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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
OCWA AWAA GBL
SWBL WILL HRL
WSEM BWBL MNWA
TBW RPWL BWACS
KWL
PWL
LWA
HFWB

2017 Home Run Derby presented by D&P Communications Format

The Home Run Derby has been a part of All-Star Night for the past four years, and it’s coming back again this season. There will be a similar format to last year’s Derby, with a few twists:

-The Top 8 teams will get an automatic qualifier to the National Home Run Derby.
-The Top 2 in total home runs from each Regional Home Run Derby will advance to Morenci.
-The Regional format will be a 2 minute timer per player. Hit as many homers as possible.
-The National format will be a seeded bracket, with the Top 4 from last year getting a Bye. Teams 5-8 will be seeded accordingly, and the Regional qualifiers will be seeded from highest to lowest percentage of home runs hit in the region.
-If a Regional qualifier drops out, his spot will go to the next highest percentage of home runs from the region.

2017 Rules Call

The rules committee met Sunday, May 7th, and adopted the 2017 rules.

Only two changes were made:
1. Teams can now use the Designated Hitter for any position on the field, not just the pitcher’s spot. You may still only use one DH in your lineup, but you can now DH for the right and left fielder as well as the pitcher. (Vote: 10-3)
2. On all future rules calls, new leagues will not be invited to propose new rules or vote on new rules. This gives them a chance to see how the tournament is played before making suggestions. (Vote: 12-1)

Another rule that was adopted into the tournament rule book by the tournament committee, was the requirement of having four people in your hitting lineup at all times. So the new roster size is a minimum of 4 players.

13 of the 22 leagues were represented on the call.

Several proposals failed, including adding a safety base (Vote: 4-9), changing the max innings pitched in a game to 5 innings (Vote: 0-13), and pitcher must keep their foot on the rubber for duration of wind up (Vote: 2-10)

As a reminder here are the new league/player eligibility requirements for 2017 as well:
1.) League must be an NWLA recognized league.
2.) Leagues must have a league website with 2017 content posted, a posted minimum 10 game schedule, and up-to-date statistics.
3.) League must have a minimum of 4 active teams in 2017.
4.) Each player on a league roster must play one (1) league game before their assigned Regional.
5.) Each player on a league roster must play five (5) league games before Nationals.
6.) The League must have video and statistical evidence that each ROSTERED player meets these requirements.

Rule book will be updated and posted on the website in the coming week.

NWLA Tournament Announces Community Slow-Pitch Tournament

MORENCI, MI – The National Wiffle League Association (NWLA) Tournament Presented by Visit Lenawee has announced the Community Slow-Pitch Tournament that is scheduled for Thursday, July 13, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Community Slow-Pitch Tournament is sponsored by the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. The tournament is a continuation of last year’s slow-pitch tournament that was held the night before the NWLA Tournament Regional in Morenci that featured eight (8) participating teams. A team from the downriver Detroit area won.

The Community Slow-Pitch Tournament features a modified double-elimination bracket, which means that the championship game is winner-take-all, even if the team coming out of the winner’s bracket is dealt its first loss. The championship game will take place on Friday, July 14, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., and is part of the Friday night activities prior to the beginning of actual tournament on Saturday. A trophy will be provided to the winning team. Friday night of the tournament weekend will also feature an All Star Game Presented by Lightning Quick Gas Stations, a Home Run Derby Presented by D & P Communications, and an awards ceremony honoring contributions to the sport of wiffleball from the past year.

NWLA Tournament Presented by Visit Lenawee Committee Member Carl Coffee is excited to bring back the Community Slow-Pitch Tournament. He stated the following regarding the tournament:

“Last year I didn’t know what to expect when we had a bunch of community members playing wiffleball before the NWLA guys came into town. They embraced the sport and took it just as serious as the guys who played the next day. With more time to plan it this year, and with this being the second annual Community Slow-Pitch Tournament, I expect it to be even bigger and better.”

Those individuals wishing to participate in this year’s Community Slow-Pitch Tournament are encouraged to visit the NWLA Tournament Presented by Visit Lenawee’s website at www.NWLATournament.com (Scroll to About – Details for more information on the Community Slow-Pitch Tournament). It is free to participate.

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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.