Coach's Corner


This page has been created as a resource for our managers and coaches. 

We value our volunteer managers, coaches, and scorekeepers, and deeply appreciate the commitment they make to our league.  A great coaching staff and focus on our recreational players is the difference between a good softball season and an amazing softball experience.  Thank you!   ~ D.G.S.L.

Ready for the 2021 Spring Season?

ASA requires all managers, coaches, and scorekeepers to have a National Background check on file with the league.  DGSL extends this definition to include anyone working with the players at practice or in the dugout/on the field during games.  A National Background check can be obtained by going to, logging in or creating a new account, and following the steps there to obtain your background check.  An ASA background check costs around $12, if you wish to also become ACE certified, the fee to do so is around $28 and includes the necessary background check.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for a manager position for the Spring 2021 season must complete their National Background Check and submit it to the league no later than March 18th.   Also, all other assistants, e.g. coaches and scorekeepers, are to be identified two weeks after teams are assigned and their ASA/National background checks submitted to the league no later than April 23rd (Opening Day).  DGSL reserves the right to conduct additional checks if deemed necessary.


All Managers and Coaches are expected to:

Attend the monthly league meetings.  The manager is ultimately responsible for ensuring that if they are unable to make a meeting, that someone from their team is at the meeting to represent the team.


Attend the Coach’s Meeting held prior to the start of the season


Familiarize yourselves with and uphold the league bylaws


Become proficient in the rules of your age division and have knowledge of the basic skills needed by your players to excel at their level of play


Hold a team practice at least once per week during season outside of scheduled games (weather permitting)


Always feel free to reach out to a Board Member with any questions, concerns, or other communications!


Suggested Resources and Practice Nuggets:

Rhode Island JO ASA website:

ASA/USA Softball Website:

Coaching Cheat Sheet:

Mike Candrea, U.S. Olympic Softball Coach, videos on: