Gallaway, a Northwest D.C. resident and political consultant, is founder and commissioner of the Potomac Wiffleball League, which has about 100 players. The league, with teams like the Dupont Circle Jerks and Scared Hitless, records every game with detailed statistics and online video.
What made you want to start a wiffleball league?
I've always loved playing baseball and baseball-type sports. Once I got a little bit older, I realized my skill level to play hardball baseball or even softball wasn't where it needed to be. Wiffleball, which uses a plastic bat and ball that doesn't travel as far, seemed like a good alternative. And with softball and baseball you need more players, maybe five to seven people on a team. With wiffleball you need just two to three people on a team. So it seemed like the perfect thing for people who just wanted get together to play.
Do the players take it really seriously?
We have a good mix. There's a decent amount of the players that really do take it super seriously. They play for statistics. They play for wins. They email me after the videos of the games get posted online and they point out parts of the video and want something that was scored as an error to be corrected as a hit. But there's a lot of people who want to have a good time.
Is wiffleball a manly sport?
Absolutely. It's definitely not a sport for wimps. We have a lot of wiffleball injuries. Like baseball, it's a sport that's leisurely but requires blinding speed in bursts to be successful. It's slow, but things happen in a flash once the ball's put in play. We have our fair share of skinned knees and dirty uniforms.
-- Liz Essley