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NFCC                         

NFCC: National Fastpitch Coaches College

  • It's not just a classroom. Receive on-field coaching experience at these state of the art coaching education sessions!
  • Learn from the best coaches in the nation!
  • The National Fastpitch Coaches College provides an in-depth look at various aspects of the game.
  • Work your way toward a "Master Coach" title and earn Continuing Education Units.  
  • EIGHT different courses to choose from! 
  • Courses, Star Program Overview, Master Coach List, Continuing Education Units and much more.
 
Clinic                           

Coaches Clinics

In 2017-2018 the NFCA coordinated eight successful Coaches Clinics across the country.  Join us for eight more clinics in 2018-2019! These clinics will be a tremendous educational opportunity for coaches of all levels to learn from the best in the game. Over two days, participants will gain knowledge from world-class speakers and be able to mingle with exhibitors, who will be showcasing some of the newest innovations in the softball world.

  • 2018-19 CLINIC SCHEDULE

    • Chicago | Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2018
    • Louisville | Jan. 4-5, 2019
    • Chicago | Jan. 4-5, 2019
    • Minneapolis | Jan. 18-19, 2019
    • Nashville | Jan. 18-19, 2019
    • Charlotte | Jan. 25-26, 2019
    • Portland, Ore. | Jan. 25-26, 2019
    • Kansas City | Feb. 1-2, 2019 

 Practice Plans

 

 

eBook

 

 

Videos

                         

Coaching Tools

YEAR THREE IS AVAILABLE NOW

The NFCA is proud to announce a game-changing EXCLUSIVE benefits package to all High School, Travel Ball and Youth Coach members (current and new) that will immediately improve your team! We know how important practice is to the success of your team and that’s why we’ve partnered with Softball Excellence, who specializes in softball education,  to create the following membership benefit just for Travel Ball, High School and Youth Ball Coaches. 

Here’s a look at what you’ll receive with your NFCA membership:

  • 9 Practice Plans (ready-to-use practices.)
  • 34 Team Drills (fielding, throwing, sliding and strategy)
  • 18 Hitting Drills (within a Hitting Drills eBook that include both Batting T and Toss Drills
  • 3 Video Drills

Packages (Year One)

  • NFCA Effective Coaching Package - Practice Keys
  • NFCA Practice Plans and Drills Package

eBook (Year One)

  • NFCA Hitting and Drills eBook

Videos (Year One)

  • Drill #2 - Bat Sprints
  • Drill #8 - Belly Pops
  • Drill #11 - Beat the Runner

Packages (Year Two)

  • NFCA Practice Plans and Drills Package

Videos (Year Two)

  • Flip Dives - Catching  
  • Skill Drill - Base Running

Packages (Year Three)

  • Effective Coaching Package - Coaching the Female Athlete; Getting the Most from your Players
  • Practice Plans and Drills

Videos (Year Three)

  • Star Drill (Throwing)
  • Over the Line
CEUs                        

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Your attendance at the 2018 NFCA National Convention, any of our 2018 NFCC courses, or any of our 2018-2019 Coaches Clinics earn two (2) continuing education credits per event through Texas Woman’s University. If you attended more than one of our educational offerings, you can earn additional CEU’s, up to 16 total continuing education units

Check with your state licensing agency before applying for CEUs to make sure that your particular school district will accept out-of-state credits. There is an additional $50 per course charge for CEU credits through TWU.

For additional information, contact the NFCA at 502-409-4600 

Convention                        

Convention

Join us for the GREATEST FASTPITCH SOFTBALL EVENT OF THE YEAR!  The Convention is a "must-attend" annual event!

Past & Future Convention Cities

  • Join us at the 2018 NFCA National Convention, Dec. 5-8 in Chicago
  • Preconvention Seminars
  • More Than Two Days of Clinic Sessions
  • Mentoring Session
  • Hall of Fame Induction Banquet
  • Exhibitor Show
TopRecruit                        

Educational Publications

  • 12 issues of the NFCA's member newspaper - Fastpitch Delivery Each issue includes feature stories on coaches, instructional coaching articles and news of the game
  • NFCA's member e-newsletter, Fastpitch Connected - Each weekly (or bi-weekly in the offseason) edition provides a quick look at the latest softball news
  • Top Recruit - 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 issues of the current year's publication for their campers. It is published each April. Click HERE to view the current issue.
EducationalVideos                        

Educational Videos

*** 2017 NFCA Convention Videos Available Now!

Available via digital download or DVD, all Convention attendees will receive two complimentary videos, Arizona head coach Mike Candrea’s “What 41 Years of Coaching Has Taught Me” and a package of the three “Drills, Drills, Drills” presentations by Connecticut’s Jen McIntyre (Defense), Arizona’s Taryne Mowatt (Pitching) and Chris Malveaux (hitting).

