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Big Lake Coaches will be reimbursed 100% to attend any of these clinics!

Play Ball! Minnesota Coaches Conference

Each winter and spring, Play Ball! Minnesota celebrates the start of the youth baseball and softball seasons by hosting the Play Ball! Minnesota Coaches Conferences.

From first-timers to veterans, the conferences are a great way to pick up new baseball and softball coaching skills and philosophies. The conferences are held at Target Field. Minnesota Twins and Play Ball! Minnesota partners lead general and breakout sessions on a variety of timely and pertinent youth baseball and softball topics.

2020 Play Ball! Minnesota Softball Coaching Conference
Date: February 1, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Target Field
Fee: $30

Rockford Coaching Clinics Registration

2020 Coaching Clinic

Interested in being a head or assistant coach this upcoming softball season? RAAA Softball is hosting four coaches clinics this spring. These clinics are highly encouraged for anyone intending to coach softball in the 2020 year. Each session will cover a different topic from Pam Johnston, and we will also be inviting coaches from surrounding communities.


  • Sunday, Jan. 12: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Topic: Defense - Infield and Outfield
  • Sunday, Feb. 9: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Topic: Offense - Hitting and Baserunning
  • Sunday, March 1: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Topic: The "Battery" - Pitcher and Catcher
  • Sunday, April 5: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Topic: Beyond Skills - Practice Plans and Team Management


Saturday, Jan. 11 at Noon


RAAA Coaches are free!
All non-RAAA coaches are $20


Rockford Community Center (RCC) - Room 804/805
Rockford Community Center
7600 County Rd 50, Rockford, MN 55373 >


Pam Johnston is a former Crow River Revolution head coach and assistant coach at Bethel University. She has been coaching for over 30 years at all levels of youth sports. If you ask her what she coaches, she'll tell you that she "coaches kids" and teaches them how to play softball in the process.

Field Schedule

Our field schedule is handled by Big Lake Baseball. Below is the link to view your playing field. If you have a game cancellation or otherwise need to reschedule, please contact Kris Knodle @ knodlefamily



Batting Cage & Pitching Machine Schedule

Date Cage & Machine #1 Pitching Machine #2
April 4
April 5
April 6
April 7
April 8
April 9
April 10
April 11
April 12
April 13
April 14
April 15
April 16
April 17

Background, Concussion & ACE certification links

Please click on the links below to complete your certification

Background checks -every year

Concussion certification- every 3 years

SafeSport- Annual refresher (plus Core course every 2 years)

*background checks are $25 for first year coaches and $20 for returning coaches.  All fees are REIMBURSED by the board upon proof of completion.  Email your certificates or a screen shot to:   

If you have any questions please reach out to Kris Knodle.

Please click here to complete your concussion training.

Concussion training is mandatory for all coaches. Please forward a completed certificate to Thank you.

12U and 14U Travel Coaches: Your team is prepaid for the Ice Breaker Tournament and one additional Tournament of your choice. Please see the Fastsports website under the links tab for available tournaments. The Tournaments fill up fast  it is recommended that you register as soon as possible.

Please look under the "Teams/Rosters" page for your Team. 

Coaches, if you would like to post something here please let the board know.

Thank you!