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Wiffle Ball Pitching Machine Homemade

We’ve been searching for years for a pitching machine that shoots out normal baseball sized Wiffle® balls and there are very limited options available on the market.  We came across this video and instruction guide below by Popular Science® that will show you in detail how to build your own Wiffle® ball pitching machine.

All you need are simple household items and/or a quick trip to the hardware store to get the simple materials.

The main gist of Wiffle Ball resembles the core rules of baseball, softball, and t-ball. However, a Wiffle game features modified bats, balls, strike zones, and playing areas to fit in an urban or indoor setting. Moreover, Wiffle’s rules and regulation makes it a great recreational game for friends and family.

Although similar to the non-competitive nature of teeball, wiffle ball still requires various essential pieces of equipment for the best playing experience. Conversely, without proper equipment, it would be hard to execute one game of wiffle ball. Therefore, let’s dive deeper into the essential pieces of equipment to complete your wiffle ball games. Whether you’re playing within indoor or outdoor settings, this article has you covered!

Before the wiffle ball became one of the USA’s most played backyard games, it was once first a concept. During the summer of 1953, David N. Mullaney observed his 12-year-old son playing in the backyard of their home in Fairfield, Connecticut.

At first, the children used a perforated plastic golf ball and a broomstick handle during their game to compensate for the small playing field and team composition. For days, the children continue to throw curved balls using the perforated golf balls. As a result, the children’s arms experienced immense stress and fatigue; thus, leading Mullaney to develop the first wiffle ball.

The first ball underwent various experiments using ball-shaped plastic parts from a nearby factory. After countless different combinations from their original design, Mullaney and his son settled with 8 oblong perforations.

Consequently, this design helps the wiffle ball to easily curve mid-air naturally without needing ball spin. In David Mullaney’s neighborhood, the term “wiff” is synonymous with a strike-out; thus, coining the term “wiffle”.

Seeing how much his son loves playing the game, Mullaney produced the first batch of wiffles. Eventually, the game caught on and became one of the most enjoyable recreational backyard games in the United States.

The Basics of Wiffle Ball Games

Although the wiffle game is a simplified version of baseball, the rules of the former are different from the basic rules of a baseball game. Aside from the rules of wiffle games, there are lots of variations between both games. Here are some of it:

Playing Area

In baseball, balls are hit with varying intensity; as a result, baseballs reach incredible speeds and trajectories. Thus, making a baseball game’s playing area is humongous compared to wiffle’s playing area.

In wiffle, balls do not travel much due to its perforated construction. As a result, this makes wiffle’s recommended playing area to be only about 20’ wide and 60’ long.

Furthermore, the field features a narrow cone-shaped foul line extending from the batter’s box. The foul lines dictate the markers wherein the home-run, triple, double, and single area.

In a game of wiffle, the minimum number of players allowed is two; on the other hand, the maximum allowed is 10 (5-a-side). In the case of a full 5-a-side team, each side will designate the following positions on their members:

Defending team:

  • Catcher
  • Pitcher
  • Double area fielder
  • Triple area fielder
  • Home run area fielder

Offensive team batting order:

  • Pitcher
  • Catcher
  • Double area fielder
  • Triple area fielder
  • Home run area fielder