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ASA Travel Team, Tournament and Age Classifications

As we refer to these classifications in the other sections of the site, this section explains the ASA travel team and tournament classification system:

Team Classifications

A -- No residency restrictions
B -- At least 50% of the players must be from the same town
C -- 100% of the players must be from the same spring recreational league

Tournament Classifications

Open -- All teams (A, B and C) are eligible to participate
B -- Only B or C teams are eligible to participate
C -- Only C teams are eligible to participate

While there are always exceptions, "A" teams and "Open" tournaments tend to be the most challenging, while "C" teams and tournaments test to be the least challenging.

We register our teams as either "B" or "C" based on a couple of factors.  In the rare case in which a Panther team has a player who does not play in the Newton Girls Softball recreational league, we would be required to register as a "B" team.  While this would preclude that team from entering any "C" tournaments, we would likely only add the non-Newton player in order to make the team viable in the first place and would therefore need to embrace playing at the "B" level.  

If our team has non-Newton residents that play in the Newton Girls Softball recreational league by virtue of attending Newton Public Schools, USA Softball of Massachusetts must get approval from that town's recreational league that allowing this player to play for the Panthers will not preclude them from forming their own "C" team.  If the resident city refuses to approve this, the player could still play for the Panther team but we would have to register it as a"B" team. 

Age Determination

Birth Year





2010 & Later

2011 & Later

2012 & Later


2008 - 2009

2009 - 2010

2010 - 2011


2006 - 2007

2007 - 2008

2008 - 2009


2004 - 2005

2005 - 2006

200- 2007


2002 - 2003

2003 - 2004

2004 - 2005


2000 - 2001

2001 - 2002

2002 - 2003


A player's age for the calendar year is based on her age at the start of that year. For example, a player born on January 1, 2007 would be 12U for all of 2020 while a player born on December 31, 2006 would be 14U for all of 2020.