Established in 1983, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is the professional growth organization for fastpitch softball coaches from all competitive levels of play. The national office, located in the Crescent Hill community of Louisville, Ky., moved to the Bluegrass State in 2012.
Although collegiate coaches comprised the majority of the organization's membership in the early days, today they are joined by high school, travel ball, professional and international coaches, along with umpires, clubs, businesses and fans of fastpitch softball. Growing from 40 members in 1983 to over 5,500 today, the NFCA boasts members from all 50 states and nine international countries- Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore and Sweden.
There are many services offered to the membership. Highlighted by the All-America teams, the awards program is about recognizing student-athletes for their athletic and academic prowess and coaches for their contributions both on and off the field.
Education is one of the NFCA’s highest priorities. It hosts an annual National Convention in December, conducts eight coaches clinics and provides in-person and online educational classes (NFCC) to its members. The Association also runs collegiate tournaments and hosts skills and academic camps throughout the nation. Additionally the NFCA works with USA Today in producing polls for NCAA Division I and high school softball as well as compiling NCAA Division II and Division III national polls.
- To support fastpitch softball coaches in their quest for excellence, while uniting together to advance the sport we love.
NFCA Core Values
- Service to the membership above all else
- Integrity in everything we do
- Commitment to excellence, innovation and the sharing of information
- Passion for our sport
- Respect for a diverse fastpitch community
- We will be the premier “one stop shop” organization in the sport of fastpitch softball.
- Using state of the art technology, we will create a global presence and increase membership by providing quality products and unparalleled educational events while cultivating sponsorships and partnerships to grow the sport.
The purposes of this Association shall be:
- To stimulate the development of quality leadership for fastpitch softball programs, and to recognize professional contributions to the sport by:
- Providing national and international educational training for fastpitch softball coaches.
- Encouraging, supporting, and providing guidance in the development and conduct of fastpitch softball programs whose purposes correlate with the general objectives of education.
- Instilling within coaches a deep sense of responsibility for developing and conducting programs that will enrich the lives of the participants.
- To encourage the playing of fastpitch softball in accordance with the highest traditions of competition.
- To foster national and international amateur fastpitch softball competition.
- To facilitate public and professional understanding and appreciation of the importance and value of the sport of fastpitch softball.
- To identify and pursue issues relevant to fastpitch softball coaches and to the sport of fastpitch softball; and to provide a forum for the discussion of matters of interest to members of the Association.
- To provide a channel of direct communication among fastpitch softball coaches at all educational levels.
- To maintain a membership group representative of all sections of the United States, and all levels of fastpitch softball competition.
- To organize the coaches as a group interested in formulating and promoting guiding principles, standards, and policies for conducting competitive fastpitch softball programs for girls and women; and to provide a united body for positive action relative to the sport of fastpitch softball.
- To promote cooperative efforts with other professional organizations similarly interested in the ultimate development of fastpitch softball programs and opportunities for fastpitch softball players.
- To promote cooperative efforts with other professional organizations interested in girls' and women's athletics (programs, coaches, and players).