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.