Coaches are among the most influential adults in the lives of youth athletes. In conjunction with parents and teachers, coaches are key to developing character in our children.

Coaching on any level, from a first year volunteer softball coach to a veteran Olympic coach, involves more than just knowing the sport.  Most coaches focus only on skills and strategies in an effort to win one more game. However, the great coaches, and thus the really successful ones, realize a coach must know much more than just the skills and strategies of the game.


USA Softball encourages softball coaches of all levels to join USA Softball's membership and participate in the ACE Coach Education program - a coaching program, developed and designed to provide softball coaches of all levels an opportunity to be educated as a coach with a national softball organization.


Whether you're a volunteer coach at the recreation/league level or an aspiring college coach, USA Softball offers education tools and resources to assist you as you strive for your personal or professional goals.  


The following coach resources are available to help further your journey as a youth softball coach:


"Candrea on Coaching"

A coaching newsletter from two-time Olympic Head Coach Mike Candrea, "Candrea on Coaching" ran from 2009-2016 and includes articles on topics surrounding the sport.  From team unity to building consistency in your performance, find the "Candrea on Coaching" archive here >>

NFHS Learning Center

Courses developed by the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) covering Fundamentals of Coaching, First Aid and Teaching Sport Skills.


NFHS - Coaching Softball

A course developed by the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) that features two-time Olympic Head Coach Mike Candrea.  Topics covered include basic skills, team defense and coaching tips.


TrueSport content

Articles developed by TrueSport covering popular topics surrounding youth sports today such as ways coaches can encourage teamwork, how to earn the respect of your players and more.