The 2019 NWLA Tournament

The 2018 NWLA Tournament has concluded, and planning has begun for 2019. After a short sabbatical, the Organizing Committee has gotten together and finalized a few things for 2019:

- The 2019 NWLA Tournament will take place July 12-14, 2019, at Wakefield Park in Morenci, MI.

- There will not be a regional round this year. In it’s place, the NWLA National Tournament will feature 20 teams in 2019! The 13 qualifiers from 2018 will be automatically included in the field, and then 7 other applicants will be selected from the field. A new format will be released in the near future, but it will feature elimination after Pool Play. Stay tuned for more on this.

- The 2019 NWLA Tournament will be accepting applications from fall and winter leagues! As long as your league starts after the end of the last NWLA Tournament, you’ll be eligible for the next year’s Tournament. NOTE: If you have a fall season and a spring/summer season, you won’t be able to use both for eligibility. You can decide which one you’d like to use, and all eligibility will be determined from that season.

- The NWLA Tournament Rulebook will be getting a thorough inspection and revision for 2019.

- The NWLA Tournament website will be getting a full redesign, which will be operational in the near future.

That’s all for now. Check back soon for the 2019 Format release!

2018 NWLA National Tournament presented by Visit Lenawee Teams and Pools

Due to various circumstances, Tampa Bay Wiffleball will not be returning to the NWLA Tournament in 2018. Set to take their place will be the Brew City Wiffleball Keg Crushers! Invites were made to PWL and MWL, but were ultimately declined. This will change the pools around slightly, so they are as follows:





Bloomsburg Wiffle Club Out of Regional, Schedule and Rules Posted

The Bloomsburg Wiffle Club will not be attending the 2018 NWLA Tournament Regional Round, so the Regional schedule has been modified. The format will be exactly the same as last year’s Regionals, with four preliminary games (generated by the live draft and a random scheduler) and a bracket. After the preliminaries, the top three teams will be qualified for Nationals, while the remaining four teams will be seeded and placed into the single elimination bracket to decide the fourth and final spot in Morenci!

The rules committee met Sunday, June 3rd, and adopted the 2018 rules.

  • Final Adopted Rules [ pdf ]

Only two changes were made. A baserunner inadvertently leaving the base will be given one warning per team per game before being called out. Also, the lead force and batter-runner will now be the only players affected by the force out rule. All other force outs will not be considered.

Play begins at 9 am on Saturday, with the bracket play taking place under the lights! Currently, the weather looks iffy, so the schedule can be condensed to fit around any delays we may have. We WILL play through rain as long as the conditions are deemed safe and competitive. Updates and live streams will be provided through the NWLA Tournament Twitter and Facebook!

Regional Format and Rules Call Information

The Regional Round of the 2018 NWLA Tournament presented by Visit Lenawee is less than a month away and we have some news and notes:

-*Rules Call:* This year’s Rules Call will be hosted by the Organizing Committee at 6 PM Eastern on June 3rd, 2018. As a reminder, one member of each league will be able to vote on rule changes, with the exception of news teams (Bloomsburg Wiffle Club). An email has been sent to all managers opening the floor for proposals, and all proposals MUST BE LISTED ON THE EMAIL CHAIN. If a proposal is not listed on the chain, it will not be voted on.

-*Regional Format:* With 8 teams battling for 4 spots in Morenci, the Regional format will be 2 pools of 4 teams each. Teams will play each of their pool members once. The winner from each pool will be qualified for Nationals. The pool tiebreaker will be head-to-head, followed by run differential, runs allowed, and runs scored. The remaining 6 teams will then be seeded and placed into a bracket, where the 3rd and 4th place teams from pool play will receive byes. The winners of the second round games will also be qualified for Nationals. The losing team from the 2 second round games will then play a final game to determine who will be the first alternate. Pitching rules will be the same as the National round, with the rule resetting after pool play, as well as before the first alternate game.

To add a new wrinkle into the Regional round, the pools will be determined by the teams themselves! Organizing Committee member Carl Coffee will be holding a live lottery on Sunday, May 20th to pick two teams, then each team will draft their pool from the remaining teams. The first team selected in the lottery will get the first pick in each round. The schedules will then be determined as follows:

1 – Lottery Winner
2 – First Round Pick
3- Second Round Pick
4- Third Round Pick