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USA Softball Travel Team, Tournament and Age Classifications

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

Team Classifications

A -- No residency restrictions; very competitive
B -- No residency restrictions; moderately competitive
C -- 100% of the players must be from the same spring recreational league and at least 51% must be from the same town

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 tend 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




2012& Later

2013 & Later


2010 - 2011

2011 - 2012


2008- 2009

2009- 2010


2006- 2007

2007- 2008


2004- 2005

2005- 2006


2002- 2003

2003- 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, 2008 would be 12U for all of 2021 while a player born on December 31, 2007 would be 14U for all of 2021. 

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