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 2015 season must start the 2016 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 2015 team are on a 2016 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.


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, 2016 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. 



2016 Year Start Classifications


Returning teams are required to start the 2016 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 2015 performance.  If your team struggled in 2015 and would like to request to start the 2016 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    
Barnstormer Bullets   3T's Bats Black   Benton Bobcats    
Bulltown Gold   3T's Bats Purple   Bondurant Power    
Cedar Rapids Reds 8U   Ankeny Bandits   Bulltown Baseball Black    
Des Moines Cubs 8U   Carlisle Hawks   CCA Clippers    
Dubuque Tigers Elite Baseball   Central Iowa Falcons   Davenport Future Falcons    
Indianola Storm   Cougar 8U Gold   D-Backs    
Iowa Sticks 8U   CR Hurricanes   Des Moines Irish    
Little Hawks Red   Crusaders   Dubuque GOLD Munson    
Magic   Full Count 8u   FDBA Legends 8U    
Marion 8u Red   Grinnell Tigers 8U   Iowa Metro Knights    
Mid West Pride Black   Ignit Green   Iowa Storm    
Mudd Dawgs   Iowa Mustangs   Knights    
Prairie Hawks Black 8u   Irish Nightmares   Linn Mar Black    
Quad City HEAT (Black)   Johnston Rampage   Linn Mar Red    
Rams Black   Little Hawks White   Linn-Mar Gray    
Sioux City Futures 8U   Norwalk Nitro   Linn-Mar Maroon    
    Ottumwa Flying Squirrels   Marion 8u Gold    
    Rams Gold   North Liberty Tigers 8U Red    
    Saints 8U Silver   Northwest Iowa Badgers    
    Tigers   Norwalk Thunder    
    Tigers Baseball Club 8U Black   Orange Prairie Hawks    
    Trojan 8u Gold   Osky Lightning    
    West Des Moines Jethros   Pella Thunder    
    West Liberty Baseball 8U   Pirates    
        Quad City Heat Red    
        Raccoon Valley Bandits    
        River City Owls    
        Siouxland Stars 8U    
        Solon Krush    
        South Tama Baseball Club    
        South Tama Black    
        Waukee Lightning    
        Waukee Wolves    
10 Major   10 AAA   10 AA   10 A
Ankeny Blackhawks   Barnstormer Bombers   ADM Tigers   Ballard Bombers
Cedar Rapids Eagles   Boone Bandits   Ankeny Fury   Bondurant BlueJays
Cedar Rapids Reds 9U   Burlington Mudd Dawgs   Ankeny Thunder   Bulltown
Full Count 9u   Carroll Knights   Ankeny Wildcats   Burlington Vipers
Iowa Mustangs   Central Iowa Lightning   Baker Baseball   Central Iowa Crush
Iowa Outlaws   Clinton County Dirt Dogs   Barnstormer Outlaws 9U   Clear Lake Rockets
Iowa Sticks 9U   Cobras   Beaverdale Sliders   Cougar Green
Little Hawks   COMETS   Benton Blue Sox   DCG Mustangs Black
Quad City Heat 9U Black   DCG Mustangs   Carlisle Wildcats   IGNIT
Sioux City Futures 9U   Dragons   CCA Clipper-Blue   Iowa City Braves
Townhouse Huskies   Dubuque GOLD Kirman   Cedar River Bandits   Johnston Little Dragons
Waukee Lightning   Grand Slam Slammers   Clarinda JR. A's 9u   Johnston Slam
    Heat Baseball Club   CPU Storm 9U   Jr. Warriors 9U
    Indianola Storm 9U   Eastern Iowa Cardinals   Linn Mar Lions
