The First Tee Life Skills Experience
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A Youth Program Unlike Any Other
The First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. Through golf and our Nine Core Values, your kids and teens will learn life skills like:
- Making proper introductions
- Managing emotions
- Resolving conflicts
- Setting up step-by-step goals
- Planning for the future
- Appreciating diversity
Advancing through the Program
Classes typically have between six to twelve students and will be divided into groups for a teacher/student ratio of 1:6. Youth ages 5 – 18 progress through different Levels by passing skills assessments called Certification, which measures their grasp of The Nine Core Values, Nine Healthy Habits, and golf skills. All participants ages 7+ start at the PLAYer level. Think of our program much like Boy Scouts or Martial Arts, where participants must meet criteria at each Level to advance. Please understand that the Life Skills Experience is not a race, but a marathon. There is no rush or special prize to move through the Levels quickly.
Life Skills Experience Curriculum Levels
TARGET: Promotes curiosity of the game of golf through a safe and fun environment
- Age – 5 & 6
- Prerequisite – None
PLAYer: Focuses on interpersonal skills and lays the foundation of the Nine Core Values
- Age – 7
- Prerequisite – None
Advanced PLAYer: Continues focus on interpersonal skills and the Nine Core Values; golf activities will increase in difficulty
- Age – 8
- Experience – Minimum 1 session at PLAYer Level
PAR: Reviews the Nine Core Values and places an emphasis of managing emotions
- Age – 9
- Prerequisite – Minimum 2 sessions at PLAYer Level or Advanced PLAYer Level
Advanced PAR: Continues review of Nine Core Values and placing an emphasis of managing emotions
- Age – 10
- Perquisite – Minimum 1 session at Par Level
TEEN PLAYer & PAR: Designed for older golf novices; focuses on interpersonal skills, the Nine Core Values, and managing emotions
- Age – 12+
- Prerequisite – TEEN PLAYer – None; if registering for TEEN Par, a minimum of 2 TEEN PLAYer Level or 2 regular PLAYer Level sessions must first be completed.
BIRDIE: Review of the PLAYer and Par curriculum with an emphasis on goal-setting
- Age – 11
- Prerequisite – Minimum of 3 sessions at Par Level or Advanced Par Level
EAGLE: Focus on goal-setting along with developing a healthy sense of self; preparation for college
- Age – 13
- Prerequisite – Minimum of 3 sessions at Birdie Level
ACE: Focuses on personal planning and reinforces skills such as self-management and self-coaching
- Age – 14
- Prerequisite – Minimum of 4 sessions at Eagle Level
Scholarships are available for families who have financial need.
For learning and skill development to be effective at each level of the Life Skills Experience, coaches must allow sufficient time to ensure concepts are experienced, understood, explored and can be applied in different situations. The certification requirements at each level become progressively more challenging for participants in view of their increased commitment and capabilities. Coaches should keep in mind that, in general, participants should take a minimum of two years at each of the certification levels to master life skills, golf skills and healthy habits required to successfully complete certification.
Certification will be offered at the end of all fall sessions. However, coaches may invite a participant to take a Certification test at the end of any session if they believe the participant is ready to move on to the next level.