Slow Pitch Softball

Slow Pitch - Team Reclassification

 

Team Re-classification List


Re-classification Appeal Form


 

Above you will find the Illinois teams which have been re-classified for the upcoming season.  Read the below in it’s entirety prior to making any assumptions.

The goal of the Illinois USSSA is to have our teams play in a program that suits their ability and skill level where they can be competitive with other teams within that classification.

Every year we strive to have parity within the Illinois program, which includes moving teams up to the next highest level of play.  You don’t necessarily have to win a tournament(s) to be moved-up. If your team is competitive in that classification, that is where you belong, regardless of win loss records.

Note:  Some teams may be reclassified at the upper level and may have to stay in that classification if the team is considered competitive in that higher classification.

Team Classifications are based on information from the previous season.  Your team may have improved from the past season or you may have lost players.

APPEALS –

Teams not reclassified by the By-Laws that want to appeal their classification may do so between February 1 and March 1 and/or June 1 and July 1. Teams reclassified by appeal between February 1 and March 1 may be reclassified by the State Director after the team plays (4) USSSA tournaments or June 1 whichever occurs first. Teams appealing between June 1 and July 1 must have played in four (4) USSSA sanctioned tournaments. Appeals must be filled out on official USSSA appeal form and submitted to the Division Vice President. The appeal will be review by the Division Vice President, Executive Vice President and Assistant Executive Director. Exception: Teams reclassified by the By-Laws, with extenuating circumstances may appeal their new classification between February 1 and March 1. Respective State Director, National Program Director and three (3) Vice President appointed by the Executive Director will review said appeals.

Teams reclassified by the By-Laws must participate in their new classification for a period of one (1) year. Any team that fails to participate the following year will remain at the new classification until such time as they participate and meet the requirements.

(Note: Any team reclassified by the By-laws with four (4) or more players from the previous year’s roster must participate in their new classification for a period of one (1) year; however, teams reclassified by the By-laws may make an appeal to be reinstated to it’s former classification only after the team has played a minimum of four (4) tournaments. Such an appeal can only be made between June 1 and July 1 and must be submitted on proper form. The appeal must be made jointly to the State Director, applicable Program Director and Vice-President. Teams not reclassified by the By-laws that want to appeal may do so between February 1 and March 1 and/or June 1 and July 1. All teams must have played in four (4) USSSA sanctioned tournaments. Appeals must be filled out on official USSSA appeal form and submitted to the Division Vice President. The appeal will be reviewed by Division Vice President, Executive Vice President and Assistant Executive Director. Exception; Teams reclassified by the By-laws with extenuating circumstances may appeal their new classification between February 1 and March 1. Respective State Director, National Program Director and three (3) Vice Presidents appointed by the Executive Director will review all appeals.

A State Director has the authority to re-classify any team during the current season except when a team has been reclassified by the By-Laws or the National Classification Committee. Note: National Classification Committee has final authority on classification of all teams.

The classification of all teams that are not moved up by the Association’s National By-Laws will be determined by the appropriate State Director. Teams are not exempt from being classified by their State Director according to the overall strength of the team simply because a national reclassification by-law does not affect their team. Any team that fails to participate the following year will remain at the new classification until such time as they participate and meet the requirements.

Note: If a team can not compete in the higher classification, they may be moved down after they have made an effort to play in the higher class.

A team that is classified to a lower classification during the season shall automatically have a frozen roster regardless if that team has qualified for a State, National or World Championship Tournament.  No players will be added from that date.

No player may drop more than one team classification from the previous year.