If you think you might be, or if you think your addition to a team of PWL All Stars will make that team the best in the country, we want you to try out for the NWLA tournament. Yes…a tryout. We know, you don’t tryout anymore, but trust us, you want to for this.
If you stroll by the Blue field starting Week 2, you’ll notice an extra foul line and arc in orange paint in the general vicinity of the existing foul lines. Do not be alarmed, some other league isn’t invading our turf. During weeks 2, 3, and 5 the Blue field is pulling double duty for both the PWL regular season, and tryouts for the PWL All Star team that will be heading to the National Wiffle League Association Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, this July, after competing in a regional round in early June.
The fourth annual tournament, which was co-founded and is largely hosted by the PWL, will be July 17th through 19th. The PWL is one of sixteen leagues who will each send an all star team to represent their league in the National Tournament. The rules are a combination of rules used throughout the leagues. The tournament is fast pitch, with walks, and the field is the official 90 degree width like a traditional baseball field. (2 fielders and a pitcher are used to make up for the wider field.)
For the first time this year, a regional round of pool play will be held to select the 16 teams. Up to 20 teams will play in four regionals and the top 16 go to Columbus. Because we finished in top 8 teams at the 2014 tournament, the PWL is guaranteed a spot at the Nationals, but we will still play in a regional. Regionals will be a one day event, either June 6, 7, 13, or 14. Since PWL playoffs will be going on at that time, roster changes might be made for the regionals that are different than the national tournament.
Tryouts for the team are open to all players who are on a roster for the Spring season. Interested players are encouraged to contact the Commissioner in advance to express interest. There will be three tryout sessions. Each session will last an hour, with the first 15 to 20 minutes including pitching and batting practice, followed by a scrimmage game, or simulated at-bats for the remaining part of the hour. Players must attend at least two of the three sessions to be considered for the team. Players who were previously on the NWLA roster and wish to return only need to attend one session, if they trust their stats to speak for them.
NWLA Tryout Sessions
- Week 2 (4/26) – 3:30 PM
- Week 3 (5/3) – 3:30 PM
- Week 5 (5/17) – 3:30 PM
The finalists will be narrowed down after the tryouts. The roster is up to eight players.
PWL players who are not able to go to Ohio, are welcome to scrimmage during the tryout times if they’d like to join in. Especially if you’ve got an hour time slot open to kill and want to take some AB’s.
Players who are selected will have an all-expense paid trip, including airfare, hotel and meals, to Columbus as well as the regional. In addition, each player will get home, away and alternate jerseys provided by the league.
Sign up for the tryouts today, email the Commish.