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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.

Official 2017 Field Set: Regional Assignments and Info

The field for the 2017 NWLA Tournament presented by Visit Lenawee is officially set at 22 teams. With the Top 8 being given a pass straight to Nationals, we have divided the remaining 14 teams as follows:

PA Region, June 10th, Wilkes-Barre, PA:
BWBL
WWF
GAWL
HWL
AWAA
WILL
RPWL

MN Region, June 10th, Eagan, MN:
HRL
MNWA
GBL
BCW
SFWL
BWACS
SEA

And as a reminder, the Top 8 teams:
OCWA
SWBL
WSEM
TBW
KWL
PWL
HFWB
LWA

We are switching up how we qualify teams through the Regional round this year. In past years, an uneven number could be taken from each region, but for this year we will be taking 4 teams from each region.

We are also scrapping the old round robin format in favor of a new Regional format this year. The new format will feature two rounds. The first round will feature a random matrix of 4 games per team. The top 3 teams in this round from each region will qualify for Nationals. The remaining 4 teams in each region enter a seeded single-elimination bracket for the final spot from each region. The Organizing Committee believes this will inject even more excitement into the Regional round and give every team a chance to redeem a poor start to the day.

We would like to thank everyone who signed up and completed everything on time. Through all of the changes over the offseason, a showing of 22 teams gives merit to the strength of this tournament. Thanks again to all the teams, managers, and players, and we will see you at the field!