Fields

Overview

The SAHDwiffle team lives in a neighborhood where erecting a proper field would not be allowed due to HOA rules.  Therefore, the construction of SAHDwiffle field is designed in a manner that allows fast times for both putting the field together, and tearing it down.  We have experimented with many options in prior iterations of the field, these are our current materials and instructions.

 

Strike Zone

We used 3/4″ PVC pipe for the strike zone and opted for the thicker walled pipe that is normally used for running drinking water. Two ten foot sections will give you enough pipe with some left over. They normally run a couple of dollars per piece so it’s pretty cheap to build. We found many different recommended dimensions while doing research and decided the following best fit our situation: 20″-24″ wide by 30″-34″ tall and sitting 14″-16″ off the ground. Casey’s is 22×32 and 15″ off the ground for example. To build this size, cut two pieces each of 20″, 30″, and 15″. You’ll also need two 90 degree 3/4″ elbows, two 3/4″ t-fittings, 8″ or larger zip ties, small rubber grommets (optional but it looks a lot better), and some type of metal sheet to fit in the middle. Chad uses a piece of tin sheet metal we picked up at a metal machine shop for $5 and Casey uses a sheet of galvanized flashing he found at Home Depot for around $6.

 

Build List

  • 2 – 10′ sections of 3/4″ PVC ~ $2 each.
  • 2 – 90 deg. 3/4″ elbow fittings ~ $0.30 each.
  • 2 – T Fittings 3/4″ ~ $0.40 each.
  • 1 Sheet Metal piece to build around ~ $5 – $10
  • 10 Zip Ties 8″ ~ $2
  • 6 Rubber Grommets to fit your drilled holes ~ $5

The Homerun Fence

Constructed out of 3/4″ PVC pipe, gardening fence, and zip ties.  The homerun fence is able to be easily rolled up for storage and unrolled and put into place within 5 minutes for two people.  Each 3/4″ PVC upright is held by a 2′ iron stake that the PVC slides over the top of.  Fence comes in 50′ lengths and can be found easily at big box hardware retailers.

 

Build List

  • 4 – 10′ sections of 3/4″ PVC ~ $2 each.
  • 2 – 3/4″ PVC couplers ~ $0.30 each.
  • 1 – 50 ft fence (usually found in the gardening section of a home improvement store and is normally used to keep pests out of a garden) ~ $15-$25
  • 30 Zip Ties 8″ ~ $4
  • 6 – construction stakes ~ $2 each

Start by taking two of your PVC pipes and cutting four foot sections out of them to give you four total sections. You will be left with two 2 foot sections that are not used. Take the other two PVC pipes and cut them in half to give you four 5 foot sections. This is the time to paint the poles if you wish, otherwise, you can start assembly. Unroll the fence so it is completely flat and attach a five foot section to both ends of the fence using the zip ties. Measure 10 feet in from one of the poles and zip tie a four foot piece on. Repeat until you have all four middle poles attached. Now take the couplers and put them on top of the five foot end poles. Place the last two five foot pipes into the other end of the coupler to make a 10 foot foul pole. Remove those 5 foot sections for easier storage. To set up the fence on your field, hammer a stake into the ground and place a foul pole over it. Stretch the fence out and keep hammering stakes in to use for holding the rest of your poles up. You can also add flags to the top of your foul poles to really look official. Of course in keeping with the SAHD theme, our flags are from our kid’s bike trailers! Good luck!

The Backstop

We never made a backstop that was worth keeping.  We recommend buying extra Wiffle balls instead.

15 Replies to “Fields”

    1. John, I actually have some video that I am in the process of sifting through and cutting down to an appropriate set up video. Keep an eye on the site, should be up in less than a week. Thanks for looking us up. Happy wiffling.

    2. Jon, I didn’t forget about you, just been working my tail off editing video for many other spots in the site that I didn’t anticipate. My apologies for the delay. I’ll have it up as soon as I can.

    1. We started at 40 feet from the strike zone, but have since changes to 45′. I would experiment and use what works for your players. Best of luck!

  1. Okay, Thanks. The strike zone idea is great. I couldn’t find the metal sheet so I used heavy duty tin foil and lined the back with duct tape and its holding up well. Where did you buy the fencing for the home run fence? I have hedges on one side of my yard but I need a fence for the other side so the lefties can hit homers too.

    1. Paul,

      Head to Home Depot or Lowes. You’ll find gardening fence there. Determine what length you need and buy accordingly. Alternatively, drive to Akron, Ohio and take mine out of the garage. I’m going to move across the country soon and haven’t got time to be bothered with it. Best of luck.

  2. Me and my friends are only 13 so we changed the field a bit. It is 80 feet down the lines and 90 feet in dead center. Also we made the mound 35 feet to the plate and the strikezone 3 feet behind the plate. Do oyu think these dimensions are ok or will the ball not move enough?

    1. Josh, I think you do what you need to do in order to have fun. You can change it as you get better and things start coming faster and moving more. Play on the field, then adjust as necessary. Glad to hear you guys are out there playing. Thanks for checking up.

      Happy wiffling.

      1. Also, I was wondering what type of bats should we use. I live in British Columbia, Canada so the only bats we have right now are 2 modified mlb powerhouses and 1 junkball bat. Do you know if there is any place we can get a decent bat without paying $20-$50 shipping? Also thanks for the advice about the field.

        1. Blitzball has a pretty good deal for their bats. its 20 for a couple balls and bats so you could probably try the shipping calculator. or the loco bat is really nice for 15ish from their site and the shipping could be cheaper from him.

    1. Hey Tony, it’s pretty thin stuff so a standard drill bit and then we added rubber grommets to protect the zip ties from being cut by the metal.

  3. Beyond the fact that the metal makes noise is there really a need to have it? I mean if it’s just a couple friends playing you could probably just get by with people being honest and watching the ball through the pipes right?

    1. No need. I’d say that having something in the strike zone would help eliminate the need for argument however. Doesn’t have to be metal, but the *ting noise is pretty great!

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