An offshoot of baseball
played in parks on basketball or tennis courts, or in big gymnasiums. It’s a game for kids who cannot afford to play proper sports that require some type of fee to join. It’s played either by running the bases or automatics
. It gets its name from combining wiffle
and tennis since the ball of choice is usually a tennis ball. It’s unlike stickball where a smooth gas ball and an actual stick are used. It can be played a multiple of ways. It can be fast-pitch against a wall with a box that is the strikezone, and usually one on one or two on two. In this scenario, it is usually automatics
. The bat is a standard wiffle ball bat with the knob cut off and newspaper is stuffed into it to give it some weight. Then, electrical tape is wrapped around the barrel of the bat, and sometimes a tape knob is made. Ground rules are dictated by setting. See definition of automatics
. When you can fill a whole team on a court, you run the bases, and it’s usually bounce pitch, so as to avoid chasing balls when there is no wall behind you. Since the pitch comes in as a meatball
, you cannot hit them out of the park, that’s usually an automatic 3 outs. You need to swing with control. Hitting the fence on a line drive is usually a homerun. Number of players varies, as do the rules depending on the number of players.
Kid 1: Hey, are we playing wiffis down at Buchmuller Park
Kid 2: bases or automatics
Kid 1: it’s just the two of us numb-nuts, automatics of course!