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 2016 season must start the 2017 season in the same classification (or higher) that they finished the 2016 season unless otherwise noted in 2017 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 around the first weekend 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.


AAA Classification

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

Traveling teams

Tryout teams


AA Classification

Lower middle 30% - 45% of the teams in the state. 

Limited travel schedule

Players from same local area.


A Classification

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

School teams

Limited playing schedule

Local tournaments


Drafted League Classification

Teams formed from drafted leagues.

Little League teams


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


Returning teams are required to start the 2017 season at the classification stated below.

Iowa USSSA Baseball does not move teams to a lower classification to start the upcoming season, we only move teams up in classification based on 2016 performance.  If your team struggled in 2016 and would like to request to start the 2017 season at a lower classification, please email and state the reasons to drop a class.



8 Kid Pitch Classification Program (10/22/2014)



9U           10U           11U           12U           13U           14U





9 Major   9 AAA   9 AA    
Ankeny Bruins   Adel Tigers   3PS Shockers    
Barnstormer Big Dawgs   Bearcats   3T's Bats Black    
Cedar Rapids Reds   Bombers   Ankeny Ambush    
Clarinda Junior A's 8u   Central Iowa Redbirds   Ankeny Athletics    
Davenport North Wildcats   CR Cougars Gold 8U   Ballard Baseball Club    
Full Count 8u   DCG Mustangs Baseball   Bulltown 8U    
Iowa Sticks   EMB GOLD Bolibaugh   Cardinals    
Midwest Pride 8u Black   Indianola Storm   Carlisle Wildcats    
Mudd Dawgs 8u   Knoxville Panthers   CCA Clippers    
Rams Black   Lancer Baseball Club 26   CR jr.JHawks 8u white    
Siouxland Stars 8U   Linn Mar Black 8U   Davenport Future Falcons    
  Little Hawks 8U Red   Fairfield Cougars 8U    
  Maquoketa Jr Cards 2015   Full Count 8u Red    
  Marion 8U Red   Golden Knights    
  Midwest Pride 8u Red   Harlan Cyclones    
  Osky Fire   IGNIT    
  Prairie Hawks 8U Black   Iowa Athletics    
  Rams Gold   Jr. J-Hawks    
  Saints Navy   Jr. Warriors 8U    
  Sioux City Futures 8U   LHBC White    
  Tigers Baseball Club 8U Black   Linn Mar Red 8U    
  Trojans Gold   Linn-Mar 8U White    
  Waukee Redbirds   LinnMar Grey    
      Little Hawks 8u White 2016    
      Marion Indians Gold    
      Norwalk Nitro Hans    
      Norwalk Nitro Wilkening    
      Pella Pythons    
      Prairie Hawks Orange    
      Predators Baseball    
      River City Owls    
      Saints 8U White    
      Saints Blue    
      Saints Silver    
      Solon Heaters    
      Tigers Baseball Club 8U Red    
      Urbandale Redbirds    
      Vinton Shellsburg Vikings    
      Waukee Wildcats    
      WDM Rockets    
      WDM Tigers    
