As the National Governing Body of Softball, it is USA Softball’s responsibility to ensure that our coaches achieve a certain level of understanding of what their duties are as coach of a youth softball team.
Available online, the ACE Coaching Education program is available to any coach that participates in USA Softball play. USA Softball provides educational information to more than 25,000 coaches each year.
The ACE (Aspire, Challenge, Encourage) Coaching Program is a coaching education program, developed and designed to provide softball coaches of all levels – from beginning coaches to experienced veterans – an opportunity to be educated as a coach with a national softball organization.
As the National Governing Body of Softball, it is the USA Softball’s responsibility to ensure that our coaches achieve a certain level of understanding of what their duties are as coach of a youth softball team.
The ACE Education videos are a practical guide to the everyday situations you will encounter as a youth softball coach. After obtaining your ACE education, you will be well prepared to coach a youth softball team.
The guiding principles behind the ACE Coaching Education Program are:
A-spire: to achieve a comprehensive level of knowledge for the game.
C-hallenge: your understanding and knowledge through continued education and growth.
E-ncourage: yourself and others to be prepared and knowledgeable as a coach in order to provide your athletes an environment in which they can achieve success.
In each of the first three levels you will watch the ACE video that corresponds to your education level and then be tested on the material in the video. The videos cover such topics as Principles of Coaching, Legal Issues in Sports, First Aid, Practice Organization, Coach/Umpire Relations, and Sport Specific Skills. Once you have passed the ACE test you are an ACE Coach and receive full ACE Benefits. It is that easy! Please allow 2 weeks for processing.
The best and quickest way to complete your ACE is online at www.RegisterUSASoftball.com
If you have never registered with USA Softball you will need to create a new profile before you begin the ACE education program.
If you are an existing coach who is coming to the site to complete another level of education your profile should be located and you should be able to continue from the position that you left off. For example if John Doe has completed ACE Levels 1 and 2 in an ACE Clinic through its local association, when he looks up his profile the system will recognize this and make ACE Level 3 available for purchase and completion.
For the system to properly find your coaches profile, you must enter your information (i.e. member ID, first name, last name and date of birth). If you are a previously registered coach and the system does not find your profile properly, DO NOT create a new profile, contact the ACE Administrator at the National Office.