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Wiffle Ball national championship set for October at PeoplesBank Park

Ron Musselman
York Dispatch
PeoplesBank Park is set to play host to the Class of 2020 Baseball and Softball Invitationals this summer.

Major League Baseball players and owners haven’t been able to reach an agreement to get back on the field.

The York Revolution’s season and the Atlantic League schedule have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, however, local fans can look forward to seeing players from all over the country participate in the inaugural fast-pitch United Wiffle Ball National Championship at the Revolution’s home stadium. This will be the first year that the national championship is held in Pennsylvania, according to a news release.

The tournament, announced June 16, is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 24 at PeoplesBank Park. It was planned to take place after the Atlantic League postseason, according to the release.

However, with the Atlantic League season canceled, the Wiffle Ball tournament likely will be moved to Oct. 10, organizers said.

A final decision on the date will be made no later than July 15.

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Organizers said the exact format won’t be announced until after registration closes, but the event will consist of teams of three to five persons with a cash prize. The entry fee is $300 per team, or $250 if paid before Aug. 1.

There are no qualification requirements for the 2020 event, and there are no restrictions as to roster construction. Game play includes unrestricted pitch speed and no baserunning.

Since Wiffle Ball fields are much smaller than professional baseball fields, organizers say six to eight temporary fields could be created within PeoplesBank Park for the event. The United Wiffle Ball website states tournament fields will take advantage of the park’s unique features to give each  its own  personality. Players will hit into a variety of unique backdrops, including the bullpen area, lawn/video board area, elevated rightfield patio and the seating area behind home plate, the site states.

Social distancing still figures to be a factor in the tournament four months from now.

“At this time, players should expect to adhere to the basic social distancing and hygiene protocols that have been recommended to fight against infection, including keeping a safe distance from others and regularly sanitizing hands and equipment," organizers said in a statement.

“As the event draws closer, additional safety guidance might be provided. In the unfortunate situation that the event is canceled due to health concerns, full refunds will be available."

— Ron Musselman can be reached at rmusselman@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @ronmusselman8.

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