Coaches are teachers and life-long learners!  Check out all the exciting educational opportunities and benefits provided to our NFCA members!

Coaches College (NFCC Courses)

  • Learn from the best coaches in the nation!
  • The National Fastpitch Coaches College provides an in-depth look at various aspects of the game.
  • Attendees receive classroom and on-field instruction. 
  • Work your way toward a "Master Coach" title and earn Continuing Education Units.  
  • EIGHT different courses to choose from each year! 
  • Courses, Star Program Overview, Master Coach List, Continuing Education Units and much more

Coaches Clinic

  • With the recent aquisition of NSC's National Softball Coaches Clinics, the NFCA has added seven clinics to its program. Along with our annual Louisville clinic (January 5-6, 2018) at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino in Elizabeth, Ind., the NFCA will hold clinics in Chicago (2), Portland, Ore., Charlotte, Minneapolis, Nashville and Kansas City .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. 

    CLINIC SCHEDULE

    • Chicago Advanced (Dec. 1-2, 2017)
    • Louisville (Jan. 5-6, 2018)
    • Chicago (Jan. 5-6, 2018)
    • Portland, Ore. (Jan. 12-13, 2018)
    • Charlotte (Jan. 12-13, 2018)
    • Minneapolis (Jan. 19-20, 2018)
    • Nashville (Jan. 19-20, 2018)
    • Kansas City (Jan. 26-27, 2018)
    Clinic Information

Coaching Education Committee

  • Provide input regarding the NFCA coaching education program
  • Make recommendations for new educational ideas
  • Aid in the implementation of educational programming

Coaching Tools

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

Convention

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

  • Win with us at the 2017 NFCA National Convention, Dec. 6-9 in Las Vegas
  • Preconvention Seminars
  • Keynote Speaker - TBD
  • More Than Two Days of Clinic Sessions
  • Mentoring Session
  • Hall of Fame Induction Banquet
  • Exhibitor Show

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.

Educational Videos

  • Digital downloads and DVDs of quality, relevant softball education, including 2016 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

Legal Education

  • Lawyer Samantha Ekstrand serves as the 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. 

On Deck with the NFCA (Podcasts)

  • 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

Recruiting Resources

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

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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