    Iowa Sticks 9U White   Fairfield Cougars 9U   Linn Mar Silver
    Johnston Force   Fort Dodge Legends   Linn-Mar Pride 9U
    Jr Cougar Gold   HARLAN CYCLONES   Muscatine Cardinals
    Jr J-Hawks   Knights Youth Baseball black   Oskaloosa Avalanche
    Liberty Eagles   Knuckleheads   Redbirds
    Linn Mar Black   Linn Mar Red 9U   Regal Baseball Club 9U
    Mid West Pride Red   Linn Mar White 9U   Siouxland Stars 9u
    Monticello 9U   Little Hawks   Solon Sluggers
    MVP Golden Spikes   Marion Indians 9U Gold   Stingers
    Naturals   Marion Indians Red   Titans
    North Scott Lancers-Scarlet   Mid West Pride White   Trojans Green
    Prairie Black   Power   Western Dubuque Mud Dogs
    Rams Black   Prairie Hawks Orange    
    River City Owls   Quad City Heat 9U Red    
    Riverdawgs   Quad City Hitmen Premier    
    Saints 9U Silver   Rams Gold    
    Southeast Iowa Wolfpack   Riders    
    Team J2K   Saints Navy    
    Trojan Gold   Solon Spartans    
    Waukee Thunder   South Tama baseball Club    
    WDM Saints   Spartans 9U    
        SW Iowa Shockers    
        Synergy Baseball    
        Tigers Baseball Club (Black)    
        Tigers Baseball Club 9U Red    
        Urbandale J-hawks    
        Urbandale Knights    
        Vinton Shellsburg Vikings    
        Waukee Rebels    
        WDM Mudcats    
        Wilton 9U Blue    
        WSR Go Hawks    
        Xplosion Blue    
11 Major   11 AAA   11 AA   11 A
3D Express   ADM Tigers   Alburnett Pirates   PANTHERS OF WDM
Ankeny Hawks   Ankeny Crimson Tide   All Blacks   3T's Bats Black
Burlington Xplosion   Barnstormer Stix   Blackhawks   Ballard Bombers
Cedar Rapids Reds   Benton Jr. Bobcats   BUCKS Baseball   Belle Plaine Youth Baseball
Des Moines Cubs 10U   Carlisle Wildcats   Bulltown Baseball Gold   Benton Blue Cats
Dubuque GOLD Stanton   CCA Clippers Blue   Burlington Mudd Dawgs Black   Bulltown Baseball Black
Dubuque Tigers 10U   Clinton Storm   C.B. Spartans   Clippers White
Iowa Rays   Comets   Capital City Crush   Cougars
Iowa Sticks   Cougars 10U Gold   CR Black Hawks   CPU-Goebel
Johnston Sun Devils (10U)   Davenport Little Hawks   Davenport Rage   Dubuque GOLD Bolibaugh
Quad City Heat   Diamond Kings   Des Moines Dragons   Grand Slam Cardinals
Siouxland Stars   Dubuque GOLD Munson   DSM Irish   Grinnell Tigers 10U
Urbandale J-Hawks   Heat Black   Dubuque County Nationals   Huskies
    Indianola Storm   Fairfield Cougars 10U   IGNIT
    Iowa Mustangs   Fort Dodge Legends   Johnston Raptors
    Iowa Sharks   Fort Madison 10U Hounds   Jr. J-Hawks 10U White
    Johnston Beasts   Glenwood   Junior Warriors
    Jr. J-Hawks Blue   Grandview East   Knights Youth Baseball white
    Lancer Baseball Club - Scarlet   Indianola Wolfpack   Knoxville Panthers
    Linn Mar Black 10u   Iowa Longhorns   LBC Robertson
    Mid Iowa Storm   Linn Mar Red   Linn Mar Gray
    Mid-Iowa Rampage   Little Hawks Red   Linn Mar Lions 10U
    Mudd Dawgs Purple   Maquoketa Jr Cardinals 2004   Linn Mar Whitesox
    Northside Warriors   Marion Indians   Little Hawks 10U White
    Norwalk Thunder   Marshalltown Bobcats   Mid Iowa Bombers
    Ottumwa Bulldogs   Mid West Pride White   Mt. Vernon Mustangs
    Pella Titans   Mohawks   Mud Dogs
