NWLA TRYOUTS: Are you the best wiffleball player in the world?

Written by - Posted 2015-04-20 14:28 in News

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.

Who's On First?: Week 1 Wrap-up

Written by - Posted 2015-04-20 12:23 in Blog

Week 1 is in the books and while the wind was a significant factor, it was mostly business as usual at Gravelly. Top teams were able to grind out wins, illustrating again that the margin between contender and pretender is small but well defined. The biggest news was the lack of news as none of the new teams gave any of the old guard reason to worry.

  • The highlight of the day was definitely the Garbage Plates’ new mascot, Trashy. They have firmly secured the rare combination of best logo, best mascot and largest roster without posing any offensive threat whatsoever
  • Janitors played three innings and came out with a 2-0 record and +11 run differential, impressive in its own right. Looks like Besley has new unis, a new player and are still building for that 2021 World Series
  • Gumballers narrowly escaped two upset bids, keeping them on track for a high seed and first round playoff exit
  • Game of the week featured the Shannons kicking off their pursuit of the home run record at the expense of the Moose Knuckles, much to everyone’s delight. Gagnon last spotted fleeing the Point clutching the Commissioner’s trophy Shooter McGavin style

Looking ahead to Week 2 the Gumballers and Twits play both their games against strong playoff contenders. Expect to see the Moose Knuckles work their way into the all important top six but the real question is will anyone else step up? Still early but the playoff field looks very familiar, are anyone other than the Moose Knuckles a postseason threat?

Week 1 Preview (Sp15): A Little Less Conversation

Written by - Posted 2015-04-16 23:25 in News

The Spring Season kicks off this Sunday at Gravelly Point.

As we kick off the 20th Season Jack Shannon is six homers away from breaking the career record. Brother Jim is right on his tail, though, only ten away himself. There is no doubt this record is going to fall this season, the only question is when, and by whom.

20 Seasons, 20 Moments – With the 20th season, and final one for Commissioner Gallaway, we’ve been counting down the 20 greatest moments in PWL history. We’ve cracked the top 10, and number one will be posted before the first pitch of Week 1. If you haven’t been following along, check it out.

Week 1 might be a sloppy with some rain Friday, but only a 10% chance for Sunday. Make sure you’re following us on twitter (@potomacwiffle) for live status updates or call the Game Information Line at 855-8-WIFFLE about an hour before your game.

Should we dodge the weather, don’t miss the Barnburners and Moose Knuckles facing off in the afternoon. They’ve met four times, with the Barnburners winning all four by runs scored, including a playoff series, with an overall eleven run differential. But, the Knuckles upset them in Week 1 of the the 2014 season, on the same field, at the same time, by forcing a pitcher ejection forfeit, despite trailing 2-1. What tricks does Gagnon have up his sleeve this time?

And, don’t forget to use these helpful links, and click on the button at the bottom of the email to update your player profile on the PWL website. You definitely want the wiffleball world to know about you right?

See you at Gravelly Sunday!

Spring 2015 Season Preview

Written by - Posted 2015-04-16 11:33 in Blog

About the Author: Anonymous is a veteran PWL player with 8 seasons under his (or her) belt. A solid player, not what you’d call an all star, but smart enough not to use their name to write this.

As we barrel down on the final Opening Day of the Gallaway Era, much has been happening behind the scenes in preparation for life after the self-anointed “God of Wiffleball”. Details will be revealed throughout the season so stay tuned.

For now, we welcome you, with a little help from the Boss, with this Spring ’15 season preview and look forward to seeing you all at Gravelly on Sunday.

The Promise“Every day it just gets harder to live the dream you’re believing in…”

Garbage Plates – Their logo is probably the scariest part of their offense and while it’s a sweet logo, you don’t hear that about many playoff teams. Enthusiastic group of guys that show up ready to play every week but their franchise win percentage is .218 for a reason.

Pitch Perfect – Highlight of their season will be the release of the cinematic sequel in May. The PWL sequel has a favorable early schedule but any expectations should be minimal or you’ll be as disappointed as all of us when Anna Kendricks wasn’t really part of the Fappening.

Backdoor Sliders – Welcome to the league guys, enjoy playing the Janitors, Twits and Barnburners your first three games. Win one or two of those and you have our attention.

Besley Bashers – Signed another former high school baseball player in hopes of uncovering another ROTY in the Sam Cable mold. If Alex Cohn can remember how to hit and stop breaking appendages they’ve got two players who can make noise but it’s left to be seen if that will turn the corner for them.

Dupont Circle Jerks – Hopefully they’ve spent their season off realizing that warming with a skinny little bat with someone tossing underhand from 9 inches away while everyone in the league cracks up is hilarious, not effective. Preseason roster is without their franchise player Brett Shegogue and if that holds, expect more mediocrity. If it doesn’t, expect it anyway.

