Holmes Middles School Physical Education

Holmes Middles School Physical Education
Middle School Physical Education
Whiffleball Unit Study Guide
History of the Game
In the summer of 1980, eight Indiana teams competed for the world’s first whiffleball title. Since then, this
quirky little tournament has grown up to become the oldest, largest, and most prestigious wiffleball event on the
globe.
Object of the Game
 To score more runs than the other team.
 A player scores a run when they safely touch first, second, third, and home before their team makes three outs.
Modified Physical Education Rules
Batting
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The batting team gets three-outs/or one rotation of the batting order.
Each batter gets only three pitches in which to hit the ball.
The batting team will provide the pitcher. These players still get their turn at bat.
A batting order must be followed, batting out of turn is an out.
Pitches are slow pitch underhand.
The batter is out if the pitcher (on their team) touches the ball.
All hits are playable; there is no out of bounds.
The batter is out if the bat is thrown more than four bat lengths from home plate.
There are no walks.
Automatic homeruns are awarded anytime the ball hits above the white wall. Batter still runs the bases.
Base runners must always run to the next base on a hit ball.
Runners are allowed to overrun first base and home plate.
No bunting, lead-offs, or stealing bases.
Runners on base cannot run until the ball is hit.
Base runners are out if they get hit by a batted ball.
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Defense
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Fielders should stand near each base, but not on it until they are making a play at the base.
A fielder will stand near the pitcher for the defensive team.
The defensive team must provide their own catcher.
Fielders can tag the runners out and force a runner out at the next base.
Any ball caught off the ceiling before it hits the ground is an out.
Any ball that hits the wall, must be thrown to a base or tag a runner out.
Fielders should not interfere with the base runners while they are running.
Safety Rules
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No throwing the bats.
No sliding into the bases.
All members of the batting team must be sitting on the bench when their team is up to bat.
Physical Education Positions
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First Baseman: Possesses good catching skills and stands a few steps to the right and behind first base.
Second Baseman: Is agile with good hands and stands five steps to the left of and five steps behind
second base.
Third Baseman: Has a strong throwing arm and stands a few steps to the left and behind third base.
Short Stop: Is a good fielder and possesses a strong throwing arm. Stand between second and third base
a few steps behind the base line.
Outfielders: Have good running speed along with the ability to track and catch fly balls.
Whiffleball Vocabulary
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Infield Fly Rule: A fair, fly ball that can be caught by an infielder with runners on first and second, or
with basses loaded, with less than two outs. The batter is automatically out.
Tagging Up: If a fly ball is caught, a base runner must tag the base she was on before advancing to the
next base.
Ready Position: Legs are shoulder width apart, knees are slightly bent, and hands are open and close to the
ground.
Force Out: A fielder tags the base the runner was advancing towards because the batter became a base
runner, before the base runner had to try to advance.
Strategies
Offensive
 Base runners pay attention to where the ball is hit and advance to the next base accordingly.
 Base runners advance half way on a fly ball and return safely to the base before tagging up.
 Learn to hit for power and placement of the hit to where the defense is not.
Defensive
 Be in the ready position and know what you are going to do with the ball if it is hit towards you.
 Defend bases appropriately.
 Communicate with other outfielders when going after the ball.
04/2009
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