      West Des Moines Heat    
      West Liberty 8U    
10 Major   10AAA   10AA   10A
Cedar Rapids Reds   3T's Bats Purple   3T's Bats Black   Bulltown Baseball Black
Des Moines Cubs   ADM Tigers   Albia Demons   Carlisle Hawks
Dubuque Ducks   Ankeny Bandits   Alburnett Pirates   Chaos
Iowa Miners   Barnstormer Bullets   Ankeny Sting   Clipper White
Iowa Sticks Red   Bondurant Power   Ballard Bombers   Cougar Green
Iowa Sticks White 9U   Bulltown Gold   Barnstormer Lightning   DCG Mustangs
Lancer Baseball Club-Scarlet   CCA CLIPPERS 9U BLUE   Benton Bobcats   Durant Gold 9U
Linn Mar Black   Cougar 9U Gold   Bombers   Hampton Hitmen
Little Hawks Red   CR Hurricanes   Boone Bandits JR 9u   Heat 9U
Midwest Pride Black   Crusaders   Burlington Xplosion   IGNIT
Prairie Hawks Black   Davenport North Wildcats 06   Central Iowa Falcons   Knoxville Panthers
QUAD CITY HEAT (BLACK)   Flying Squirrels   central youth devils   Legends 9U A
WDM Jethros   Full Count Red 9u   Clarinda Junior A's 9u   Lightning
  Indianola Storm   Clear Lake Lakers   Linn-Mar Lions
  Iowa Longhorns   Comets   Mustangs 2025
  Irish Nightmares   CR Washington Warriors Red   Norwalk Rampage
  Little Hawks White   Crusaders   Prairie Hawks Orange 9U
  Magic   Dubuque Hawks   Prairie White 9U
  Marion Indians   Ducks   Raiders
  Mudd Dawgs   EMB GOLD Pins   Rams White
  Norwalk Warriors   Fairfield Cougars   Renegades 9U
  Pella Thunder   FDBA Legends 9U Navy   Saints 9U Navy
  Quad City Heat 9U Red   Grinnell Tigers 9U   Solon Spartans
  Rams Black   Iowa Metro Knights   South Central Scorpions
  Rams Gold   Johnston Rampage   Webster City Grizzlies
  River City Owls 9's   LBC Silver   West Des Moines Tigerhawks
  Saints Silver   Linn Mar Red 9U    
  Solon Krush   Linn-Mar Gray    
  Tigers Baseball Club 9U Black   Lisbon Lazers    
  Townhouse Huskies   Little Hawks 9u    
  Trojan Gold   Maquoketa Cardinals    
  Waukee Wolves   Martelle Tigers    
      Midwest Pride 9u White    
      Musactine Tribe    
      Muscatine Cardinals    
      North Liberty Tigers Red    
      North Polk Warriors    
      Northwest Iowa Badgers    
      Norwalk Thunder    
      Ottumwa Titans    
      Regina Boys Baseball 2025    
      Siouxland Stars 9U    
      South Tama Black    
      Tipton Thunder    
      Urbandale Knights 9U    
      washington Demons    
      Waukee Lightning    
      Waukee Sliders    
      West Liberty 9U    
      West Marshall Rockets 9U    
      Wilton Beavers    
11 Major   11AAA   11AA   11A
Ankeny Dragons   Ankeny Blackhawks   ADM Tigers   Ankeny Aces
Cedar Rapids Reds   Ankeny Thunder   Alpha Dogs   Ball Busters
Clinton Dirt Dogs   Baker Baseball   Ankeny Wildcats   Bondurant
DCG Mustangs   Barnstormer Bombers   Ballard Bombers   Burlington Vipers
Des Moines Cubs 10U   Barnstormer Outlaws 10U   Benton Blue Sox   Cedar River Bandits
Iowa Outlaws   Boone Bandits   Bulltown   Clear Lake Rockets
Iowa Sticks 10u   Carroll Knights   Carlisle Wildcats   CR Warriors Red
Little Hawks 10U   Clarinda Jr A's   CCA CLIPPERS-BLUE   Davenport Wildcats 10U
