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Softball Coaches Corner


Summer Update 2015

Aug. 1, 2015

Motion: Change the structure format of the NAIA Softball World Series. DENIED

Motion: NAIA Coaches Associations must have a quorum (at least 50% of eligible voters) in order for a sport motion to be heard by the National Administrative Council. All voting will be completed using an online process following the business meeting in order to ensure all head coaches have an opportunity to vote. Motions will still be presented and discussed at the Annual Business meeting. If desired, a “straw poll” can be taken by those present to determine if a motion will be opened for vote to the full coaches association. APPROVED

Declaration of Intent - If a Varsity program will not fulfill the Declaration of Intent commitment, the deadline to undeclare is four weeks prior to the start of postseason competition. 

Postseason Team Rosters Postseason rosters will be filled out via the SIDHelp admin website. You must have an account in order to fill out a postseason roster. If you don't have an account, please sign up and create your won. Your access will be granted (usually) within 24 hours.

Reporting Statistics - All official game statistics must be submitted by each institution within 72 hours of completion of a contest via Dakstats Websync. Should a member institution fail to file statistical information on any athlete for two consecutive weeks or a total of four weeks during the national statistical reporting period; the institution shall be penalized in the following manner: The first violation will be a warning. A second violation (first penalty), will be a $500 fine. The third violation will be a $1,000 fine and a loss of postseason awards. the fourth violation will be a $1,000 fine and will be addressed at the discretion of the Council.

Reporting Results- In order for schools to be eligible for ratings, results from contestes must be reported to the NAIA Scoreboard within 24 hours of the completion of the contest.

Official Ball -
Worth is the Official Championship Ball of NAIA Softball



Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character Team Award - April 29

Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete - April 29

All-American Awards - May 4

All-Conference Teams - May 11

Champions of Character Individual Award - April 27

Scholar Team Award - June 30, 2016

A full list of the NAIA National Awards can be found on the Forms Page


National Office Event Manager: Jamie Adams


President: Laura Klutsarits, Siena Heights University 
1st Vice President: Steve Babinski, Indiana Wesleyan University 
2nd Vice President:  Mike Christner, William Penn University
Secretary: Tony Segovia, Friends University
Past President: Pat Reardon, Central Methodist University
NAC Liaison: Cindy Potter, Columbia College (Mo.) 

NFCA Convention - December 2-5, 2015 - Atlanta, GA
NAIA-SCA Annual Business Meeting - December 3, 2015, Atlanta, GA 


5-Year Calendar  |  National Awards & Forms | Qualification Plan

Coaches Manual (August 2015)
Includes Important Dates, Softball Standing Committee, Code of Conduct, Ratings Manual, Coaches Association Annual Business Meeting Minutes, NAIA-SCA Constitution, Umpire Nomination Form, National Championship Bracket, Opening Round Tournament Bracket, NAIA All-American Information Sheet/Selection Procedures 



Weekly ratings will be posted online by 5:00pm (central) on Tuesdays. Ratings include games played Monday through Sunday.

The 2016 ratings dates are:

Preseason - Jan. 19
Rating #1 - Mar. 22
Rating #2 - Mar. 29
Rating #3 - Apr. 5
Rating #4 - Apr. 12
Rating #5 - Apr. 19
Rating #6 - Apr. 26
Rating #7 - May 3
Final Rating - May 12
Postseason - June 7

National Player of the Week nominations are due on Tuesdays by noon (central). Nominations must be submitted by the conference/independenct SID/contact and filled out completely in SIDHelp 


Potential Qualifier Packet (General Info, Opening Round, Final Site.) Potential qualifier information is available four to six weeks prior to the championship.


Softball Playing Rules

Live Stats/Webcasting How-To Guide

All-American Certificates/Extra Plaques/Awards


 The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is the professional growth organization for fastpitch softball coaches from all competitive levels of play. The organization is made up of collegiate, high school and travel ball/club coaches, as well as umpires, and other fans of fastpitch softball.



Character-Driven Coaching Course — All new NAIA coaches must complete the course within the first 60 days from the effective date of employment.

Conduct in Competition Guide Procedures for all NAIA Contests  — This guide offers practical recommendations for home and visiting insititution review of their responsibilities before, during and after the game to meet the NAIA standards for behavior during all NAIA competition.

Open Dates — free online posting service for NAIA members to advertise or search for open competition dates to compete their regular season.