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Coaches are teachers and life-long learners!  Check out all of the exciting educational opportunities and benefits provided to our NFCA members!
  • Drills & Videos
    Digital Education Library

    Digital Education Library

    Digital Education Library: Located in your members-only "Coach's Box" you will find full seminars on a multitude of topics from previous Conventions. Over 1,500 hours of educational videos are available at your fingertips to help you excel in your coaching career.

    Drills Database

    Drills Database

    Drills Database: Members are granted access to a video database composed of drills from member coaches. With over 200 videos, this database is updated regularly and sorted by skill.

    Digital Downloads

    Digital Downloads

    ***2019 NFCA Convention Videos Available Now!

    Available via digital download or DVD.

    • Digital downloads and DVDs of quality, relevant softball education, including 2019 Convention videos, can be found in our NFCA online store and on Coachtube.com.
    • Through our partnership with CoachTube, coaches can access and purchase NFCA educational content digitally in an easy-to-view format
  • Online Education
    Forums

    Forums

    NFCA Forums are in-depth educational offerings that are open to all members of the softball community. Highlighted by our Educate To Elevate series, these forums take a look at current issues in the sport as well as society as a whole. We hope you enjoy these special offerings and welcome your feedback.
    Virtual Clinics

    Virtual Clinics

    We know that coaches can't always attend our events in-person, and now you don't have to! We are proud to introduce you to the newest NFCA initiative, our online coaches clinics. These quick-paced presentations allow you to learn from some of the greatest coaches in our game without ever leaving the comfort of your home (or ball bucket). Dates, times, topics, and participating coaches are constantly changing so check back here often to ensure you never miss an opportunity to grow with us.
    Coaching Tools

    Coaching Tools

    Coaching Tools presented by USSSA: The NFCA is proud to offer a game-changing EXCLUSIVE annual benefits package that will immediately improve your team! We know how important practice is and that’s why we created the Coaching Tools package that includes new drills, practice plans, charts and other information every year - just for high school, international, travel ball and youth member coaches. (NOTE: Information given each year depends on years of membership with the NFCA and membership renewal status.)
    Digital Education Library

    Digital Education Library

    Digital Education Library: Located in your members-only "Coach's Box" you will find full seminars on a multitude of topics from previous Conventions. Over 1,500 hours of educational videos are available at your fingertips to help you excel in your coaching career.

    Podcasts

    Podcasts

    Podcasts: “The Dirt” NFCA podcast, is designed to help coaches gain a better understanding of various facets of the game. Listeners can learn from a member coach, expert in the field or friend of the NFCA as they share their knowledge of a specific topic. New episodes go live on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. ET.
    Webinars

    Webinars

    Webinars presented by Rapsodo: Engage with a member coach, an expert in the field or another friend of the NFCA as they share their knowledge of a specific topic. to NFCA members only. Designed to help coaches be the best they can be, new episodes are available 4 - 6 times a year and are announced via the NFCA’s online newsletter and social media accounts. Webinars are archived in the “Coach’s Box” for future access at any time for NFCA members only.
  • Clinics & Courses
    Virtual Clinic

    Virtual Clinic

    We know that coaches can't always attend our events in-person, and now you don't have to! We are proud to introduce you to the newest NFCA initiative, our online coaches clinics. These quick-paced presentations allow you to learn from some of the greatest coaches in our game without ever leaving the comfort of your home (or ball bucket). Dates, times, topics, and participating coaches are constantly changing so check back here often to ensure you never miss an opportunity to grow with us.
    Regional Coaches Clinics

    Regional Coaches Clinics

    As a coach it's important to encourage your student-athletes to keep learning, growing and making adjustments in order to better themselves. Well, same goes for you, Coach! The NFCA is encouraging YOU to come learn from the top coaches in our game at an NFCA Coaches Clinic each year.

    Whether you are a first-year coach wondering about pitching and practice planning, or a seasoned veteran that needs new drills and an updated hitting philosophy, the NFCA has you covered. Each clinic features five outstanding clinicians who will share ideas, drills, strategies, player development techniques and much more. Our format includes rotating speaker sessions, breaks to visit the vendors, a Q&A panel with the speakers and a social hour presented by Legacy Event Management of networking and fun. Every speaker is available throughout the two-day event to answer your specific questions and share their insights about the game. Not to mention, we raffle off a LOT of free equipment.
    NFCC Courses

    NFCC Courses

    THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN COACHING EDUCATION

    "The NFCC Coaching Classes are in depth and great opportunities to dive in and learn from the best coaches in the country. Even though I have taken most classes multiple times I continue to learn as each instructor has a different way of presenting things and I try to take the best that each instructor has to offer." – Sean Hall, Midwest Speed

    Where else can you receive in-depth information from three top coaches in the game that features the live demonstration of drills and the ability to have all of your questions answered over a two-day span? The National Fastpitch Coaches College (NFCC) is a unique program that is unmatched in its content and access to the premier coaches in the game. No matter the skill level of your players, you will learn how to elevate their game by attending any or all of the nine courses offered by the NFCA.
    NFCA Pitching & Hitting Endorsements

    NFCA Pitching & Hitting Endorsements

    The NFCA is proud to announce a new initiative to recognize coaches who have a vested interest in hitting and pitching, and who have committed to their personal and professional growth through NFCA-sponsored education.

    Introduced in 2019, an official NFCA coaching endorsement will be provided to coaches who attend three pitching or hitting-specific courses in a four-year period.

