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Team Reclassifications

The entire foundation of reclassification is the honor system; meaning teams are expected to follow their assigned starting classification with minimal oversight. However, a small percentage of teams will try to manipulate the rules by changing their team name or manager name, adding players beyond the scope of the rules or just be unethical.  It takes a cooperative effort by the State Office and ALL teams to supervise classifications / reclassifications.  If you see a team on USSSA.com that’s classification doesn’t match this report, or has pulled the team name / team manager switch-a-roo, or  is not following the “spirit of the rules”, email the State Office.  Together, we all can make a positive impact in the development of all participants.

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Trophy Hunting and Sandbagging shall not be tolerated in USSSA Baseball.  Prevention of both acts is a TOP PRIORITY!  It is the responsibility of EVERY team to monitor all other teams in their classification and report any possible violators to the State Office.  Emails may be sent anonymously to ga.baseball@usssa.com.  The State Office NEVER shares anonymous email information with anyone outside staff.

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Classification Basics

One of the many responsibilities of the State Office is the enforcement of USSSA Rules with regards to classification and reclassification of teams (i.e.; leveling the playing field) and annually this remains our most difficult task.  Additionally, year after year, the single largest misconception still persists that teams choose their classification.  To facilitate the continued success of the USSSA multi-tiered classification system, teams must play at their “Performance Level”, not their “Convenience Level”.  A team’s classification IS NOT determined by the team manager, or by the team’s geographical location or community size, or by what World Series the team wants to attend.  Simply stated, a team’s STARTING classification is determined by the team’s ability and performance on the field within a classification the previous season with allowances for roster composition changes.

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NEW FOR 2017:
USSSA Rule 3.01.E "Drop Down Player":
Rule 3.01.E has been removed and replaced with the much favorable previous rules used.  After four years of monitoring the drop down player situation, it has been determined that Rule 3.01.E placed an excessive burden on teams and in some instances, made players ineligible for a local team or a team all the players classmates played on.  Reverting back to the previous rules allows the State Office to adjudge these situations on a case by case basis taking into account all the particular facts of the given situation.
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Reclassification Report
The Reclassification Report is formatted from the 2016 season age divisions and classifications.  To research a specific team, look for the team’s 2016 age division, classification and team name.

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Only teams that have been reclassified UP or DOWN are listed in this report.  Teams NOT LISTED are assigned a lateral move in the same classification to the next older age division.

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To view and / or download the 2017 Reclassification Report, click here.