  • Digital downloads and DVDs of quality, relevant softball education, including 2017 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
  • Also Available: NFCA Scoring Seminar AND NEW scoring and rules video "How to Maximize Strategy" on how to utilize the DP Flex rule (Rachel Lawson, Kentucky)
  • Access to previous Educational Convention videos
Scale                        

Legal Education

  • As a member you receive access to NFCA's legal counsel. Each month she provides educational pieces (Counsel's Corner) in our monthly newspaper, Fastpitch Delivery. Counsel's Corner is now available for viewing HERE.

            

Mentoring Program (Convention)

  • NFCA mentoring first began at the 2010 NFCA National Convention and continues to be one of the most popular sessions at the event. 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 opportunity to receive FREE educational opportunities including a trip to spend a few days inside the program of  the Division I national champion
  • Other prizes include NFCC course registrations, future Convention registrations and memberships

Mentoring Program (Year Round)

  • With the great success we've had at the NFCA National Convention Mentoring sessions, we have expanded the mentoring program as a service for our members. 
  • To get involved attend the mentoring session at Convention. If you can't make that session but want to be considered for a year-round mentoring triangle, pleae e-mail education@nfca.org

  • “It’s (been) an invaluable experience."

    “It’s (been) an invaluable experience. Seeing that Division I programs go through the same ups and downs as a small community college in Louisiana was surprising, but awesome. What I’ve gained, I know I’ll carry with me the rest of my career.”— Amanda Nordberg-Hamilton, head coach, Bossier Parish Community College
  • “To give your time to someone else is really special."

    “Everybody that’s in the NFCA has so much to learn and share. To give your time to someone else is really special. At the same time, you don’t realize how much you get out of it yourself. You’re smiling because your two friends are doing really well and they’re there for me. It was really easy to talk about anything.” — Kris Ganeff, associate coach, University of Notre Dame
  • "It’s an easy way to give back."

    “I hear a lot of people talk about how they want more out of the NFCA, but they don’t know how. It’s an easy way to give back. A little time is really all that’s required. It can be incredibly beneficial to get the experience of what other people do.” — Alicia Abbott, assistant coach, Northern Illinois University
  • “I just wanted to say how great and meaningful this program has been for me."

    “I just wanted to say how great and meaningful this program has been for me. I am only going into my third year as an assistant coach with Carroll and I have learned more about coaching than I had ever hoped. They have provided me with so much knowledge and recommended so many coaching materials from books, podcasts and programs.”— Hannah Sanidas, assistant coach, Carroll University
  • "I honestly can't fit into one email how amazing the mentoring triangle experience has been."

    "I honestly can't fit into one email how amazing the mentoring triangle experience has been. Originally it started as strictly all softball talk but now we are able to communicate about whatever on a normal basis. I am coaching at a different college this year and they made the transition and the process so much easier by answering questions honestly and being so supportive, every step of the way!" — Tori Fite, assistant coach, Louisiana College

PodcastT                        

"The Dirt" NFCA Podcast presented by Turface

  • Educational tool featuring member coaches sharing insigt on softball related topics
  • Designed to help coaches be the best they can be by listening to a member coach, expert in the field or another individual or group share their knowledge of a specific topic
  • New episodes will go live on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. ET 
  • New episodes, topics and guests will be regularly announced via the NFCA’s online newsletter and social media accounts
  • Past episodes will be available to listen to at any time by choosing the podcast link online at NFCA.org
Recruit                        

Recruiting Resources

EduVideos                        

Scoring Seminar

  • Provide an inside look at softball scorekeeping
  • Video that guides you through basic methods, rules and oddities of keeping the official scorebook
  • Learn to accurately score a softball game

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Tip Tuesday presented by Triple Crown Sports

Inside Pitch presented by Triple Crown Sports

  • Members receive a bi-weekly email of educational tips and drills.

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