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Programs

As the governing body for softball (USA Softball) in Minnesota, Minnesota Softball is committed to providing our associations with the training, education and resources they need to grow the game, maximize player development, and ensure participant safety.


FOR THE COACHES


ACE: The ACE (Aspire, Challenge, Encourage) Coaching Program is a coaching education 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.

One coach is required to be ACE certified at all times.  It's a good idea to have multiple coaches.


Background Checks: USA Softball has retained the services of First Advantage to provide timely background check screenings and all of its background checks are processed online through RegisterUSASoftball.com. Background checks conducted by USA Softball are for the sole purpose of determining eligibility for USA Softball sanctioned events and are not used for employment screening. Local organizing bodies may conduct their own background screening and interviews to determine member eligibility in their programs.

All bench personnel including scorekeepers must have a background check completed.


Heads Up Coaches: This free, online course and using what you learn, you will be well positioned to improve the culture of concussion. Your actions can help create a safe environment for young athletes so that they can stay healthy, active, and thrive - both on and off the playing field.

All coaches must go through this concussion training.  It's a state law.


SafeSport: The safety of our participants in softball is of utmost importance. Education and awareness are the most critical components to creating safe and respectful sporting environments, free of abuse and harassment. Our team of subject matter experts develop best practices, policies and programs consistent with guidance from leading organizations. SafeSport is building its repository of best practices and is eager to work with your organization to champion respect and end abuse in sports.


Softball Roster: You will need a roster to play softball. We have created a roster system for Minnesota Softball that allows you to build a roster quickly and online. The roster that you will create, once it is approved, will have all of the signatures you will need and is your passport to play in Minnesota and in any USA Softball tournament in the country.

All teams must have an approved roster to play.


NFCA: Established in 1983, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is the professional growth organization for fastpitch softball coaches from all competitive levels of play.

The purpose of NFCA is to support fastpitch softball coaches in their quest for excellence, while uniting together to advance the sport we love.

NFCA runs an annual coaches clinic in Minneapolis. It is usually on a Friday and Saturday in January.


FOR THE Associations


Insurance: Minnesota Softball offers many different insurance programs through USA Softball and RPS/Bollinger. 

RPS/Bollinger provides an array of insurance products to cover sports injuries and lawsuits that threaten today's sports organizations. In addition, we offer risk management and claims services to our clients. Sports insurance products are offered on a direct basis as well as through brokers.


Fence Grant Program: If your association is planning on buying outfield fences, you should consider applying for a fence grant from Minnesota Softball. Information on this will be coming soon.


Field Equipment: Minnesota Softball has partnered with A.D. Starr and Dick's Sporting Goods. Your association can get discounted bleachers, fences, wind screens, fence caps, chalkers, drags, and more.


Scholarships: Each year Minnesota Softball offers scholarship awards to eligible, registered members of Minnesota Softball. These scholarships can be used at any post high school institution and are a one-time award.

We currently are offering one scholarship named after Alexis "Lexi" Kretsch. To learn more about Lexi and possibly apply, click on scholarships above.


For the players


All-American Games: USA Softball's 12U All American Games is a prestigious tournament to be hosted at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. This event will provide National exposure to elite athletes in the 12U age division and has been designed to identify and highlight the best athletes from across the country.

Region 8 will field two (2) teams with thirty (30) athletes and four (4) coaches. Each region in the country will send teams to this event.


All American Games


USA Softball Selects: Minnesota Softball conducts the USA Softball Selects event every year in August on the second weekend. It is a celebration for the children and coaches that play within our community based programs.

Each community team that is registered with Minnesota Softball is allowed to nominate two (2) players from their team. This is limited to ages 10U through 16U.


Cadet Umpires: Are you 18 years old or younger? Do you love fastpitch softball and working outside? Need a great paying summer job?

If you are interested in umpiring fastpitch softball for our younger age groups, we have a Cadet Umpire program for you.


College Commits: For some of our players the ultimate goal is playing college softball. As Minnesota Softball players commit, we add them to the list.