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