Wiffle ball facts for kids
The game of Wiffle ball is a variation of baseball. The Wiffle ball is designed for indoor or outdoor play in confined areas. The game is played using a perforated, light-weight, resilient plastic ball and a long, typically yellow, plastic bat.
The game became popular nationwide by the 1960s, and is played in backyards, on city streets, and on beaches. The game is similar to baseball, and is designed for 2–10 players. A single game of Wiffle ball consists of 7 innings or 60 minutes whichever is earliest.
Tournaments have been the driving force in modern wiffle ball and have been held in the United States and Europe since 1977. That year, Rick Ferroli began holding tournaments in his backyard tribute to Fenway Park in Hanover, Massachusetts. In 1980, the World Wiffle Ball Championship was established in Mishawaka, Indiana by Jim Bottorff and Larry Grau. With the explosion of the Internet in the 1990s, there are now hundreds of Wiffle ball tournaments played in the United States, most in the same place every year, with a few tournament "circuits". The World Wiffle Ball Championship remains the oldest tournament in the nation, having moved to the Chicago suburbs in 2013, after introducing regional stops over three decades in Baltimore; Los Angeles; Indianapolis; Eugene, Oregon; and Barcelona, Spain. The tournament is featured at #27 in the book, "101 Baseball Places to Visit Before You Strike Out."
There is a national fast pitch tournament every summer held in Morenci, Michigan as well. This tournament determines which league is the best in the country. It is called the NWLA Tournament.
Some wiffle ball players have built fields to resemble major league ballparks. Thomas P. Hannon, Jr. authored a book, Backyard Ball, on his experiences building a smaller version of Ebbets Field. Patrick M. O'Connor wrote a book, Little Fenway, about building his versions of Fenway Park and Wrigley Field. But not all wiffle ball fields have been modeled from major league ball parks. Some have created original fields, Strawberry Field in Encino, California being the most exquisite. Rick Messina spent over $700,000 constructing Strawberry Field, which features lights for night games, bleachers, and a press box. He also converted a neighboring house into a clubhouse/pub.
Building fields can lead to controversy and legal issues. In 2008, The New York Times published an article about Greenwich, Connecticut teenagers who were forced by the city to tear down a wiffle ball field they had built because of neighbor complaints.
|1989||J. Murphy Orioles||Hanover Pirates||World Wiffle®Ball Association|
|1990||Zoo Crew||World Wiffle®Ball Association|
|1991||Zoo Crew (2)||Orangemen||World Wiffle®Ball Association|
|1992||Orangemen||Trenton Milmen||World Wiffle®Ball Association|
|1995||Team Trenton||Bechtold Bombers||North American Wiffle®Ball Championship|
|1996||Team Trenton (2)||Bechtold Bombers (2)||North American Wiffle®Ball Championship|
|1997||Team Trenton (3)||Georgia Longshotz||North American Wiffle®Ball Championship|
|1998||Brown Hornets||Doom||Wiffle® Up! World Series|
|1999||Tri-State Terror||Doom (2)||Wiffle® Up! World Series|
|2000||Tri-State Terror (2)||Doom (3)||Wiffle® Up! World Series|
|2002||Vipers||State of Mind||USPPBA|
|2003||Vipers (2)||Shockers||Fast Plastic|
|2004||Swingers||In The Box||Fast Plastic||Cedar Park, Texas|
|2005||In The Box||Gunners||Fast Plastic|
|2007||GSW||NY Knights||Fast Plastic|
|2008||603 All-Stars||Remember the Name||Fast Plastic|
|2009||Phenoms||603 All-Stars||Fast Plastic|
|2010||Usual Suspects||603 All-Stars (2)||Goldenstick Wiffle®Ball League|
|2011||Doom||Usual Suspects||Goldenstick Wiffle®Ball League|
|2012||Doom||603 All-Stars (3)||Goldenstick Wiffle®Ball League|
|2013||Blue Razrs||State of Mind (2)||Goldenstick Wiffle®Ball League|
|2014||Blue Razrs (2)||The U||Goldenstick Wiffle®Ball League|
|2015||603 All-Stars (2)||Dread the Red||Goldenstick Wiffle®Ball League|
|2017||C4||Remember the Rookies||Fast Plastic|
|2018||C4 (2)||Phenoms||Fast Plastic|
|2019||C4 (3)||Phenoms (2)||Fast Plastic||Brushy Creek Sports Complex; Cedar Park, Texas|
|2020||Usual Suspects (2)||Black Dog Country Club||United Wiffle®Ball||PeoplesBank Park; York, Pennsylvania|
|2012||OCWA Freaky Franchise||Tampa Bay Wiffle®Ball Lightning||Morenci, Michigan|
|2013||Tampa Bay Wiffle®Ball Lightning||OCWA Freaky Franchise||Morenci, Michigan|
|2014||WSEM Dads||Tampa Bay Wiffle®Ball Lightning (2)||Morenci, Michigan|
|2015||WSEM Dads (2)||OCWA Freaky Franchise (2)||Morenci, Michigan|
|2016||OCWA Freaky Franchise (2)||SWBL Cardinals||Morenci, Michigan|
|2017||WSEM Dads (3)||SWBL Cardinals (2)||Morenci, Michigan|
|2018||WILL Waves||GBL Legends||Morenci, Michigan|
|2019||AWAA Blue Kamikazees||GBL Legends (2)||Morenci, Michigan|
|2020||HRL Dong Show||KWL Keggers||Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (originally awarded to Indianapolis)|
|2021||September 17-19, 2021||Indianapolis, Indiana|
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