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What is the USPSA Classification System and how does it work?

Classification System
The USPSA classification system is a great way for competitors to see how their skills and performance compare with other members shooting in the same division. The system tracks your ranking using your USPSA membership number and your Classifier stage performances.

Classifiers
When you compete at sanctioned USPSA matches, you will shoot stages called classifiers. Classifiers are specific courses of fire that are designed to measure a competitor’s abilities within a division. They are a consistent way to evaluate accuracy, speed, and gun manipulations across different events. Classifier stages create consistency by following a measured layout and detailed stage instructions. You can view the most current classifier stage plans at https://uspsa.org.

Classification
Competitors shoot classifier stages to receive a hit factor score that is used to rank their performance within a division. Match officials upload classifier scores to the USPSA system where they are used to calculate members’ classification levels. Each USPSA member receives an initial classification after they have competed in four different classifier stages within the same division.

After the initial classification, updated rankings are calculated from the best six of the most recent eight unique classifiers. If you compete in a major match and finish higher than your current classification, it can count toward improving your overall ranking for that division. Classification scoring uses the best competitor’s division scores to calculate the performance levels of each classifier stage.

USPSA Classification Levels

  • Grand Master = 95 to 100%
  • 
Master = 85 to 94.9%
  • 
A Class = 75 to 84.9% 

  • B Class = 60 to 74.9% 

  • C Class = 40 to 59.9%

  • D Class = below 40%


Membership
You will need a USPSA member number to participate in the classification system because member numbers are used to track scores and progress. You can sign up and get your member number at https://uspsa.org. You can register this number at matches to start collecting your classification scores.

The USPSA classification system updates on a weekly cadence. The system takes into account your classifier and match results to determine your current classification level. It is important to note that clubs and events will need you to pay an activity fee before your data can be processed. Your match fees help cover the administration and operating costs of the system.

Competing in local competitions is a lot of fun, but the USPSA classification system will help you track your division performance across multiple matches and seasons. Most competitors focus on one division per season to improve their skills and classification level.

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