New Qualifying Format for the 2018 NWLA Tournament

After reviewing everything that happened in the 2017 version of the NWLA Tournament, we have decided to simplify the qualifying. The following changes will be instituted for the 2018 Tournament:

-The Top 13 finishers from the 2017 NWLA Tournament will be automatically qualified for the 2018 Nationals should they meet ALL of the eligibility requirements set forth by the Committee.
-There will be ONE Qualifying Tournament, at a location to be determined, where all non-automatically qualified teams will report to to qualify for a spot.
-BWACS will be considered as the first alternative for automatic qualifying should one of the Top 13 drop out.
-Qualifying format will be determined based on number of teams.

These changes will reduce the use of resources that could be used for the National Tournament. This will help bring a better tournament experience to both the Qualifying round and the National Tournament.

There will be further changes regarding other parts of the Tournament that will be announced at a later date.

2017 Home Run Derby presented by D&P Communications Matchups

We have 11 of the best home run hitters in the NWLA ready to go for Friday’s Home Run Derby presented by D&P Communications. With the PWL Contestant dropping out, the committee has decided to award defending champion Tyler Flakne of HRL a bye along with the Top 4 from last year’s tournament. The seeds are as follows:

1.) Chris Roeder, OCWA
2.) Scott Pohle, SWBL
3.) Kyle Tomlinson, WSEM
4.) Michael Harley, TBW
5.) Tyler Flakne, HRL
6.) Justin Gregory, KWL
7.) Jared Jonkman, LWA
8.) Matt Butrym, HFWB
9.) Tyler Roush, HWL
10.) Ronnie Pantik, BWACS
11.) Sean Bingnear, RPWL

The First Round Matchups will be:

  1. Gregory vs #11 Bingnear
  2. Jonkman vs #10 Pantik
  3. Butrym vs #9 Roush

The Second Round Matchups will be:

  1. Roeder vs #8/9
  2. Pohle vs #7/10
  3. Tomlinson vs #6/11
  4. Harley vs #5 Flakne

As a reminder, each contestant will get 2 minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. This is a single-elimination bracket, with the most home runs in the matchup moving on. If the two batters tie, there will be a 1 minute swing off. If it remains tied, they will then go swing-for-swing until a winner is determined.

2017 Tournament Qualifiers & Information on Nationals in Morenci

The NWLA Tournament Presented by Visit Lenawee Regionals are now finished, and we have our field of 16 set for the National Tournament next month in Morenci, MI. Regionals was changed from four (4) locations to two (2), with the top eight (8) teams from the 2016 Tournament not playing. Seven (7) teams played in each regional. BWBL in Wilkes-Barre, PA, hosted the East Regional, with HRL in Eagan, MN, hosting the West Regional. Each team played four (4) opening round games, with the top three (3) teams qualifying. The bottom four (4) teams then played a single-elimination “death” tournament to determine the final spot.

In MN, Griffleball, HRL, and MNWA were the top three (3) teams, with BWACS winning the death bracket. In PA, AWAA, WILL, and BWBL finished top three (3), with RPWL winning the death bracket.

We expect all teams who qualified to come to Morenci, but we ask that those teams confirm that they will be coming by June 19, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. by informing NWLA Tournament Committee Member Sam Skibbe at nationalwiffleballrankings@gmail.com.

We have some hotel rooms reserved at a discount rate. They are the following:

  • Holiday Inn Express (Adrian, MI) (517) 265 – 5700
    • Mention you are part of the “wiffleball” to receive a room rate of $129.99 for a Double Room; $124.99 for a Single Room (plus taxes) at the Holiday Inn Express
  • Super 8 (Adrian, MI) (517) 265 – 8888
    • Mention you are part of the “wiffleball” to receive a room rate of $109.00 (plus taxes) at the Super 8
Top 8 from 2016 PA Qualifiers MN Qualifiers

NWLA Tournament Announces Visit Lenawee as Presenting Sponsor

MORENCI, MI – The National Wiffle League Association (NWLA) Tournament has announced Visit Lenawee, as it’s presenting sponsor for the 2017 NWLA Tournament. With Visit Lenawee onboard as the presenting sponsor, the NWLA Host Committee has renamed the tournament to the NWLA Tournament Presented by Visit Lenawee. The logo for the national tournament has also been revised to include the Visit Lenawee logo. The tournament goes from July 14 to July 16, 2017, and is located in Morenci, Michigan.

Securing Visit Lenawee as the presenting sponsor for the 2017 tournament is a huge get according to NWLA Host Committee, Michael Sessions, who mentioned the following:

“When we first started talking about re-locating the 2017 tournament to Morenci, we outreached to Visit Lenawee. Justin Gifford and his team over at Visit Lenawee were very excited about the possibilities of bringing this premier wiffleball tournament to Morenci. They have bent over backwards to show that Lenawee County is a great place to do business, have fun, and live. We look forward to our partnership with Visit Lenawee.”

Justin Gifford, Executive Director for Visit Lenawee, was equally excited about being a partner for this year’s tournament. Mr. Gifford stated the following:

“Visit Lenawee is excited to be the presenting sponsor for the 2017 NWLA Tournament. We feel the impact of this tournament will last long beyond the scheduled weekend and games. The immediate and potential future economic impact of an event like this is tremendous not only for the City of Morenci but also for Lenawee County. As we continue to develop Lenawee County into a destination it is through events like this where we can share our story with groups traveling from all over the United States. We would urge the Lenawee County community to take time the weekend of July 14 thru the 16, 2017 and make it a point to visit this event and see what the Tournament is all about, help Visit Lenawee and the City of Morenci welcome our visitors from throughout the country who make up the NWLA.”

Visit Lenawee’s Board Chairman, Jamie Beach, who is also General Manager of the Holiday Inn in Adrian, Michigan, believes that success in communities through Lenawee County should be celebrated. He added:

“I am excited for Morenci to host the NWLA Tournament in 2017. This is going to be a great benefit to Morenci but is also a perfect example of how and why we should celebrate and share in the successes of other communities. The economic impact that this will have on the area will stretch far beyond the Morenci community lines and will impact the entire county.”

The NWLA Tournament Presented by Visit Lenawee has over 15 teams signed up already to participate in this year’s tournament. Teams signed up range from the west coast (Seattle Wiffleball League; State of Washington) all the way to the east coast (Greater Auburn Wiffle Ball League; State of Massachusetts). Other sponsors of the NWLA Tournament Presented by Visit Lenawee included: D & P Communications who are sponsoring the Home Run Derby; Lightning Quick Gas Stations who are sponsoring the All Star Game; and the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce who are sponsoring the Community Slow-pitch Tournament the night before the actual tournament starts.

For more information on the NWLA Tournament Presented by Visit Lenawee taking place in Morenci, Michigan from July 14 to July 16, 2017, then visit www.NWLATournament.com.


About the NWLA Tournament:

The National Wiffle League Association (NWLA) Tournament is an annual three (3) day tournament that began in 2012 in Dublin, Ohio, with the purpose of crowning the best wiffleball league in the country. Beginning in 2017, the NWLA Tournament will move from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci, Michigan. Leagues from throughout the United States establish teams with their best players to compete in the tournament. Visit www.NWLATournament.com for more information.

Video Highlights

Friday Night

Unedited Drone Footage by Day

Double Elimination Tournament