We would like to thank everyone that made the 5th Annual Wiffle Fall Classic one of our best tournaments yet. Our sincerest thanks goes out to all of our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and the players who came out.
We were blessed with a gorgeous day, and the event went very well once the ball got rolling.
20 teams came out to compete, and everyone was able to play 4 round robin games. We then had a 8 team playoff in which the B&E Sporstwear sponsored team edged out the Philthy M&M's in a 20 inning marathon.
Mike Heine of Wiffle This won The Moonshot Bats Home Run Derby, and The Goathouse won the team home run derby contest.
In the end, we were able to raise $3,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
We are already looking forward to next year! Tentatively, we are looking to have our event on the first Saturday of the Fall each year, which would be Saturday, September 22, 2018.
As we always look to improve our tournament, I can also let it be known that next year will have a major rule change... NO FOUL OUTS!
We appreciate the effort and kind words from everyone, and hope to see you all again in the years to come. For those that missed this year, we hope to see you again soon.
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Thank you again,
Wiffle Fall Classic
As we are getting everything finalized for Saturday, there are a few things that we still need to finalize. One thing we don't have to worry about is the weather! It's going to be a gorgeous day for some Wiffs!
With this year's format, it is extremely important to let us know your team's status by Friday morning. We understand that things come up, and teams can't always make the day, when they registered 3 months ago. All we ask is to let us know. When the schedule is finalized, if a team "no-shows" then 3 other teams will not have a game to play, and we want to make sure that all teams have the full fun of playing 4 games throughout the day. This is also important if your team is not registered, or on the waiting list. (Click here and scroll to bottom of page to view)
If you are not playing in this year's tournament, you can still support the 2017 Wiffle Fall Classic and purchase an event shirt. All orders must be in by Sunday, September 10, 2017. Shirts will be available for pickup the day of the event , or mailed by the end of September. Just click the link below to order your shirt today!
Wiffle Is Coming!
The Wiffle Fall Classic is almost here! With only 3 weeks left to get you and your team registered for this year’s tournament, and only 7 team spots remaining, time is certainly running out fast. Don’t be left out or put on the waiting list, get your team registered today.
We had another team sponsor contest start today. A very special “Thank You” to B&E Sportswear for their sponsorship. To enter the contest, find us on Facebook and Twitter, and like, share/retweet, and comment on the post/tweet with 3 names of people you would like to play with. It’s that easy! The winner will be announced next week.
If you would like to sponsor a team, our August special is still going strong. For only $150, you can sponsor a team, and get your logo/name on our event shirt and website. Simply email email@example.com with any questions, and make a check out to:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
and mail to:
Wiffle Fall Classic
752 Mancill Rd
Wayne, PA 19087
We are looking forward to another great day of Wiffle with you!
In the past 4 years of the Wiffle Fall Classic, we have come up short on reaching our maximum number of teams. This year, we want to do all that we can to reach the 30 team maximum. With that being said, we now have a special offer for sponsors.
For the month of August, we are going to offer our Silver Level Sponsorship ($250) benefits for only $150!
With that, you will receive:
This is also a great way to get an entry into the tournament! Find the sponsor yourself and get to play for free. Ask your family, friends, your boss, co-workers, or even walk into your favorite store and ask if they can help.
We looking forward to another fun filled day of Wiffle® in the fall with you.
If you are like my family, the 4th of July means being with family, enjoying the sun with a cold beer in your hand, and playing the family friendly version of Wiffle ball that most of us know and love. If you are looking for the fast pitch style with the big barrel bats, lookup Palisades or GoldenStick Wiffle Ball Leagues. 4th of July Wiffs is all about "FUN" so leave the $200 bat and scuffed balls at home. With that being said, here are some rules to use for your 4th of July Wiffle games.
1. Fourth of July Wiffle ball games do not have a schedule or set # of innings until it's determined how many people are playing. If there are more than 6 people, play some 6 inning games, with 3 people per team. If there are not enough people to call "winners" then just mix up the teams.
2. Get as many games in on one day as possible. The average Wiffle player has the athletic ability to play 10 games in one day, but the following morning, may not be able to get out of bed.
3.Get your ground rules straight. Explain what part of the house is fair or foul, what bush marks the doubles line, and what the rule is for the ball that is bounces off the dog in foul territory and then hits the tree being used as the foul pole.
