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Wiffle bat and ball
A Wiffle bat and ball

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.


Game of wiffleball
Wiffle ball being played in a park

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.

Wiffle ball
A wiffle ball, showing the perforated half, which allows for easy curvature while pitching.


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.

The first United Wiffle National Championship Tournament was held at PeoplesBank Park in York, Pennsylvania in 2020.


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.

National Champions

Fast Pitch Wiffle Ball Champions
Year Winner Runner-Up Tournament Location
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
1993 No Tournament
1994 No Tournament
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
2001 A-Bros Lakeside Kings USPPBA
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
2006 Rookies CCX 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
2016 No Tournament
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
National Wiffle League Association National Champions
Year Winner Runner-Up Location
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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