Master Batters – Thanks to some favorable matchup and wind conditions the league leader in HRs and RBIs came from this lovable veteran franchise. Despite that they went 4-10 with a -22 run differential so uh, the machine still appears to be missing a few parts. Four almost automatic losses in their division make the postseason an even longer shot but hey, they’ll rack up some stats when the opportunity presents itself and have fun doing it.

Dancing in the Dark“There’s something happening somewhere baby I just know that there is…”

Bald Beavers – Anytime your manager and best returning player accepts the nickname “Farva”, you might be in trouble. The Beavers have a way of being in every game but not winning any of the ones they aren’t supposed to. Count them for an upset or two but expect a .500 finish.

Chicken and Wiffle – Solid pitcher, decent hitters, don’t really beat anyone they aren’t supposed to. It’s a common theme in the PWL and tough doldrums to get out of. Maybe they can play the Bald Beavers for 8th place.

One Hit Wonders – Probably the best of the solid teams that don’t beat anyone they aren’t supposed to and the most likely to grab a wild card spot. Have four players returning that hit over .300 last year and two legit upper tier players in Sam Smith and Chris Fantasia but is their defense and base running enough to win those close games? They have a real chance to make a statement early, drawing the haggard defending champs Wolfpack and Canvassers Week 1. Don’t overlook them but don’t expect to see them in the final four either.

Glory Days“Sitting back trying to recapture a little of the glory…”

Canvassers – Coming off a heartbreaking World Series loss it’s tough to see this team return to the heights it has enjoyed the past three seasons. They’ve got savvy, talented veterans but lack the ace that has always put them over the edge. A wild card berth is in play but they will miss having that top of the rotation starter.

Gumballers – Wiffle at Gravelly can often hinge on a single broken play or gust of wind so there is a lot to be said for a team that always takes care of business in the regular season. However they remind us of the hometown Nationals where they seem to grab a high seed every year but nobody really expects them to win it all and they exit early. With rumors of lingering clubhouse riffs and difficulty fielding lineups week to week, best case is more of the same.

Moose Knuckles – Ahhhh they’re back. Damn. Make sure to pack your sunglasses or those shirts stolen from a nighttime construction site will do some retina damage. They’ve got a pitcher and a great hitter but do any of the better teams really feel like they couldn’t beat them in a series? With the right draw the World Series is in play but all those waiting to see if the Commissioner’s trophy is taller than Gagnon will have to wait.

Janitors – Despite being the most sought after free agent Kevin Higman returns (seriously what does Kirby have on him) to play alongside Alex Felix Charles Fernandez Humperdink Yankee Doodle Filides. Alex is a deceptively good pitcher and Higman can win games on his own so expect this team to be in the league’s upper echelon so long as those two are healthy.

Born to Run“Highways jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive…”

Wolfpack – Shattering the hearts of several close friends brought this franchise a World Series in the summer and proved there is a place at the top for the opposite field double. However reigning MVP Nick West irresponsibly knocked his wife up in time to deliver their first child the weekend before Opening Day and Michael Burns was last spotted in a walking boot. They still have an ace in Adriano, the league’s most underrated player in Will McNally and signed Chris Keeven of Wheelchair fame but won’t be full strength until midseason.

Blandsford Barnburners – Always a threat to put up ten runs but their egos have already cost them one World Series, wouldn’t surprise anyone to see that happen again. The Shannons will chase the home run record and batting title while never winning a POTW, Colin Gannon will have a clutch hit or two and Ty Fletcher might quietly have a 0.20 ERA. Anything less than a World Series would be a letdown for these guys but they don’t carry the same mystique they still think they do.

DC Twits – They’re in any game Crawford pitches and that can’t be overstated. When you openly admit the existence of “Twits Ball”, it means you lose more than you should and haven’t really changed anything there are issues to be addressed. That said when the bats are hot this team is as good as any as illustrated by their thorough top to bottom World Series beating of the Barnburners. Don’t be surprised if their two regular season clashes are a playoff preview.

Black Smoke: Managers Postpone Commissioner Election

Written by - Posted 2015-04-04 22:34 in News

The managers of the 16 official teams met via conference call last Thursday night to finalize the details of the Spring Season.

In seasonal business, the proposed divisional assignments were approved and managers picked their schedule spots.

Three rules proposals were brought forward on the call. One Hit Wonders proposed raising the pitch speed limit to 30 MPH, it failed 2 votes to 9. The Garbage Plates proposed giving umpires the authority to call a pitch a strike after two no reads if it was slow enough, it failed 1 to 14. The last proposal was not allowing runners to tag up and advance when a catcher catches a fly ball, it failed 6 to 9.

The agenda had called for the election of a Commissioner-Elect, to serve during this season along side Commissioner Gallaway. The managers decided to hold another call in two weeks, on Tuesday, April 21st to hold this election. In the mean time the transition working group that has been meeting is going to meet again.

The first pitch of the Spring Season will be at 10:30 AM on Sunday, April 19th.

Spring Training

It’s been a few months since you’ve swung a wiffleball bat and you need to work out the kinks. Join us at Gravelly for an “optional” Spring Training.

