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Head Coach Background and ACE Certification

It is league policy to restrict adults from the dugout during games and tournaments. It is the head coach's responsibility to enforce this policy for the safety of all children. Adults who enter the dugout must have a background check on file with the EP Fastpitch Assocation. 

To complete a background check and ACE certification:

  • Go to registerusasoftball.com
    • New Users: Click on Create Profile and then create account. 
      • Association Info
        • Association = MN-Minnesota
        • Group = Girls Fastpitch
        • League = Default
      • Membership Type
        • Head Coach

At the bottom of the page, 

  • Click on the ACE Education tab and click [Purchase]
    • Verify all personal information for the background check and ACE certification, and submit payment
      • $25 for your 1st year
      • $20 subsequent years
    • Your ACE test will not be available until your background check has been cleared
  • Once your background check has completed, send a screenshot confirmation to the EP Fastpitch softball commissioners
    • If needed, follow the instructions from the "Coach/Parent Background Checks" bulletin, located below, to ensure that your name and clearance appear in the same screenshot
  • Return to "HomePlate" and click on the ACE Education tab
  • Activate your exam 

Additional help needed? Use these instructions for ACE certification


Coach/Parent Background Checks

It is league policy to restrict adults from the dugout during games and tournaments. Adults who enter the dugout must have a background check on file with the EP Fastpitch Assocation. 

To complete a background check 

  • Go to registerusasoftball.com
    • New Users: Click on Create Profile and then create account. 
      • Association Info
        • Association = MN-Minnesota
        • Group = Girls Fastpitch
        • League = Default
      • Membership Type
        • Coach (for assistant coaches), or Scorekeeper (or non-coach parent assistant)

At the bottom of the page, 

  • Click on the Background Check tab and click [Purchase]
  • Verify all personal information and payment ($10)

After your background check has completed, take a screenshot of the screen (be sure that it includes your name and confirmation that your background check has passed. Email it as an attachment to the EP Fastpitch softball commissioners:

  • Brian Kraft ( )
  • Troy Sailer ( )

Don't know how to take a screenshot on a PC?

  • Set the screen how you want it to look
    • Press the [Prt Sc] key on your keyboard (actual lettering varies per keyboard)
    • Dual-monitor users, be sure to press and hold [Alt]+[Prt Sc] to limit the screenshot to the current monitor only (otherwise you get both screens in the screenshot)
  • Open Word or Paint and press [Ctrl]+[V] to insert the screenshot
  • Save the file
  • Create an email and send the file as an attachment

Concussion Awareness

Minnesota law requires all coaches and officials working with children 18 years old and younger to be trained in concussion management, and for information to be made accessible to all participating coaches, officials, youth athletes and their parents or guardians about the nature and risks of concussions, including the effects and risks of continuing to play after receiving a concussion and the protocols.

Here is a link to the Centers for Disease Control's free online training course and other useful information about concussions: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/online_training.html