USA Softball ACE Coach Education Program awards 10,000th coach of 2018 season

April 16, 2018, 5:52 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball announced today that Travis Bullin (Ararat, N.C.) has been chosen to win a prize pack after becoming the 10,000th coach to complete the ACE (Aspire, Challenge, Encourage) Coach Education Program this 2018 season. The ACE Coach Education Program is designed to provide softball coaches of all levels, from beginning coaches to experienced veterans, an opportunity to further their education as a coach with the National Governing Body of Softball. For the seventh-straight year, USA Softball has teamed up with Pocket Radar™ to provide coaches with a prize pack. At every 5,000th milestone, USA Softball will award that coach with a brand new Ball Coach Training Tool, courtesy of Pocket Radar™ ($300 value).


Bullin has been coaching a total of nine years, having spent the first year coaching his daughter’s t-ball team at the local recreation level. After moving on to coach-pitch softball in the head coach role, Bullin says, “It wasn’t long before our family was all hooked on softball.” Fast forward a few years, the decision to switch to travel ball and put together a roster of talent became the goal and today, Bullin leads the Surry Smack. 


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 and the ACE Coach Program Manual are practical guides to the everyday situations encountered as a youth softball coach.


What does Bullin say about the ACE Education Program? “The ACE Education Program is something every coach should participate in. 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 and gives us pointers on things to look out for, or signs of potential problems athletes may be facing. The videos and tests you are given really make you think about the potential issues a coach may face during the season and help you to have a better understanding of how to deal with those issues. There are so many possibilities and ACE covers them well.


It is highly recommended that all coaches wishing to coach at the Championship Play level or those coaches wanting to receive full ACE Coach program benefits become an ACE coach. Coaches can do so online using the ACE Online System on There are four levels to the ACE program and upon successful completion of each level, benefits include RPS Bollinger insurance coverage, a background check clearance and ID card.


For more information on the ACE Coach Program, please contact your local USA Softball Association Commissioner or visit the ACE Coach Program section of


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About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 69 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game. 

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit,