Tournament Details

A 2020 Letter to Our Supporters:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for supporting Pitches for PKU the past 2 years!  We are proud of our accomplishments to raise funds for the National PKU Alliance to help fund programs and research for the rare disease that our daughters Hattie and Maxine live with each day called PKU.

Please know in our hearts we were so hopeful to hold the event once again this year, but under the circumstances with the COVID-19 affecting all of us today, we have decided to cancel this in-person event to be safe.

We are excited to plan for next year and hope you will join us in September 2021!

In the meantime, we have decided to continue to support the NPKUA and it’s important work. Their work has not stopped or changed.  Hattie and Maxine, and others with PKU, still need all the important programs that the National PKU Alliance offers and we are hopeful that research continues to move forward.  Please join us and donate today!

Be well, stay safe & healthy!

The Carlile Family – Joe, Cassie, Hattie and Maxine

Pitches for PKU: 3rd Annual Wiffleball Tournament CANCELLED

  • When: Saturday, September 12, 2020 (tentative)
  • Where: Sutcliffe Park, Conshohocken, PA
  • Family friendly – All skill levels welcomed
  • Sign-in Begins: 9:00 AM
  • First Pitch: 10:00 AM
  • Team Entry Fee: $150 per team. Team can be between 2-5 players.
  • Entry Fee Includes: Team entrants are guaranteed to play 3 games minimum during the day’s competition. Top teams will then advance to a single elimination bracketed tournament. Each team member will also receive an event t-shirt. There will be snacks, sandwiches, water & soda as concessions. We’re excited to also be offering door prizes as well as fantastic raffle prizes of all shapes and sizes!
  • Rain Date: Saturday, September 19th (Teams will be notified by 8am on September 7th if tournament is postponed for rain. No thunder, no lighting? No Flooding? Grab a poncho and Play On!)

Tournament Rules: 

Players:

  • No base running. Imaginary runners on base advance as hitter does.
  • Teams have at least 2 and no more than 5 players on their roster.
  • Teams field 3 players or less on defense, but may have up to 5 batters.
  • All fielders must bat.
  • Fielders can position as they wish in fair territory without obstructing batter.

THE GAME:

  • Each game is 4 innings long.
  • If the game is tied after 4 innings, the 5th begins with the bases loaded.
  • Game is official after 3 innings, with a 10 run mercy rule after 3 innings.
  • The rules of MLB shall apply to all situations not covered in these rules.

BALLS AND STRIKES – MAKING CALLS

  • A walk is 5 balls. Base-runners advance on a walk if forced over.
  • ANY combination of 3 fouls or strikes is an out.
  • A swing and a miss is not an out, unless it’s strike 3.
  • A pitch hitting the strike zone is a strike.
  • A pitched ball that hits the batter is a ball, although the batter MUST attempt to avoid being hit. (no leaning)
  • Line calls are made by the fielder closest to the play.
  • Pitcher makes check swing calls.

EQUIPMENT

  • Only the official (baseball size) plastic wiffle ball with 8 elongated holes will be used.
  • Balls may not be scuffed or sanded. BALLS MAY NOT BE SCUFFED OR SANDED. ANY TEAM SCUFFING OR SANDING BALLS WILL BE IMMEDIATELY DISQUALIFIED.
  • No ball with a crack greater than 1/4″ may be used.
  • All balls are subject to approval by Tourney Staff.
  • Only official WIFFLE yellow plastic bats may be used.
  • Handles may be taped, but barrel must be unaltered.
  • Any bat is subject to approval of tourney staff.
  • All players must play bare handed. Batters may use a glove when batting.

PITCHING 

  • Pitchers can pitch every other inning. A pitcher can be relieved in an inning by a player who did not pitch the previous inning.
  • Pitching speed is Medium (45 mph) or less, enforced by a Tourney staff member with calibrated eyes.
  • Penalty – Player may not pitch any more in that game plus the next game.
  • A team that feels a pitcher is exceeding the speed limit may request a Tourney staff member with really good eyes to evaluate and check speed.

THE FIELD OF PLAY(all dimensions approximate)

  • Pitching mound is 42′ from strike zone. Singles line is at 42′. Doubles line is at 65′. Home run line is 90′ to foul cones. 52′ between cones.
  • Strike Zone is 20″ by 30″ approximately 12″off the ground.

FOUL BALLS

  • Any hit ball not reaching the singles line is considered a strike.
  • Ground ball outside of foul lines when reaching singles line.
  • Fly ball landing in foul ground, touched in foul ground, or going wide of foul poles.

SINGLES

  • Any ball reaching the singles line in fair ground.
  • Ground ball not fielded cleanly in front of singles line. Balls may be bobbled but can not hit the ground once they are touched.
  • Fair fly ball touched but not caught in front of singles line.

DOUBLES

  • Fair ball reaching the doubles line in the air, but not the fence.

TRIPLES

  • Any ball that is slapped back into play to prevent a home-run.

HOME-RUNS

  • Fair Ball landing over the line. Fielders are able to jump out and swat a home-run ball back in fair territory (resulting in a triple or an out if caught by another fielder) but they may not catch a home-run ball and land over the home-run line.

DOUBLE PLAYS

  • Only in effect with runner on base. Fly ball caught and then IMMEDIATELY thrown to hit strike zone in the air.

PROTESTING GAMES

  • When a Captain protests a game, the other team’s Captain must be notified at the time the play under protest occurs and before the next pitch is made. Decisions of tourney staff are final.

UNRULY CONDUCT

  • Will not be tolerated. Penalties include but are not limited to: ejection from the game, forfeit of the game, or ejection from the tournament.