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    TN NSA Official 2017 Season Announcements

    01/18/2016, 4:00pm EST
    By Tennessee NSA

    The following levels of play will be instituted for the men's slow pitch program 

     Elite - Gold - Silver - Bronze

    THE APPEAL PROCESS IS THE SAME as in the past  -AND- The National Classification Committee is still reviewing all appeals.

    DEADLINE to APPEAL Upgrade is MAY 1st! See - How to Appeal APPEAL FORMS:
    Click button for APPEAL FORM - EXCEL to SAVE the Appeal Form to your computer to be able to type in the information and then email to your State Director - USE Excel Format.
                                                          -OR- 
    Use the PDF VERSION of the APPEAL FORM to PRINT & WRITE IN to Mail or Fax for a listing of Upgraded teams select Link on Left 

    This list may change at any time due to State Directors or Zone VP's Reclassifying the Teams.   The bylaws for reclassification may change at this years convention and may affect the teams  UPGRADED (moved up) for the following year.

    NSA National UPGRADE Rules for 2015

    The entire roster of the Super World Champions for Men’s GOLD - SILVER - BRONZE must ALL be UPGRADED (moved up) in classification.  Individual Players from the Super World  Champions MUST play UP in Class the following year. No matter if they have 5 or more players returning.   If your team WON the Super World Series and are moved UP in CLASS,  ALL Individual players MUST move up, you cannot stay the same class the following year.

    Players from a Men’s "GOLD” or Men’s "SILVER” MOVE UP team 
    (Mandatory or with Appeal) CAN NOT move down in classification the following year.

    ALL PLAYERS on a Men’s "GOLD” or "SILVER” Upgraded team - MANDATORY or WITH APPEAL  can move up with   their team at least one (1) Classification –OR- if leaving the team MUST REMAIN AT THEIR CURRENT LEVEL of CLASSIFICATION. Individual Players from a Men’s Gold or Silver UPGRADED team can ONLY participate at the SAME or HIGHER Class for the following year. Players on an UPGRADED TEAM on the Upgrade list from Men's "Gold" or "Silver" CANNOT move down in Class the following year! If your team participated in "Gold” and is upgraded to "Elite” next year (with or without an appeal), Individual Players from this team Can ONLY participate in the "Gold” or Higher Class programs next year.

    Players from a Men’s "Bronze” Mandatory Upgrade team must have the entire roster moved  to "Silver” AND must participate at the "Silver” level for a minimum of one year before they  can appeal to the classification committee to be down graded back to class "Bronze”.

    TEAMS  on a MANDATORY Upgrade with NO APPEAL must move up at least one (1) classification. Note: If they have 5 or more returning players or any combination of 5 players from upgraded teams from 
    the preceding year’s rosters.  The coach’s name should also be included on the roster. Note:  If you have LESS than 5 players returning or combination of 5 upgraded players, you still MUST APPEAL in writing to be allowed to STAY in the same classification. See How to Appeal 
    Important Notes:
    Players and/or teams not participating in the NSA program for one (1) or more seasons will retain the Classification they were upgraded to prior to taking an absence from the National Softball Association.

    Teams that are a mandatory UPGRADE must play in a Qualifier, STATE and either the  Super Regional or World Series in order to be eligible to appeal their classification the  following year.  Failure to do all of the three validations will result in the team being ineligible to appeal their UPGRADE. Teams not qualifying for the Super Regional or World Series can
    appeal to the classification committee.

    Players are LIMITED to dropping no more than one classification per calendar year and must be approved by the State Director and /or Zone VP for proper team classification.  (The NSA calendar year is from January 1st to December 31st).  EXCEPTION: Gold & Silver players from a Move Up team (Mandatory or with Appeal) CAN NOT  move down in classification.
    EXCEPTION: Men’s Class Bronze players listed on a Mandatory Move Up team roster  - ALL PLAYERS MUST  move up. 

    The State Director and/or Zone Vice-President have the authority to move any team up or UPGRADE in Class at any time, due to the advanced play of the team in question.

    How to APPEAL to be DOWNGRADED -OR- to APPEAL to STAY IN SAME CLASS: DEADLINE TO APPEAL is May 1st - Appeals received after this date will automatically be denied. Teams must appeal your classification upgrade in writing or via email to your State Director 
    with the following information:
    1.  Completely Fill Out the Official APPEAL FORM - include Reason you should be Downgraded and Rationale and documentation to support your being Downgraded.
    2.  Roster of players you will have on NEXT YEARS Team.  If players are coming from another team besides the team you are appealing for reclassification, please include what team they played for and team class.
    3.  STATE DIRECTOR WILL then include a letter/email with your application and forward it to the National Reclassification Committee.
    ALLOW THE STATE DIRECTOR at least 10 days for review of the appeal!  
    DO NOT WAIT A FEW DAYS BEFORE A TOURNAMENT!
    ANY TEAM RECEIVING AN APPROVED APPEAL will be based on this information. Additions or changes to your approved roster could result in reclassification at ANY TIME! Click button for APPEAL FORM EXCEL to SAVE the Appeal Form to your computer to be able to type in the information and then email to your State Director - Excel Format. -OR- Use the PDF VERSION of the APPEAL FORM to PRINT & WRITE IN to Mail or Fax

    The State Director and/or Zone Vice-President have the authority to reclassify a team at any time.


    Pay 2016 Sanction Fee $35.00

    You can also mail $35 To:

    Connie Jennette

    3013 Summer Crest Trail

    Antioch, TN 37013