Check your status, if you feel you are listed wrong now is the time to appeal before we get into the tournament season. To appeal use this link. Take the time to fill out the form and state a good reason for you to move. One sentence that I am older is probably not going to get it done in most cases.
G. MANDATORY CLASSIFICATION
01. Mandatory Player Classification. Starting January 1 each year will start a player appeal process where each player can submit an appeal to have their player rating dropped. This process ends August 1 and at that time appeals will not be accepted until January. We have taken our team guidelines and based it on the USA Softball Code in which a team could have 3 Mandatory players from the next higher division on their roster. We consider our list equal to Mandatory rated players. With the player rating system that we have in place helps create a fair and level playing field for all of our teams not only at a local but also at a national level. Below are the guidelines that we use on how to classify a team. Players on the USA Softball Restricted List can only participate in the Men’s A or Coed Open Programs. A Player may have a + (plus) designation, this player cannot play down a class.
Men’s Slow Pitch
01.Men’s A = 3 Player’s from the USA Softball Restricted Players List.
02.Men’s B = 3 A Rated players and no players Class A+ or from the USA Softball Restricted Player List.
03.Men’s C = Three ( 3 ) B classified players and no players from Class A, Class B+, or the USA Softball Restricted Player's List.
04.Men’s D = Three ( 3 ) C classified players and no players from Class A, Class B, Class C+, or the USA Softball Restricted Player's List.
05.Men’s E = Three ( 3 ) D classified players and no players from Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D+ or the USA Softball Restricted Player's List.
Women’s Slow Pitch
06. Women’s Open = Any Female Player
07. Women’s C = Three ( 3) Open classified players.
08. Women’s D = Three ( 3 ) C classified players and no Open classified players.
Co-ed Slow Pitch
10. Co-ed Open = Any Female Player and two ( 2 ) male players from the USA Softball Restricted Player’s List.
11. Co-ed C = No Open classified female players and no male classified players from Class A, Class B, or the USA Softball Restricted Player's List.
12. Co-ed D = Two ( 2 ) female C classified players and two ( 2 ) male C classified players. No Open classified female players or male players from Class A, Class B, or the USA Softball Restricted Players List.
NOTE: Players that have no USA Softball playing history should be handled in the following manner. If a track record of a player can be verified in another National Association that player can be rated at that level or higher.
HOW THE PLAYER RATINGS SYSTEM WORKS
Each player is assigned a rating. The ratings that can be assigned are:
RPL (Restricted Player List) A+ A B+ B C+ C D+ D E No Rating (Player hasn’t been assigned a rating) SUSP (Player has been placed on Suspension)
How were the ratings originally assigned?
Player data was downloaded and acquired from five (5) sanctioning bodies:
USA Softball Independent Softball Association National Softball Association World Softball League United State Specialty Sports Association
Note that for ISA and WSL only championship teams and players are available and those teams and players are also reclassified to the next highest level.
For USA Softball, NSA, and USSSA almost all Mandatory and Restricted rosters have been acquired dating back to 2005. Most of those rosters have been recreated on this website or others in the possession of USA Softball Minnesota.
What Does “R” or “M” next to my team name mean?
An “R” stands for restricted which means your team finished with a 2-2 record at Nationals or Worlds and it means that you and your team were “competitive” in that class. It also means you are not eligible to drop a class. If your team was in a national that was a 3GG bracket restricted is earned with a 3-2 record.
An “M” stands for mandatory which means your team was bumped (moved up) to the next highest classification. This means your team must compete in the next highest classification for a term of at least one season and participate in a National or World at that level.
Getting Bumped/Moved Up
If your team finishes in the top 10% of your National or World Tournament, you will be bumped/moved up to the next highest classification.
Think about 10% as one (1) team per ten (10).
1-10 teams at Nationals or Worlds = 1 team gets bumped up 11-20 teams = 2 teams get bumped up 21-30 teams = 3 teams get bumped up 31-40 teams = 4 teams get bumped up 41-60 teams = 6 teams get bumped up (increase in teams due to tie in finishing order) 61-80 teams = 8 teams get bumped up (increase in teams due to tie in finishing order) 81-120 teams = 12 teams get bumped up (increase in teams due to tie in finishing order) 121-160 teams = 16 teams get bumped up (increase in teams due to tie in finishing order) 161-240 teams = 24 teams get bumped up (increase in teams due to tie in finishing order) 240 or more teams = 32 teams get bumped up (increase in teams due to tie in finishing order) If an individual player has been bumped from the same class twice they will get the next highest classification and a “+” rating which means they must play in that class for at least a term of one season and play in a National or World tournament.
How can I get my rating adjusted?
