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

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

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.