Iowa team classifications are based on Iowa USSSA Baseball program and not nationally.
Iowa team classifications are based on power ratings, tournament results and by overall team performance on the field.
Any team that is reforming from the 2019 season must start the 2020 season in the same classification (or higher) that they finished the 2019 season unless otherwise noted in 2020 team year start classifications.
For purpose of classifications, if six (6) or more players from a 2019 team are on a 2020 team, they are considered the same team regardless of the TEAM NAME, MANAGER, COACHING STAFF or SPONSOR.
The State Office will make final classification adjustments around the 1st of June each season. This should give teams ample time to prepare for State and World Series plans. Please note that teams may be reclassified at any time by the Iowa USSSA Baseball State Office or by the National Baseball Committee.
Top 5% - 10% of the teams in the state.
Best teams in the state
Can Compete with Major teams in region.
Lower middle 30% - 45% of the teams in the state.
Limited travel schedule
Players from same local area.
Drafted League Classification
Teams formed from drafted leagues.
Little League teams
Upper middle 20% - 35% of the teams in the state.
Remaining 10% - 20% of the teams in the state.
Limited playing schedule
Undoubtedly, not everyone will agree with classifications. Any team wishing to appeal a reclassification may do so after playing a minimum of six to eight USSSA tournament games after January 1, 2020 against teams in their new classification. Once the results for these games have been posted to the USSSA system, a review will be completed to determine if the team is competitive at the new level.
The term "competitive" is and always will be subjective. A team that plays a little below or above .500 in any classification is competitive. A team that loses every game by one run is also competitive.
Do your part to help the accountability of the USSSA system. View the rosters of the teams in your age division before you play them to make sure that they are compliant with roster rules. Tournament Directors are also being told this is a requirement of them hosting USSSA events now. The class system of play works if you are part of the accountability mechanism. USSSA is the only organization in the country that can make class play work as it should and monitor it.
2020 Year Start Classifications
7CP & 8KP Classification
Iowa USSSA Baseball is committed to providing a program for teams to play opponents with the same ability and talent.
7U Coach Pitch and 8U Kid Pitch classifications will be determined during the 2020 season.
We cannot guess on classifications to start the 2020 season because we have no data from the previous season to base classifications on.
USSSA uses a very complicated and very accurate formula on ranking of teams. This is called USSSA Power Rating. Power Rating is basically based on how your team does against teams in the same classification of play.
Iowa USSSA Baseball will classify every 8 Kid Pitch team to start the season as 8KP AAA and every 7U Coach Pitch team as 7CPAAA. Weekend tournaments up through the State Tournament for 7CP and 8KP are "open" classifications and do not separate classifications of play. If a tournament director has enough 7CP or 8KP teams, most likely, the tournament format will consist of all team play pool play and then break into different single elimination championships.
The State Tournament will be divided into separate stand alone tournaments for the 7CP and 8KP age groups. Teams will be placed in these tournaments by using the power rankings and each tournament will have the same ability and talent of teams. Each separate tournament will award a USSSA State Champion.
Good luck this season and thanks for playing USSSA Baseball