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Coaches Corner

Thank you to all of our coach volunteers! Your time and commitment play a huge role in the development of our young girls on and off the field. Please review the below requirements and information that our coaches (both head and assistant) need to complete for each calendar year. These requirements need to be completed prior to the start of the season and coaches can submit for reimbursement for the associated fees. Please send any questions, as well as any certifications obtained after completion of the below requirements, via email to:

If you have already completed this for another sport, you should already have a certificate and can forward it to the IGHSF Board.


  1. ACE Background Check 
  2. ACE Coaching Program and Safesport Certification
  • ACE Coaching Program
    • The ACE (Aspire, Challenge, Encourage) Coaching Program is a coaching education program developed and designed to provide softball coaches of all levels (from beginning to experienced coaches) an opportunity to be educated as a coach with a national softball organization.
  • Safesport
    • USA Softball, under USOPC Bylaw Section 8.7.1(c), is under stringent requirements from the USCSS in regard to implementing abuse prevention training and other measures to reduce one-on-one interaction between adults and minor athletes. 
    • USA Softball takes protecting their members both on and off the field seriously and are dedicated to building and maintaining a supportive and nurturing environment in which participants may flourish and grow. They are the leaders in the sport of softball and as such their commitment to athlete safety is unmatched. USA Softball will not tolerate ANY abuse whether it is emotional, physical, mental and sexual.
  1. Concussion Training Course (Free)​​​​​​
  • The State of Minnesota requires all coaches of youth sports teams complete concussion training prior to working with athletes. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has provided the required training program that coaches will need to complete for certification. 


Learn softball fundamentals by watching instructional videos for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Topics cover infield, outfield, base running, bunting, throwing, catching and hitting.

Softball Fundamental Videos - USA Softball