Wiffleball: Games Start April 12

John LongballContributor IApril 6, 2008

Many of you may think that wiffleball is just a sport to be played in the backyard, at a barbecue, or on a day at the beach.   

These yellow plastic bats and scuffed balls are the American pastime of backyard sports, but it is far more than a casual outing for many in the New England area.

Leagues, tournaments, and the famed New England Wiffleball Association are all getting ready for action.

Big League Wiffleball, which is only one of many leagues in the area, holds tournaments all over the country and will be holding its opening day on April 12. This tournament is an indoor affair that will host many of the perennial powerhouses of the wiffleball world.

Games will be played from 10 a.m. until there is only one team left standing.

Cash prizes are awarded to the top three teams at the end of the day.

The New England Wiffleball Association is one of the more popular leagues and has the web addresses to many other sites.

The rules vary from league to league. 

There are slow pitch leagues, which usually keep the speed limit around 40 mph and lower, or there are fast pitch leagues with an unlimited pitch speed.

Distance markers usually represent different base hits, and a fence is used to mark homeruns.

The world of wiffleball has become an extremely competitive sport.

A world championship is held in Texas every year, where the best teams in the country come to compete for the ultimate wiffleball prize.

For those of you who are new to this whole new world, it is worth a look.

Bring your kids or bring your buddies.  Either way, a day at a wiffleball tournament is something everyone should experience.

The crack of plastic as the ball leaves the park, or the sound of plastic on tin to end a ballgame is just magical.

With the season less than a week away, get your bats out and get involved.