Qualifying for a World Series Berth

There are many ways for a team to qualify for a World Series National Championship. Below are the ways a team can qualify. 

Due to the date USSSA released these new qualification rules, teams in New York and New England will be grandfathered into the prior At-Large Bid rules which stated teams needed to play just 2 USSSA events to qualify.


Direct Qualification Through Events

  • At the conclusion of designating qualifying events (based on stature) the system will identify and award the appropriate teams with a Qualified designation.  The following is the criteria being used:

Event Statures to Award Berths

  • One Day Tournament
    • Top 20% of teams that are unqualified will receive a berth
    • Team must be at or above .500 in the event
  • Qualifier
    • Top 25% of teams that are unqualified will receive a berth
    • Team must be at or above .500 in the event
  • NIT
    • Top 30% of teams that are unqualified will receive a berth
    • Team must be at or above .500 in the event
  • State Tournament
    • Top 30% of teams that are unqualified will receive a berth
    • Team must be at or above .500 in the event

At-Large Qualification

There are two processes by which a team can gain an At-Large USSSA Post Season berth:

  • USSSA Points:  Teams can earn an At-Large by participating in USSSA events throughout the season.  If a team earns 150 Points through USSSA participation they will automatically be granted an At-Large Berth.
  • State Director Application:  A team can apply for an At-Large Berth with their State Director.  For a team to be given an At-Large Berth by their State Director, it is recommended that they accrue a minimum of 4 USSSA Event Credits.  USSSA Event Credits are earned by Stature of the event:
    • League/One Day Shootout/Qualifier = 1 Point
    • NIT = 2 Points
    • State Championship = 3 Points   
  • For Teams located in an area without a State Director, they can apply to the USSSA National Championship director by emailing.