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.
Miniature versions of baseball have been played for decades, including stickball, improvised by children, using everything from rolled up socks to tennis balls. The ball most commonly used in the game was invented by David N. Mullany at his home in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1953 inch (3 mm) thick. One half is perforated with eight .75-inch (19 mm) oblong holes; the other half is non-perforated. This construction allows pitchers to throw a tremendous variety of curveballs and risers.[ citation needed ]when he designed a ball that curved easily for his 12-year-old son. It was named when his son and his friends would refer to a strikeout as a "[[wiktionary::whiff|whiff]]". The Wiffle Ball is about the same size as a regulation baseball, but is hollow, lightweight, of resilient plastic, and no more than 1/8
In April 2011, the government of the State of New York proclaimed that wiffle ball, as well as kickball, freeze tag and dodgeball were a "significant risk of injury" for children, and declared that any summer camp program that included two or more of such activities would be subject to government regulation.The story became a frequent source of ridicule and amusement, with Parenting.com sarcastically commenting, "According to new legislation introduced in New York State, to survive classic schoolyard games like capture the flag is to cheat death." Wiffle ball executives originally thought the order was a joke. The company has never been sued over safety issues in its 50+ year history. The disapproval of people from across the nation pressured the New York legislature to remove wiffle ball and other entries such as archery and scuba diving from the list of high-risk activities, that require state government oversight.
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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 earlier.
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.
In his 2003 book The Complete Far Side , cartoonist Gary Larson reproduces a letter he received after including a "wiffle swatter" in his cartoon. The letter contains language from Wiffle Ball Incorporated's attorneys: "In the future, when you use the brand name WIFFLE, the entire brand should be capitalized, and it should only be used in reference to a product currently manufactured by The Wiffle Ball, Inc."In 2009, video game developer Skyworks Technologies released a game based on Wiffle ball, simply titled Wiffle Ball .
In science, it is frequently used by marine biologists as a size reference in photos to measure corals and other objects.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|2021||October 22-24, 2021||United Wiffle Ball||PeoplesBank Park; York, Pennsylvania|
|2012||OCWA Freaky Franchise||Tampa Bay Wiffle Ball Lightning||Columbus, Ohio|
|2013||Tampa Bay Wiffle Ball Lightning||OCWA Freaky Franchise||Dublin, Ohio|
|2014||WSEM Dads||Tampa Bay Wiffle Ball Lightning (2)||Dublin, Ohio|
|2015||WSEM Dads (2)||OCWA Freaky Franchise (2)||Dublin, Ohio|
|2016||OCWA Freaky Franchise (2)||SWBL Cardinals||Dublin, Ohio|
|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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