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The NFCA's commitment to growth and education has never been stronger. Join your colleagues and rivals for unprecedented access to Virtual Coaches Clinics, webinars, video chats, podcasts, publications, and more!


Convention Registration is NOW OPEN for the Virtual Convention!
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  • On-field equipment package ($350 value)
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*Prizes will be given periodically until November 16th


October 14, 2020 | Educate to Elevate

October 14, 2020 | Educate to Elevate

Panelists from different backgrounds and experiences will share their unique perspectives. Hear from Sonja Garnett (Saint Mary's), Linda Kalafatis (College of Charleston), Dr. Peter McGahey (Saint Leo), Shonda Stanton (Indiana),and Dr. Meghana Suchak (Louisville).


September 16, 2020 | Educate to Elevate

September 16, 2020 | Educate to Elevate

Communications expert Betsy Butterick, Deanna Gumpf (Notre Dame), Julian James (Riverwood High School), Dr. Scotta Morton (Missouri), and professional player and collegiate coach Morgan Zerkle had an unscripted conversation about what your athletes are thinking, how they are feeling, and why it's important you truly listen to what they have to say.


Quick Out of the Box
Are you a new collegiate head coach?

This program is for you! Quick Out of the Box, a curriculum for new head coaches is designed to connect new collegiate head coaches, with one another, as well as with veteran head coaches in a classroom setting. New head coaches have unique needs when it comes to mentorship. We understand that there is a very small window to successfully instill a culture when taking over a program. The goal of this educational initiative is to shorten the learning curve and help the next generation of champions thrive in their new positions.

Designed for first-year head coaches (no head coaching experience prior to 2020), the NFCA will be utilizing Google Classroom, Zoom, and other online tools to help coaches connect and grow over the course of the year. They will have access to more than 50 long-tenured and successful collegiate coaches, who will offer their advice and share documents on a wide array of topics including team management, practice planning, recruiting, relationships with administrators, managing staff, budget planning, alumni outreach, fundraising, academic monitoring, discipline, documentation procedures, mental training, COVID-19 procedures, and social justice education.


USSSA Coaching Tools Summer 2020 Package
Attention High School, International, Travel Ball, and Youth members!

Head to your members-only "Coach's Box" and click on "Coaching Tools" to access the "Special 2020 COVID Summer Edition presented by USSSA." Watch along as Pride athletes share their favorite softball concepts with you, focusing on pitching, positive self-talk, and goal setting.


August 19, 2020 | Identifying Unhealthy Relationships
Did you know one in three women experience some sort of physical violence by an intimate partner [1] and that intimate partner violence is most common against women between the ages of 18-24 [2]?

You will likely encounter at least one scenario in your lifetime of an unhealthy relationship that may include physical abuse, sexual violence, emotional abuse and/or stalking. Can you identify the warning signs? Do you know how to start the conversation?

This Educate to Elevate forum tackles the role of the coach in Unhealthy Relationships.


July 31, 2020 | Virtual Coaches Clinic

July 31, 2020 | Virtual Coaches Clinic

This LAST Virtual Coaches Clinic of the summer features an ALL-HITTING lineup! Make plans to learn alongside Kenny Gajewski (Oklahoma State), Loren LaPorte (James Madison), and Katie Rietkovich Browder (Ole Miss).

For just $25 you get:

•90 minutes of speaker presentations

•Videos, drills, philosophies and more

•Listen to a 30-minute Q&A "Happy Hour" session with the speakers

•Speaker PowerPoint presentations


July 28, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

July 28, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

The last Coaching Conversations of the summer will feature Donna Papa (North Carolina) and her coaching tree. Listen to unforgettable stories from Tony Baldwin (Georgia), Beverly Smith (South Carolina), and Megan Smith Lyon (Marshall). Submit your questions ahead of time on the form below!


July 23, 2020 | Virtual Mentoring Session

July 23, 2020 | Virtual Mentoring Session

This is the LAST Virtual Mentoring Session of the summer! Missed chatting with your coaching colleagues? This session puts you face-to-face.


July 17, 2020 | Virtual Coaches Clinic

July 17, 2020 | Virtual Coaches Clinic

Velocity, spin, mentality, bullpens, drills ... you'll learn about all of these things and more during the ALL-PITCHING Virtual Coaches Clinic! Learn alongside Trisha Ford (Arizona State), Tori Nyberg (Stanford), and Marissa Young (Duke). Whoever you are, this clinic is for YOU!

