LOUISVILLE, Ky. — USA Softball has renewed its Official Sponsorship with the NFCA. The National Governing Body for Softball in the United States continues to be the title sponsor of the NFCA Convention’s Softball Summit and the Convention’s attendee gift.
“We are thrilled to have USA Softball continue as an Official Sponsor,” said NFCA Executive Director Carol Bruggeman. “Our Association has a great deal of respect for our national governing body. Craig Cress, Chris Sebren, and the entire USA Softball team are tremendous leaders who work tirelessly to push our sport forward. Bringing the softball community together is vital to USA Softball as reflected in their title sponsorship of our all-inclusive Softball Summit at the Convention. The NFCA stands united with USA Softball in their endeavors and we thank them for their support of the NFCA.”
Additionally, the NFCA and USA Softball will continue to work jointly in producing educational material for the ACE (Aspire, Challenge, Encourage) Coach Program and select international softball clinics. ACE Coaches will have an opportunity to purchase a first-time discounted NFCA membership. The program is 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.
“We are proud to renew our partnership with the NFCA as we continue to expand upon the relationship we have established for many years,” said USA Softball Chief Executive Officer Craig Cress. “As the National Governing Body of Softball, it is our responsibility to grow the game and provide as many educational and development opportunities for all who participate – including coaches. By partnering with the NFCA, who has a very strong and respected presence in the softball community, we will be able to not only continue our support of these grassroots initiatives, but also provide additional assets to our ACE Coach Education Program.”
The Softball Summit is a 'must-attend' event at Convention. It affords attendees the opportunity to hear relevant issues surrounding the sport from various softball dignitaries. Additionally, each division representative on the NFCA's Board of Directors addresses their respective division's state of the industry.
Celebrating 40 years in 2023, the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its highly-regarded Awards Program, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from NFCA podcasts to a comprehensive drills database, to in-person events and a National Convention.
About USA Softball:
USA Softball (USAS) is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USAS sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations. USAS is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USAS annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USAS umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.
As the NGB for the sport of softball, USAS is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USAS, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com