Wiffle ball is a game that is extremely fun and simple. It can be played in the backyard with basic equipment like a Wiffle bat and a Wiffle ball. By the end of this article, you should have a good idea of how to set up a game of Wiffle ball in your backyard.
This game was created by a father and son team. They created the first Wiffle ball in 1953. They came up with the idea when the father looked over the son attempting to make a golf ball made of the plastic curve while playing in their backyard. After several experiments, they finally managed to get the ball to curve by creating 8 different holes at the top of the ball. Now, you will find all kinds of retailers selling Wiffle balls and bats across the globe.
Best of all, it is so convenient and accessible and you can play it pretty much anywhere. The same rules apply to a Wiffle ball field.
Wiffle Ball Field Dimensions
Getting the dimensions right is key. After you conduct your research, you will likely find that fields can be created in various sizes and shapes. Because of this, it could get confusing when you are attempting to design a field in your backyard. There is no official dimension for a Wiffle ball field according to the creators at Wiffle.com.
Because of this, you will be able to create one no matter what size or shape your backyard is. While there are leagues that stick to specific guidelines, you will find other leagues that don’t. Because of this, we will be going over some of the suggested dimensions you may want to play the game.
Keep in mind, it doesn’t matter what surface your Wiffle ball field is on. It can be on grass, gravel, dirt, or anything else.
A Diagram Of The Field
By creating your very own diagram of the field, you will have a greater ability to visualize everything. This will help you figure out what kind of dimensions your field will have and it can help you come up with specific rules. Drawing your own is key to ensuring that you can mark the lines in your yard.
Tools For Marking
- White paint or Chalk
- Measuring Tape
- Rubber bases and plate
- Turf for batters box
- Wiffle ball fences
The overall size of your field should be dictated by the area that you have to work with. Typically, you want to keep your field around 40 to 60 feet wide. If you have a larger area to work with, you could go up to 100 feet wide.
You can even put fences all over the field if you are working in a confined space. However, before choosing the pitchers mound and the batter’s box, you will want to find flat ground. If you are going to be creating a field on grass, be certain that you are cutting and trimming the grass as needed.
Besides this, you will want to ensure that you aren’t choosing a space that is going to get too muddy. Unfortunately, mud can be dangerous and cause slippage. Therefore, you want to opt for grassy or a much more dry area if possible.
Measuring The Target Area
To effectively measure the area that you are planning on using, you should start with the boundaries. That way, you will be able to mark off the total area you plan on using and designing your field with. For this, you can choose to use either wired fencing or a wall if you want. If not, you could always do this with simple paint. You want to stick to a minimum of 4 to 5 feet when you are building out your boundaries. The maximum you will want will sit anywhere from 15 to 16 feet. Whereas, you should be sticking to a width of 300 to 100 feet.
Dimensions Of The Actual Playing Field
You want to stick to the following measurements for the playing field.
- 35 feet between bases and 50 feet between second base and home plate.
- Place the pitcher’s mound a total of 42 feet away from the home plate.
- Straight away center field’s fence should be 105 feet from home plate.
- The right and left field foul poles should each be 95 feet from home plate.
- You want circular elements placed at 15 feet, 45 feet, 65 feet, and 85 feet. This will give you specifically targeted hit territories for scoring.
Drawing Foul Lines
When you are looking to create your boundary, you will want to carefully measure out the foul lines and draw them. You should be highlighting the command post at around 60 to 100 feet. You want to paint the foul lines using either paint or chalk. You can vary the lengths of your foul lines, but that is up to your discretion and your field measurements.
The Batter’s Box
You want to create a batter’s box that is going to be used for the batter to stand. This designated space should be rectangular. You want it to be drawn so the batter knows where to stand. Typically, you will have 2 of these drawn out for those who are right-handed and those who are left-handed.
The batter can use any of these boxes at their discretion. The total width of this box should not exceed 4 feet and the length should be 6 feet. You want to place the box length-wise to give the batter some room to maneuver.
The batter’s box should be placed at the center of the home-plate directly next to it.
The target strike zone for the game should be 33 inches high by 22 inches wide. You also want it to be standing at 18 inches from the ground. This way, you will be able to have a good zone for hitting. You can make the zone out of PVC and have a metal plate attached to the frame itself. You can have the strike plate spanning 4-inches from the opening in the center. For a pitch to be officially called a strike, it will need to hit the metal strike plate. Anything that hits the frame or goes outside of the frames are called balls. Any pitch that goes directly through the hole that is located within the plate will be an automatic strikeout.