For just $25 you get:

•90 minutes of speaker presentations

•Videos, drills, philosophies and more

•Listen to a 30-minute Q&A "Happy Hour" session with the speakers

•Speaker PowerPoint presentations


July 15, 2020 | A Call to Action

July 15, 2020 | A Call to Action

The "Educate to Elevate" series continues with another open discussion regarding the social justice movement. Our first forum touched on the current climate and the experiences of black coaches and administrators. This forum will address action items coaches can take back to their team and communities to enact real change.


July 15, 2020 | Helping Coaches Keep Moving Forward During COVID-19
July 15, 2020 | Helping Coaches Keep Moving Forward During COVID-19

On this episode of "The Dirt" NFCA Podcast, Executive Director Carol Bruggeman talks about helping coaches keep moving forward during COVID-19.


July 14, 2020 | Managing Large Rosters

July 14, 2020 | Managing Large Rosters

After student-athletes were granted eligibility relief, new challenges are on the horizon. Listen to Crystal Rosenthal (Concordia Irvine), John Tschida (St. Thomas), and Tim Walton (Florida) talk about how to manage a large roster, from leadership to playing time and everything in between.


July 8, 2020 | Recruiting During COVID-19
  1. July 8, 2020 | Recruiting During COVID-19

On this episode of "The Dirt" NFCA Podcast, Columbia University Head Coach, Jen Teague talks about recruiting challenges & changes during COVID-19.


July 7, 2020 | Player Development: The Two-Year Plan

July 7, 2020 | Player Development: The Two-Year Plan

Listen to these leading junior college coaches as they discussed best practices for player development, recruiting, and how to transition players from two-year to four-year institutions. They talked about managing large rosters with consistent turnover. No matter who you are, you'll learn something from these elite coaches.


July 1, 2020 | A Profile in Coaching: Ralph Weekly
  1. July 1, 2020 | A Profile in Coaching: Ralph Weekly

On this episode of "The Dirt" NFCA Podcast, Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly joined us to talk about serving in the military 🇺🇲 and the path that led him to fall in love with softball.


June 30, 2020 | Creating an Inclusive Culture

June 30, 2020 | Creating an Inclusive Culture

Focused on creating an inclusive culture for the LGBTQ+ community within your program, panelists shared their experiences and expertise through open dialogue.


June 24, 2020 | From Recognition to Conversations: Nutrition & Eating Disorders

June 24, 2020 | From Recognition to Conversations: Nutrition & Eating Disorders

Learn from an industry professional, a former student-athlete and two head coaches as they discuss nutrition and eating disorders. Learn about your role as a coach in the sports nutrition conversation with student-athletes, how to recognize warning signs, and available resources.


June 24, 2020 | The Coach's Guide to Public Speaking
  1. June 24, 2020 | The Coach's Guide to Public Speaking

On this episode of "The Dirt" NFCA Podcast, Nebraska head coach Rhonda Revelle and Indiana head coach Shonda Stanton offered coaches some tips on public speaking.


June 23, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

June 23, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

Listen to three national championship caliber coaches in this installment of our unscripted "Coaching Conversations." Yvette Girouard (NFCA Hall of Fame), Bari Mance (St. John Fisher), and Patrick Murphy (Alabama) will answer potluck-style questions.


June 19, 2020 | Virtual Coaches Clinic

Virtual Coaches Clinic

JT D'Amico (Washington - Defense) Lisa Fernandez (UCLA - Pitching), Samantha Ricketts (Mississippi State - Offense)

For just $25 you get:

•90 minutes of speaker presentations

•Videos, drills, philosophies and more

•Listen to a 30-minute Q&A "Happy Hour" session with the speakers

•Speaker PowerPoint presentations


June 17, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

June 17, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

Listen to 5x regional champion, national champion, and former USSSA Pride head coach Mike Davenport (North Georgia), 11x national champion and NFCA Hall of Famer Sue Enquist, along with 3x NWC Coach of the Year Jessica Hollen (George Fox) for another unscripted "Coaching Conversations." Panelists were put in the hot seat with some burning questions such as recruiting, practice planning, fundraising, and so much more!


June 17, 2020 | Learning from Legends
June 17, 2020 | Learning from Legends

On this episode of "The Dirt" NFCA Podcast, Hall of Famers Margie Knight (Salisbury), Julie Lenhart (Cortland), and Deb Pallozzi (Ithica), shared insight into a variety of coaching topics.


June 16, 2020 | Let's Talk Tech

June 16, 2020 | Let's Talk Tech

Softball technology can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Learn from various perspectives on how these panelists incorporate tech within their programs. If you've never had time to learn ... Let's Talk Tech!


