As the National Governing Body for Softball, USA Softball is committed to the goal of providing Accident and Liability insurance to all of its participants.

Through its network of 70 State or Metro associations, USA Softball provides online individual registrations for team and league members. For specific information related to fees and benefits, please access your State or Metro association’s website. Most local associations that use to process individual registrations will have specific, detailed instructions posted on their website to guide the user through the registration process. NOTE: Some associations do not allow online registrations but will provide instructions on how to register your team or league.


To become an ACE Coach Educated, please visit

The ACE (Aspire, Challenge, Encourage) Coach Education Program is a coaching 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 cost for the ACE Coach Education Program is as follows: $25.00 for Level 1; $20:00 for all other levels. All coaches who wish to certify through the ACE Coach Education Program must consent and pass the USA Softball's background check in order to take the certification exam. Cost for the background check is included in the ACE Coach Education fee.  Completing an ACE Coach Education Program provides coaches with USA Softball's Bollinger Liability Insurance with a limit of $2,000,000 per occurrence.

UMPIRE SERVICES provides umpire registrations, background checks and the umpire exam online; these services are usually administered through the State or Metro USA Softball office. ID cards for registrations and for background checks are also available to each umpire. Please check with your local association before proceeding as fees and requirements are determined by each State or Metro association. 


Protect Youth Sports is USA Softball's background check provider. Background checks are processed through

USA Softball has retained the services of Protect Youth Sports to provide timely background check screenings and all of its background checks are processed online through Background checks conducted by USA Softball are for the sole purpose of determining eligibility for USA Softball sanctioned events and are not used for employment screening. Local organizing bodies may conduct their own background screening and interviews to determine member eligibility in their programs. 

USA Softball annually conducts more than 75,000 criminal background checks of its participants. Members who are background checked include adult non-players in youth play, umpires, scorekeepers, staff and other volunteers. 

Participants who process an independent background check, normally paid by credit card on, receive an ID card from USA Softball stating that they’ve passed the background check. Other participants may receive notice of background check clearance through the form of an ACE Coach ID card or on their individual team registration card. The cost for a background check ranges between $7.00 and $11.00 and depends on other services that can be bundled together such as certification or registration. 

Get your Insurance Certificates online using

Every individually registered team receives a Certificate of Liability Insurance upon approval of their team’s registration by the State or Metro USA Softball commissioner. Individually registered teams may also request Additional Insured certificates, which must also be approved by the local USA Softball commissioner. 

All individually registered members of USA Softball (through a team or league registration) are automatically covered for Liability and Accident Insurance. The Liability provides a limit of $2,000,000 per occurrence and with a $5,000,000.00 aggregate limit to protect you from lawsuits arising out of bodily injury or property damage to others as a result of your softball activities. USA Softball individual registration members are also automatically provided with a $250,000 limit of Accident Medical insurance. This policy helps cover the cost of medical treatment if you are injured while playing softball.  USA Softball's registration accidental insurance may also be used for secondary insurance coverage.

Rosters and ID Cards are no longer an issue when you use

Every individually registered team receives a roster that can be used when playing in USA Softball sanctioned tournaments. Availability of a team’s roster is subject to State or Metro USA Softball commissioner approval. Only players that are approved on a team will be included on the roster. 

Every registered member on an individually registered team receives ID cards verifying their registration. Photo ID cards may be used to gain eligibility into a USA Softball sanctioned tournament. 

In addition to registration cards for players and coaches, USA Softball also provides an ACE Coach ID card for members who pass the USA Softball's background check and complete the ACE Coach Education Program exam. For independent background checks members may also receive background check cards confirming that the member has passed the USA Softball’s background check.

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