WHAT IS A WIFFLE BALL?
Wiffle ball or wiffleball is a variation of the sport of baseball designed for indoor or outdoor play in confined areas. The game is played using a perforated, light-weight, rubbery plastic ball and a long, plastic (typically yellow) bat.
History of the waffle ball?
This ball used as an alternative to a baseball was invented by a man in his home in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1955 when he designed a ball that curved easily for his 12-year-old son. It was named when his son and his friends would refer to a strikeout as a "whiff".
Wiffle Ball Safety controversy in spring 2011?
In April 2011, the government of New York state proclaimed that wiffle ball (as well as kickball, freeze tag, and dodgeball) was unsafe and a "significant risk of injury" for children and declared that any summer camp program that included two or more of such activities would be subject to government regulation. The story often became a source of ridicule and amusement, with Parenting.com sarcastically commented "According to new legislation introduced in New York State, to survive classic schoolyard games like Capture the Flag is to cheat death." Wiffle ball executives originally thought the order was a "joke". The company has never been sued over safety issues in its 50+ year history. The disapproval of people from across the nation pressured the NY legislature to remove wiffle ball and many other entries from the list of high risk activities, such as archery and SCUBA diving, that require state government oversight.
Wiffle Balll vs Smushball
In regards to a indoor solution for batting practice. If attempting to t compare the Wiffle Ball to the Smushball the waffle ball fails miserably.
Smushballs vs Whiffle vs Baseballs
Pros - Became a good alternative as cheaper than baseballs. You can use outdoors without a net. No protective screen needed for the thrower. Use indoors.
Pros – Coaches from high school to little league both baseball and softball are switching to these balls. Less expensive option and they are durable for multiple years as they do not crack or break. (Still using the original ones from three years ago) Can be used outside in rain, snow etc. No nets are required. Can be hit against fences with no damage to the fence. Can be used indoors with not nets or cages. Can hit against the wall with no damage to wall or ball or floor. If the ball hits a pitcher, it bounces off. For the batter, if they do not hit it square with a good swing, the ball will squib. Can be used on tees and other exercises. Can be used before a game and groups of players can quickly warm up with batting on opposing fields. Can be used to help catchers with blocking drills. A person can throw these balls without hurting their shoulders or arms. Plus much more!
Other alternatives to baseballs are: Wiffle Ball, Whiffle Ball, Pickle Ball, Rag Ball, Baseball, Indoor baseball, Indoor softball, Safety Ball, Batting Practice Ball(s), Jugs Balls, Plastic baseball, Dimple Ball, Plastic Golf balls, Baseball, Training, Physical education ball, T-Ball, Flip Ball, Total Control Ball, TCB Ball, Perforated Plastic Balls, Pitching Machine Balls, Soft Foam Safety Balls, ASI Heavy Duty Plastic Balls, Dimpled Balls.