We are now just over two weeks from the return of the World’s oldest Wiffle® championship to Memorial Park in Midlothian, Illinois. The 42nd edition of the World Wiffle® Ball Championship takes place on August 14-15, with Saturday’s pool play falling on National Wiffle® Ball Day.

Sign up at worldwiffleball.org/entry by Sunday, August 1 to join teams from 9 states taking a run at a World Championship. The entry fee is $149, with proceeds benefiting South Suburban Humane Society. Come out, have a blast, and join the World’s best for a weekend of making yellow plastic hurt white plastic.

The schedule will be released on Monday, August 9 at 7 p.m. Central and captains will receive an email the following day with full details regarding the weekend activities. Here are some highlights.

Saturday Registration / HOF Inductions

Games will begin on Saturday, August 14 at 9 a.m. Central time, with Opening Ceremonies beginning at 8:30 a.m. We ask that you check-in, and report any roster changes, by 8:15 a.m.

Two legends of the WWBC will become the 41st and 42nd entrants into the Hall of Fame, and will be announced during the Opening Ceremonies.

Sunday Qualification / Play-In Tournament

All teams will play four games on Saturday, with a chance to qualify for the single-elimination tournament on Sunday, August 15.  Teams that go 2-2 or better on Saturday will automatically advance. 

A play-in tournament (with games beginning in extra-innings) will then take place after pool play for all 1-3 teams. One team will advance from the play-in tournament to Sunday for a chance at a Cinderella run.

Home Run Derby

After a one year hiatus, players will have the opportunity to participate in a Home Run Derby. Jared Jonkman of the Maple City Magic will look to defend his 2019 Derby title.  This year’s winner will take home half of the Derby entry fees, with the remainder of the fees going to South Suburban Humane Society. 

Throughout the morning and early afternoon on Saturday, for $5, all players will have the opportunity to be one of four qualifiers that will square off in a head-to-head tournament Saturday afternoon to crown the new Plastic King of Swing.

Rules

While COVID-19 caused some tweaks to the rules in 2020, we will be returning to the 2019 rules for this year’s WWBC. Notably, the ability for a runner on third to steal home is allowed again, an exciting feature of our game. Make sure to look over the rules before arriving at the tournament.

Hotels

If you have yet to book your hotel for the weekend, Chicago Southland has put together a list of nearby hotels with some discounted rates available at the following link:

https://reservations.visitchicagosouthland.com/hotel/list/3868/i4885?poidistance25

We look forward to welcoming you back to Midlothian for the 42nd World Wiffle® Ball Championship. If you have any questions about the tournament, please reach out to us at worldwiffleballchampionship@gmail.com. See you in a couple weeks!

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