June 10, 2020 | Planning for Your Coaching Journey
June 10, 2020 | Planning for Your Coaching Journey

On this episode of "The Dirt" NFCA Podcast, former coach & current HMW Sports Counseling owner & TV analyst Helen Williams helps coaches plan out their professional journey.


June 10, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

June 10, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

Another unscripted Coaching Conversations has come your way, this time with "Championship Panel" part two. These national championship coaches Bill Conroy (Beverly Bandits), Heinz Mueller (Phoenix College), and Todd Petersen (Papillion-LaVista HS - Nebraska) talk about what made their teams rise to the top.


June 9, 2020 | Let's Talk Tech

June 9, 2020 | Let's Talk Tech

Softball technology can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. This two-part forum discusses how coaches use a variety of technologies with their teams. Learn from various perspectives ranging from Division I Power 5 universities to travel ball coaches.


June 9, 2020 | Educate to Elevate

June 9, 2020 | Educate to Elevate

The first installment of the "Educate to Elevate" series focuses on Dismantling Racism and Understanding Privilege. This open forum discusses the social justice movement in our country and how coaches can have discussions with their team, staff, and administration.


Virtual Coaches Clinic #4

June 5, 2020 | Virtual Coaches Clinic

For just $25 you get: • 90 minutes of speaker presentations • Videos, drills, philosophies • 30-minute Q&A "Happy Hour" with the speakers • Access to speaker PowerPoint presentations post-clinic 


June 3, 2020 | From Red to Black: Budgeting 101

June 3, 2020 | From Red to Black: Budgeting 101

Do you ever struggle with how to budget effectively? Curious what your administrators want to see in a budget? Did you know there are different types of budgets? If you are looking for budgeting tools, you need to watch this webinar. Listen to coaches, athletic directors, and financial administrators alike.


June 3, 2020 | Strength Training for the Softball Athlete
June 3, 2020 | Strength Training for the Softball Athlete

On this episode of "The Dirt" NFCA Podcast, Utah Valley University Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Cameron Dietz talks about playing a role in helping student-athletes achieve success.


June 2, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

June 2, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

Another unscripted Coaching Conversations, this time with a focus on the late Elaine Sortino's (UMass) Coaching Tree. Listen to Bill Edwards (rival/colleague), Kathryn Gleason (Northern Kentucky), Rachel Lawson (Kentucky), and Kristi Stefanoni (UMass) as they detail her influence and the lessons she instilled in them while we remember the legendary NFCA Hall of Fame member.


Charging the Battery Video Bundle
June 1, 2020 | Charging the Battery Video Bundle

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May 27, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

May 27, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

In this NFCA Webinar presented by Rapsodo, hear what made these teams rise to the top from National Championship winning coaches. Listen to Kelly Inouye-Perez (UCLA), Cheryl Milligan (Army), and Scott Whitlock (NFCA Hall of Fame).


May 26, 2020 | Coaching Yourself Through Isolation

May 26, 2020 | Coaching Yourself Through Isolation

As coaches, we often put others before ourselves. Now is a time to put ourselves first, which can be difficult being away from the team, coworkers, and family. In this NFCA Webinar presented by Rapsodo, these individuals share their perspective on the last few months. Listen to Christian Conrad (Florida State), Emily Klueh (Michigan), Amy Kvilhaug (Boston College), and Alex Lagesse (Providence) in "Coaching Yourself Through Isolation."


May 22, 2020 | Virtual Coaches Clinic

May 22, 2020 | Virtual Coaches Clinic, presented by Pocket Radar

Did you miss out on our third Virtual Coaches Clinic? Wish you had access to the PowerPoint presentations? Now you can! The full recording and three presentations are available for purchase for just $25. Access the event for only $25. Want your entire staff to attend? You can sign up four coaches for the price of three with the group discount.


May 20, 2020 | What's Next, Coaches?
May 20, 2020 | What's Next, Coaches?

On this episode of "The Dirt" NFCA Podcast, Kentucky softball head coach Rachel Lawson and NFCA legal counsel Samantha Ekstrand talked about what's next as teams prepare to get back to business.


May 20, 2020 | Finding the Balance

May 20, 2020 | Finding the Balance

This global pandemic looks different for everyone. Are you struggling to 'turn off' work at the end of the day? What about taking care of an older (or several younger) family member(s)? Did you turn into a teacher for a few months? Hear Cindy Ball Malone, Lindsay McCarthy, Darin Monroe, Jennifer Patrick-Swift, Samantha Ekstrand (and a few surprise guests from the audience!) share their perspectives on "Finding the Balance." This webinar is for members only.


