To help the teams compete and achieve at their highest level of play, the NSA Northern Zone has instituted several classification rules.
Classifications: State Directors could impose or set higher standards in the following regard. State Directors will review the overall finishes of the team in making classification changes. State Directors and/or Zone VP can change the classification of a team at ANY TIME during the season due to the overall strength of the team.
- State Tournaments with 16 or MORE teams per Age & Classification: 1st and 2nd Place or Top 10% (whichever is greater) will be Upgraded in Class if they retain 50% or more of the roster the following season.
- State Tournaments with LESS than 16 teams per Age & Classification: Only 1st Place will be Upgraded.
The upgrade from the State Tournament may be appealed to the State Director. Appeal MUST be in writing with a list of players that will be participating the following season.
- World Series Tournaments with 20 or more teams: 1st & 2nd Place or Top 10% (whichever is greater) will be Upgraded in Class if they retain 50% or more of the roster the following season even if they more up in age division.
- World Series Tournaments with less than 20 teams: Only First Place will be a mandatory Upgrade.
The Upgrade from the World Series is mandatory.