4. Forget base running, it's not needed and will only tire out those in peak Wiffle athletic form faster. The idea is to enjoy the game and be as lazy as possible while enjoying it. Base running means having to have an official, and the best Wiffle games have no umpire. Keep it simple. Hit the ball and walk away. If you happen to hit a moonshot, a bat flip and trot around the bases to embarrass the pitcher is fully encouraged. When it comes to enjoying the game while being as lazy as possible, a very effective defense on the infield is simply laying down.
5. Wiffle ball is a rain or shine sport. The winds can play havoc on a pitcher, or cause a homerun to become an infield flyball. Deal with it.
6. Having your beer in hand or on the field of play is expected. Just know that if your beer is knocked over, you will be ridiculed by opponents and your own teammates.
7. Have a "Rooster Rule". Use a landmark between the batter and the pitcher, like a statue of a rooster, to determine when a ball is in play or a foul ball.
8. If you bunt in Wiffle ball, you will receive the "Pete Rose" and be banned for life. No appeal will ever be heard.
9. Have a strike zone. It can be a pitch back, the popular beach chair, a piece of plywood, or an official zone from league or tournament. That moment when you are on the mound and get the batter looking for the 3rd out of an inning, earns a walk off like Conor McGregor after knocking someone out.
10. If you are the batter and are caught looking to strike out with the bases loaded, be prepared for the insults to end only after you win a game on a walk off home run.
11. When you are in the field and a batter swings and misses, it is mandatory to thank him for the breeze he just created.
12. Giving up a home run is more than enough justification to throw at the next batter's head.
13. Set a number of balls for walks. There is always that one guy who will simply throw slop to the big hitter until he gets frustrated and swings at the ball 10 over his head.
14. If you are throwing the ball hard, you're playing the wrong game. Go play in a league, give up 10 homeruns and then come back to the family game. Slow it down Baby Nolan...
15. Only play with the official WIFFLE balls and yellow Wiffle bats. Playing with anything else is not Wiffle, it's a toddler game.
16. Don't scuff up the ball or tape the barrels of the bats. Brand new, right out the box, no modifications if the proper way to play. If you need to take a steak knife to ball to make it curve, then you can't throw a curve.
17. Rotate the pitchers. Everyone on the team has to pitch. Yes, even grandpa. His knuckle balls and Eephus pitches will drive you insane.
18. If you bring any type of glove to a Wiffle game, batting or fielding, the "Pete Rose" will apply. (Read rule #8 for clarification)
19. If a man happens to be hit in the private area, you can laugh. People have won thousands of dollars on videos of men being hit in the groin by that piece of plastic. It's funny, and they will walk it off soon enough.
20. The most important rule of Wiffle: Have fun. It's not a serious game, it's a plastic bat and ball. No matter how bad the Phillies are, they still won't sign you to a deal because you went 19-20 on the day with 12 home runs.
To celebrate the 4th of July, we will have a reduced price on our entry fee for the 5th Annual Wiffle Fall Classic. Sign your teams up today. The sale ends July 5. We hope to see you on Saturday, September 23, 2017.
While growing up, almost every weekend in the summer was spent down the shore. In my family, that meant some serious Wiffle Ball action every Saturday and Sunday before going to the beach. Our small rectangular yard called for some unconventional ground rules (if you mention the "rooster rule" to anyone who's played at our field, they will know exactly what you are talking about) and it seemed as though each year had a different item to use as a strike zone. We would go from a beach chair, to a pitch back, to an old kitchen chair, to a plastic chair, back to the porch back, and then to the eventual PVC zones we use at the Wiffle Fall Classic. We have used different bats, and gone from unscuffed balls to scuffed and back to unscuffed. Long story short, a lot has changed over the years. With all that being said, one thing has stayed exactly the same: The joy of playing Wiffs with friends and family, and especially my father.
This is the perfect game that a father can teach, play and enjoy with his children. Playing with my dad has been, and still is, something special. There was always the perfect blend of fun and competition whenever he played. He somehow knew exactly where to place his elbow to stop your best curve from being a strike. If one of us was able to hit a home run off one of his sometimes unhittable knuckleballs, it would be something to brag about for at least a week. We also knew that if someone hit a home run off him, the next batter was "getting one in the ear!" These types of memories are the ones that I will never forget.
Now that I am a father, I can't wait until my kids start to join the tradition of some family, but not always friendly, competition of Wiffle Ball on the weekends in South Jersey. I only hope that I can give as many great memories on the Wiffle Field to my kids and my father has given me.
