Wiffleball Home Run Derby will overtake Brigham Square Wednesday

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Brigham Square will be transformed into a wiffleball field during the BYU Student Activities Board Wiffleball Home Run Derby on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Brigham Square will be fenced off to resemble a baseball diamond, complete with a home plate and foul ball lines. The male with the most home runs, the female with the most home runs and the participant with the longest home run will receive Jamba Juice gift cards.

Samantha Coffey, program coordinator for the SAB said all participants will receive a free T-shirt as well as Otter Pops.

“It’s going to be a ton of fun,” Coffey said. “And it’s free.”

Students will have at least 10 pitches to hit a home run.  The five competitors who have the most runs after the first round will advance to the next round to compete for the Wiffleball Home Run Derby champion. Competitors will help retrieve wiffle balls while volunteers measure hits to determine the longest home run.

“Everyone can easily hit several home runs,” Coffey said. “If you really want to be competitive, you can practice on your own, but there is no skill level required to compete.”

Acoustic Explosion performers Ben and Jake Tenglesen will also perform live throughout the event.

“We keep Ben and Jake on hand for our activities,” Coffey said.  “They really get the audience involved.”

Students who’d like to participate can come to Brigham Square to register with their student ID before the event.

Wednesday’s event will be the only Wiffleball Home Run Derby this year.

“If you want a chance to show off your batting skills, this is your only chance,” Coffey said.

Coffey has worked for the SAB since 2010 and said the SAB helps give students a break from classes and work.

“The Student Activities Board works to really get students involved on campus,” Coffey said, “It helps students realize their opportunity to be involved beyond classes and their jobs.”

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