Prairie Hawks Black   Cobras   Central Lee 10U   DCG Mustangs Red
QC Heat 10U Black   CPU Storm 10U   Central Youth Blue Devils   Eagles
Sioux City Futures 10U   CR Eagles   Clinton Chaos 10U   EMB GOLD Stumpf
Townhouse Huskies   Eastern Iowa Cardinals   COMETS   Indianola Braves
Waukee Lightning   EMB GOLD Kirman   Davenport Little Hawks   Johnston Slam
  Full Count Elite   Davenport Rage   jr cougar 10u green
  G. Mig's Ballers   DCG Mustangs Black   Jr J-Hawks 10white
  Heat 10u BBC (red)   Durant Gold 10U   Jr JHawks White
  Indianola Storm   Eastern IA Vipers Baseball Club 10U   Linn Mar Lions
  Iowa Mustangs   Fairfield Cougars 10U   Linn Mar White 10U
  Iowa Sticks 10u White   Fort Dodge Legends   Linn-Mar Pride
  Johnston Force   Glenwood Rams 10U Gold   Marshalltown Bobcats
  Jr Cougar Gold   Grand Slam Slammers   Mount Pleasant Panthers
  Jr J-Hawks Blue   Grinnell Tigers 10U   Mustangs
  Liberty Eagles   Harlan Cyclones 10u   North Linn Lynx
  Linn Mar Black   Heat Baseball Club 10u   North Scott 10U Silver
  Midwest Pride 10u Red   IGNIT   Norwalk Twin Rivers 10U
  Monticello Panthers 10U   Iowa Sticks Black 10U   Peak Performance Elite Black
  Mudd Dawgs   Knights Youth Baseball Black   QC heat 10u AA
  MVP Golden Spikes Navy   Knuckleheads   Riders
  Naturals   Linn Mar Red 10U   Rockets
  North Scott Lancers- Scarlet   Linn Mar Silver   Saints Blue
  Rams Black   Marion Indians 10U   Saints White
  Riverdawgs   Midwest Pride 10u White   Solon Bomb Squad
  Sabers   Midwest Redhawks   Spears
  Saints Silver   Muscatine Cardinals   Stingers
  SIOUXLAND STARS   MVP Golden Spikes White   The Sandlot
  South Tama Black   Oskaloosa Avalanche   Tigers Baseball Club Red 10U
  Southeast Iowa Wolfpack   PC Comets   Tipton Titans 10U 2024
  Synergy Baseball   Power   Titans Baseball
  Team J2K   Prairie Hawks Orange   Waterloo Jr Wahawks
  Tigers Black   QC Storm   Waukee Panthers
  Trojan Gold 10U   Quad City Heat Red   Waukee Rebels
  WDM Mudcats   Rams Gold   Westside Renegades
  WDM Saints   Redbirds    
  Xplosion   Regal Baseball Club 10U    
      River City Owls    
      Saints Navy    
      Solon Spartans    
      Spartans 10U    
      SW Iowa Shockers    
      The Yard Outlaws 10U    
      Treynor Redbirds    
      Trojan Green 10U    
      Urbandale J-Hawks    
      Urbandale Knights 10U    
      Vinton Shellsburg Vikings    
      Waukee Thunder    
      Western Dubuque MudDogs    
      Williamsburg Raiders    
      Wilton 10U Beavers    
      Yard Dawgz    
12 Major   12AAA   12AA   12A
Burlington Xplosion   ADM Tigers   3T's Bats Black   Alburnett Pirates 11U AA
Cedar Rapids Reds   Ankeny Hawks   3T's Bats Gray   BBX Cubs 11u
Central Iowa Titans   Barnstormer Stix   ALL BLACKS   Benton BlueCats
Des Moines Cubs 11U   BBX Cubs   Ankeny Outlaw's   Bombers
EMB GOLD Munson   Benton Jr. Bobcats   Ballard   Broncos
Iowa Rays   Bulltown Baseball Gold   Barnstormer Blitz   Bulltown Black
Iowa Sticks   C.B. Spartans   Belle Plaine Youth Baseball   Burlington Vipers
