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Become An Assistant Softball Coach

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Working As An Assistant Softball Coach

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Stressful

  • $29,810

    Average Salary

Example Of What An Assistant Softball Coach does

  • Evaluated athletes' strengths and weaknesses to improve the athletes' technique to prepare them for competition.
  • Designed daily practices and workouts.
  • Assisted with the JV team during practice and games.
  • Set up and oversee community service projects.
  • Assisted with all aspects of softball program on and off field.
  • Assist the Head Coach by scheduling practices and supervising members of the team.
  • Assisted with team practices and game preparation.
  • Helped the program to their first ever conference, state, regional, and national championships.
  • Manage study hall and travel logistics Assist with recruiting and player development Academic Liaison
  • Served as Assistant Girl's Varsity Weightlifting Coach and Assistant Varsity Softball Coach.
  • Supervised student athletes during practices and study halls.
  • Acted as a positive role model and supervisor for the female student-athletes.
  • Practice planning and skill development of the student athletes Season scheduling Recruiting new student athletes
  • Assisted in all aspects of the NCAA Division I softball program.
  • Help with teaching softball skills 3.
  • Initiate and maintain relationships with prospective student-athletes, parents, and coaches in compliance with NCAA and MAC Conference guidelines.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head Softball Coach.
  • -Instructed the catchers in proper techniques for blocking.
  • Assisted with organization of practice plans.
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of opposing teams to develop game strategies.

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How To Become An Assistant Softball Coach

Coaches and scouts typically need a bachelor’s degree. They must also have extensive knowledge of the sport. Coaches typically gain this knowledge through their own experiences playing the sport at some level. Although previous playing experience may be beneficial, it is not required for most scouting jobs.

Education

College and professional coaches must usually have a bachelor’s degree. This degree can typically be in any subject. However, some coaches may decide to study exercise and sports science, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and fitness, physical education, and sports medicine.

High schools typically hire teachers or administrators at the school for most coaching jobs. If no suitable teacher is found, schools hire a qualified candidate from outside the school. For more information on education requirements for teachers, see the profile on high school teachers.

Scouts must also typically have a bachelor’s degree. Some scouts decide to get a degree in business, marketing, sales, or sports management.

Other Experience

College and professional coaching jobs also typically require experience playing the sport at some level.

Scouting jobs typically do not require experience playing a sport at the college or professional level, but it can be beneficial. Employers look for applicants with a passion for sports and an ability to spot young players who have exceptional athletic ability and skills.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most state high school athletic associations require coaches to be certified or at least complete mandatory education courses.

Certification often requires coaches to be a minimum age (at least 18 years old) and be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid. Some states also require coaches to attend classes related to sports safety and coaching fundamentals prior to becoming certified. For information of specific state coaching requirements, contact the state’s high school athletic association or visit the National Association of State Boards of Education.

Although most public high school coaches need to meet these state requirements in order to become a coach, certification may not be required for coaching and sports instructor jobs in private schools.

Some schools may require coaches to have a teaching license and complete a background check.

Certification requirements for college coaching positions also vary.

Additional certification may be highly desirable or even required in order to become an instructor in scuba diving, tennis, golf, karate, or other individual sports. There are many certifying organizations specific to the various sports, and their requirements vary.

Part-time workers and those in smaller facilities or youth leagues are less likely to need formal education or training and may not need certification.

Advancement

To reach the ranks of professional coaches, a candidate usually needs years of coaching experience and a winning record at a college. Some coaches may not have previous coaching experience but are nevertheless hired at the professional level due to their success as an athlete in that sport.

Some college coaches begin their careers as graduate assistants or assistant coaches to gain the knowledge and experience needed to become a head coach. Large schools and colleges that compete at the highest levels require a head coach with substantial experience at another school or as an assistant coach.

Other college coaches may start out as high school coaches before moving up to the collegiate level.

Scouts may begin working as talent spotters in a particular area or region. They typically advance to become supervising scouts responsible for a whole territory or region.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Because coaches instruct, organize, and motivate athletes, they must have excellent communication skills. They must effectively communicate proper techniques, strategies, and rules of the sport so every player on the team understands.

Decisionmaking skills. Coaches must choose the appropriate players to use at a given position at a given time during a game and know the proper time to utilize game-managing tools such as timeouts. Coaches and scouts also must be very selective when recruiting players from lower levels of athletics.

Dedication. Coaches must attend daily practices and assist their team and individual athletes in improving their skills and physical conditioning. Coaches must be dedicated to their sport, as it often takes years to become successful.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to relate to athletes helps coaches and scouts foster positive relationships with their current players and recruit potential players.

Leadership skills. Coaches must demonstrate good leadership skills to get the most out of athletes. They also must be able to motivate, develop, and direct young athletes.

Resourcefulness. Coaches must find a strategy and develop a game plan that yields the best chances for winning. Coaches often need to create original plays or formations that provide a competitive advantage and confuse opponents.

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Assistant Softball Coach Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    76.8%
  • Male

    22.0%
  • Unknown

    1.2%

Ethnicity

  • White

    83.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.2%
  • Asian

    5.1%
  • Unknown

    1.1%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    64.0%
  • French

    12.0%
  • Portuguese

    4.0%
  • Japanese

    4.0%
  • Deseret

    4.0%
  • Korean

    4.0%
  • Navajo

    4.0%
  • Croatian

    4.0%
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Real Assistant Softball Coach Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Softball Coach Columbia University New York, NY Sep 06, 2011 $50,000
Assistant Softball Coach Troy University Troy, AL Jan 26, 2012 $40,038
Assistant Womens Softball Pitching Coach University of Louisville Athletic Department Louisville, KY Jan 14, 2011 $36,950
Assistant Softball Coach Limestone College Gaffney, SC Oct 01, 2013 $32,098
Assistant Softball Coach Barry University Miami Shores, FL Sep 01, 2011 $31,640
Assistant Softball Coach Barry University Miami Shores, FL Sep 08, 2011 $31,640
Assistant Softball Coach and Instructor Oklahoma Panhandle State University Goodwell, OK Sep 29, 2014 $25,044 -
$30,262
Assistant Softball Coach Graceland University Lamoni, IA Aug 01, 2010 $25,044
Assistant Softball Coach Graceland University Lamoni, IA Aug 15, 2010 $25,044

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Top Skills for An Assistant Softball Coach

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Top Assistant Softball Coach Skills

  1. Practice Plans
  2. Player Development
  3. Ncaa
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated and develop practice plans for Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshman, and Middle School teams.
  • Designed and coordinated individual player development plans.
  • Worked directly with our Academic advising center in assisting our students with degree plans and compliance with the NCAA.
  • Evaluated athletes' strengths and weaknesses to improve the athletes' technique to prepare them for competition.
  • Volunteer assistant with the varsity softball team, helped coach & mentor the student athletes.

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