    Rams Black   Mt. Pleasant Panthers   Muscatine Cardinals 10U
    Southern Iowa River Bandits   MV Muddogs   Mustangs BB 2023
    Tigers Baseball Club 10u Black   NSM BraveHawks   Norwalk Panthers
    Trojan Gold   Oskaloosa Thunder   Ottumwa Heat
    Waukee Stars   Prairie Hawks (Pride)   Prairie 10U Black
    Waukee Wildcats   QC Cannons-Blue   Quad City Heat Red 10U
    WDM Heat   QC Dirt Dogs   Regal 10U
        QC Storm   Saints Navy
        Raiders   Sigourney SWAT
        Rams Gold   Snipers
        Red Rock Rebels   South Tama Baseball Club
        Red Storm   Southside Reds
        Red Wolves   Urbandale Raptors
        Saints Silver   Vinton Shellsburg Vikings
        Sioux City Futures 10U   Vipers
        Solon Spartans   Waterloo Jr. Wahawks
        South Tama Baseball Club Silver   Waukee Tornados
        Tigers Baseball Club Red   WDM Bandits
        Trojan Green   WDM Wild
        UEYA Eagles   West Liberty Baseball 10U
        Westside Thunder    
12 Major   12 AAA   12 AA   12 A
Barnstormer Aces   Ankeny Heat   3T's Bats Black   2022 Tigers
CR Reds   Ankeny Impact   Aces   ADM Tiger1
Davenport Little Hawks   Ankeny SkyHawks   Ankeny Fusion   ADM Tigers
Des Moines Cubs 11U   Appanoose Co. Aces   Baker Baseball   Altoona Bombers
Dubuque Bulldogs 11U   Atlantic 22's   Ballard 11U   Anamosa Raiders 11U
Grand Slam Vipers   Boom Baseball   Barnstormer Bolts   ATK Attack
Iowa Sticks Red   BUCKS Baseball   Beaverdale Sliders   Bettendorf Bulldogs
Iowa Warriors 11u   Burlington Xplosion   Benton Blue Sox 11u   Black Widows
Lancer Baseball Club   Clarinda Junior A's   Bombers Baseball   Bulltown Baseball
Mid West Pride(ELITE)   Corridor Diamond Dreams   Bondurant Blue Jays   Burlington Vipers
MVP Golden Spikes   Davenport Rebels   Burlington Mudd Dawgs Purple   Central Iowa Wildcats
Quad City Hitmen Elite   Diamond Dawgs   Central Iowa Sliders   Chiefs
Rams Black   Dubuque Stix   CJB CHAOS 11U   Clippers
Redhawks   Eastern Iowa Cardinals   Clarinda JA's   Comets
Sioux City Futures 11U (Orange)   Fort Dodge Legends   Clear Lake Lions   Cr Jr Warriors Red
    Full Count   CPU Storm   Des Moines Fusion
    Heat 11u White   CR Hurricane Green   DM Shamrocks
    Heat Baseball Club   Des Moines Hawks   Dynamite Sports Club
    Husky Dogs   Dubuque EMB BOOM   Eastern Iowa Vipers
    Iowa Crew   Dubuque GOLD Sear   FD Legend Blue
    Iowa Mustangs   Durant Gold 11U   Go-Hawk Grit
    Iowa Timber Rattlers   Dyersville D-Backs   Grand Mound Athletics
    Jr. J-Hawks   Estherville Midgets   Greene County Rams
    Linn Mar Red   Ft. Madison Hounds   IGNIT
    linn-mar black   Glenwood 11U   Indians
    Little Hawks Red 11U   Grinnell Tigers   Johnston Tigers
    Marion Indians Red   Hampton-Dumont Bulldogs   Jr. J-Hawks White
    Mudd Dawgs Black   Hurricane Orange   Knights Youth Baseball
    Mustangs Baseball 2022   Indianola Braves   LHBC White
    Oskaloosa Heat   Indianola Braves Purple   Linn Mar White
    Ottumwa Bulldogs   Interstate Roadrunners   Linn-Mar Gray
    Pella Crush   Iowa Sticks White   LS Hawks
    Prairie Hawks Black   Johnston Knights   Marengo Tigers
    Quad City Hitmen Premier   Linn Mar Lions 11u   Marion Indians Gold