Johnston Beasts   Carlisle Wildcats   Blackhawks   Cedar Rapids Fire
Johnston Sun Devils (11U)   Clinton Storm   Bobcats   Charles City Comets
Linn Mar Black 11U   Comets   Burlington Mudd Dawgs 11u Black   Clear Lake Bandits
Quad City Heat 11U   Cougars 11U Gold   Capital City Crush   Cougars 11U White
Rams Black   Crimson Tide   CB Titans 11u   CPU-Goebel
Siouxland Stars (11 u)   Davenport Little Hawks   CCA Clippers   CR Black Hawks
Trojan Gold   Diamond Kings   Davenport Rage 11U   Crazers
Urbandale J-Hawks   Dubuque Tigers 11U   Decorah Vikings   Cresco Rippers
  EMB GOLD Fitzgerald   Des Moines Dragons   D.C. Diamondbacks
  Fairfield Cougars 11U   Dubuque County Nationals   Durant Gold 11U
  Full Count 11U   Eagles   EMB GOLD Besler
  Grand Slam Royals   FDM Vipers   Fort Dodge Legends Blue
  Heat Black 11U   Fort Dodge Legends White 11U   Fort Madison 11U
  Indianola Storm   Glenwood   Huskies
  Iowa Longhorns   Hurricanes   IGNIT
  Iowa Sharks   Indianola Wolfpack   Indians
  Jr. J-Hawks Blue   Jr Cougars   Iowa Vipers
  Lancer Baseball Club - Scarlet   Knoxville Panthers   Iowa Yardbirds
  Little Hawks 11u Red   Lancer Baseball Club Silver   Johnston Raptors
  Maquoketa Jr Cardinals 2004   Linn Mar Gray   jr Warriors Blue 11u
  Mudd Dawgs Purple   Linn Mar Lions Red   Jr. J-Hawks 11U White
  Northside Warriors   Marion Indians   Knights Youth BaseBall White
  Norwalk Thunder   Mid Iowa Rampage   Lazers
  Norwalk Xtreme   Midwest Pride 11u Red   Linn-Mar Lions 11U
  Osky Ice   Midwest Pride 11u White   Little Hawks 11U White
  Ottumwa Bulldogs   Mohawks   Marengo Tigers
  Pella Titans   Mt. Pleasant Panthers   Monticello Panthers
  QC Storm   Mud Dogs   mount vernon mustangs
  Saints Silver   Muscatine Cardinals   O-Town Heat
  Sioux City Futures 11U   Muscatine Tribe   Prairie Hawks 11U Black
  Southern Iowa River Bandits   Mustangs BB 2023   Regina 11U
  Tigers Baseball Club 11u Black   MV Muddogs   Renegades
  Waukee Wildcats   NSM BraveHawks   River City Owls
  Westside Thunder   PCM Knights   River City Thunder
  Williamsburg Raiders   PRAIRIE HAWKS - 11U   S.E.I. Rebels
      QC Cannons - Cook   Saints Navy
      QC Dirt Dogs   Southside Reds
      Quad City Heat Red   Thunder
      Rams Gold   Tigers Baseball Club 11U White
      Red Rock Rebels   Trojans White
      Red Storm   Urbandale Raptors
      Red Wolves   Vinton Shellsburg Vikings
      Solon Spartans   Voltage
      South Des Moines Irish   Warrior Red
      Tigers Red 11U   Washington Demons
      tri county bomberz   Waukee Cougars
      Trojan Green   Waukee Tornados
      Waterloo Jr Whawks   WDM Panthers
      Waukee Stars   WDM Wild
      WDM Heat   West Liberty 11U
          West Marshall 11U Trojans
13 Major   13AAA   13AA   13A
Barnstormer Aces   3T's Bats Purple   Aces   3T's Bats Black
Burlington Xplosion   AMA Outlaws   ADM Tigers   Alburnett
CR Reds   Ankeny Heat   Anamosa raiders   Ankeny Bulldogs
Davenport Little Hawks   Ankeny Impact   Ankeny Fusion   Bettendorf Sluggers
Des Moines Cubs   Ankeny SkyHawks   ATK Attack   Bombers
