The main objective for team classification is allowing teams to play within their skill level and bring parity to theUSSSA program. This allows USSSA to develop tournaments or divisions within a tournament for different classes. It also allows you to play in the correct bracket at USSSA World Series events. As teams enter the system the 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.
Girls' Fastpitch Class “A” - Any team considered to be the highest level competitive travel team. 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 an solid but average to above average travel team. 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. A small percentage of teams qualifies for C.
Age Classification - USSSA allows teams to sanction their team with actual age levels (10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 18U). If your team is comprised of players all of the same playing age please register your team with the exact age level. This will allow CT USSSA to create tournaments and divisions within a tournament with teams of the same age level. Also teams can play at Nationals at their exact age level. Teams are still free to “play up”.
For National and Regional World Series events the classification is very important as team are able to compete on the big stage with teams of similar capabilities. “OPEN Tournaments”- Most tournaments will be classified “OPEN” that allows “A”, “B” and “C” teams to play together. As team register for tournaments divisions for the different classes may be created. There are always some C events each year and several B events. For National and Regional World Series events the classification is very important as team are able to compete on the big stage with teams of similar capabilities.
Special Registration Process for “C” Teams
As part of our continuing efforts to ensure that the right teams play at the right division of play, USSSA has made a change to our team sanctioning process for the upcoming season.To sanction a team as a C Division team, the coach must first create a team in the system as an A or B team (the option to sanction as C is no longer available through the web site) and then request that the state USSSA director (David Rocha in New England and Gary Gooden in NY) change the team to the appropriate division. If you feel your team is a C team, please contact your USSSA state director. If after contacting them and they deem it may be questionable if your team qualifies as C Division eligible teams, they may request that the team play 2-3 B or higher Division tournaments to prove that you are a better fit for the C Division. You need to discuss that with your USSSA state director. You are in the best position to explain your team's makeup.
Characteristics of teams that need discussion if they will be a C team or a higher level include, but not limited to:
- teams or teams from organizations that we know little about or teams from organizations that have historically fielded A or B teams
- teams that did very well this past season in the C Division and may or may not have been bumped up to B
- teams that did very well this past season and have kept the core of their team intact
- teams that may have added travel experienced players to their rosters
Again the goal is for the C division to have true C teams and for those teams to have quality and competitive tournaments. If you feel your team is a C team, please contact your state director as you register your teams.