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Junior Olympics Girls Programs

How to register

Junior Olympics fast pitch players are registered with USA Softball individually by their respective coaches and/or their local JO program through the RegisterUSASoftball.com web site. The coaches/JO programs will collect the appropriate fees and submit them directly to USA Softball of North Dakota.

If you are unsure of whom to contact or have any other questions, please get in touch with JO Fast Pitch Commissioner Brian Neuhardt (see below).

Brian Neuhardt

Junior Olympics Fast Pitch Commissioner

Phone: 701-425-2354

Pat Johnson

Assistant Junior Olympics Fast Pitch Commissioner

Phone: 701-412-5209

Northern Region (Region 8) Junior Olympics Fast Pitch Regional Qualifiers

A list of national qualifiers in our region for JO Fast Pitch classifications can be found about 2/3 of the way down the Region 8 page on MinnesotaASA.com.

USA Softball All-American Games

Five 12U players & one coach from North Dakota will be selected to represent North Dakota in Oklahoma City for the debut of the USA Softball All-American Games in Oklahoma City June 7-10, 2019. Click on the image above for more details.

Register USA Softball

USA Softball's RegisterUSASoftball.com web site provides a wide variety of features for everyone involved in USA Softball - players, coaches, managers, umpires, administrators:

  • Online registration
  • Coaching certifications
  • Background checks
  • Insurance certificates
  • ID cards
  • Tourney management
  • Online umpire exam

2019 Eligibility Requirements

From the 2019 USA Softball Code (Part 3, Article 301, D, 05, a….page 22):

A player’s age as of December 31 determines the age in which the player is eligible to play the following year..

  • 8-Under Age Classification. A player born after December 31, 2009 is ELIGIBLE.
  • 10-Under Age Classification. A player born after December 31, 2007 is ELIGIBLE.
  • 12-Under Age Classification. A player born after December 31, 2005 is ELIGIBLE.
  • 14-Under Age Classification. A player born after December 31, 2003 is ELIGIBLE.
  • 16-Under Age Classification. A player born after December 31, 2001 is ELIGIBLE.
  • 18-Under Age Classification. A player born after December 31, 1999 is ELIGIBLE.

Players of younger age classification may play in older age classifications, but an older age classification player may not play in the younger age classification.

Birth Year 18U 16U 14U 12U 10U 8U
2000 E
2001 E
2002 E E
2003 E E
2004 E E E
2005 E E E
2006 E E E E
2007 E E E E
2008 E E E E E
2009 E E E E E
2010-2019 E E E E E E

"Heartland Showcase Tournament" - National Qualifying Tournament in Sioux Falls SD June 16-18

Divisions: 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U. Champion of each division will be awarded a paid berth to a USA Softball National Championship. College coaches invited to attend.

ACE Coaching Certification

USA Softball is proud to introduce the ACE Coaching Certification Program. The ACE (Achieve, Certify, Educate) Coaching Certification Program is a brand new certification program, developed and designed to provide softball coaches of all levels - from beginning coaches to experienced veterans - an opportunity to certify as a coach with a national softball organization.

As the National Governing Body of Softball, it is 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 Certification videos and the ACE Certification Manual are practical guides to the everyday situations you will encounter as a youth softball coach. After obtaining your ACE certification, you will be well prepared to coach a youth softball team.

The guiding principles behind the ACE Coaching Certification Program are:

A-chieve: A certain level of knowledge. 
C-ertify: To confirm that a coach has obtained a level of understanding over that which he/she has been tested on. 
E-ducate: To assist with the gathering of knowledge and information.

There are now more ways to become an ACE Certified Coach. Certifying as an ACE Coach is a simple, straightforward process. You can attend an ACE Coach Certification Clinic, if your local association is hosting one, or you can now complete your ACE Coaching Certification online at www.registerusasoftball.com. In each setting you will watch the ACE video that corresponds to your certification 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 Certification test you are an ACE Coach and receive full ACE Benefits. It is that easy!

All non-players in a dugout MUST complete a USA Softball background check.  Additionally, at least one coach must be ACE certified. Failure in either case will result in the team being prohibited from playing in a state tournament. Please allow 2 weeks for processing.

ACE Level 1 Coach Certification

Prerequisites: USa Softball's background check clearance.

  1. Purchase the ACE Level 1 option (includes background check and certification exam).
  2. Submit your background check information.
  3. Wait for background check to clear.
  4. Successfully complete the Level 1 ACE certification exam (questions will be taken directly from the ACE Level 1 video).
  5. That’s it! Your certification packet will be shipping within a few business days.

Benefits: Insurance coverage, background check clearance and ID card

ACE Level 2 Coach Certification

Prerequisites: USA Softball's background check clearance and must have successfully completed ACE Level 1.

To maintain a current ACE certification in subsequent years you must:

  1. Purchase the ACE Level 2 option (includes background check and certification exam).
  2. Submit your background check information.
  3. Wait for background check to clear.
  4. Watch the ACE Level 2 Video and complete the ACE Level 2 Certification Exam as you watch the video.
  5. That’s it!

Benefits: Insurance coverage, background check clearance and ID card

ACE Level 3 Coach Certification

Prerequisites: USA Softball's background check clearance and must have successfully completed ACE Level 1 and Level 2.

To maintain a current ACE certification in subsequent years you must:

  1. Purchase the ACE Level 3 option (includes background check and certification exam).
  2. Submit your background check information.
  3. Wait for background check to clear.
  4. Watch the ACE Level 3 Video and complete the ACE Level 3 Certification Exam as you watch the video.
  5. That’s it! Your certification packet will be shipping within a few business days.

Benefits: Insurance coverage, background check clearance and ID card

USA Softball Background Check Program

USA Softball takes very seriously its responsibility to protect its young athletes. Therefore, all coaches, umpires, and any other adults who participate in our JO program  must submit to an annual criminal background check. For more information, visit RegisterUSASoftball.com.


Click on the logo above for more information about the following insurance options:

  • Director & Officer Liability
  • Crime
  • Equipment
  • Field Owners
  • Individuals
  • Umpires
  • Teams
  • Tournaments & Clinics

USA Softball has teamed with RPS Bollinger Insurance to offer a variety of policies

RPS Bollinger Insurance's Liability Policy protects teams & individuals from lawsuits arising out of bodily injury or property damage to others as a result of your supervised USA Softball Team activities. The USA Softball Accident plan provides coverage for medical expenses that a a player may incur as a result of your participating in supervised USA Softball Team activities. This is a supplemental policy to help minimize your out of pocket expenses if you are injured playing softball. The coverage is subject to limits, conditions and exclusions of the policy and is not designed to cover "everything”.

For more details on team and individual insurance coverage, including policy limits, guidelines and exclusions, visit the RPS Bollinger Insurance web site and review their USA Softball Insurance Guide. Information regarding individual registration begins on page 30 of the USA Softball Insurance Guide, including Frequently Asked Questions on page 33.

To register, have a team or league manager contact USA Softball of North Dakota Commissioner Dick Gulmon at 701-490-0078 or dick.gulmon@gmail.com.

Registered adult teams to receive liability insurance coverage in 2018

USA Softball and RPS Bollinger have announced a change in their insurance coverage plans in 2018 that would provide liability insurance coverage to all adult teams registered with USA Softball. Furthermore, all leagues, tournaments, and field owners will also receive liability insurance coverage so long as all participating teams are registered with our national association. For more details, including how to obtain proof of insurance, please review the document provided below.