Coaches are the lifeline of our sport.
Help us celebrate softball coaches around the country. We joined together off the field in 2020 for #NFCAday and we want you to save the date for 2021 when we are back on the field!
What: NFCA Day. We invite you to celebrate NFCA Day on your field, campus, and in your community. Join NFCA member coaches around the country as we build the coaching profession and move our sport onward and upward!
When: April 17, 2021 | Rain Date: April 18, 2021
Where: Home or away, near or far. Use your platform to recognize coaches in your community.
Why: This day will be used to celebrate and raise awareness for the softball coaching profession, the NFCA, and your school’s softball coach. The softball community will join together to show appreciation for the coaches in our sport across all divisions.
How: See how the softball community celebrated #NFCAday in its inaugural year and explore more ideas below!
LOOK BACK at #NFCAday in 2020
Simple! Below are ways to celebrate NFCA Day on your campus. Using NFCA logos, sport custom “NFCA” gear during practice, warm-ups, or on game day to show your appreciation for the coaching profession. You can utilize social media and other outlets to honor your coach, thank a colleague, or recognize a competitor as well. There is no wrong way to celebrate this day!
Whether it’s by recognizing those who blazed the trail before you, encouraged you along the way, or continue to be motivation in your life - use #NFCAday to shout out their accomplishments and thank them for their efforts. Support staff, don’t be afraid to do the same for the coach at the helm of your program.
Get Your Student-Athletes Involved
This day is for coaches but student-athletes can get involved too. Use the day as a platform to thank your coaches. Let everyone know what your coach means to you. Marketing and Information offices are encouraged to create videos, posts, and appreciation stories about their coaches. Use the quote “More. Than. A. Coach.” to ignite this celebration movement.
In addition, you can create a Facebook event for your game day and invite other coaches and school administrators to attend the game to celebrate the coaching profession. Invite coaches from all levels to attend your game - use the NFCA membership flyer (See "NFCA Membership") to gift those coaches 50% off a new membership for first-time members.
On-field, from one coach to another, thank your competitor with a small plaque or bouquet of flowers pre-game. Additionally, have the students-athletes formally thank their own coach and the opposing team with a signed ball, flowers, an engraved bat, or whatever you deem appropriate.
If there are any youth, travel, or high school coaches in attendance, invite those coaches to join in the on-field pre-game festivities. Although the NFCA is a softball-centric organization, if other sport athletes would like to recognize their coach in attendance, all are welcome. The more athletes and coaches involved the more powerful the impact.
Finally, let all the coaches throw out a ceremonial first pitch. This could be coach to coach or coach to player, you decide what means the most to your program.
At Tennessee, Karen Weekly is MORE. THAN. A. COACH. She never stops learning and inspiring us to be better. #NFCAday @NFCAorg
Ashland's, Emlyn Knerem is MORE. THAN. A. COACH. She pushes me to be my best. Thanks to her, I can be called an @NFCAorg All-American. #NFCAday
I would not be coaching today if it weren't for Carol Hutchins. Thank you Hutch for your guidance and belief. #NFCAday @NFCAorg