ACE Coach program hits 15K mark as coach awarded with prize pack

June 10, 2019, 11:24 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball announced today that Steve Toth (Taylor, Mich.) has won a prize pack after becoming the 15,000th coach to complete the ACE (Aspire, Challenge, Encourage) Coach Education Program this 2019 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. Teaming 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).

“Like many coaches, I began coaching fast pitch 20 years ago when I signed up my oldest daughter, Caitlin, for t-ball,” said Toth. “The league needed help and spent the first season teaching balls and strikes along with other beginner level basics…”

Utilizing the ACE Education courses, Toth said, “I have used the ACE training courses and DVD training for quite some time. My team drills and workouts are themed after these training tools provided by ACE. Without a doubt, it has made our player development the last three years even more productive.”

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.

Toth and the team he coaches, Legacy, have set a simple goal for themselves this season. He said, “Our ultimate goal is the USA Softball State Tournament in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan this summer. For us, that is setting the bar at the highest standard. Throughout the six tournaments we have left this season, our ladies feel they should be in the Championship Game every weekend when they play up to their capabilities.”

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.

“What our group and I love about USA Softball is the impeccable attention to detail that the staff and umpires display while creating a friendly environment,” said Toth. “Tournaments are well-run and field conditions are second to none. Legacy Toth 16U loves USA Softball fast pitch!”

For more information on the ACE Coach Program, please contact your local 
USA Softball 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 through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations.  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,