Wifflemania : September 14-15, The Seasons Resort, Bartlett, NH
Do you remember when you took your first swing at a baseball?
Does that game-winning home run you hit in the bottom of the sixth inning against your Little League rivals still seem crystal clear in your mind?
Did Field of Dreams make you cry? Well, not so much “cry,” but maybe, y’know, mist up a little bit?
Does October 27, 2004 mean anything to you?
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to knock one over the Green Mini-Monster?
If any of the above questions strike a chord in your heart, then we just may have an event for you!
The Seasons Resort, in the heart of the Mt. Washington Valley in the town of Bartlett, is hosting a Wiffleball fundraising tournament on the weekend of September 14-15, 2013. While many tournaments focus exclusively on one charity, our aim for this inaugural event will be to include eight teams, each of which will be playing for a charity of their choice. We believe that such a unique tournament structure will help promote awareness of numerous worthy organizations, as well as perhaps kickstart relationships and friendships within the various charities.
So, apart from playing for a noble cause, why should you set aside a late summer weekend to play a few games of Wiffleball?
Because our brand new Wiffleball field is basically a small scale replica of Fenway Park. And let’s be honest, haven’t you at some point pictured yourself jacking one over the Green Monster? Well, here’s your chance to do just that, as well as make a few amazing memories while raising money for your charity of choice. We believe that this event provides the perfect setting for gatherings like family reunions, corporate retreats, or just best friends coming together for a uniquely unforgettable weekend.
At present, details are still being worked out with respect to the tournament’s specifics. We expect that for this inaugural tourney, we will split the eight teams into two leagues of four. Each team will play a guaranteed three games within their league, and the division winners will square off in the championship game. Unlike many Wiffleball tournaments in which there’s no baserunning, and it’s more or less three to five players per team, we’ve decided to go full-tilt and play nine a side, and baserunning is required.
So basically, it’s just baseball. With a cool plastic ball that dips and swerves like it’s on a roller coaster rail when properly thrown.
That said, this will not be a heated, high-octane competition. It will be slow-pitched, casual, and friendly. Teams will consist of at least nine players, but as many as twelve can be included on a roster. Teams can be co-ed or not – this is up to team captains – and there is no minimum age requirement.
We also plan on holding an epic Home Run Derby after the Saturday session of games as just another a la carte form of fundraising. We anticipate, in fact, that we will have numerous avenues for fundraising, including raffles, pledges based on teams’ tournament performances, personalized baseball cards, a cookout, etc…
As we are in the fledgling stages of putting this event together, so too are we trying to locate those individuals and businesses who might be most interested in fielding a team. There will be an Event Fee of $1000, and $400 of this will go directly to the charity the team is playing for, while the rest will go into a Tournament Package that will serve three purposes.
1.) It will help us run the tourney and surrounding events.
2.) A portion of it will be allocated to a prize money pot that will ultimately go to the winning team’s charity.
3.) Most importantly, the Event Fee will give each team two of our 1,000+ sq. ft. condo units for three nights. Units sleep from 6-10 people, and typically run about $200/night during foliage season weekends, so we’re really making a concerted effort to give teams who want to stay on the 46 acre property a massive discount, while additionally shuttling much of this fee to the charity. Also, while two units will be part of the basic Tournament Package, certainly we will provide additional units at similarly discounted rates if your group needs them.
All of this is to say — If you are intrigued, and would like to stay in the loop as a perhaps a team/charity to be considered as we lay the groundwork for the event, let us know! Please know that initial interest in no way obligates you to anything — we certainly understand that you will ultimately want to know a lot more about the event and the resort itself. We just expect that it will take some time and effort to find those teams that will make the most out of the event — both for themselves and for their charities — so we are sending out preliminary inquiries well in advance of the event. Ideally, we would like to have a fully committed list of participants by August 1st, so that we can start blocking off rooms, organizing the tourney, and promoting the event.
Please do not hesitate to drop us a line at [email protected] with any questions or comments concerning this opportunity.
And remember, your inner child may be watching you…