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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

1v2
4v3
3v1
2v4
1v4
2v3

The 2018 NWLA Tournament Field is Set!

The application deadline has come and gone and 20 teams have signed up to compete in the 2018 NWLA Tournament! This year, we have teams from 12 states spanning from Minnesota to Florida to Massachusetts and everywhere in between. 12 teams are automatically qualified for the National Tournament in Morenci, MI on July 13-15, and the other 8 teams will battle for the final 4 spots in Indianapolis, IN on June 9th! Here’s a final look at the field:

Guaranteed National Placement If Meeting Criteria (July 13-15, Morenci, MI)
-Wiffle in Southeast Michigan
-Skibbe Wiffleball League
-Home Run League
-Ridley Park Wiffleball League
-Kalamazoo Wiffle League
-Minnesota Wiffleball Association
-Tampa Bay Wiffleball
-Ontario County Wiffle Association
-Backyard Wiffle Ball League
-American Wiffleball Association of America
-Wiff Is Life League
-Backyard Wiffle Association of Chicago’s Southside

Regional Placement If Meeting Criteria (June 9, Indianapolis, IN)
-Indy Southside Wiffle Ball
-Griffleball League
-Brew City Wiffleball
-Potomac Wiffleball League
-Bloomsburg Wiffle Club
-Huntington Wiffleball League
-Mequon Wiffleball League
-Greater Auburn Wiffleball League

Player Transfer Rule Update

The Host Committee hosted an open forum on Monday for commissioners to voice their opinions on the new player transfer rules. We’d like to thank those who participated and have taken their thoughts into account. Given this, and various discussions within the Host Committee, we have come up with the following decision:

The Host Committee has decided to delay the new Player Transfer rule, scheduled to begin this year, until the 2019 NWLA Tournament. All player movements for this year will be allowed, as long as that player meets the regular player requirements set forth by the Committee. The Committee feels the rule holds up as it stands, however, the implementation was rushed. This move will give teams a chance to get things together this year, as well as figure out future plans.

We apologize to anyone this may have affected. We realize that a late decision on this is not ideal, and for that reason, have extended the application deadline to May 1st. Please feel free to reach out to the Host Committee for further discussion on the topic.