Learn about certification

There is no one single action that can have more of a positive impact on our players than improving the quality and knowledge of our managers and coaches. It is a fact that managers and coaches are the ones who spend the most time interacting with our participants and the ones who can make a child's experience in youth sports fun and memorable. Therefore, it is very important for youth coaches to be properly trained to focus more on the child's baseball and softball experience and less on winning games.

With this in mind, the Babe Ruth League/Ripken Baseball Coaching Certification Program was developed. Under the program, which took effect at the start of the 2008 season, all baseball and softball coaches must complete coaching education and certification.

The Babe Ruth League/Ripken Baseball Coaching Certification Program consists of the following online courses:

  • Coaching Advanced Baseball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth Baseball Coaches
  • Coaching Advanced Softball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth Softball Coaches
  • Coaching Youth Baseball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth Baseball Coaches
  • Coaching Youth Softball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth Softball Coaches

Babe Ruth League, Inc. and Ripken Baseball, Inc. exclusively endorse these online courses, developed by the American Sport Education Program. Coaches who achieve a score of 80% or better will receive the Babe Ruth League/Ripken Baseball Coaching Certification Program certification for baseball or softball and will be able to print a certificate of completion and wallet card from the Web site.

Coaches who successfully pass the Babe Ruth League Coaching Education and Certification Program will receive a certification that is valid for their entire coaching career with Babe Ruth League, Inc. This also applies to any coach who has already taken and successfully passed the Babe Ruth Coaching Education and Certification Program.

Order the online course for the sport you coach today!

For a list of frequently asked questions about the Babe Ruth League Coaching Education Program, click here.


Steven Tellefsen


We at ‘home plate’ have reviewed many coaches' training courses, and with ASEP’s 25 years of sport education experience, we are confident the program offered by ASEP is the premier coaching education program in the market today.

ASEP, in conjunction with Babe Ruth League Inc. and Ripken Baseball Inc., is designing an online coaching course specifically for Babe Ruth Baseball, Cal Ripken Baseball, and Babe Ruth Softball managers and coaches. Once this program is complete, ASEP will provide administrative support—test processing, database management, course documentation—which will make the job of tracking our coaches’ certifications a snap.

At Babe Ruth League Inc., we feel there is no one single action that can have more of a positive impact on our players than improving the quality and knowledge of our managers and coaches. Every manager and coach has an obligation to provide players with the best instruction and leadership possible. It is a fact that the managers and coaches are the ones who spend the most time interacting with the players and are the ones who can make a child’s experience in youth sports fun and memorable. This is the driving force behind Babe Ruth League's partnership with the American Sport Education Program.

Steven Tellefsen
President/CEO
Babe Ruth League Inc.


Cal Ripken


I couldn’t be more excited that Ripken Baseball is partnering with the Babe Ruth League and the American Sport Education Program to develop an online coaching education program for the nearly 200,000 volunteer coaches in all divisions of Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball.

We established Ripken Baseball in 1999 with the mission of growing the game of baseball worldwide … The Ripken Way. Since then we have instructed thousands of players in hundreds of cities all over the country. A few years ago we realized that we could spread our message even more efficiently by holding youth baseball coaching clinics and creating instructional products such as books and videos.

This partnership with the Babe Ruth League and ASEP will allow us to arm even more coaches with the resources that they need to make the game better for even more youth baseball players.

Volunteer coaches are the lifeblood of our sport. If a kid’s first experience with the game of baseball is a positive one, the chances are much higher that he or she will fall in love with the game and stick with it.

If we can educate more coaches about how to teach the game of baseball properly as well as how to make it fun, safe, and exciting for the kids, we will have much more success increasing participation and retaining young athletes. For these reasons and for the betterment of the overall sport experience, we are requiring that all of the Babe Ruth League’s coaches successfully complete a coaching education program.

I have been talking about the need for an organized, effective youth coaching education program for many years, so it is rewarding to finally develop a partnership that can make it happen. It’s really exciting to know that young baseball players everywhere will be exposed to our methods of instruction and to partner with two organizations that are so respected in their fields.

Cal Ripken Jr.
President/CEO
Ripken Baseball Inc.