Scaled back from baseball, wiffle ball was created in Connecticut in the 1950s. The purpose was to create a similar game to baseball, but more suitable for confined spaces. The plastic ball is light weight and perforated, while the bat is long, hollow, and equally made of plastic. What makes pitching the ball interesting is that half of the plastic ball has eight holes. This helps create unusual curves when thrown. The playing area also resembles a typical baseball field.
Wiffle Ball is managed by Wiffle Ball Inc., based in Connecticut. The sport has become popular in schools with various tournaments and leagues played in several nations. The flagship tournament is the World Wiffle Ball Championship played annually in the United States.