HOW TO PITCH
The NJWA has created this page to help all those Wifflers out there who are looking to master the art of pitching a Wiffle®Ball. The NJWA gets tons of e-mails from pitchers all over the country. They all want to know how to throw certain pitches. Now for the first time ever, you'll see exactly how the Pros hold the pitches that have led them to National Championships year after year. Pitching takes a lot of practice in Wiffle®Ball, so once you master the grips, keep at it!
THE BAG & BOX THEORY
When you buy a Wiffle®Ball in a bag or box there are two diagrams explaining the grip on how to throw certain pitches. For a right handed pitcher the grips are WRONG. The grips on the bag or box are for left handed pitchers because Dave Mullany Sr. (owner of Wiffle®Ball Inc.) is a left handed pitcher. On this page the NJWA will display six pitches and grips for a right handed pitcher. It is advised to always get loose and stretch before throwing a Wiffle®Ball, just like a baseball. Icing your arm after a long day of pitching is also recommended.
THE WIFFLE®BALL ITSELF
The Wiffle®Ball itself is the single most important thing for a pitcher to learn about. Making it plain and simple. Get to know your ball. A good ball is hard to find. Since all balls move different, it is important to find a ball you like as a pitcher. New balls will NOT work if you follow the directions below. Pitchers are encouraged to scrape up a ball, sand it or file it. By taking the slickness off the ball it enables pitchers to have more movement on their pitches. Balls (per the rules) can’t have a crack more than 1/4 inches. A scuffed ball is very important, some pitchers use the same ball all season. As a pitcher, always have more than one ball ready for use during the game. It is also recommended for pitchers to keep their own ball in between innings. Remember, it’s your ball, you broke it in, why should you risk the chance of cracking the ball while your team is batting because you let the opposing pitcher use your ball. It is perfectly legal to hold onto your own ball as long as it is ruled legal. Other pitchers (throughout a season) have the same opportunity to break in a ball (like you did) or find a good ball.
The grip for a pitcher is very important. A “loose grip” is holding the ball without putting any pressure on the ball with your fingers. A “tight grip” is putting some pressure on the ball with your fingers. There are several levels of loose and tight grips, find what grip works best for you. The term “holes in” means that the holes of the ball are facing the first base line for a right handed pitcher. The term “holes out” means that the holes of the ball are facing the third base line for a right handed pitcher. It’s just the opposite for a left handed pitcher. The terms “holes up” and “holes down” are pretty much self explanatory, these two terms are the same for both the right handed pitchers and left handed pitchers. The “seem” of the ball is the line where the holes of the ball meet solid plastic, it’s where the ball is glued together. A lot of pitches in Wiffle®Ball are gripped by using the seem, like a baseball.
THE SIX MAIN PITCHES OF A PRO PLAYER
Hosting and playing in tournaments for the past ten years the NJWA’s staff has seen it all. There are about seven or eight different pitches out there in the Wiffle®Ball world, however these six pitches are the basic pitches of a Pro player. The release point for every pitcher is different, thus creating different results. It takes a lot of practice for accuracy, so please be patient and keep practicing.
* LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY
Some pitches are obviously harder to throw then others. If this were untrue, all pitchers would be throwing the same pitches every game. The NJWA staff has rated the six basic pitches on a scale of 1-5. One being the easiest and Five being the hardest.
Very Easy to throw and master
Easy to throw and master
Hard to throw and master
Very Hard to throw and master
Almost Impossible to throw and master