If you already have a wiffleball league, do you have a spring training? While it may sound odd, it’s actually a great idea.
Having a spring training provides an excellent opportunity to test out your rules, and tweak them before the regular season starts. It also gets all of the players together, perhaps for the first time since the last season ended, and it’s the perfect chance for the Commissioner to collect a few dollars from the players for wiffleballs, bats, bases, and other equipment that will be needed during the season.
We’d use this opportunity to test out factors, such as the distance from the pitcher’s mound to home plate, the location of home plate, the distance between the bases, and the type of ball used, on a yearly basis. More importantly, it allows everyone a chance to pitch and hit in a game situation before the stats count.
While we kept most aspects the same after our initial year, the quality of hitting improved so much that the pitcher’s mound was gradually moved closer to home plate, from 40 to 33-feet, over the span of 3 years. Spring training gave us the opportunity to test these rule changes before adopting them.
Our spring training lasted about two weeks. We’d play around 6 games during this span, and we’d also have extended batting practice sessions with pitchers taking turns too.
If you’re looking to start your own league, a spring training is highly recommended. It can really help work out all the kinks, and get your season off to a great start. Plus, it allows everyone a chance to make suggestions before the rulebook is finalized for the year. If you live as far north as we do, you might want to wait a couple of months before you start your spring training, since the weather is still quite cold. However, it’s never too early to start thinking of ideas to improve your own league.
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