    RAGE   Marshall County Tigers   Middle River Blue Devils
    Rampage   Marshalltown Bobcats   Muscatine Tribe - MBA
    Sioux City Futures 11U (Navy)   Mavericks   MV Mustangs
    Urbandale J-Hawks   Mid West Pride Red   Naturals
        Muscatine Cardinals   North Story Stars
        Newton Cobras   Panthers
        Nighthawks   Prairie Hawks White
        NS Lancers 11U   Regal 22
        Prairie Hawks Orange   Renegades (Yeggy)
        QC HEAT 11yr old   Riverside Renegades
        Riders   S. E. I. Rebels
        River City Destroyers   Sabers
        River City Owls   Saints Blue
        River'sEDGE 11U   Tigers Baseball Club 11U Red
        Saints Navy   WDM Wolves
        Saints Silver   Webster Co Phantoms
        Sioux City Futures 11U (White)    
        Solon Shockers    
        Solon Spartans    
        Tigers Baseball Club 11u Black    
        Townhouse Huskies    
        Trojan Gold    
        Urbandale Redbirds    
        War Cats    
        Washington Blast    
        Waterloo Jr. Wahawks    
        Waukee Wildcats    
        WD MUD DOGS    
        WDM Knights    
        Wildcats 11u    
        Wilton Beaver - Blue    
        Wilton Beavers    
13 Major   13 AAA   13 AA   13 A
Ankeny Warhawks   All Blacks   3T's Bats Black   Ames Black Sox
Cedar Falls Tigers   Ankeny Sharks   Alburnett Pirates   Ankeny Avengers
Cedar Rapids Reds   Ankeny Sox   Alta Aurelia Warriors   Benton Blue Sox
central iowa stars   Asbury Expos   Ankeny Slammers   Cadets
Dubuque Sting   Barnstormer Bandits   ARSENAL Baseball   CCA 12u White
IC Trojans Gold   Blaze Baseball   Atlantic 12u   Cedar Rapids Bandits
Iowa Capitals   Blue Demons   Baker Baseball   CJB CHAOS 12U
Iowa Oaks   Bobcat Hustle   Barnstormer Crush   CPU Cyclones
Iowa Sticks 12U Red   Burlington Mudd Dawgs   Blue Devils   CR Warrior Blue
Iowa Yankees   Carroll Crush   Bombers   Davenport Riverhawks
Midwest Outlaws   Clear Lake Bombers 2021   BUCKS Baseball   Decorah Vikings
North Scott Lancers - Scarlet   COMETS   Bulltown Baseball   DUBUQUE TIGERS
Perfect Game Royals   Davenport Wildcats   Burlington Vipers   Ely Elite
Prairie Hawks Black   Dubuque Marlins/TSEBA   Carlisle Wildcats   Fairfield Cougars 12U
Quad City Bombers   Grand Slam Wild   CB Spartans   Fall Ballers12u
Quad City Hurricanes   Indianola Storm   CCA 12u Blue   Full Count Stars
Rams Black   Iowa Diamondbacks   Central Iowa Bats   Glenwood 12U
Urbandale J-Hawks   Iowa Warriors 12u   Central Iowa Trojans   HP Rangers
    Johnston Aces   Clipper Cannons   IGNIT
    Johnston Crush   CPU Storm   Indianola Vipers
    Johnston Flash   CR Cougars Gold 12U   Iowa Dirt Bags
    Jr JHawks   CR Jr Warriors Red   Iowa Vipers
    Linn Mar Red   Davenport Rage   Jr Jhawks
    Linn-Mar Black   DC-G Mustangs   Linn Mar Lions White
    Muscatine Cardinals 12u   DeWitt Diamondbacks   Linn-Mar Silver
    MV Thunder   Dubuque GOLD Leibfried   Manchester Hawks
    Norwalk Thunder   Dyersville Bulls   Marion Indians
    Ottumwa Heat   Express   Mid Iowa Mudhens
    Perfect Game Dodgers   Heat Baseball Club   Mud Dogs
    Quad City Heat   Iowa Bruins   North Iowa Stampede
    Riverdawgs   Iowa Sticks 12U White   North Scott Lancers - Silver
