National Player & Coach Development Pathway


The revised Player & Coach Development Pathway is aimed at providing coaches with the necessary tools to arm themselves and their players as they evolve through the game of softball.


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The pathway will ensure an improvement in the quality and performance of New Zealand’s top players, coaches and teams in the years to come helping us meet two key objectives:

  1. Ensure New Zealand is one of the leading softball countries in the world and
  2. Provide an excellent product to attract and retain coaches and players to softball.

A key aim of the pathway is to meet the needs of coaches at a particular time in their development. Allowing coaches to develop the necessary skills through a flexible programme will help them reach these objectives.

The pathway will allow coaches to ‘pick’ and ‘choose’ modules that appeal most to their needs. It will allow coaches to specialise a pathway that suits their direction whether it be a pitching coach, a hitting coach or a trainer. There is also potential for coaches to complete every module within the programme.

Softball NZ has created a number of modules for the coaching pathway in recent years. It is Softball NZ’s intention to continue building and modifying modules as required to ensure New Zealand coaches are up to date with the latest coaching developments and education available.

The pathway includes an online coaching programme that complements the accreditation programme providing easy access to coach education and accreditation. Not all SNZ coach accreditation modules are available on line, the more practical modules are only accessible through a workshop or field setting.

The online accreditation programme is not intended to replace group/class sessions but merely a tool to enhance and support coaches through the pathway.

Accreditations completed in the previous coaching pathway will be recognised in the new Player and Coach Development Pathway.

Branding Theme Rationale

PERFORMANCE is represented by the fern and in keeping with our national teams.
DEVELOPMENT represents participation and the development of the necessary softball skills. Both logos are symbolised by a diamond and 2 key areas of the game, offense and defense.
FOUNDATION is represented by a ball as it’s something children naturally gravitate to.

Online Coach Accreditation Website
The online coaching platform is now live. To access the site and complete uploaded modules please email SNZ for a username and password.

Programme Resources
Keep watching this space as more resources will be added as they are developed.