Our inaugural tournament last year had 19 teams play a full fun day of wiffs. This year we have been blown away by the response this early.
Even with a sudden change in venue, we are quickly approaching the maximum number of teams that we can host this year, which happens to be 32.
With still being a few months away from September 27, we have 24 teams already registered, and I don't think we will have a problem getting the next 8. After the 32nd team is fully registered, we will start a waiting list.
Depending on how many teams are on the waiting list, we will try some different things to get everyone who wants to play on a team that day. The last thing we want to do is turn people away from a charity event. Our goal will be to use the space and time we have been given to allow as many people to play while not having teams wait hours between every game. We may do this by merging some teams.(my family has 4 teams of 3 players, we would merge a team to have 3 teams with 4 players to allow for an extra team)
If we get an overwhelming response, we may change the format of the tournament to allow for more teams to play while still giving everyone a minimum of 4 games on the day. It is all about space and time. If we end up having 50 teams who want to play, we will do everything in our power to accommodate all teams, but we may not have the space and time to keep this an enjoyable day for all teams playing. I have played in a few events where I have had to wait for over 2 hours between games, and that is the last thing that I want for anyone coming out.
So, back on topic. We only have a few spots remaining. So if you want to play, you better register today. We are expecting to have over 100 people participating on September 27, so if you know someone who wants to sponsor us, let them know, and email firstname.lastname@example.org
We had to make some edits, but the flyer for this year's event is finally finished. If you want to help, print it out and bring to your school, office, gym, or social club to help us get the word out and find new teams, fans, donors, and sponsors. Spots are filling up quickly, and remember, we have to max out the tournament to 32 teams.
We knew the field that we were going to use for the 2014 Wiffle fall classic would be under construction the first half of this year. We were originally told that construction would be completed in enough time for us to host our event there. Unfortunately construction has been delayed which has forced us to change this year's venue.
The 2014 Wiffle fall classic will now be held at the East Norriton Township Park softball field.
With this change in location, we will also be maxing out the number of teams at 32. All teams that register will have 5 days to complete payment, after that time they will be placed on the waiting list.
After 32 teams have registered we will open up a waiting list for all teams interested.
There are only 13 spots remaining, so if you haven't registered yet, time will run out soon.
Less than a week remains to register your teams for a discounted price of $75. After Sunday, the team fee will be increased to $100 per team.
We are doing this so we can attract more sponsors for our tournament. Since this will be helping us out, we in turn are offering a discounted team fee.
The more teams that register will mean more sponsors, which in turn will mean more prizes and recognition for our tournament.
So don't delay any longer. Register your team today and help us make this charity tournament a success.
By: Jason Gay
It is that time of year, time for Wiffle ball, and not the serious, hard-throwing version—there really is such a version, and it's frightening—but the family and friends version, played for laughs, and hopefully a few beers, without any bench-clearing brawls. This is the Journal's second installment of Wiffle ball rules; everyone who read the first installment got a $100 million contract from the Los Angeles Dodgers. So here we go:
1. The best Fourth of July Wiffle ball games do not start on time, ever. The Wiffle ball game that's supposed to begin at 3 p.m. begins at 4:30 p.m., the 5 p.m. game begins at 6:45 p.m., and the 8 p.m. game never winds up happening because….well, mojitos.
2. Prior Wiffle ball experience is useful but definitely not required. For fun, you should have at least one person on your roster who holds the bat upside down and runs around the bases backward.
3. Some people play Wiffle ball without running bases. But running bases is entertaining. So is getting an out by hitting the runner with the Wiffle ball. This makes the game more action-packed, burns more calories, and most important, introduces the amazing opportunity to legally throw something at members of your own family.
4. Yes, you can play Wiffle ball in the rain. What do you think this is, baseball?
5. It's not a true Wiffle ball game until someone trips over a dog.
6. A meekly hit ground ball that doesn't reach the pitcher is not an out in Wiffle ball—it's just a strike. Anyone who insists otherwise is banned for life.
7. Bunting in Wiffle ball is a state and federal crime.
8. Wow, that is an amazing 82 mph backdoor slider you're throwing. Related: Everyone in this Wiffle ball game despises you.