May 19, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

May 19, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

In this NFCA Webinar presented by Rapsodo, "Coaching Conversations" listen as assistant coaches as JT D'Amico (Washington), Taryne Mowatt-McKinney (Arizona), and Kelsey Thompson (Augustana) share their experiences. There's no better place to learn and grow than alongside your peers! This webinar is for members only.


May 13, 2020 | The Coach - Administrator Relationship
May 13, 2020 | The Coach - Administrator Relationship

On this episode of "The Dirt" NFCA Podcast, Ball State University's Athletic Director Beth Goetz and Head Softball Coach Megan Ciolli Bartlett talk about the coach-administrator relationship.


May 12, 2020 | Coaching Conversations
May 12, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

Have you ever wondered what the hiring process looks like from start to finish? Four experts tell all in this NFCA Webinar presented by Rapsodo!"


May 6, 2020 | Coaching Body Image
May 6, 2020 | Coaching Body Image

On this episode of "The Dirt" NFCA Podcast, Dr. Mallory Mann helps coaches work safely with female student-athletes on body issues.


May 6, 2020 | Mental Health & Navigating Sudden Loss
May 6, 2020 | Mental Health & Navigating Sudden Loss

In this NFCA Webinar presented by Rapsodo, we navigate through the uncharted waters of a spring without softball and everyone is feeling the impact differently. Hear Linda Kalafatis (College of Charleston), Alex Martens (Kentucky), Emily Allard (NFCA/Former Pro Player), and Judy L. Van Raalte, PhD (Professor of Psychology) share their perspective and personal experiences on mental health and navigating sudden loss. This webinar episode is available for all.


May 5, 2020 | Coaching Conversations
May 5, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

If you have enjoyed our weekly unscripted Coaching Conversations, have we got a treat for you! In this NFCA Webinar presented by Rapsodo, One of the GOATs in our sport, Patty Gasso, will be joined by members of her Coaching Tree. Hear from Michelle Gascoigne (Northwestern), Melyssa Lombardi (Oregon), and Samantha Ricketts (Mississippi State), who all gained their foundation in coaching as a Sooner under the mentorship of Coach Gasso.


April 29, 2020 | Championship Communication
April 29, 2020 | Championship Communication

On this episode of "The Dirt" NFCA Podcast, Betsy Butterick (The Coaches' Coach) explains how to have championship communication with your team.


April 28, 2020 | Coaching Conversations
April 28, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

In this NFCA Webinar presented by Rapsodo, Hall of Fame member George Wares (Central College) and University of Missouri head coach Larissa Anderson were joined by industry leaders for an unscripted episode of Coaching Conversations. Watch as two of the most candid coaches around tackle tough topics during this hour-long collaborative event.


April 24, 2020 | Virtual Coaches Clinic
April 24, 2020 | NFCA'S first-ever Virtual Coaches Clinic

These rapid-fire presentations on infield, pitching, and offense from Kate Drohan (Northwestern), Jennifer Rocha (Oklahoma), and Craig Snider (Texas A&M) will help you hit the ground running once you are back on the field. Purchase the recording and following Q&A session for only $25.00.


April 22, 2020 | Coaching is Coaching
April 22, 2020 | Coaching is Coaching

On this episode of "The Dirt" NFCA Podcast, Rachel Balkovec (New York Yankees) explains how softball set the stage for what she is doing now & why coaching is just coaching.


April 22, 2020 | Office Tips & Tricks
April 22, 2020 | Office Tips & Tricks From the Pros

Coaches are always looking for ways to be more efficient in the office. Watch this NFCA Webinar presented by Rapsodo on how to integrate FREE technology to assist with recruiting, team management, organization, and branding. This trio of panelists will teach you exactly how they use a variety of resources to make their approach to every aspect of team management a little less stressful while making a big impression.


April 20, 2020 | NEW NFCA Blog
April 20, 2020 | NEW NFCA Blog

We're excited to unveil the NFCA's first-ever blog! Coming to you from the home office, "Beyond the Fence" will take you behind-the-scenes of the Association. Offering insight on the inner workings of the NFCA staff, topics will include day-to-day operations, what goes into organizing events (such as the upcoming National Convention in Dallas, Texas) and the history of the Association. Beyond the Fence will be available to the general public through social media and the "About NFCA" section on nfca.org, as well as through the members-only "Coach's Box" under "Publications."


April 21, 2020 | Assistant Coach Chat
April 21, 2020 | Coaching Conversations: Assistant Coaches

This NFCA Webinar presented by Rapsodo is specifically designed with our assistant coaches in mind. Spend time focusing on the unique perspective of assistant coaches from all levels with this episode.


