Trophy Hunting and Sandbagging shall not be tolerated in USSSA Baseball. Prevention of both acts is a TOP PRIORITY! It is the responsibility of EVERY team to monitor all other teams in their classification and report any possible violators to the Regional Office. Emails may be sent anonymously to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Regional Office NEVER shares anonymous email information with anyone outside staff.
The USSSA Baseball program was founded on and has grown by the merit of its multiple classification system. Many organizations have tried multiple levels of play but USSSA is the only association that makes it work. With USSSA, every player on every team is a winner because of our four (4) classifications of competition. USSSA is the ONLY national organization in the world to offer this four tier system that allows players of ALL skill levels to compete against like players in leagues, local and state level tournaments, as well as national play. USSSA believes the overall development of ALL players can be greatly enhanced by the experience and fun of tournament play on the local, state and national level.
USSSA offers four competitive (Travel Baseball) classifications (i.e.; Major, Triple-A, Double-A and Single-A). The higher the classification, the higher the level of play. In addition, USSSA offers a Recreational League play classification (i.e.; Rec League). Not all classifications are offered in every age division (see chart below). Many teams try to let a postseason tournament location influence which USSSA classification they try to play in. Regrettably, USSSA Baseball does not operate this way. Teams are required to play in the appropriate classification which best matches their ABILITY. Teams are allowed to play up in age and / or classification but never down. If your team is reclassified, you can appeal this decision after competition at the higher or lower classification by emailing email@example.com.
The Major classification consists of the top 10% of teams in the state; these are the teams that should be pursuing the Wilson DeMarini Elite World Series and the NABC (National Amateur Baseball Championships), both played at ESPN's Wide World of Sports at Disney and Kissimmee, FL.
The Triple-A classification consists of the next 30% of teams in the state and is designed for those teams which cannot attain qualification at the Major level.
The Double-A classification consists of the next 35% of teams in the state and is designed for those teams which cannot attain qualification at the Triple-A level.
The Single-A classification consists of the next 35% of teams in the state and is designed for those teams which cannot attain qualification at the Double-A level.
Trophy Hunters & Sandbaggers
Since every team's ability is subjective, the State Office reserves the right pursuant to USSSA Rules to reclassify a team up or down AT ANY TIME which demonstrates a skill level and ability, which in the sole opinion and discretion of the State Office, is over or under qualified for a specific classification of play. If your team is reclassified, you can appeal this decision after competition at the higher or lower classification by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.