Team Classification Guidelines
The Minnesota Classification Committee (MNCC) primarily reviews rosters of tournament teams. The committee consists of coaches, managers, players, league directors, umpires and the state director having the authority to reclassify a team’s classification at any time. Members of the MNCC include 7 members. They are Troy Mickelson (MN-USSSA State Director), Jerry Ruegemer (MRPA RSC Chair & League Director), Mike Fluegge (MN-USSSA State Umpire-in-Chief), Mark Dallenbach (USSSA National Conference Umpire & MN-USSSA Umpire), Scott O’Neil (USSSA National Conference Umpire & MN-USSSA Umpire), Pat O’Connell (MN-USSSA Conference Commissioner & MN-USSSA Hall of Fame), and Allan Ouellette (USSSA National Conference Player).
The Minnesota Classification Committee (MNCC) determines player and team classifications and address any other issues pertaining to their roster. The Minnesota Classification Committee primarily reviews rosters of tournament-active men’s, women’s and mixed competitive and recreational teams. The State Director has the authority to reclassify any team during the current season except when a team has been reclassified by USSSA National By-Laws or USSSA National Classification Committee.
NOTE: USSSA National Classification Committee has final authority on classification of all teams.
The winner(s) and/or top finishers of any post season tournament (State, Nationals, and Worlds) that includes: Men’s, Women’s and Mixed programs may be required to compete the following year in the next highest classification. The top finishing six (6) teams from any 2016 USSSA sanctioned tournaments (MRPA, Father Hennepin, Tower Day’s, Fridley 49er Day’s, Dudley Classic, Blaine Festival, Columbia Heights Jamboree, Pan-O-Prog, Duk Duk Daze, and Crystal Frolics) with at least 10 or more teams may be required to compete the following year in the next highest classification.
Appeal Team Classification
National USSSA: Teams reclassified by the By-Laws, or the National Classification Committee must participate in their new classification for a period of one (1) year. Teams that fail to participate the following year will remain at the new classification until such time as they participate and meet the requirements below.
NOTE: Any team reclassified by the By-Laws, with four (4) or more players from the previous year’s roster (Mixed teams are permitted a maximum of two (2) males and two (2) females) must participate in their new classification for a period of one (1) year; however, teams reclassified by USSSA National Classification Committee and/or By-Laws may make an appeal to be reinstated to its former classification only after the team has played a minimum of four (4) tournaments for the Men’s programs, and two (2) tournaments for the Women’s and Mixed program. Such an appeal can only be made between June 1 and July 1 and must be submitted on the proper form, except the Mixed program, which is no later than October 1st. For the Men’s and Women’s program, the appeal must be made jointly to the State Director and forwarded onto the USSSA National Program Director, Vice President, and Assistant Executive Director.
Minnesota USSSA: Teams not reclassified by the USSSA National By-Laws or the USSSA National Classification Committee that want to appeal their current classification status may do so through the State Director and Minnesota Classification Committee between April 1st and July 1st. Teams appealing their current classification status between April 1st and July 1st may be reclassified by the State Director and Minnesota Classification Committee only after the team plays the three (3) required MRPA/MN-USSSA sanctioned tournaments and who have submitted their Appeal Form to the State Director. Appeals must be filled out in writing on the official USSSA National Appeal Form and submitted to the State Director for review. The appeal will be reviewed by the State Director and Minnesota Classification Committee. A decision on all appeals will be rendered within 10 days. All decisions on appeals are final!
Slow Pitch Contacts for Four Step Appeal Process
Minnesota USSSA State Director
200 Charles Street NE
Fridley, MN 55432
763-571-1305 ext. 108
Executive Vice President
PO Box 621
Hobbs, NM 88240
Dan D. Brown
Assistant Executive Director
3861 Burrwood Court
Concord, CA 94521
611 Line Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34744