ACE Coach Education Program

To become ACE Coach Educated, please visit RegisterUSASoftball.com.

The ACE (Aspire, Challenge, Encourage) Coach Education Program is a coaching program, developed and 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.

As the National Governing Body of Softball, it is the USA Softball’s responsibility to ensure that our coaches achieve a certain level of understanding of what their duties are as coach of a youth softball team. The ACE Education videos are a practical guide to the everyday situations you will encounter as a youth softball coach. After obtaining your ACE education, you will be well prepared to coach a youth softball team.

The guiding principles behind the ACE Coaching Education Program are:

A-spire: to achieve a comprehensive level of knowledge for the game. 
C-hallenge: your understanding and knowledge through continued education and growth. 
E-ncourage: yourself and others to be prepared and knowledgeable as a coach in order to provide your athletes an environment in which they can achieve success.

There are four levels of the ACE Coach Education Program: Levels 1-3 and then ACE Continuing Education.  In each of the first three levels you will watch the ACE video that corresponds to your education level and then be tested on the material in the video. The videos cover such topics as Principles of Coaching, Legal Issues in Sports, First Aid, Practice Organization, Coach/Umpire Relations, and Sport Specific Skills.

Being educated as an ACE Coach is a simple, straightforward process. The best and most convenient way to complete your ACE is online at RegisterUSASoftball.com.

Here is a quick run through of the ACE Coach Education program and how one would become educated and achieve the highest level of ACE:

ACE Coach Help Doc

If you are a previously registered coach and the system does not find your profile properly, DO NOT create a new profile. Instead, contact the ACE Administrator at the USA Softball National Office.

If you have never registered with USA Softball you will need to create a new profile before you begin the ACE Coach Education program.

ACE Coach

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.