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.
We are now only a few weeks away from the 2106 Wiffle Fall Classic. While there is still plenty of planning to be done, we wanted to give you a brief overview of what the day is hopefully going to look like. As always, things may change slightly, but here it the plan:
7:00am - Field Setup
8:00am - Registration Open
9:00am - Report time for all teams, will go over rules and tournament layout.
9:30am - First Pitch and Home Run Derby Open
12:00pm - Cornhole tournament will begin
12:30pm - First teams eliminated
1:30pm - 2 fields combined for some fun non-tournament games of Wiffle.
2:00pm - Special Appearance by the Philly Phanatic
3:30pm - 50/50, Raffles and Home Run derby will conclude
4:00pm - Cornhole Championship
4:30pm - Championship Game
Anyone can participate in the home run derby, raffles, and cornhole tournament.
There will be a snack stand open, which takes CASH ONLY.
Please come out to support #BeatitBlaise and have a great day of fun with us. We are looking forward to September 17, and hoping it's our best year yet!
If you have never been to the Wiffle Fall Classic in the past, there is plenty to do throughout the day. While the main event of the day is the tournament itself, there is also the Moonshot home run derby, and we always end up having may "pickup" games with different bats and balls and bigger fields, as well as Cornhole, Kan-jam, end even basketball. There is also a playground on site that the kids enjoy.
So even if you happen to be the team that is eliminated after 3 games, there is still plenty of fun to be had.
As we approach the 4th Annual Wiffle Fall Classic, we want to inform you of the cutoff dates. Please take note of the dates below:
Don't forget that the sooner you register your team, you will have a higher chance of a first round bye. (Example: If only 24 teams register, the first 8 teams that registered will receive a first round bye)
This year's Wiffle Fall Classic will be on Saturday, September 17, 2016. We will be playing the the East Norriton Township Field in Norristown, PA, the same field as the past 2 years.
Current Schedule of Events if we have 18 teams will be as follows:
7:00am Field Set Up
8:30am Registration opens
9:00am Registration closes
9:10am Rules and tournament overview
9:30am First pitch – Qualifying Round Begins
1:00pm Qualifying Round Ends
1:00pm Home Run Derby Begins
1:45pm Last call for Home run derby, raffles and 50/50
1:50pm Home Run Derby Finals
2:00pm Home Run Derby, Raffles, and 50/50 end. Winners announced
2:10pm Elimination Tournaments Begin
3:30pm Championship games begin
4:30pm Trophy Presentation, Event ends, field breakdown
Depending on how many more teams register, this may change.
Jon Snow Lives is the newest team to register for the 2015 Wiffle Fall Classic. There are now 23 spots remaining, so make sure to guarantee your team's spot and register today! Winter is coming, don't be left out in the cold