Softball and baseball’s favorite newspaper since 1987

USSSA Update


By Gerry Turnberg

USSSA State Director

Central Divisional Vice President


Point System for USSSA 2011 Rankings

The ranking system is based entirely on fact and is well respected across the nation as the granddaddy of all ranking systems.

I am sure that many of you have questioned how the system works. Below are certain criteria defining the system and showing the breakdown of points awarded to the teams. I believe that this will be very valuable to you during the coming season should you have any questions concerning the ranking system.

In the Men’s B-C and D programs, each state can send an at-large team to the World Tournament based on the number of points the team has earned through playing in the USSSA tournament program. The requirements for an at large berth are:

• Team must have the highest number of points after the completion of their State Tournament.

• Team qualifying must have a minimum of 200 points after the State Tournament.

• Team qualifying must have participated in a minimum of two (2) National Invitational Tournaments (NIT’s) during the season.

• Team qualifying must have participated in a minimum of six (6) USSSA sanctioned events including NIT’s and State Tournaments.

• Teams receiving their berth through the State berth system will not receive travel money and must provide their entry fee into the World Tournament.

• The berth may drop to the next highest ranked team in their state if the team meets all of the listed criteria.

• All berths must be approved and issued by the teams State Director and Division Vice President and accepted by National Headquarters by August 21.

It is mandatory that all teams that qualify for their World Tournament play in their State tournament and a National Tournament in their class.


National Ranking System Facts

• One of the major National Team Ranking Systems in the United States.

• Includes all significant classifications of the program.

• One of the few, if not the only, that is based entirely on participation supported by documents.

• Has become a major vehicle in creating interest and participation in the USSSA program.

• Has become the goal of thousands of players, managers and sponsors to be ranked on a state, divisional or national basis.


National Ranking System includes:

• Top finishers in USSSA sanctioned tournaments.

• One document, the USSSA Tournament Sanction Report, is the only method of input into the system.

• Only USSSA registered teams.


Does not include:

• Any other organization’s programs.

• Who beat who means nothing.

• Big budgets or politics mean nothing.


World Tournament & World Series              

1st                  650

2nd                                   350

3rd                                    300

4th                                    250

5-6th                            200

7-8th                            150

9-12th                        110

13-16th                   70

17-24th                   40


State & National Tournaments

1st                                     300

2nd                                   225

3rd                                    200

4th                                    175

5-6th                            155

7-8th                            130

9-12th                        110

13-16th                   70

17-24th                   40


National Invitational Tournaments              

 1st                                   150

2nd                                   110

3rd                                    90

4th                                    80

5-6th                            70

7-8th                            60

9-12th                        50

13-16th                   40

17-24th                   20


All Qualifying Tournaments

1st                                     75

2nd                                   55

3rd                                    45

4th                                    40

5-6th                            30

7-8th                            25

9-12th                        10


Note: Teams that participate in any higher class tournament will automatically receive double the awarded points. For example: If a Men’s C team participates in a Men’s B NIT and finishes in 5th place, that team will receive 140 points instead of 70.

As you can see it is an advantage to play in higher class tournaments to earn double the points! Seedings for all NIT’s, Qualifiers, State, National and World Tournaments are based on this point system.


State Hall of Fame Golf Tournament:

Our Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will be Thursday, June 16 to benefit our State Hall of Fame. This is a fun-filled day! The tournament is a four person scramble with an 11:30 a.m., shotgun start. The $75 entry fee includes: golf, cart, golf shirt, barbecue, tee gifts, door prizes and games on every hole. Please contact my office or visit for a flyer. It is a great way to kick off the weekend of our men’s Major NIT.


Congratulations to XTREME/Combat (Brooklyn Center) for capturing their second straight C/D World NIT title last weekend in Blaine. They will receive $400. Runner-up Auto Rescue/Wicked/TC Truck (Little Canada) earns a paid World berth to Orlando, Fla. Fourth-place finisher Old Dogs/Custom Apparel (Minneapolis) receives a paid “D” World berth for Orlando and $100.

In the Women’s “C/D” World NIT, Minnesota Madness came through the losers bracket to capture the title and a paid Women’s “D” World berth in Orlando, Fla.

Below is a list of remaining tournaments that are run by our state office.  To enter any of these tournaments (which will all be played at BeBop’s in Blaine), call my office (763.571.1305 x 108) or visit our website at


Date                            Class                          Tournament

May 21-22               Men’s Open              World NIT

                             Men’s “D”                World NIT


June 4-5                 Men’s C/D                World NIT

                             Men’s “E”                World NIT


July 9-10                 Men’s Open              World NIT

                             Men’s “D”                World NIT


July 23-24               Mixed “D”                World NIT


July 23                    Men’s “C/D”             World NIT


July 24                    Mens “C/D”              World NIT


We are going to have a “Wood Bat” state tournament sponsored by Combat Sports September 10-11. There will be two divisions; “competitive” for players who played Class “C” & above and “recreational” for players who played D & E during the summer.

Check out the Minnesota USSSA website and view the listings of all tournaments. You can also print out copies of numerous fliers for weekend tournaments.


Minnesota USSSA/MRPA website:


National USSSA website:


If I can be of any assistance in any of your softball needs, please call 763.571.1305 x 108 or 1-800-862-3659 x108 or email, or stop by my office at 200 Charles Street NE in Fridley, MN 55432

Remember – it is you, the player, coach, fan, and umpire that make USSSA a GREAT organization and the place to be!