What is ACE?
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 now more ways to become an ACE Coach Educated. Being educated as an ACE Coach is a simple, straight forward process. The best and quickest way to complete your ACE is online at RegisterUSASoftball.com. 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. Once you have passed the ACE test you are an ACE Coach and receive full ACE Benefits. It is that easy!
Benefits of ACE membership: Insurance Coverage, Certificate and ID Card
ACE Level 1 Coach Education
Prerequisites: SafeSport Program and USA Softball’s background check clearance.
- Purchase the ACE Level 1 option (includes background check and education exam).
- Submit your background check information.
- Wait for background check to clear.
- Successfully complete the Level 1 ACE education exam (questions will be taken directly from the ACE Level 1 video)
- That’s it! Your ACE card will be shipping within a few business days.
ACE Level 2 Coach Education
Prerequisites: USA Softball’s background check clearance and must have successfully completed ACE Level 1.
ACE Level 3 Coach Education
Prerequisites: USA Softball’s background check clearance and must have successfully completed ACE Level 1 and Level 2.
ACE Continuing Education
Prerequisites: USA Softball’s background check clearance and must have successfully completed ACE Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.
To become an ACE Coach Educated, please visit RegisterUSASoftball.com.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the ACE Online Coaching Education Program please contact Marie Payne.