Guinness Record Rules

These are the rules specific to the original wiffle ball game and required by Guinness World Records for the Longest Marathon Game attempt.

  • 3 Camera Angles for Evidence
  • Non modified bats or balls (tape on handle ok)
  • Every hour, 5 minutes are added to the rest break total (so after two hours, you have ten minutes available). This rest time is accumulated until it is taken. All players must take the rest breaks at the same time. 
  • Score keeper and witness at all times
  • 5 player roster max on each team
  • All players must be start game and be present
  • At least a minimum of 1 vs 1 at all times
  • Game must be continuous without any long pauses or delays
  • 2 Independent witnesses’ statements confirming the record attempt was done correctly

THE WIFFLE® PERFORATED PLASTIC BALL

The WIFFLE ball was first created in 1953 and is made of a durable light weight plastic only travels at a fraction of the distance as a normal baseball.

THE PITCHES

The WIFFLE ball is thrown like a baseball and will curve very easily. Experiment with different grips and releases to find the pitches that work best for you. There is no need to throw the ball hard to produce results!

Because the ball will not travel far when solidly hit, ball chasing and base running have been eliminated.

THE PLAYING FIELD

The size of the playing field is optional, but wiffle.com recommends a minimum dimension of 20 feet in width at the home run markers (approx. 8 paces) by about 60 feet long (approx. 23 paces) from home plate to each home run marker. The field is laid out with foul lines and markers for singles, doubles triples and home run areas.

Talltanic Field has been modified for this event it to abide by the original wiffle ball rules that can be found at official wiffle ball site.

The minimum number of players required to play a game with the WIFFLE ball is two – the pitcher and batter – one player per side. The maximum number of players that can compete are ten – five players to a side. If a full team is playing, each side will consist of a catcher, pitcher, double area fielder, triple area fielder and home run area fielder.

Fielders cannot move from one area to another when a full team is playing.

The batting order of the team at bat shall be Pitcher, Catcher, Double Area player, Triple Area player and finally Home Run area player. The rules of play are similar to baseball, however there is no base running. Three outs to retire a side, per inning. For a complete inning, both sides must bat. An out for the batter can be made in three ways:

  1. The batter strikes out if he/she swings at a pitched ball and does not foul tip the third strike. Foul tips count as a strike for the first two strikes only. A foul tip caught in back of the batters box does not count as an out.
  2. Fly ball caught in fair or foul territory
  3. Ground ball* fielded cleanly anywhere in fair territory. Bunting is not allowed and the batter cannot take a base on balls.

*A ground ball is any ball that doesn’t reach the outfield “double’s area” in the air

SCORING

A Single is any hit not fielded cleanly.

A Double is a ball that lands in the double’s area in the air

A Triple is a ball that land sin the triple’s area in the air.

A Home run is any ball that lands over the wall in fair territory.

The baseball rules of scoring apply: 

Example: A player hits a single – his/her team has a man on first base (imaginary runners). The next player hits a single – the team now has a man of first and second. Third batter hits a home run – three runs score! (The imaginary runners on first and second, plus the home run.)

  • A batter earns 1 imaginary base on a single, 2 imaginary bases on a double and 3 imaginary bases on a triple.
  • A runner on 1st advances one base on a single, 2 bases on a double and scores on a triple
  • A runner on 2nd base scores on a single, double, or triple.
  • A runner on 3rd base scores on any hit.