In this day and age, being active to maintain good health has become more and more vital and received increasing vocal support. It is nice to go to the gym, but some of us prefer a more entertaining activity or game. However, many of us do not have half a dozen friends at our disposal at all times. Today is your lucky day if you fall under this umbrella as I can tell you how to play wiffle ball with only 2-4 people.
Step 1: Materials
- Wiffleball bat
- Lawn chair or wheelbarrow
- Physical markers unless nature can be used to give markings
Step 2: Setup
Place the lawn chair in a spot which could serve as a good home plate, allowing for a playable field, ample room, and relatively level ground if possible. Determine reasonable foul lines for both sides of the field that best suits your particular yard. Fortunately, this about wraps up the setup portion of instruction.
Step 3: The Rules
This is where this "How To" becomes a bit more complex. The lawn chair may have been a puzzling inclusion in the materials list, but it is crucial. When situated behind home plate, a chair or wheelbarrow can serve as the strike zone. Anything that hits this target before touching the ground counts as a strike. While this may allow for some wacky calls, this simply plays into the fun and unique nature of wiffleball. It is an easy fix for a player taking too many pitches or arguments over calls as well. Lacking players, fielding and base running are potentially problematic. This is no cause for concern, as this can be neutralized by some rule changes. For starters, base running is non-essential and not a part of this wiffleball form. By using three separate markers, the results of batted balls can be determined without base running. You can use bushes, trees, stumps, branches, or even shoes and hats.The first, being the pitcher's mound, 20-25 feet away from the chair, will determine fouls, singles, and doubles. Balls that fail to reach the mound are foul, those that pass the mound on the ground are singles, and any ball that gets by the mound in the air is a double. A second marker is an imaginary fence, with any ball past it resulting in a home run. This could be any length from the lawn chair that you determine to be suitable. About 10 feet inward from this, a third marker should determine triples, making any ball in between the triple and home run markers go for three bases. Base runners should move up the number of bases that the hit was. Any ball caught in the air or any ground ball still rolling fielded cleanly at or in front of the pitcher's mound constitutes an out. Ensure you charge the ball at your own risk as any ground ball dropped will result in a single.
Step 4: How Long to Play?
There is no set game time for this form of wiffleball, or any form of it for that matter. You can choose a set number of innings, or just play until you do not want to or cannot.
Step 5: Enjoy Yourself
Have a blast with your friends! The complications are over and you are finished learning how to play. Enjoy a classic backyard game and get in some much needed exercise.