9/27/19 updated 10/14/19
13th Annual NCSCA Coaches Clinic
The association’s annual Fall Softball Coaches Clinic is set for Saturday, November 2nd at Ashley High School in Wilmington NC. This is a free clinic open to ALL who coach fastpitch softball at any level. The first session of the day will begin at 9:00 AM and the final session will end no later than 4:00. If you plan to attend, please send us a quick email with your head count at email@example.com.
Full details including speakers and topics may be found on our “Clinics” page.
Our annual coaches clinic is sponsored by North Carolina Amateur Sports through their endowment program. NCAS is dedicated to the advancement of amateur sports in North Carolina and is the host of the annual Powerade State Games of NC, one of the largest amateur sports events in the United States.
2019 All-State Players
The NCSCA is proud to announce North Carolina’s 2016 all-state softball players. This annual award is given to those athletes who play at the highest level in all aspects of the game and have consistently demonstrated the ability to lead their team through superior performance on the field. We offer congratulations to each and every All-State recipient.
Selecting the athletes who possess the highest skills in a state as large as North Carolina is always a difficult task. The selection process begins when the player is nominated for All-District by her coach. Coach participation is the most important part of the process. If there are deserving athletes not recognized, we urge each and every high school head softball coach in North Carolina to help us avoid that by participating next year. If you are a North Carolina high school softball coach and currently not a NCSCA member, we invite you to join us. For more information, click here.
The list of this year’s All-State award winners may be viewed here.
6/20/19 rev. 6/26/19
2019 All-District Players
The association is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2019 All-District softball awards. These athletes are commended for the skills they have developed that have placed them at the forefront among the players in their areas.
Every high school softball coach in North Carolina has the opportunity to nominate players for this award at the end of each softball season. After the nomination period closes, local coaches who form selection committees in all eight of our districts across the state meet and make selections based on the information submitted by the players’ head coach as well as their own observations made during the course of the season.
To see a listing of the counties that make up your district, click here.
The list of this year’s All-District award winners may be viewed here.
2019 Scholarship Winners
NCSCA is pleased to announce our 2019 scholarship winners. Each year, NCSCA awards scholarships to four graduating seniors who have demonstrated consistent hard work and dedication both to their high school softball teams and as students in their schools. While not necessarily performing always in the limelight, these young ladies are the kind of student-athletes that bring with them a certain quality that no team can function successfully without and that every coach is proud to have as part of their team. This year’s scholarship has been increased to $800.
This year’s winners are:
Dara Orr Fuquay Varina High School William Peace University
J’Maya Blue Hoke County High School UNC Chapel Hill
Makalya Poplin South Stanly High School Stanly Community College
Kinsley Michaels Freedom High School Appalachian State University
4/26/19 revised 5/28/19
Post Season Awards
Nominations for post season awards are now closed. All-District award recipients will be announced on June 21. All-State award recipients will be announced on June 28. Certificates will be made available to coaches for pick-up at the annual NCCA/NCHSAA softball coaches clinic in Greensboro, NC on Wednesday, July 17. Since attendance at a rules session is mandatory for head coaches who will be coaching next year, this clinic presents a good opportunity for softball coaches to obtain and proof their player’s certificates.
Attention head coaches: If you are not planning to attend the Greensboro Clinic SOFTBALL sessions on July 17, please ask another coach from your school who will be attending any of the other sports clinics on that day to stop by the softball clinic and pick up your certificates for you.
NCHSAA no longer requires umpires to check players’ equipment prior to each game. This, in effect, puts more responsibility on you as coach to make sure your players’ equipment is both legal and game ready. Catcher’s gear with failing straps, cracked helmets, broken face masks, cracked and out-of-round bats, and illegal bats, are all your responsibility to check for and not allow to be used in a contest. “Not knowing” is not an excuse and can cause unnecessary game delays, embarrassment to your players, and can even be detrimental to your players’ performance. Imagine your star hitter’s favorite bat being tossed at a critical time in an important game. That can be a sure way to turn the hitting switch off! Check your equipment now, before playoff time, and correct any problems. Make sure none of your bats are illegal! The list of illegal bats can be found here.
Softball Excellence 2019 Offer for NCSCA Members
We are pleased to announce the folks at Softball Excellence continue to support you as a member of the NCSCA. This organization, founded by Cindy Bristow, offers valuable resources for softball coaches at all levels nationwide. If you are a NCSCA member, you have received an email from Softball Excellence explaining their discount offer. If you are not a member, we encourage you to join us and become eligible for their discount. If you choose not to join NCSCA, we still encourage you to check them out. You may visit their website and sign up for their free email newsletter. This newsletter is always full of helpful tips.
Members: log in to the Members’ Area to obtain your 2019 discount.
Another Successful Fall Clinic!
Our 12th annual fall coaches clinic, held on Saturday, November 17 at North Davidson High School, was another very informative get-together. Coaches from as far away as Wilmington traveled to Davidson County to learn from Chief Billy Gerald and Chelsea Leonard Martin, two of North Carolina’s most respected individuals involved in the world of softball pitching instruction. Also leading a very informative session on teaching the art of slapping was Mike Stover, North Davidson’s hitting coach.
The association would like to thank the administration of North Davidson High School and head coach Kevin Berkley and staff, for hosting this event. Next year’s fall clinic will be hosted somewhere in eastern North Carolina at a site to be announced.
This year’s clinic was supported in part by the North Carolina Amateur Sports Endowment. Special thanks are extended to the fine folks at NCAS for all the work they do in promoting youth athletics in our state. Please promote the 2019 North Carolina State Games with your players.
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