If you are still looking for that fun day of Wiffle ball with your son or dad, sign up together for the Wiffle Fall Classic on September 23. This week only, the entry fee is 20% in honor of all those Wiffle Dad's out there.
If that date doesn't work, or we are too far away from you, be sure to check out www.wiffleballtournaments.com and give a father a great day of playing Wiffs with his family.
To all of you dads, whether you have a nasty knuckler, a wicked curve, power at the plate, or have never played a game of Wiffle ball in your life, we want to wish you a very Happy Father's Day this weekend.
Every year when I write about the prizes that will be available to win, I feel extremely grateful to know so many generous people who are willing to donate, sponsor, and help with our event.
Just as years past, we will have a variety of prizes available that can be won in different ways:
The team winning the tournament will receive a trophy and free entry into next year's tournament.
HOME RUN DERBY
Everyone is invited to participate in the home run derby. Please see the home run derby page for the specific rules. The winner will receive a hat, shirt and batting gloves from Moonshot Bats as well as their name inscribed on our Championship Belt.
TEAM HOME RUN DERBY
The team with the best single session totals (for 3 players) will receive a trophy and free entry into next year's tournament.
Chance to win some money. The winner MUST take 50% of the prize.
Chances are $5 a piece. You will pick a ticket out of a box. The ticket will have a # on it. The # will correspond to the prize you have won.
and there is is still more to come.
all non-team prizes are open to the public.
We are only a few weeks away from the 2016 Wiffle Fall Classic, a charity Wiffle Ball tournament to benefit Blaise Davis, a 4 year old boy who was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer earlier this year. This year's tournament will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at East Norriton Township park, located at 2501 Stanbridge St, Norristown, PA 19401. We are asking all teams to arrive no later than 9:00am so the first games can begin at9:30am.
We are still looking for teams and players to join in our tournament. The cost is $25 a person, which will get you entry into the tournament, and an event shirt (if you register byWednesday, 8/31). Teams are made up of 3 players or more (only 3 players in the field) and we do not run bases. All skill levels and ages are welcome. If you want to play, but don’t have a team, we have some open spots for you. Please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will get you on a team.
If you can't play in the tournament, but want to enjoy the day and still show your support for Blaise, the best time to come is around 2:00. We will be doing the last call for our raffles, 50/50, home run derby, and our special guest, the Philly Phanatic will be arriving around that time.
We are submitting our orders Wednesday of this week. This means that if you want to sponsor our event and get your name or logo on a banner or on our event shirt, we need to know ASAP if you want to donate. This also means that if you want to play in the tournament AND receive an event shirt, your team must be registered by Wednesday. For teams that have already registered, please check the Teams/Rosters page on the website and make sure your players and shirt sizes are correct. Teams that register after Wednesday can still play in the tournament, but will not receive an event shirt.
We are also looking for items to use as raffle prizes. If you know of someone who can donate any services, items, gift cards, or tickets to an event, please let us know. We will gladly exchange donated items in exchange for sponsorships.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me directly.
If you want to register your team, please visit www.wifflefallclassic.com
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 17.
Pictured above: Blaise Davis, his father Andrew and the Philly Phanatic at the 2014 Wiffle Fall Classic
If you didn't hear the news yet, the Philly Phanatic will be returning to the Wiffle Fall Classic on September 17. In past years, he has done some crazy things to make us laugh, especially when he decides to interrupt your game with 2 outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the last inning.
We are so happy that this crazy character will be there to help show support for Blaise and bring a smile to our face, even after being eliminated. The Phanatic is scheduled to have fun with us between 2:00 and 3:00. So if you are unable to make it for the full day, come out and enjoy some time with us and him. Just don't forget your camera. While you are there, you can take part in our raffles and home run derby.
And speaking of Home Run Derby, which is open to everyone, we have added a special prize this year and hope that it will become a tradition of it's own. You may have seen some MLB & Minor league players that win a home run derby look like this:
Well, The Wiffle Fall Classic - Moonshot Bat Home Run Derby will have one thing in common with players you see above. Thanks to ProAM Belts, we will have our very own Championship Belt that will be passed down year to year to whoever is named Home Run King. The winner will also receive a trophy and some Moonshot swag. Bring your muscles, it's not going to be easy to win this year.
If you haven't signed up yet, what are you waiting for? Remember that you must register by August 31 to receive an event shirt. Any team that registers after August 31 will still be able to play in tournament, but unfortunately will not receive an event shirt.