By Sondra Barr
Photo courtesy of Logan Rose
It all began in the Paradise Valley backyard of 16-year-old Logan Rose during those quiet days of the COVID-19 pandemic. What started as a simple passion project has now transformed into a national phenomenon! Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 21, as Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, in Goodyear, hosts the Fourth Annual Western WIFFLE Ball Championship.
Rose’s idea wasn’t just about playing ball; it was about bringing joy, promoting outdoor activities, and ensuring everyone stayed active. From its humble backyard beginnings, the championship has grown to include over 75 teams from across the country. And that’s not all; it even attracted YouTube sensation, Eric Sim, the King of Juco, last year!
What’s Wiffle ball? If you’re new to the fun, imagine baseball’s cool cousin. Played with a plastic ball that can zig, zag, and zoom in unexpected ways, it offers thrills unlike any other.
This year, the festivities have shifted from Scottsdale Stadium to Goodyear Ballpark, a regular playground for baseball pros like the Cleveland Guardians and Cincinnati Reds. The ceremonial first pitch is scheduled for 9 a.m., signaling the start of an exhilarating day.
Whether you’re a competitive player or just someone seeking recreational fun, there’s a spot for you and your team, which can range from three to five players. And for those who fancy their home run skills, step up for the Home Run Derby. It’s not just about winning; it’s about participating, laughing, and creating memories.
Rose, with his innovative spirit and aided by his father’s experience producing events, managed to create an event that celebrates sports, camaraderie, and community. His mantra? “If you’re doing something you enjoy, you can achieve so much more than you can imagine.” Given the Western WIFFLE Ball Championship’s success, his words ring true.
So, gear up for a day of unmatched Wiffle-tastic fun! And remember, it’s not just a game; it’s a testament to a young boy’s dream and determination.
Ready to be part of the action? Register your team and find more details blwwiffleball.com.