April 1, 2012
You may be wondering why you haven't seen posts on this site for a little while. We've began working on a new website using wordpress. There's a few extra features we like about wordpress so we're ditching blogspot and using that site from now on. HERE's the link!!! We will soon be purchasing our own domain name (.com), which we will announce soon, after we decide which company to buy it from. Those who follow us on facebook and/or twitter knew of the website move about a week ago, further showing the perks of following using social media. The new website isn't fully operational yet and some new pages that were not featured on this blog will be added soon. Another great feature about using wordpress is that you can have multiple authors post. Matt Riegler and Luke Gagnon have agreed to author their own columns for the site along with Josh Smith writing his '5 Things' article. The invitation is open to anyone, just send us an email if you are interested. As for the magazine, our publisher has been sending us proofs and we should have it done by the end of this week. At long last it will be released. See you at the new website!
March 19, 2012
Check out this nice grab by Jamie Francis of Crofton Wiffleball. His team is currently in 2nd with a 5-5 record (only a half a game back from the leader). They only have 3 teams right now but are looking to expand to 5 or more. So if you live on Vancouver Island, contact Jamie.
March 15, 2012
Justin Wayne Show yesterday. The interview lasted about 15 minutes and you can listen to it HERE, just be sure to skip but around the 36 minute mark. Huff was kind enough to give some other wiffle projects a shout out while on the air such as Golden Stick, Palisades WBL, and Wiffler's Digest. Thanks Chad, we truly appreciate it. What's more is that this broadcast is hosted in London, England - a country that hasn't generated a lot of traffic on this site (or any other wiffle site, I presume). Maybe our friends on the other side of the Atlantic may finally give wiffleball a go.
March 14, 2012
Carl Coffee and Brandon Corbett step behind the microphone once again but sans John Hill for another WSEM Podcast. Belgian Wiffles captain, David Buhr, sat in and chimed in when possible. This particular podcast, the 10th so far, almost did not happen. Corbett announced on the podcast's Facebook page that technical difficulties with their computer had wiped up the majority of what they had recorded. But somehow they recovered the recording but the quality was affected, giving it a "lo-fi kiss sound." They continue to touch on the national scene by discussing leagues playing their seasons already such as Crofton Wiffleball League and Tampa Bay Wiffle Ball League. At about 25 minutes into the program they begin to discuss the cover story for the new issue of Wiffler's Digest - the top 15 recreational league pitchers in the country. Two of their league's pitchers (Cliff Comstock and Dennis Pearson) made the cut and they indirectly mention a few others that are on the list. This serves as a teaser until the issue comes out - which will be soon. It was sent off to our publisher about a week ago and should be out VERY soon. But until then, give the new episode of the WSEM Podcast a listen.
March 12, 2012
This website has been operational for a little over a year now and as the hits have been racking up there have been more and more people visiting the site that live outside the United States. Surprisingly few of these foreign visitors are from this hemisphere. Seriously Mexico, what's the deal? Here are the five countries that visit this site the most:
1. Canada - It is far too often Americans forget about our friends north of the border. While jokes and snide remarks toward Canadians seem never-ending -- Canada has just as much potential to host many wiffleball leagues as the United States. Their winters may be harsher than ours but they have an advantage that many other countries outside the U.S. does not have: open access to American products such as Wiffle Inc.
I suspect that this website has been detecting significant traffic from Canada because of the Crofton Wiffleball League. But it's not out of the question to imagine that there's some guy in the Yukon, huddled in a cabin on a dial-up modem, that has developed a sudden interest in this sport.
2. Russia - Whereas Canada has been recently spiking our international audience tracker, Russia has always appeared among the various countries on the tracker. The reasons for interest in this sport in Russia are unknown. I can think of no realistic reason how a Russian would even know anything about wiffleball. Perhaps there is a U.S. citizen (possibly of Russian ancestry) studying or living abroad in Russia. But since there has been a steady number coming from that country for months there could be a few people there who are searching for interest and starting the very first Slavic wiffleball league. If that is the case I just hope they have some way of contacting us to let us know that such an event has taken place so that the league tracker can better reflect the growing international influence the game has.
4. Japan - Ah yes, the land of the rising sun. Our friend, Tadashi Onizuka has been showing improvement with each pitching video he posts. He could become known as the Asian wiffleboy if the sport takes off in Japan. Japan is really the only non-U.S. country I could see wiffleball really taking off. They have built a thriving baseball community and seem to really be interested in bat and ball sports. Wiffleball seems like a perfect match for urban youths crowded into cramped areas of Tokyo and various other large metropolitan cities.
Baseball-Bundesliga, a 15-team "elite" (professional?) baseball league but the interest in bat and ball sports there is pitiful when compared to sports such as football (or what we call "soccer"). I am skeptical that Germany has enough interest in wiffleball to develop any leagues or tournaments. But then again - you never can be too sure about these things.
*Here is a brief list of other countries that are visiting the site nearly as often as the five countries previously mentioned: Brazil, India, France, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Australia.