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5 Reasons I Started Another Wiffleball League

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Josh Smith is the founder of Wiffler’s Digest. Smith was (and still is) the head columnist for the National Wiffleball League Association but decided he wanted to widen his scope for writing on the sport…thus Wiffler’s Digest was born. Starting first as a wiffleball news blog it snowballed to become a bi-monthly online magazine that readers could have access to for free. The audience for the blog and magazine have been growing – spreading from the United States to Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Russia, and beyond. Smith visited Washington, DC the weekend Week 2 of the Spring Season was scheduled but it was rained out.

I have not mentioned myself much on this blog and I prefer to keep it that way as much as possible but this post requires me to narrate my recent personal experience as a wiffleball league commissioner and it is for this reason that I will be using words like “I” and “me.” It is my hope that you will forgive me for speaking out of the third person narration of the latest topics at hand in the wiffle world. Now that we have that out of the way, please allow me to continue…

Some of you reading this may be aware of the fact that I ran a small league called the Garrett Drive Wiffleball League for nearly 10 years in my home town. Last year, for a host of reasons, things just did not work out. I pulled the plug on the season and ultimately the league. I felt it was time to move on and I was tired or wasting my time with something I believed was fruitless. I had pulled the plug on the league before in 2008. But when I decided to revive it in 2010 the results were pretty amazing. For some reason the results could not be duplicated the following year. Fool me once…right? I was definitely done running a league. If you don’t run your league give your commissioner a pat on the back – it is a lot of hard work and it is seldom appreciated. When spring came I felt no desire to get a league running again. Sure, I felt like throwing the ball around but I’ve got a couple friends I could do that with any time. Getting any more people than that is either difficult or complicates things.

However, all this changed in mid-April when Chris Gallaway invited me out to Washington D.C. to check out his league, the 20-team behemoth known as the Potomac Wiffleball League.