Official Tournament Rules

The 2019 FHS WIFFLE® Ball Tournament is an officially sanctioned WIFFLE® Ball Tournament Event. The Official Rules of the Tournament are listed below.

  1. Strike Zone targets will be used to determine the strike zone. Any pitch hitting the border of or within the target is called a strike.
  2. Normal baseball rules for strikes, except 2 strikes is an out. Four balls is a walk. Hit batters do not take a base and the pitch is counted as a ball.
  3. 3 outs per inning, or 5 runs scored, whichever comes first. 6 innings per game. 30 minute time limit for each game with no new inning started after 25 minutes.
  4. The batting order must include everyone on the team and remain constant throughout the entire game.
  5. Hits are determined by designated field areas. A line will be made at 20’ beyond home plate. A ball must travel completely beyond this “Cheap” line to be a fair ball.
    • A “Single” is any ball that lands or rolls beyond the “Cheap” line in fair territory and does not (i) get cleaning fielded by a fielder before reaching the “Doubles” line.
    • A “Double” is any ball that reaches (in the air or rolling) the ground past the “Doubles” line is a “Double,” even if a fielder fields it cleanly after it crosses the “Doubles” line.
    • A “Triple” is any ball that reaches (in the air or rolling) the ground past the “Triples” line is a “Triple,” even if a fielder fields it cleanly after it crosses the “Triples” line.
    • A Homerun is any ball that lands in the air completely beyond the HR Line in fair territory or a ball that is caught by a fielder whose foot lands on or beyond the HR Line and such ball would have landed in fair territory. If the ball is caught in the air (whether bobbled or caught cleanly) and the fielder’s foot (or any part of the foot) lands on or beyond the HR line, then the ball is a HR.  (This is like a catch in college football.  The fielder must get one foot down in the “Triples” area to prevent a HR).
    • A ball must land completely past the line to count.  If a ball deflects off a fielder in one area and hits the ground in another area, the hit will be determined by the area in which the ball hit the fielder, not where it lands (This includes HRs – i.e., a ball hit (but not caught) by a fielder before the ball passes the HR line, but the ball lands beyond the HR line, the hit will not be a HR).
  1. No base running. Imaginary runners ONLY.
  2. No bunting.
  3. On a walk, runners advance only when forced. On a hit, all runners advance the same number of bases as the hit.
  4. An umpire will make all calls in the games and their decision is final. There will be no appeals on any calls.
  5. Up to four players are allowed in the field during play (including the pitcher). Each can position him/herself anywhere in fair territory beyond the “singles” line.
  6. Fielders must start behind the “Doubles” line, but may advance inside the “Doubles” line to field a ground ball, which must be fielded before the ball comes to a stop and fielded WITHOUT any bobbling to be an out, otherwise it is ruled a single. Fielders may position themselves in any spot that is behind the “Doubles” line and inside fair territory.
  7. Fly balls may be bobbled but must be caught before the ball touches the ground to be an out. Fielders may catch a ball in foul territory, but may not catch a ball beyond the HR line.
  8. All plays must be made using only human extremities (no hats, gloves, or anything else may be used to aid the fielder)
  9. On a ground­out and if there is a double play situation, the fielder can attempt to throw and hit the strike zone in the air for a double play. If successful, the batter and runner on first base are out. If unsuccessful, only the batter is out. In both cases, all other runners hold their positions. The fielder must make the attempt immediately upon cleanly fielding the ground ball (i.e., the process must be completed in one continuous motion).
  10. Pitching and fielding substitutions can be made at any time between at-­bats, but NOT during them. A pitcher cannot be relieved and re­enter the game as a pitcher until the inning after which he/she has been relieved.
  11. No bunting.
  12. RECREATIONAL DIVISION ONLY: Pitchers can stand in a straight line from home plate anywhere from the Doubles line to 25 feet from home plate AND must throw with some arc on the ball (i.e., the ball must go at least 1 foot higher than the pitcher’s release point before reaching the batter). Pitches must be thrown overhanded.
    1. Field Dimensions:    Doubles Line = 40’, Triples Line = 60’, HR Line = 80’
  1. COMPETITIVE DIVISION ONLY: Pitchers must stand at the “Doubles” line in a straight line from home plate. Pitchers may throw at any speed.
    1. Field Dimensions:    Doubles Line = 50’, Triples Line = 80’, HR Line = 100’
  1. Following the completion of round­ robin play, any ties in the standing will be broken in the following order:
    1. head­-to-­head record
    2. highest overall run differential
    3. most overall runs scored
    4. least overall runs allowed
    5. highest head-­to-­head run differential
  2. The organizer reserve the right to make changes and final decisions during the tournament.