Illinois State's Wiffle Ball Club's "Fall Classic" is next Saturday, Sep. 22. (Photo By Flickr user TheSquirrelfish)
By Paul Morello
NORMAL - A group of Illinois State University students are inviting the community to play some wiffle ball for a good cause.
The ISU Wiffle Ball Club is hosting the "Fall Classic 2012" next Saturday, Sep. 22 at Gregory Street Fields. Club organizer Logan Zimmerman, an ISU senior, said students and the public are invited to play.
"Basically, it's a two-on-two formatted tournament," he said. "There are two players from a team on the field at a time. We're going to do it round-robin, to figure out playoff seeding. Each team will make the playoffs."
Tournament registration starts at 12 p.m., with play opening at 1 p.m. There's a $15 entry fee for student teams, and a $25 fee for non-students. Proceeds will go to the UNITY Community Center in Normal.
"They run an after-school program for kids and hopefully we can get them some toys, and maybe some other resources as well," Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman expects 10-20 teams to participate. If the tournament alone doesn't satisfy players' wiffle ball craving, there will also be a home run derby after regulation play Saturday.
"As you get a little older, you can't always get in a baseball league or you can't always find enough guys to play, but wiffle ball is just a backyard game where you only need a handful of people. You can just grab your best friends and throw together a game really quick," Zimmerman said.
Tournament winners will get a trophy, and free admission into the next ISU Wiffle Ball Club tournament.