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USA Softball and NFCA Renew Partnership

Oct. 23, 2020, 11 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY –– USA Softball, the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the U.S., is proud to renew its three-year contract with National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as an Official Sponsor. Comprised of fast pitch softball coaches from all competitive levels of play, the NFCA annually hosts a Convention, which offers networking opportunities, divisional meetings and educational speaker sessions with some of the game’s most successful coaches.
“We are proud to partner with the NFCA and expand upon the relationship we have established for many years,” said USA Softball Chief Executive Officer, Craig Cress. “As the National Governing Body of Softball, it is our responsibility to grow the game and provide as many educational and development opportunities for all who participate, including coaches. By partnering with the NFCA, who has a very strong and respected presence in the softball community, we will be able to not only continue our support of these grassroots initiatives but also provide additional assets to our ACE Coach Education Program.”

As part of the partnership, USA Softball and NFCA will continue to work jointly to create additional education material for the ACE (Aspire, Challenge, Encourage) Coach Education Program along with select international softball clinics.  Developed by USA Softball, the ACE Coach Education program is 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.  In addition to education material, ACE Coaches will also have an opportunity to purchase a first-time discounted membership to join the NFCA.

USA Softball will also serve as the title sponsor of the Softball Summit during the NFCA Convention.  The summit serves as an open forum for the NFCA membership to discuss business and relevant issues across the landscape of softball.

"We are thrilled to extend our partnership with USA Softball as an NFCA Official Sponsor," said NFCA Executive Director, Carol Bruggeman. "To join forces with the National Governing Body of Softball, especially with the excitement surrounding the upcoming Olympic Games, is very rewarding and presents unique opportunities for our Association. This partnership highlights education, awareness, and diversity; three items critical to continued growth of the sport. USA Softball Executive Officer Craig Cress and Director of National Teams Chris Sebren are leaders in the industry and it has been a pleasure working with them to advance the sport. The NFCA is very appreciative of their loyal support.”

About USA Softball
USA Softball (USAS) 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 & Paralympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USAS sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations.  USAS 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.  USAS annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USAS 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, USAS 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 USAS, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit,