Wiffleball "Field of Dreams" | News
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) For the fourth year in a row, a northwest Grand Rapids neighborhood is home to a unique backyard tournament: the Westwinde Wiffleball Tournament. And it's growing.
"It's just good clean fun and we're going to continue to do it as long as our neighbors allow us to do it," says tournament host John Doyle.
Doyle, a Wyoming high school teacher, says 30 wiffleball teams comprised of 150 kids are playing in the one-day tournament. 70 games that are timed at fifteen minutes each mean the action is nonstop. The games take place in Doyle's sunken backyard which he says is 80 feet below street level. A giant green wall dubbed "The Hollow Monster" towers over the field.
The day's activity will end with a championship game shortly before dark. "Our street's packed (with cars) from one end to the other but it's all good fun," says Doyle. "We don't make money on it. It's just something we want to give back to the kids. Give back to the community and just have fun."