    Have questions? Email education@nfca.org
  • Convention
    THE NFCA NATIONAL CONVENTION

    The NFCA National Convention is the largest gathering of fastpitch coaches & exhibitors on earth. This four-day event boasts expert speakers, drills sessions, networking opportunities, social events, awards, an exhibit show, and much more. The Convention features numerous ways to get better as a coach, whether you are a rookie coach or a seasoned veteran!

    An engaging keynote address, stellar speaking lineup, largest Exhibit Show (sold out for fourth straight year) in softball history and memorable Hall of Fame speeches were just a few of many highlights that made the 2019 NFCA National Convention another success. Attendees gathered for four days of learning, sharing, networking and socializing at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. 2019 featured 27 percent more education, including two Drills, Drills, Drills sessions and first-time speakers in the Exhibit Hall.

    LEARN MORE HERE!

    • A LOADED FOUR-DAY LINEUP
    • KEYNOTE SPEAKER
    • FORUMS TO DISCUSS CHANGES & THE FUTURE OF THE SPORT
    • MENTORING WORKSHOP
    • AWARDS
    • NETWORK
    • THE LATEST INNOVATIONS IN SOFTBALL EQUIPMENT
    • WHAT’S INCLUDED?
    • A LOADED FOUR-DAY LINEUP

      A LOADED FOUR-DAY LINEUP

      Gain valuable insight, drills and tips from some of the best speakers and sharpest minds in our game. Top coaches and national experts share their softball secrets.
    • KEYNOTE SPEAKER

      KEYNOTE SPEAKER

      The Convention will kickoff on Wednesday evening with the "First Pitch: Opening Welcome" that will feature a Keynote Speaker. Previous speakers have included: Holly Rowe (ESPN), Jessica Mendoza (ESPN), Bret Ledbetter (What Drives Winning).
    • FORUMS TO DISCUSS CHANGES & THE FUTURE OF THE SPORT

      FORUMS TO DISCUSS CHANGES & THE FUTURE OF THE SPORT

      NFCA member groups and various committees will conduct their annual in-person meetings, while attendees will come together for several full-membership discussion events, including the discussion of issues surrounding softball at the Softball Summit presented by USA Softball on Friday.
    • MENTORING WORKSHOP

      MENTORING WORKSHOP

      Take part in one of our most popular events — our mentoring workshop. Coaches with varying levels of expertise participate in a roundtable setting where everyone can benefit from the discussion of important coaching topics.
    • AWARDS

      AWARDS

      Join us in celebrating our coaches. The Convention features an Awards Brunch and Hall of Fame Dinner. Celebrate the induction of the 2019 Hall of Fame class, witness the announcement of the upcoming inductees, and help recognize milestone wins and other coaching accolades.
    • NETWORK

      NETWORK

      Coaches come together in a variety of formats to discuss, network, and celebrate with one another. Meet new people or catch up with your oldest friends at one of the many networking opportunities. Prefer a business setting? Attend your divisional caucus! Seeking a casual conversation? Grab a cup of coffee and have breakfast with your colleagues. Looking for something a little more vibrant? Explore one of the many (free) happy hours. Whatever you're looking for, there is a venue for you.
    • THE LATEST INNOVATIONS IN SOFTBALL EQUIPMENT

      THE LATEST INNOVATIONS IN SOFTBALL EQUIPMENT

      Make sure you don’t miss the Exhibit Show, where you can check in with your favorite companies and see the latest and greatest in softball training, technology, equipment, and apparel.
    • WHAT’S INCLUDED?

      WHAT’S INCLUDED?

      Your Convention attendee registration includes an attendee gift, more than 50 speakers, breakfasts, caucus meetings, happy hours, a mentoring workshop, access to the Exhibit Show, fireside chats, receptions, the NFCA Hall of Fame Banquet, ability to meet with the NFCA legal counsel (members only) and an experience you'll never forget.
  • Mentoring
    Mentoring Session (Convention)

    Mentoring Session (Convention)

    NFCA mentoring first began at the 2010 NFCA National Convention and continues to be one of the most popular sessions offered. Coaches of all divisions join together to share ideas on how to improve as a coach and grow the game. Take part as either a mentor or mentee.

    Each year at the Convention Mentoring session, mentees have the chance to receive FREE educational opportunities. Some of those prizes include: a trip to spend a few days inside the program of the Division I national champion, an NFCC course registration, future Convention registrations and NFCA memberships.
    Mentoring Triangles (Year Round)

    Mentoring Triangles (Year Round)

    Building upon the success of the NFCA National Convention Mentoring sessions, we have expanded the mentoring program as a service to our members. This endeavor is the first of its kind, as coaches from around the country are placed in triangle mentoring groups based on their goals, leadership styles, strengths and self-identified areas for growth. The goal of the program is synonymous with the mission of the NFCA: To support fastpitch softball coaches in their quest for excellence, while uniting together to advance the sport we love.
  • Publications
    Top Recruit Magazine

    Top Recruit Magazine

    Our once-a-year magazine focusing on the college-bound softball student-athlete. NFCA members who sign up for the Camp Network can receive free access to the current year's publication for their campers. It is published each April.
    Fastpitch Delivery

    Fastpitch Delivery

    12 issues of the NFCA's member (digital) newspaper - Fastpitch Delivery - Each issue includes feature stories on coaches, instructional coaching articles and news of the game.
    NFCA Calendar

    NFCA Calendar

    All NFCA members will receive a FREE calendar featuring student-athletes across the country from member schools. Submit your own photos to see your team featured in next year's calendar!
    More Publications

    More Publications

    Receive NFCA's member weekly e-newsletter, Fastpitch Connected, to stay in the know with up-to-date educational articles, and receive free drills and tips from the nation's top coaches.

 

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