USA Softball

We, as coaches, sometimes do not realize the impact we may have on a young athletes life. ACE helps ensure that we do our part to create a positive environment for all players.

Travis Bullin - ACE Coach

Become an ACE Coach

As the National Governing Body of Softball, it is USA Softball’s responsibility to ensure that coaches achieve a certain level of understanding of their duties as a coach of a youth softball team. The ACE Coach Education Program videos are practical guides to the everyday situations encountered as a youth softball coach.

USA Softball Procedural Code Article 301.03.a requires that any Junior Olympic (JO) team personnel participating in Championship Play must have at least one current ACE Coach on the field/dugout during Championship Play.

While each state/metro association may offer additional benefits to ACE Coach members, coaches who complete the ACE Coach Education Program receive: 

- Insurance coverage through RPS Bollinger Insurance 

- ACE Coach ID card

- Discounted, one-year $20 NFCA membership

Prerequisites: USA Softball’s background check clearance and SafeSport.

  1. Purchase the ACE Level 1 option (includes background check and education exam).
  2. Submit your background check information.
  3. Wait for background check to clear.
  4. Successfully complete the Level 1 ACE education exam (questions will be taken directly from the ACE Level 1 video)
  5. That’s it! Your ACE card will be shipped within 5-10 business days.

Prerequisites: USA Softball’s background check clearance, SafeSport and must have successfully completed ACE Level 1.

To maintain a current ACE education in subsequent years you must:

  1. Purchase the ACE Level 2 option (includes background check and education exam).
  2. Submit your background check information.
  3. Wait for background check to clear.
  4. Watch the ACE Level 2 Video and complete the ACE Level 2 education exam as you watch the video.
  5. That's It! Your ACE card will be shipped within 5-10 business days.

Prerequisites: USA Softball’s background check clearance, SafeSport and must have successfully completed ACE Level 1 and Level 2.

To maintain a current ACE education in subsequent years you must:

  1. Purchase the ACE Level 3 option (includes background check and education exam).
  2. Submit your background check information.
  3. Wait for background check to clear.
  4. Watch the ACE Level 3 Video and complete the ACE Level 3 education exam as you watch the video.
  5. That's It! Your ACE card will be shipped within 5-10 business days.

Prerequisites: USA Softball’s background check clearance, SafeSport and must have successfully completed ACE Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.

To maintain a current ACE education in subsequent years you must:

  1. Purchase the ACE Continuing Education option (includes background check and education exam).
  2. Submit your background check information.
  3. Wait for background check to clear.
  4. Complete the ACE Continuing Education Exam.
  5. That's It! Your ACE card will be shipped within 5-10 business days.