Diamond Dawgs   Appanoose Co. Aces   Benton BlueSox   Bulltown Baseball
Dubuque Stix   Baker Baseball   Blue Demons 12U   Burlington Vipers 12U
Full Count 12u Red   Ballard 12U   Bombers Baseball   CB Spartans
Grand Slam Vipers   Barnstormer Bolts   Bondurant Blue Jays   Cedar Falls Spikes
Iowa Crew   Bucks Baseball   CCA Clippers Blue   Central Iowa Wildcats
Iowa Sticks Red   Clarinda Junior A's   Clarinda JA's   central youth devils
Midwest Pride 12u (Elite)   Corridor Diamond Dreams   CLINTON CHAOS   Clear Lake Bombers
Mudd Dawgs 12u Black   Davenport Rebels   CPU Storm   Clutch
Quad City Hitmen Elite   Dubuque Bulldogs 12U   CR Hurricane Green   Comets
Rams Black   Estherville Midgets   Davenport RAGE   Cr Jr Warriors Blue
Redhawks   Fort Dodge Legends   Dbq Hornets   Cr Jr Warriors Red
Sioux City Futures 12U (Orange)   Grand Slam Scorpions   Des Moines Hawks   Des Moines Fusion
Urbandale J-Hawks   Heat 12u Red   Dubuque EMB Boom   DM Shamrocks
  HEAT 12U WHITE   Durant Gold 12U   EMB GOLD Edmonds
  Husky Dogs   Eastern Iowa Cardinals   FD Legends Blue
  Iowa Timber Rattlers   Eastern Iowa Vipers   Garner Cardinals
  Iowa Warriors 12u   EMB GOLD Sear   Glenwood 12U
  Jr. J-Hawks Blue   Ft. Madison Hounds   Greene County Rams
  Lancer Baseball Club - 12U   Go-Hawks   Iowa Dirtbags
  Linn Mar Red   Grand Slam Mustangs   Iowa Vandals
  Linn-Mar Black   Grinnell Tigers   Johnston Thunder
  Little Hawks Red 12U   Hampton Dumont Bulldogs   Johnston Tigers
  Midwest Pride 12u Red   Hurricane Orange   Jr J-Hawks White
  Mudd Dawgs Purple   IGNIT   Keokuk Chiefs
  Mustangs Baseball 2022   Indianola Braves   Knights Youth Baseball
  MVP Golden Spikes   Indianola Braves Purple   LHBC White 12U
  Newton Cobras   Interstate Roadrunners   Linn Mar Silver
  Oskaloosa Heat   Iowa City Mavericks   Linn-Mar Gray
  Ottumwa Bulldogs   Iowa Sticks   LS Hawks
  Outlaws   Johnston Knights   Marion Gold
  Prairie Black   Linn Mar Lions   Metros
  Quad City Heat 12u   Marion Indians Red   Middle River Blue Devils
  Quad City Hitmen Premier   Marshall County Tigers   MOC/Floyd Valley Dutchmen
  Rampage   Marshalltown Bobcats   MV Mustangs 12u
  Sioux City Futures 12U (Navy)   Muscatine Cardinals   Naturals
  Townhouse Huskies Orange   Muscatine Tribe   Nora Springs
  WD Mud Dogs   Nevada Cubs   Sabers
      Nighthawks   Saints Blue
      NS Lancers 12U   Sioux City Futures 12U (Gray)
      Pella Crush   Sticks Black
      Prairie Hawks Orange   Tigers baseball club 12u red
      Renegades (Yeggy)   Tipton 2022 Baseball
      Renegades 12U   Townhouse Huskies
      Riders   waukee panthers
      River City Destroyers   WDM Wolves
      River City Owls   Webster County Phantoms
      River'sEDGE   Wildcats
      Saints Navy    
      Saints Silver    
      Sioux City Futures 12U (White)    
      Solon Shockers    
      Solon Spartans    
      South Tama baseball Club    
      Tigers Baseball Club 12u Black    
      Trojan Gold    
      Urbandale Redbirds (J-Hawks)    
      Washington Blast    
      Waterloo Jr Wahawks    
