|BASEBALL||2016 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 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.
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.
Best teams in the state
Can Compete with Major teams in region.
Upper middle 20% - 35% of the teams in the state.
Lower middle 30% - 45% of the teams in the state.
Limited travel schedule
Players from same local area.
Remaining 10% - 20% of the teams in the state.
Limited playing schedule
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and state the reasons to drop a class.