9. Beware the Wiffle ball strike zone. There's always someone who wants to set up a strike zone behind home plate, and this can be an interesting wrinkle, but the "called strike" adds a mean streak to the game. The pitchers start taking themselves too seriously, and the next thing you know, Scott Boras is representing your aunt Claire.
10. In baseball, a tie goes to the runner. In Wiffle ball, a tie goes to the homeowner.
11. Look, it's fine—and common—to strike out in Wiffle ball. Don't worry: The ridicule only lasts between 10 seconds and 40 years.
12. Just let Grandpa pitch one inning. All he wants to do is his Luis Tiant impression and then go inside and read his Lyndon Johnson book.
13. There's always a mildly terrifying moment in every Wiffle ball game in which a foul ball gets a liiiiiiiiittle too close to the grill. Also: Who thought it was a good idea to light the grill?
14. There are no umpires in Wiffle ball. There's Uncle Billy watching the game on the porch, and Uncle Billy saw…OK, Uncle Billy is asleep.
15. There's only one proper way to play Wiffle ball at night: a dangerous number of house lamps, paired with a dangerous number of extension cords.
16. Yes, your cousin has a new BMW he's very proud of, and yes, every hitter in this Wiffle ball game is aiming for it.
17. Wiffle ball in a swimming pool is 70% less fun than it sounds.
18. Little kids should always be encouraged to play Wiffle ball. You just have to accept that your left fielder is eating Cheerios from a Ziploc and your second baseman went back to the house to watch "Ratatouille" for the 900th time.
19. Pay no mind to the aged gentleman in the aviator glasses, holding the clipboard; he's just a scout for the New York Yankees, looking for a third baseman to replace Alex Rodriguez.
20. Catching a fly ball without spilling your beer is amazing. Catching a fly ball and throwing out a runner tagging from third without spilling your beer is automatic first ballot admission to the Wiffle Ball Hall of Fame.
21. Mid-game trades are allowed in Wiffle ball, but be careful: feelings can get hurt. No matter how much sense it makes at the time, you cannot trade your brother for a lawn chair.
22. I Want to Be Permanent Pitcher lives with I Want to Be Permanent Quarterback at the House of the Permanently Obnoxious.
23. No, your home run did not rip the Wiffle ball in half. The neighbor's lawnmower did that.
24. Exciting news! There are more people at your Wiffle ball game than at a Marlins game.
25. The oldest rule of Wiffle ball: The person who has never played Wiffle ball before will end up getting the biggest hit of the game.
26. As Ernie Banks would say, "Let's not play two. Are you crazy? There are burgers and potato salad and I think I see chips and guacamole."
L27. Do not take Wiffle ball seriously. You are an adult trying to hit a small piece of plastic with another small piece of plastic. But yes: Everyone knows you went 4 for 5 with seven RBI.
Write to Jason Gay atJason.Gay@wsj.com
We are going to need all the help we can get this year. This year’s tournament will take placeon Saturday, September 27 in Aston, PA.
Last year we raised $3,000 for the T21 Club, and our goal this year is $10,000!
The T21 Club of the Delaware Valley supports the awareness and inclusion of people with Down syndrome living in PA, NJ, and DE.
So obviously, the more people that come out, the more prizes we have, and the more teams we have playing, the more enjoyable the day will be for everyone. Here are a few ways you can help:
Email us at email@example.com if you can help out in any way, or have questions. We thank you in advance, and look forward to having a great day on September 27.
"Wiffleboy" Sean Steffy and I were lucky enough to be on the Preston and Steve show last year to promote our tournament. It was an absolute blast even when we were off the air.
This year, Preston and Steve are giving you a chance to sit in for a show. One of the prizes we will have is a sit in with The Preston and Steve show. More details will be available on the day of the tournament.
Big Bat Wiffle will be returning this year to defend their title. They are also helping our tournament grow by getting the word out. They have their own Wiffle League that is played during the summer, and they have been kind enough to spread the word about the 2014 Wiffle Fall Classic on their League's website. Be sure to visit them at http://www.mywiff.webs.com/