The Western WIFFLE Ball Classic
October 16 @ 9:00 am
The Western WIFFLE Ball Classic will make its return to Scottsdale Stadium, the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants, on Saturday, Oct. 16. The inaugural event in 2020 saw over 20 teams compete to take home the trophy.
Fourteen-year-old Logan Rose is the visionary behind the Western WIFFLE Ball Classic. Rose, a Valley resident, began his journey in the sport by creating Big League WIFFLE Ball in July of 2019. In less than two years, Rose has grown the league to six teams, over 1,000 subscribers on YouTube, and over 2,000 Instagram followers. In 2020, Rose decided to host a competitive tournament for all ages at the Fenway Park of Major League Baseball’s warm-up season, Scottsdale Stadium. He decided to do so last year during the depths of COVID.
Following the success of the 2020 event, Rose is stepping up to the plate to bring back the Western WIFFLE Ball Classic for a second year.
The expanded 2021 tournament will allow for up to 42 teams to enjoy a competitive championship tournament. All fields will be set up on Scottsdale Stadium’s main field, which has been hosting baseball since 1956. The pristine stadium sits among the charm of Scottsdale’s famed and active Old Town.
Teams will be comprised of three to five players, each team guaranteed to play three games each. Games will last 35 minutes or four innings, whichever comes first. Then, 16 teams will advance to a single-elimination tournament. All ages are welcome and encouraged to participate in the tournament. The winner and runner-up will be awarded the Western WIFFLE Ball Classic trophy.
The Home Run Derby Championship will return to this year’s tournament and will be active for the duration of the tournament. Each participant will have seven outs to hit as many home runs as they can. The Home Run Derby champion will receive a trophy of their own.