HOW TO QUALIFY

Qualifying for a World Series Berth

There are many ways for a team to qualify for a World Series or National Championship.
Below are the ways a team can qualify.

Direct Qualification Through Events
 

  • At the conclusion of designating qualifying events (based on stature) the system will identify and award the appropriate teams with a Qualified designation.  The following is the criteria being used:
     

Event Statures to Award Berths

  • One Day Tournament

    • Top 20% of teams that are unqualified will receive a berth

    • Team must be at or above .500 in the event

  • Qualifier

    • Top 25% of teams that are unqualified will receive a berth

    • Team must be at or above .500 in the event

  • NIT

    • Top 30% of teams that are unqualified will receive a berth

    • Team must be at or above .500 in the event

  • State Tournament

    • Top 30% of teams that are unqualified will receive a berth

    • Team must be at or above .500 in the event
       

At-Large Qualification

There are two processes by which a team can gain an At-Large USSSA Post Season berth:

  • USSSA Points:  Teams can earn an At-Large by participating in USSSA events throughout the season.  If a team earns 150 Points through USSSA participation they will automatically be granted an At-Large Berth.
     

  • State Director Application:  A team can apply for an At-Large Berth with their State Director.  For a team to be given an At-Large Berth by their State Director, it is recommended that they accrue a minimum of 4 USSSA Event Credits.  USSSA Event Credits are earned by Stature of the event:
     

    • League/One Day Shootout/Qualifier = 1 Point

    • NIT = 2 Points

    • State Championship = 3 Points   

       

  • For Teams located in an area without USSSA events or a USSSA State Director, they can apply to the USSSA National Championship director by emailing info@usssachampionship.com 

14A / 16U / 18U - (High School Age Exemption)

 Due to the limited time frame between High School softball ending and the National event, High School age teams may be granted an exemption from the full qualifying procedures above.  Although we highly encourage all teams to participate in as many USSSA events as possible we also understand that it's not always possible for HS age teams to meet all the qualification requirements.  While HS age teams may be granted an exemption from qualifying, any team that has not participated in a USSSA event or been properly classified prior to Nationals will be automatically classified as a "A" class team. 

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EVENT CONTACT OFFICE  (USAY SPORTS)
Phone: 601-255-3780   |  
Email: info@usaysports.com 

Jeff Strode - USSSA VP 
Phone: 850-420-7974

Email: jeff.strode@usssa.com

Doc Watson -  UIC 
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Rhonda Strode - Opening  Events
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