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More teams sought for Wiffle Ball Bash

January 30, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , North Fort Myers Neighbor

The North Fort Myers Civic Association has not only met its goal for its inaugural Wiffle Ball Bash, it has exceeded it, raised the bar, and is now looking for more participants.

The event, set for Feb. 9-10 on the North Fort Myers Community Park's football field, has sold out its original 16-team field.

Civic Association President Doug Dailey said he now would like to see more teams added to the field, as well as more kids, whose entry into the tournament will be paid for by Hooters.

The response for this event has been amazing, he added.

"This has become the largest fundraiser for us and we haven't even thrown a pitch. We can say it has exceeded anything we have ever done," Dailey said. "It's been a team effort, we have a strong committee, and got a lot of great sponsors."

Even though the field is full, organizers can still arrange for more teams and, perhaps, have a field of 20 teams, five in each division.

"That's very possible, and in our first year that would be tremendous. Our research has found that 12 teams is a very good first year. We've already exceeded that," Dailey said.

The tournament, which has been sanctioned by Wiffle Ball as a recreational tournament, is being considered the official kick-off event for spring training in Lee County, as pitchers and catchers are to report later that week.

The Fort Myers Miracle has endorsed the event and will field a team of staff.

Each Wiffle Ball team will consist of between three and five players, three players on the field and two extras to hit. No baserunning is required.

Play will begin Saturday, Feb. 9, starting at 8:30 a.m. and continue Sunday, Feb. 10, starting at noon

The cost is $100 per team, with each team guaranteed three games as the teams will be divided into divisions, with round-robin play on six specially designed fields Saturday. Two open divisions will play in the morning and two in the afternoon.

The winners of each division will play Sunday to determine the champion.

There will also be a field designed for kids ages 5 to 12, featuring a home-run derby, with the winner getting a year of chicken wings from Hooters, Dailey said.

Hooters will sponsor up to 40 children who want to come play for free. It also will hold a pre-bash party on Feb. 7, give out free T-shirts, food coupons and the Hooters girls will even have a team competing.

All-American Printing is the title sponsor. Lee County Insurance and Ellsworth Heating & Cooling and Liberty Tax will also serve as major sponsors.

The event also will honor the old North Fort Myers Little League with a Piney Field replica from back in the 1970s. Dailey said that field was privately funded and wants to make sure those people who volunteered then are not forgotten.

For more information or to sign up a team, call 823-1388 or go to www.nfmcivic.com.

 
 

 

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