Online ACE Certification Classes

In each of the first three levels you will watch the ACE video that corresponds to your education level and then be tested on the material in the video. The videos cover such topics as Principles of Coaching, Legal Issues in Sports, First Aid, Practice Organization, Coach/Umpire Relations, and Sport Specific Skills. Once you have passed the ACE test you are an ACE Coach and receive full ACE Benefits. It is that easy! Please allow 2 weeks for processing.

To schedule in person classes, please contact Dale Ferron.

Aspire Challenge Encourage (ACE)

The ACE (Aspire, Challenge, Encourage) Coach Education Program is a coaching program, developed and designed to provide softball coaches of all levels – from beginning coaches to experienced veterans – an opportunity to be educated as a coach with a national softball organization.

As the National Governing Body of Softball, it is the USA Softball’s responsibility to ensure that our coaches achieve a certain level of understanding of what their duties are as coach of a youth softball team. The ACE Education videos are a practical guide to the everyday situations you will encounter as a youth softball coach. After obtaining your ACE education, you will be well prepared to coach a youth softball team. At all State and National Tournaments, at least one coach must be ACE certified and all adults in the dugout must have a current background check through USA Softball.

The guiding principles behind the ACE Coaching Education Program are:

A-spire: to achieve a comprehensive level of knowledge for the game.
C-hallenge: your understanding and knowledge through continued education and growth.
E-ncourage: yourself and others to be prepared and knowledgeable as a coach in order to provide your athletes an environment in which they can achieve success.


SafeSport is the requirement for all ACE certified coaches.  This online program is designed to cultivate and steward a culture of dignity and respect in our sport and enable every athlete to thrive by fostering a national sport culture of respect and safety, on and off the field of play.

We encourage everyone take the free training now even those who have completed the training in recent years as a new version are released annually. SafeSport is free to everyone including coaches, athletes, parents and administrators at all levels.

GET STARTED: Login (or create an account) on and then access the SafeSport option under the ACE Education tab. When you’re on the SafeSport site please be sure to select USA Softball from the Organization list in order for USA Softball to be notified by SafeSport of your completion status.

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