• Classifications & Divisions

      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.

      USSSA offers four competitive baseball classifications (i.e.; Major, Triple-A, Double-A, Single-A).  The higher the classification, the higher the level of play.  In addition, USSSA offers one recreational classification (i.e.; League).  Not all classifications are offered in every age divisions.

      Many teams try to let a postseason tournament location influence which USSSA classification they try to play in.  Regrettably, USSSABaseball 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.

      The below is only a ”Rule of Thumb” and could vary as much as +/- 10% per age division and / or classification.

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      MAJOR

      The Major classification consists of the top 15% – 20% of teams in the state; these are the teams that should be pursuing the USSSA Elite World Series at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at Disney.

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      TRIPLE-A

      The Triple-A classification consists of the next 25% – 30% of teams in the state and is designed for those teams which cannot attain qualification at the Major level.

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      DOUBLE-A

      The Double-A classification consists of the next 25% – 30% of teams in the state and is designed for those teams which cannot attain qualification at the Triple-A level.

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      SINGLE-A

      The Single-A classification consists of the next 25% – 30% of teams in the state and is designed for those teams which cannot attain qualification at the Double-A level.
      Comment:No new team may begin play in the Single-A classification.  Teams must first prove on the field that they unable to be competitive at the Double-A level PRIOR to being reclassified to Single-A.

       

      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.

       

      SINGLE AGE DIVISIONS

       

      4U

      USSSA provides a skill based recreation style T-Ball program for players 4 years old.  Developing basic baseball skills is the priority of this Rookie division.

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      5U – 6U

      USSSA provides two (2) distinct classifications of play for players 5 & 6 years old.  This format allows players of multiple skill levels to enjoy competing against teams (players) of like ability.

      Coach Pitch (Triple-A): The Coach Pitch Competitive Division uses an offensive team’s coach pitching overhand to the batters.  No batting tee is used in this division.

      Coach Pitch League: The Coach Pitch League classification is designed for those “recreation level” teams which are bound by geographic league boundaries and restricted rosters that choose All-Star teams at the end of their regular season.  Like Competitive, the League Based division uses an offensive team’s coach pitching overhand to the batters.  No batting tee is used in this division.

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      7U – 8U

      USSSA provides three (3) distinct classifications of play for players 7 & 8 years old.  This format allows players of ALL skill levels to enjoy competing against teams (players) of like ability.

      Coach Pitch (Double-A & Triple-A): The Coach Pitch Competitive Divisions use an offensive team’s coach pitching overhand to the batters. No batting tee is used in this division.

      Coach Pitch League: The Coach Pitch League classification is designed for those “recreation level” teams which are bound by geographic league boundaries and restricted rosters that choose All-Star teams at the end of their regular season. Like Competitive, the League Based division uses an offensive team’s coach pitching overhand to the batters. No batting tee is used in this division.

      Kid Pitch (Double-A & Triple-A): The Kid Pitch Competitive Divisions use a defensive team’s player to pitch.  Base runners are not allowed to lead-off but may steal bases once the pitched ball crosses home plate.

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      9U – 18U

      USSSA provides four (4) distinct classifications of play for players 9 – 18 years old. This format allows players of ALL skill levels to enjoy competing against teams (players) of like ability.

      Major: The Major classification is designed for the most competitive teams. Players on these teams may be recruited from any state.  This is our most talented and highly skilled division, and provides outstanding teams, who take great pride in competing day in and day out against the best competition available.

      Triple-A: The Triple-A classification is designed for those teams which cannot attain qualification at the Major level.  If USSSA finds Triple-A teams consistently winning within their class, USSSA reserves the right to elevate such teams to Major.

      Double-A: The Double-A classification is designed for those teams which cannot attain qualification at the Triple-A level.  If USSSA finds Double-A teams consistently winning within their class, USSSA reserves the right to elevate such teams to Triple-A.

      Single-A: The Single-A classification is designed for those teams which cannot attain qualification at the Double-A level.  If USSSA finds Single-A teams consistently winning within their class, USSSA reserves the right to elevate such teams to Double-A.
      Note:  The 9U & 14U age divisions do not offer a Single-A classification.
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      SCHOLASTIC

      USSSA provides two (2) divisions of High School play based on both grade and age.

      Junior Varsity (JV): The JV division is designed for summer high school programs.  Teams can be comprised of players from no more than two (2) schools and all players must be either rising Freshman and / or Sophomores.

      Varsity: The Varsity division is designed for summer high school programs.  Teams can be comprised of players from no more than two (2) schools and all players must be rising Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and / or Seniors.

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