Wiffle in Southeast Michigan played their 2nd Hallowiffle game yesterday afternoon in what appeared to be less than desirable weather. Last year they simply dressed up in costumes and played a 6-inning game with their unique fun-star rules in which batters may use different bats each inning and even a racquet at one point. The rules were similar to last year, the only big difference is that they dressed up the field a bit as well.
Monthly Archives: October 2013
The Off-Season is typically a wiffleball league’s slowest phase each year. Very rarely does a league’s down time after the playoffs intrigue anyone to the extent that WSEM has in 2013. On September 1 the league announced something that would change the league forever: the talent cap system. The talent cap will go into effect for the 2014 regular season. The league has went through the trouble of ranking players by skill on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Each team can have a maximum of 21 stars before having to pay a luxury tax of $100-200 (no team may have more than 24 stars worth of talent). 2014 Rookies are only scored as 1.5 stars.
Carl Coffee and Brandon Corbett have been tirelessly analyzing the free agency with articles on the website and episodes from their highly entertaining podcast. October 1 the free agency opened up and several teams have been getting busy filling/organizing their rosters. Seeing teams develop this early for the 2014 season is pretty exciting but knowing that they are getting two expansion teams for next season makes the WSEM off-season the most exciting to watch in 2013 so far. There are a few notable leagues that have yearly drafts, such as Palisades WBL, and that has always been seen as a big step reserved for exceptional leagues but the Talent Cap era could be a bold leap forward in leagues keeping things competitive. The talent cap looks like it’s off to a great start but we will not know how it truly went until April 24 when the talent cap goes into effect.
The Potomac Wiffle League is presently in the midst of their summer season playoffs but the pressure has not only been on the teams striving to get to the top but on the league’s commissioner, Chris Gallaway, to maintain a place for them to play. “We’ve actually had a scare [like this] once but it was averted,” Galloway commented. The PWL normally plays at Gravelly Point Park in the George Washington Memorial Parkway National Park but due to the U.S. Government shutdown that began October 1, all national parks have been closed and effectively putting Galloway, and his league, in a jam. “Now…it’s not like there is a gate [to the park] or anything, it’s a wide open area. But, legally, it’s closed, and they’d kick us off, and probably never give us a permit again if we played there during the shut down.”
“We were REALLY close to being done with the season,” Galloway admitted. But anyone who knows Chris Galloway knows that he is rarely caught off guard. “I knew this was a possibility, so I went ahead and booked a backup field, rented from the county of Arlington, Virginia not far from our fields.” The new facility they are playing at is a soccer complex that is similar to Soccer First in which the NWLA Tournament was played this year. An unforeseen perk to the move is that they have been able to play under the lights instead of relying completely on sunlight.
It’s easy to forget just how far the effects of the government shut down reaches. It’s been since 1995 since we last had a government shut down and it’s unclear just how long this present shut down will last. Could Galloway be forced to find a permanent new home for the PWL? Perhaps. This is a problem that could be facing many leagues if there is no resolution before spring.