April 16, 2020 | Extended Off Season
April 16, 2020 | Extended Off Season

For coaches who are trying to figure out the best way to plan for an extended off season with limited access to training facilities and teammates, this one is for you. Listen to Campbell head coach Sharonda McDonald and her husband, Strength & Conditioning coach Mike Kelley, for strategies on preparing your athletes for the future in this unprecedented time on this NFCA Webinar presented by Rapsodo.


April 15, 2020 | Documenting For A Purpose
April 15, 2020 | Documenting For A Purpose

On this episode of "The Dirt" NFCA Podcast, longtime coach Marsha Frese explains why all coaches need to go all-in on documentation.


April 14, 2020 | Webinar
April 14, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

In this NFCA Webinar presented by Rapsodo, listen to your fellow coaches and industry leaders for an unscripted episode of Coaching Conversations. This episode will include a segment specifically on travel ball and high school programs and what is in store for recruiting given the current collegiate landscape.


April 9, 2020 | Financial Planning
April 9, 2020 | Financial Planning

Education is more than X's, O's, and leadership. In this NFCA Webinar presented by Rapsodo, listen to Edward Jones Financial Advisor Kris Caldwell for a look at managing money, understanding the market, and planning for retirement. No matter what stage of your career you're in, there is something for you. Watch this webinar, your future self will be glad you did!


April 9, 2020 | Scheduling Assistant
April 9, 2020 | Scheduling Assistant

Are you working on your 2021 or 2022 schedule? Looking for non-conference tournaments or mid-week games? Look no further than the NFCA's Scheduling Assistant. Submitting or looking for open dates is easy with this tool in your members-only "Coach's Box". We can't wait to see you back on the field in 2021. Click "Scheduling Assistant: Submit Open Dates" to fill out your division's form. Then click "Scheduling Assistant: View Open Dates" to see your response or any other open dates submitted. (For NCAA D1, D2, D3, NAIA, NJCAA D1, D2, D3, Cal JC, NWAC and HS)


April 8, 2020 | Communicating with Generation Z
April 8, 2020 | Communicating with Generation Z

On this episode of "The Dirt" NFCA Podcast, Theresa Beeckman (Western Michigan) helps coaches communicate more effectively with Generation Z.


April 8, 2020 | Coaching Conversations
April 8, 2020 | Coaching Conversations

We know that during periods of social distancing it can help to connect with fellow coaches. In this NFCA Webinar presented by Rapsodo, listen to coaches Carol Hutchins (Michigan), Lonny Sargent (Western Oregon), Samantha Ekstrand (NFCA Legal Counsel), and Carol Bruggeman for an unscripted episode of Coaching Conversations.


April 7, 2020 | Together at a Distance
April 7, 2020 | Together at a Distance

In this NFCA Webinar presented by Rapsodo, Bo shares important models of change management that coaches need to know, discusses the emotions and stages of change, and the concerns people have when confronted by change.


April 3, 2020 | COVID-19 Update
April 3, 2020 | COVID-19: Where are we now?

Several announcements have been made regarding the immediate future of softball at all levels of play. High school and travel programs, as well as community initiatives, have announced their plans to ensure player safety in the wake of COVID-19 while collegiate governing bodies have laid out plans for softball after the pandemic.


April 1, 2020 | Recruiting Right Now: What You Can Do
April 1, 2020 | Recruiting Right Now: What You Can Do

On this episode of "The Dirt" NFCA Podcast, Dan Tudor ties the current crisis of hoarding toilet paper to recruiting.


March 20, 2020 | Creating Team Engagement
March 20, 2020 | Creating Team Engagement

NFCA Members: All webinars are included in your membership. Head to your "Coach's Box" under the "education" tab to check them out.

In these unprecedented times, we know that you have several questions on the best way to keep your team engaged. We also understand that this can be especially difficult when you are unable to meet in-person. We have you covered with several ideas and resources on how you can keep your team committed, even while "social distancing."

This webinar episode is available for everyone.


February 27, 2020 | Digital Education Library
February 27, 2020 | Digital Education Library

Over 1,500 hours of educational videos have been added to your "Coach's Box!" We are excited to announce the newest addition to your member benefits: the Digital Education Library. Located in your members-only "Coach's Box" you will find full seminars on a multitude of topics to help you excel in your coaching career. Want help planning a practice? Looking to develop your coaching strategy? Improve your staff/team culture? Find all of this information and MORE within the NEW Digital Education Library. Login to your members-only "Coach's Box" and head to the education tab to check it out!

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