A few years ago, some of my boys from Long Island came up to Syracuse for a weekend visit while I was in grad school.

After we smacked around my quad-mates, 22-0, in a Wiffle Ball game complete with over-the-roof homers to the opposite field, these non-Long Islanders wondered what happened. "Dude, we're from Long Island," we said. "We know Wiffle Ball."

If the rotator cuff in my left shoulder made throwing 21-foot curveballs and 6-foot rising fastballs a pleasurable experience, then I'd be standing on a patch of grass in Cedar Creek Park in Wantagh on Saturday, June 19, for the Golden Stick Wiffleball League tournament. Still, I might just pop a few Advil and give it a shot.

Rally up your friends and do the same. You're Long Islanders, which means you know Wiffle Ball. It's an unwritten rule about the 516 and 631, just like we're the immediate authority on bagels and Billy Joel CDs.

The tournament is part of Golden Stick's national tournament circuit, with a chance to move on toward "The Open" in Phoenix on Columbus Day Weekend.

Registration is $200 per team, and you're guaranteed at least four games. You can bat up to five players, but only four can play in the field. The tournament starts at 8:30 a.m.

Each time you win a game, you win money. So, if you're good enough, you might actually turn a profit playing a game you grew up playing in your neighbor's driveway. See, Ma, there is a future in Wiffle Ball!

advertisement | advertise on newsday

Send an email to GSWL@goldenstickwiffle.com for more information.

If you want to practice hitting a Wiffle Ball, head over to the Wiffle Ball batting cage in Five Towns. Yes, that's a Wiffle Ball batting cage. Below is the GSWL promo video. Enjoy the show.