    Saints Silver   Johnston Magic   North Scott Nitro 12U
    Sioux City Thunder   Knights Youth Baseball red   Outlaws
    South Tama Black   Legends   Pella Heat
    Southern Iowa Shockers   Linn County Outlawz   Prairie 12U White
    Tigers Baseball Club 12U Red   Lisbon Lazers   Rams Gold
    Waterloo Jr. Wahawks   Little Hawk 12U   Robins RBI Baseball
    Waukee Spikes   Maquoketa Jr Cardinals   Runnin' Raiders
    Waukee Storm   Mason City Dirt Dogs   Satellite Central Styx
    Westside Aces   Mid-Iowa Thunder   Sliders
    Xplosion   Midwest Heat   South Tama Blue
        Moingona mudcats   Southeast Iowa Strikers
        Mt. Pleasant Panthers   Stealth
        Muscatine Tribe - MBA   Vinton Shellsburg Vikings
        Mustangs Black   Waterloo Jr Wahawks Maroon
        MVP Golden Spikes   Waverly Go Hawks 12U
        North Central Iowa Razorbacks   West Branch Bears 2021
        Panthers   West Liberty 12U Comets
        Prairie Hawks Orange   Wildcats
        Rebels Baseball   Wolverines
        Regal Gold    
        River City Owls 12    
        Saints Navy    
        Sioux City Futures 12U    
        SLP Indians    
        Solon Slammers    
        Solon Steel    
        TC Hornets    
        Thunderstruck Baseball Club    
        Tigers Baseball Club Black    
        Top Gun Baseball    
        Townhouse Huskies    
        Trojan Green    
        Urbandale Vipers    
        Wapsie Valley    
        WDM Thunder    
        West Des Moines Tigers    
        Winterset Heat    
14 Major   14 AAA   14 AA   14 A
Altoona Lightning   3D Ambush   2020 Baseball   2020 Mustangs
Ankeny Heat   Ballplayer Inc.   A.P. Bruins   3T's Bats Black
Cedar Rapids Reds 13u   Barnstormer Hawks   ADM Tigers   Alburnett Pirates
Iowa City Trojans Gold   Beasts   Ankeny Challengers   Avengers
Iowa Hurricanes   Benton Blue Sox   Ankeny Crush   Bettendorf Diamond Kings
Iowa Sticks 13u Major   Boone Bombers   Baker Baseball   Bulldogs
Johnston Sundevils   Burlington Mudd Dawgs Purple   Barnstormer Thunder   Bulltown 13U
Lancer Baseball Club - Scarlet   Cedar Rapids Bandits   Black Widows   Burlington Xplosion
Linn-Mar Black Sox   DeWitt Dragons   Bobcats   CB Falcons
Lou Collier Select   Dubuque GOLD Belken   Bombers Baseball U13   Clear Lake Lions
Mustangs Baseball Club   Dubuque Tigers Elite   CCA Clippers   CPU Storm Black
Perfect Game   EMB-Sting   Cedar Rapids Cougars   CR Fire
Quad City Heat 13U   Fairfield Cougars 13u   Cedar Rapids Giants   CR Silverhawks
Quad City Hitmen Elite   FM HOUNDS 13U   Central Iowa Vipers   CR Warriors
River City Owls   Fort Dodge Sluggers   CPU Storm Gold   Dyersville Flyers
River City Rage   Heat Baseball Club 13U Red   Davenport Future Falcons   Ely Elite
Siouxland Stars   Heat Baseball Club 13U White   DC-Grimes Mustangs   Fort Dodge Legends
Tigers Baseball Club 13U Black   Hellers Heroes   Demons   Glenwood 13U
Titans Baseball   Indianola Braves   Dirt Dawgs   IGNIT
West Des Moines Longhorns   Indianola Storm   Dubuque County Nationals   Iowa Elite Baseball
    Iowa Cobras   Dubuque GOLD Jaeger   Iowa Inferno
    Iowa Steal   Four Mile Rebel Rams   Lake Mills Bulldogs
    Johnston Generals   Grand Slam Force   Linn Mar Gray
    Little Hawks Red   Iowa Mudcats