Steps to Become an NSPL Coach Spring Season 2023


Step 1: Submit the Coach Registration form found HERE.

Step 2: USA Softball/ACE certification.

ALL coaches will be required to be USA Softball/ACE certified. This is a three-step process that is not as daunting as it initially seems and can all be done from your computer.  You will need to complete a background check, Safe Sport training and ACE training.

  1. 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.
  2. Click here to register at USA Softball
  3. Begin the Background Check process by entering all required information.  (Instructions are available via the ACE Registration Step-by-Step button below)
  4. Request the Background with ACE Exam - it is $28
  5. 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.
  6. After completion of all three steps, you will receive an email with the subject "Congratulations on becoming ACE Educated" and a badge that is required for all coaches.
    • The badge will say Volunteer Coach Educated - see photo above
  7. Please forward the completion email or photo of your badge to and your division head
  8. Links to helpful information are below
  9. If you have any questions or problems with the process, please contact


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.  

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

Majors 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.


Field Preparation


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.