Classifications

Team Classifications

Team classifications are based on power ratings, tournament results and by overall team performance on the field.

The State Office will make final classification adjustments toward the end of May each season.  This should give teams ample time to prepare for State and National Championship plans.  Please note that teams may be reclassified at any time by the USSSA Iowa State Office or by the National Fastpitch Committee.

Below are the available Team Classificiations.

USA Elite Select Classification

  • Most elite level of play within USSSA Fastpitch.
  • Eligible for: USAES Events, USSSA A or Open class events, WFC, and more.

A Classification

  • This division is for highly competitive travel ball teams looking for the best competition.
  • At the older age, this division features athletes aspiring to play collegiately.
  • Eligible for: USAES Events, USSSA A or Open class events, WFC

B Classification

  • This division is for teams who are looking for good competition but not at the highest level within USSSA.
  • Reserved for teams who have progressed beyond our C level of play.
  • Teams in B generally play a limited to moderate travel schedule
  • Eligible for: USSSA Open, A, & B class events

C Classification

  • This division is reserved for teams looking to play competitively and some limited travel ball and often an introduction to tournament play.
  • Teams cannot self-register C. They must register B and contact their respective State Director and request to be moved to this classification.
  • Eligible for: USSSA Open, A, B, & C class events

New Season Classification Guideline

Below is the guidelines as to where you should begin the new Season.

If you are staying in the same age bracket (9U to 10U, 11U to 12U, 13U to 14U, and 15U to 16 is considered the same age bracket), these are the starting criteria for your classification:

  • If you were a C team the previous year, you must begin in B or higher.
  • If you were a B team the previous year, you must begin in A.

If you are moving up an age bracket these are the starting criteria for your classification:

  • If you were C team the previous year, you may begin in Class C.
  • If you were a B team the previous year, you must begin in B.
  • If you were an A team the previous year, you must begin in A.

In the event that your team does not remain intact and has turnover:

  • If you return 6 players from the previous season, you are subject to begin
    where your classification dictates.
  • If you return 5 or less, then you will be subject to begin in a classification
    based upon the players previous team.

In-Season Reclassification

Team classifications are based on power ratings, tournament results and by overall team performance on the field. Team classifications will be reviewed throughout the season to ensure we have teams in the appropriate class of play. Please note that teams may be reclassified at any time by the State Office.

​Classification Guidelines: If ANY of the below benchmarks are met by your team, there is a strong chance your team will be moved up or down to the next higher/lower classification.

​Criteria to Move Up: (A minimum of 8 scored games)

  • If your team accumulates an 1,100 power ranking or higher – team should, at a minimum be on a watch list
  • If your team accumulates a power ranking of 1,275+ – team should have valid justification to not be promoted to next level
  • If your team’s in class record is .700 or higher
  • If your team has finished 1st or 2nd in 3 of 5 most recent events (Number of teams in the the event is considered)
  • If your team has an in class run differential of 5 or more
  • If your team is playing in 2-3 consecutive tournaments at a higher class, team likely views itself at a higher level

Criteria to Move Down: (A minimum of 8 scored games)

  • If your team has a power ranking of 400 or less
  • If your team’s in class record is .300 or less
  • If your team has a run differential of -4 or more

​Odd Year Teams:

  • The State Office reserves the right to mandate an odd aged team not play in B
    divisions even when playin up in age if that team exceeds the quality of teams
    in the B division.
  • Currently this is a manual process. The State Director will notify the team,
    based on their performance, they are no eligible to play in B events. For
    example, a 13 Open team that is 24-2 with a run differential of + 5 against
    14B teams would be a better fit at 14A