OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball announced today that Lance Lunde (Sioux Falls, S.D.) has been chosen to win a prize pack after becoming the 5,000th coach to complete the ACE Coach Education Program this 2018 season. The ACE Coach Education Program is designed to provide softball coaches of all levels, from beginning coaches to experienced veterans, an opportunity to further their education as a coach with the National Governing Body of Softball. For the seventh-straight year, USA Softball has teamed up with Pocket Radar™ to provide coaches with a prize pack. At every 5,000thmilestone, USA Softball will award that coach with a brand new Ball Coach Training Tool, courtesy of Pocket Radar™ ($300 value).
Lunde began coaching after his local junior high school was without a coach and with previous experience coaching his kids, he stepped up and volunteered. When asked about the benefits the ACE program he most utilizes, Lunde said, "Positive reinforcement, which means three positives to one opportunity. The drills are not as important as how a player feels. I am a believer in how a player feels is how they perform. I feel it gives coaches an opportunity to coach the team outside of just the drills and the strategy provides the resources to coach the player mentality."
As the National Governing Body of Softball, it is USA Softball’s responsibility to ensure that coaches achieve a certain level of understanding of their duties as a coach of a youth softball team. The ACE Coach Education Program videos and the ACE Coach Program Manual are practical guides to the everyday situations encountered as a youth softball coach.
What does Lunde most enjoy about being a USA Softball ACE Coach? “The support and organization in addition to the resources to help me coach. USA Softball is always there to answer questions and provide the support needed to provide the best experience for the team and individuals playing the game.”
It is highly recommended that all coaches wishing to coach at the Championship Play level or those coaches wanting to receive full ACE Coach program benefits become an ACE coach. Coaches can do so online using the ACE Online System on RegisterUSASoftball.com. There are four levels to the ACE program and upon successful completion of each level, benefits include RPS Bollinger insurance coverage, a background check clearance and ID card.
As he assembles the team and lays out his goals for the 2018 season, Lunde simply says, “Enjoy the sport and take in what it has to offer. Live in the moment and don’t get caught up in mistakes. Move forward and learn from adversity. So often we get caught up in celebrations and winning, we forget to reward players on the simple parts of the game that contributed to the win. We should focus on rewarding the simple tasks such as throwing a perfect throw or a bunt.”
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About USA Softball USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 69 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million. USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.
As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.