Steps to Become an NSPL Coach Spring Season 2024

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IN-HOUSE COACHES

Step 1: Submit the Coach Registration form found HERE. (scroll down to coach registration)

Step 2: Before beginning the certification steps below, be sure to reach out to the head of the division in which you would like to coach to make sure there is a spot. The number of coaches needed in each division changes from year to year.

Step 3: USA Softball Background Check 

ALL coaches will be required to submit to background checks through USA Softball. (only Rebels coaches will be required to complete the ACE Education)

  1. Click here to register at USA Softball 
  2. Begin the Background Check process by entering all required information.  (Instructions are available via the ACE Registration Step-by-Step button below)
  3. Scroll down and select Background Check Purchase - It will ask if you to confirm background check only - select Background Only
  4. Enter all of the require information and select Submit Payment and Background Check (it is $19) 
  5. Return to the previous page - The status of your background check can be found under Background Check Status. It may take a few days.
  6. Once it says Cleared click a few rows above where it says "Please check here for available 2024 Background Check and/or ACE card(s)."
  7. This will bring up your background check clearance
  8. Save this page and send a copy to Safety@nsplsoftball.com and your division head
  9. If you have any questions or problems with the process, please contact Safety@nsplsoftball.com

REBELS TRAVEL COACHES ONLY

ALL Rebels coaches will be required to be USA Softball/ACE certified. You will need to complete a background check, Safe Sport training and ACE training.

  1. Click here to register at USA Softball
  2. Begin the Background Check process by entering all required information.  (Instructions are available via the ACE Registration Step-by-Step button below)
  3. Request the Background with ACE Exam 
  4. Once your background check has cleared you can submit your Safe Sport and ACE training.  FYI - Safe Sport will ask you for your USA # - it is the membership # under your name on the USA Softball site.
  5. After completion of all three steps, you will receive an email with the subject "Congratulations on becoming ACE Educated". You will also receive a badge in the mail. 
    • The badge will say Volunteer Coach Educated
    • You can also pull up a copy of your completed badge where it says. Please check here for available 2024 Background Check and/or ACE card(s).
  6. Please forward the completion email or a copy of the badge to Safety@nsplsoftball.com 
  7. If you have any questions or problems with the process, please contact Safety@nsplsoftball.com

Information for Coaches

REMINDER: A person can be head coach of only one (1) team within NSPL. If needed, a person can be an assistant coach for an additional team within NSPL, with approval by Board of Directors. Please reach out to the division head(s) to request approval. Please note no special scheduling considerations will be given.  

Seniors divisions are assigned One (1) head coach and up to (2) assistant coaches before the draft. (2024 season only)

Majors and Juniors Division are assigned One (1) head coach and one (1) assistant coach are assigned to a team before the draft.  After the teams are drafted a third coach may be added.

Division Heads reserve the right to deny any coaching combination if they feel it will create an unfair balance on the teams.

No coach will be assigned to a team unless these certifications are complete - regardless of past coaching.

Rules

Field Preparation

USA SOFTBALL

USA Softball (formerly the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and ASA/USA Softball) is the governing body for the United States national softball team. In addition, it oversees more than 150,000 amateur teams nationwide.