The main objective for team classification is allowing teams to play within their skill level and bring parity to the USSSA Program This allows 3Up 3Down to develop tournaments or divisions within a tournament for different classes. It also allows you to play in the correct bracket at USSSA State and World Series events. As teams enter the system your State Director will monitor entries and adjust the class selected as required as USSSA reserves the right to reclassify teams as it sees fit for the betterment of the entire program. If you have questions on your class contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a team that recruits from multiple states or communites? Do you have multiple front line pitchers? Do you find yourself winning frequently in the events you are playing?
Girls' Fastpitch Class “A” - Any team considered to be the highest level competitive travel team within your State. If your team is normally in or should be in contention to win each tournament you enter and you beat the "better" teams in your state, and you have multiple front line pitchers, then you should consider yourself an "A" team. A small percentage of teams qualifies for A.
Girls' Fastpitch Class “B” - Any team considered to be a solid but average travel team within your State. If your team is occasionally in or should be in contention to win a tournament you enter and you are competitive with most teams like you in your state, and you have good but not overwhelming pitching, then you should consider yourself an "B" team. The majority of teams qualifies for B.
Girls' Fastpitch Class “C” - Any team that typically only plays in a local league, a town league, an all star team from a local league or a team that might only play in one or two tournaments a year. A "C" team is also any team considered to be an entry level or new travel team with kids new to travel softball and lacks the experience and number of skilled players and pitchers to compete on a National or State levels with the higher skilled Class “A and B” teams. Please note not
all teams that are comprised of players form the same league are C level Teams. Ultimately your Teams class is based upon your teams level or play and capabilities.
Yes, I realize there are those teams that fall in between B and C. Mostly they are 1st year 10U or 1st year 12U teams. If you perform at a higher level than C and would find yourself winning C events all the time, but you cannot compete with High B or Mid B Teams, you will still need to sanction as B. With USSSA you have an option to sanction as a first year team by sanctioning under the 11U or 13U age division, however all your players must have birthdates that classify them for that division.
3Up 3Down realizes that there are many teams out there in this situation. In effort to allow you to compete at your level we will offer Gold and Silver divisions for 10UB & C and 12UB & C at all events we have enough teams entered to do so. If we have enough 11U, and 13U teams in a division to run with them we will. The Silver and Gold Division will be determined based on your pool play record. If seeded low you will play in the silver bracket and if seeded high you will be in the gold bracket.
NEW FOR 2019
2019 Reclass Criteria
In 2019 USSSA will be reviewing teams classifications regularly. We are not trying to put any teams at a disadvantage, quite the opposite. We want to do our best to ensure that teams are playing similar competition. We all know that winning or losing by large margins isn't fun for anyone and we are trying to equal the playing field.
Criteria to move a team up (From C class to B class or B class to A class):
A minimum of 8 Scored Games
1100 Power Rating
70% in class wins
Placing 1st and 2nd 3 or more times
+4 Run Differential
Criteria to move a team down (From A class to B class or B class to C class):
8 scored games
30% or less in class wins
400 Power rating or less
Run Differenctial of -4
If your team is selected to be reclassified, you will receive an email notifying you of the change. This is the criteria that will be used throughout the year, so even if you are not reclassified during this review, you may be as the season progresses