You can fill out an appeal form. A panel of national experts will review your appeal and render a decision in approximately four (4) weeks. Fill out the form completely. If you are not completely honest on the form your appeal will be denied. You may only appeal once per playing season.
Please be warned that appeals are only granted in cases of extreme hardship which you must demonstrate in your appeal form. There are dozens reasons why your appeal will not be granted. Don’t bother to mention any of those reasons because they are not valid in our opinion. Some of the reasons are posted below.
Why Bother Creating a System and Website like this?
In case you haven’t noticed softball team registrations are slowly declining. More teams register in class E and D than ever. There is nowhere for new people and teams to our sport to compete on a level playing field. Class D used to be the entry level of the sport. Now it is filled with highly competitive teams and players. If we never give entry level competitors a place to play, then the game will cease to exist within twenty (20) years.
For years teams have been taking advantage of the game. They won or have been highly successful at a level in an association and left the association because they were moved up in class. When they joined a new association they played wherever they wanted to, more often than not at the original level or lower. We believe if you can compete at one level in an association that you will be competitive at that level in the next. If you and your team have been bumped in one association, you should be bumped in all associations.
If you want to play at the level you are playing at currently then you should never play in a State, National, or World tournament again. By playing in those tournaments you put yourself and your team at risk of getting bumped/reclassified.
Associations have let the teams and players dictate the classification and reclassification rules. Based on the decline of teams playing softball and registering, letting teams and players do what they want is accelerating the death of the sport of softball.
If you think it is unfair to have to play against higher classified teams, put yourself in the shoes of the people that want to start playing the sport but have nowhere to play with mild success because you as the career softball player have to play in D or E.
REASONS WHY YOUR APPEAL WILL BE DENIED
Social Media/Communication Issues (NEW) If you take issue with the process via email, text, messenger, message board, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media outlet, and in the opinion of the committee it is detrimental to the game, your appeal will be absolutely denied.
Player can't compete because they are in their late 30s to mid-40s Players can be outstanding softball players well past their mid-30s.
Player has added weight and is out of shape Players can quickly get back into shape.
Player lacks power hitting ability Power hitting is not a required to be an effective and useful player in any classification. Home runs do not always win games or tournaments.
Player claims they are a below average player at the level they are classified at Just being below average does not mean your classification is inappropriate. By definition someone needs to be below average.
Player claims there are players better than him at the classification level he wants to move to No system is perfect so there are bound to be some inconsistencies. Also, if this rationale were accepted it would create a circular problem where nearly all appeals could be justified. There are always better players.
Player wants his classification status changed so he can play with his friends. Teams do not need to reject their friends who happen to be higher classification players. If they want the appealing player on their team then the team needs to enter at a level where the appealing player is eligible to play once the appeal decision is made. Ultimately if classification issues are a problem a team will need to decide whether playing together in championship play is a priority for them. In making fair and consistent decisions the Appeal Committee cannot allow friendship issues to influence their decisions.
Player wants classification changed so he can play on a team that is not required to travel as far to play in various tournaments throughout the year In making fair and consistent decisions the Appeals Committee cannot allow one's inability to travel to influence their decisions.
Player competes at a lower level in other association's championship play Where you play in other associations is of interest to us, it will not dictate the Appeal Committee's decision.
Player has suffered an injury or a medical problem Unless it can be clearly demonstrated the injury or medical problem has diminished a player's level of play in a manner obvious to all the Appeal Committee will not grant an appeal for this reason. Medical problems can be overcome and injuries can be cured. Surgeries often lead to improved performance following rehabilitation.
Player does not play frequently due to conflicts Regardless as to how often a player is able to play the Appeal Committee's responsibility is to place the player in the classification appropriate relative to their current skill level.
Player has never played at the level of their rating While the player may not have played at that rating, they got that rating because of a high level of success at the level below. It's time for you to play at the higher level.
Sponsor has been sponsoring teams for many years Sponsorship loyalty is not criteria for allowing teams/players to drop in classification. While everyone is thankful sponsors are willing to put money into an amateur sport for basically no return on investment, the committee would be foolish to allow sponsorship duration to dictate classification.
Need to be rated lower to play in another association Our player and team ratings only apply in USA Softball. How another association conducts their business is beyond our scope of responsibility. Please understand that we will be looking at your playing history in USA Softball, NSA, and USSSA. If you have won ISA or WSL we have those rosters too.
The national appeal system is now turned on so use it. The local one is now turned off.
If you wish to appeal your player rating this system will be open in January until July 30th. You will need to find your player name in the rating database, click the appeal button, fill out the appeal completely, and click submit. If you are not on a team and will not tell us which team you are on in this season, your appeal will not be considered and will be denied.
National Slow Pitch Player Classification for South Dakota