Sunday, April 12
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Gravelly Point Park

We’ll setup a fence, bring a few strike boards and radars for you to practice with, and most importantly, we’ll bring the balls.

We’ll do pickup games, so come by yourself or bring your whole team.

Hope to see you there.

NOTE: Our permit does not allow the league, or “participants” in the league to use Gravelly Point for wiffleball activities outside of our permit time. That means, per the NPS interpretation, that if you and two of your friends just go out and hit a wiffleball around at Gravelly, even if it’s not organized with the league, that they can revoke our permit if it was outside of our authorized times. While mostly this seems like total bullshit and hard to defend on the side of the NPS, please do NOT use Gravelly Point for practice, even in an unofficial manner, outside of scheduled PWL activities.

Spring Training: April 12, 2015

Written by - Posted 2015-03-28 13:12 in News

It’s been a few months since you’ve swung a wiffleball bat and you need to work out the kinks. Join us at Gravelly for an “optional” Spring Training.

Sunday, April 12
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Gravelly Point Park

We’ll setup a fence, bring a few strike boards and radars for you to practice with, and most importantly, we’ll bring the balls.

We’ll do pickup games, so come by yourself or bring your whole team.

Hope to see you there.

NOTE: Our permit does not allow the league, or “participants” in the league to use Gravelly Point for wiffleball activities outside of our permit time. That means, per the NPS interpretation, that if you and two of your friends just go out and hit a wiffleball around at Gravelly, even if it’s not organized with the league, that they can revoke our permit if it was outside of our authorized times. While mostly this seems like total bullshit and hard to defend on the side of the NPS, please do NOT use Gravelly Point for practice, even in an unofficial manner, outside of scheduled PWL activities.

Final Week to Register!

Written by - Posted 2015-03-23 23:15 in News

With only one week left to register for the Spring, we’ve got 16 teams signed up so far and a special logo for the 20th Season.

Each team needs at least four players with paid registrations by March 31st to be included in the schedule.

See the Current Teams and Players signed up.

Make sure you sign up today so you don’t miss out on the this special wiffleball action.

HOT STOVE: Looking for 20 for 20

Written by - Posted 2015-03-14 15:34 in News

The 20th PWL season, and final for Commissioner Gallaway, is starting to shape up. There will be a large focus on off field matters this season, but the teams and players still dominate the league discussions.

3/14/2015 – See the Current Teams and Players

  • 11 Teams have Signed Up So Far, 10 Returning from Spring or Summer 2014. Commissioner Gallaway would like have to 20 teams for this 20th season.
  • Pitch Perfect is the only “new” team so far, but the players are largely the same as the Summer 2007 team Drinkers With A Hitting Problem. In their one season they made it to the World Series, before losing to the Canvassers.
  • The Blandsford Barnburners and Dupont Circle Jerks return after taking the Summer off. The Barnburners have announced this is their final season, and they are hoping to erase the bitter taste of losing the World Series for the first time in their history to the DC Twits last Spring. Holding the Commissioner’s Trophy is the end goal, but watch both Shannon brothers this season as they both likely pass the all time home run king Stephen Zigmund, it’s just a race to see who does it first.
  • The Wolfpack will return to defend their Summer World Championship. Which means the musical chairs of who has to take Gannon, the Pack, or the Barnburners, needs to play out. Loser takes him. That means no more Nasty Boys again this season, as Adriano DeSorrento has abandoned his former squad, leaving some of them looking for other teams to take them as free agents. You can’t doubt the results though, as DeSorrento is sleeping with the World Series trophy in his bed each night right now. Also likely means Suns Out Guns Out won’t return either.
  • With Nine Spots to Fill There are Likely 3-4 teams from the past two seasons who haven’t signed up yet still out there. Leaving 5-6 spots for new teams.
  • Summer 2014 Teams Who Have Yet to Commit: I Want My Corners, Garbage Plates, Jimmy Giggles and the Killer Wiggles, Chicken and Wiffle
  • Spring 2014 Teams Who Have Yet to Commit: Torn Labrums, One Hit Wonders, Superman’s Wheelchair, Moose Knuckles, Sacbunt, Chuggin’ Chorizos

Hit on 20: Spring Registration Open

Written by - Posted 2015-02-19 10:57 in News

Registration for the Spring Season is now open!

This will be the 20th season of the PWL, and the last under Commissioner Gallaway, who is retiring following this season.

It’s going to be a wild season. The all time home run crown will fall, the Barnburners are in disarray and might not make the playoffs, and only people who signed up for Obamacare are eligible to use Gravelly Point under new NPS rules.

The registration page has the full details on the Spring Season, but team deadlines are March 31st. The season will begin April 19th and run through June.

Will the defending champs be back, or did the Wolfpack celebration party ruin them? Watch for Hot Stove updates starting next week and send any of your trade rumors into the PWL.

Wolfpack World Champions

Written by - Posted 2014-10-09 10:34 in News

The Wolfpack defeated the Canvassers 2 games to 0 to claim their first World Series Championship.