Team Classifications

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 2018 season must start the 2017 season in the same classification (or higher) that they finished the 2015 season unless otherwise noted in 2016 team classification.

For purpose of classifications, if six (6) or more players from a 2016 team are on a 2017 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 by the 1st of June of 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.

Major Classification
Top 5% - 10% of the teams in the state. 

Best teams in the state

Can Compete with Major teams in region.

AA Classification

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

AAA Classification

Upper middle 20% - 35% of the teams in the state. 

Traveling teams

Tryout teams

A Classification

Remaining 10% - 20% of the teams in the state.

School teams

Limited playing schedule

Local tournaments

Undoubtedly, not everyone will agree with classifications.  Any team wishing to appeal a reclassification may do so after playing a minimum of eight USSSA tournament games after January 1, 2017 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. 

2017 Year Start Classifications

9 & Under Classification

10 & Under Classification

11 & Under Classification

12 & Under Classification

13 & Under Classification

14 & Under Classification

8 & Under Classification

Iowa USSSA Baseball is committed to providing a program for teams to play opponents with the same ability and talent. 

8 Kid Pitch classifications will be determined during the 2017 season. 

We cannot guess on classifications to start the 2017 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.  Weekend tournaments up through the State Tournament for 8 Kid Pitch are "open" classifications and do not separate classifications of play.  If a tournament director has enough 8 Kid Pitch teams, most likely, the tournament format will consist of all team play pool play and then break into different single elimination championships. 

All 8 Kid Pitch teams will play the same weekend of the State Tournament.  The 8 Kid Pitch State Tournament will be divided into 3 separate tournaments.  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




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