The Weekly contests are cumulative, meaning that the all current contest entries are eligible to be selected as a Weekly Winner, not just those entires registered during a specific week. For example, the Week Three winner will be selected from all video entires registered during weeks one, two and three.  Weekly Winners are chosen by a team of judges made up of executives and endorsers of the company sponsoring the week.

Public Voting
Beginning April 12, 2018 a “Vote Now” button will be added to each contestant’s page on the website. Once they sign-in using their HLAG profile, 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. The public voting period will close on April 25, 2018 at 11:59 PM PDT. The Top Ten entries in each age division will become Finalists.

Celebrity Judging
25 Finalists in each age division will be announced on April 26, 2018 with celebrity judging occurring from May 3 through 16, 2018.

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 (at the discretion of HLAG management).

The 2018 Hit Like A Girl Champions and other winners will be announced on the 2018 HLAG Awards Show on June 5, 2018 at 6:00 PM PDT. The show will stream on and feature appearances and performance by top HLAG judges, sponsors and special guests.