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USSSA Update - May 17, 2012


By Gerry Turnberg

USSSA State Director


Point system for USSSA 2012 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 National Invitational Tournaments (NIT’s) during the season.

• Team qualifying must have participated in a minimum of six 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.


USSSA Point System (UPS)

Place               World              World          National             State            Conference          NIT               State        Qualifiers         Non          Leagues

                   Tournament        Series                               Tournament             NIT                                    Level II                            Qualifiers

1st                                 650                 650               600                  300                   300                150               100               75                40                40

2nd                               350                 350               225                  225                   225                110                75                55                30                30

3rd                                300                 300               200                  200                   200                 90                 60                45                25                25

4th                                250                 250               175                  175                   175                 80                 55                40                20                20

5th-6th                        200                 200               155                  155                   155                 70                 50                30                15                15

7th-8th                        150                 150               130                  130                   130                 60                 40                25                10                10

9th-12th                     110                 110               110                  110                   110                 50                 35                10                  5                   5

13th-16th                   70                   70                 70                    70                     70                  40                 30                                                            

17th-24th                   40                   40                 40                    40                     40                  20                 15                                                            

25th-32nd                  20                   20                 20                    20                     40                  10                 10                                                            

33rd-64th                                                                                                                                                                    40                                                                                                         


Double point rules:

Adult Slow Pitch teams receive double ranking points when the following occurs:

• 2012 Double points are only available for the tournament type NIT.

• Team must play up in class and at least 1 team from a higher class must participate in order for teams to receive double points.


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.


A reminder to the individuals who play on teams in different classes: You are eligible only for those weekend tournaments which include your highest-classified team. There is no reason for individuals who play on “A” or “B” teams to participate in “C” or “D” weekend tournaments. This is something that must be policed by the players themselves. Teams found in violation of this will forfeit all awards and travel expense monies won, and individual player eligibility may be placed in jeopardy. Ignorance is not an excuse; know the rules!


State Hall of Fame: We are accepting applications for our State Hall of Fame. The criteria for enshrinement into the Hall are listed on our website. To get applications for this, please contact my office or visit our website at


Hall of Fame Golf Tournament: Our Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will be Thursday, June 14, 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 entry fee includes: golf, cart, golf shirt, barbecue, tee gifts, door prizes and games on every hole. Please contact me or download a flyer from our website at


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.


If I can be of any assistance in any of your softball needs, please call me at 763-571-1305 x 108 or 1-800-862-3659 x 108, e-mail me at, or stop by my office at 200 Charles Street NE, Fridley, MN 55432.

REMEMBER – It is you, the player, coach, fan, director, umpire and association that make USSSA a GREAT organization and the place to be!