      Waukee Wildcats    
      WDM Knights    
      West Delaware Hawks    
      Wilton Beavers    
      Wilton Beavers Blue    
      Yard Dawgz    
14 Major   14AAA   14AA   14A
Ankeny Warhawks   3T's Bats Purple   3T's Bats Black   Ames Black Sox
Barnstormer Blazers   Ankeny Sox   Albia Blue Demons   Ankeny Hornets
Cedar Falls Tigers   Asbury Expos   Ankeny Slammers   Atlantic Trojans
EMB GOLD Smolinski   Black Sox   ARSENAL Baseball   Benton Blue Sox
Iowa Capitals   Bulltown Baseball   A's Baseball   Carroll Knights
Iowa Oaks   CB Spartans 13   Baker Baseball   CCA 13u Blue
Iowa Scouts   Cedar Rapids Reds   Barnstormer Crush   Cedar Rapids Bandits
Iowa sticks 13u Red   Central Iowa Stars   Bettendorf River Dogs   CLINTON CHAOS
Ottumwa Heat   Clear Lake Bombers 2021   Blaze Baseball   Corridor Cobras
Prairie Hawks 13u Black   COMETS   Bombers   CPU Storm Black
Quad City Hitmen Elite   Corridor Legends   Bucks Baseball   DM Bulldogs
Royals   Diamond Kings   Burlington Vipers   Elite
Urbandale J-Hawks   Dodgers   Carlisle Wildcats   Fairfield Cougars 13U
YarDawgs   Dubuque County Express   Carroll Crush   Force
  Dubuque Marlins   Carroll Saints   IGNIT
  Heat Baseball Club 13u   Cedar Valley Black Haawks   Indianola Braves
  IC Trojans Gold   Central Iowa Bats   Iowa City Steal
  Iowa Clutch   Corridor Clippers 13U   Jr Jhawks
  Iowa Sticks 13U White   CPU Storm   Lake Mills Bulldogs 13U
  Iowa Warriors   CR Cougars Gold 13U   Linn-Mar Red
  Johnston Aces   Davenport Future Falcons   Marion Indians
  Johnston Magic   DC-G Mustangs   North Scott Nitro
  Marshalltown Bobcats 13U   Decorah Vikings   Panthers
  Mason City Dirt Dogs   DeWitt Diamondbacks   Prairie White
  Midwest Rampage   Dyersville Bulls   Rams Gold
  Muscatine Cardinals 13u   Eagles 13U   Rebels Baseball
  MV Thunder   Full Count 13U   Robins RBI Baseball
  MVP Golden Spikes   Grand Slam Wolfpack   Runnin' Raiders
  Ottumwa Red Storm   Indianola Storm   Saints Navy
  QC HEAT   Indianola Vipers   Sidewinders
  Quad City Bombers   Iowa Bruins   Spears
  Quad City Hurricanes   Iowa Diamondbacks   Urbandale Vipers
  Rams Black   Iowa Dirtbags   Vinton Shellsburg Vikings
  Saints Silver   Iowa Reds   Warriors 13u Blue
  Sharks   Johnston Crush   Waverly-Shell Rock
  Sioux City Thunder   Jr Cardinals   WD Hawks
  South Tama Black   JR Warriors Red   WDM Gators
  SPW Black   Knights Youth Baseball Red   West Des Moines Tigers
  Top Gun Baseball   Lancer Baseball Club   Winterset Heat
  Warren County Warriors   Le Mars Bulldogs   Wolvetines
  Waterloo Jr Wahawks 13U   Legends   ZZDMBULLDOGS
  Waukee Spikes   Linn Mar Lions 2021    
      Linn-Mar Black    
      Lisbon Lazers    
      Little Hawk 13U    
      Manchester Hawks    
      Mid-Iowa Thunder    
      Midwest Heat    
      Mt. Pleasant Panthers    
      Mudd Dawgs 13u    
      Muscatine Tribe    
      Mustangs Black    
      North Central Iowa Razorbacks    
      NW Iowa Stixx    
      Oskaloosa Stealth    
      Pay Dirt Baseball    
      Prairie Hawks Orange    
      Regal Gold