HOW DO I GET MY CHILD STARTED IN THE FIRST TEE?

Any new participant, age 7-18, progresses through different levels of our Life Skills Experience (LSE) by demonstrating First Tee Nine Core Values, life and golf skills as well as passing assessments. All participants, regardless of age, start at the PLAYer level. The levels of our Life Skills Experience are as follows:

PLAYer (required minimum age 7): Tee up for the first time & learn the game of golf and First Tee’s Code of Conduct.
Par (recommended minimum age 9): Focus on interpersonal & self-management skills on and off the course.
Birdie (recommended minimum age 11): Emphasis on setting goals & making them a reality.
Eagle (recommended minimum age 13): Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning.
Ace (required minimum age 14 or entering 9th grade): Put it all together & hone in on setting goals, career education, & giving back to the community.

Is there any way to get a younger child involved?

Children ages 5 & 6 are eligible to register for Tiny Tees.  Tiny Tees includes fun drills and games to introduce young children to the game of golf and the First Tee’s Nine Core Values and Healthy Habits.

MY PARTICIPANT IS AN ADVANCED GOLFER, CAN THEY SKIP PLAYER AND BE PLACED IN A HIGHER LEVEL CLASS?

All PLAYers, regardless of skill level or age, must begin at the PLAYer level. The First Tee LSE not only covers golf skills, it also covers the life enhancing values of the First Tee Nine Core Values and Healthy Habits. All new participants to First Tee begin at PLAYer to expose them to the curriculum we offer.

HOW DOES MY participant PROGRESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL?

In order for a participant to enter the next level of First Tee, they will need to certify at their current level. For example, a participant must be “PLAYer Certified” before enrolling in the Par level.

HOW DOES MY participant GET “CERTIFIED” AT THEIR CURRENT LEVEL?

At the end of each class, we will asses the participants in a variety of ways. These assessments may include written tests and playing tests based on golf skills and golf knowledge. This assessment period can help parents and participants understand what areas need to be improved to certify. If a participant meets the certification criteria, they are eligible to move to the next level.  Please see the Certification Process page for specific requirements on certifying at each level.

*Please note, First Tee Coaches reserve the right to decide if a participant is ready to progress to the next level of the program based on behavior, regardless if they passed all assessments,

WHAT IF MY PARTICIPANT DOES NOT CERTIFY?

The participant will continue in the same level for the following year. Multiple exposures to each level are highly encouraged for participants to further their understanding of the curriculum. There is no minimum or limit to how many times a participant may repeat a level, each participant will vary.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MOVE FROM ONE LEVEL TO THE NEXT?

Each participant varies on the time it takes to progress through the Life Skills Levels. Certification may take a few years to complete. Although session minimum ages are listed, repeating sessions is common and encouraged, especially for younger participants. Older players may move through levels more quickly, while it may take multiple sessions for younger participants. Additionally, participants who play and practice regularly may move through the levels more quickly than players who do not.

ARE THERE AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRESSING THROUGH LEVELS?

Each level has a recommended age. Please refer to the question, “How Do I Get My Child Started in the First Tee” for age recommendations per level. Due to the age specific content for each Life Skills Level, the recommended age is encouraged.  

HOW LONG DOES MY PARTICIPANT HAVE TO COMPLETE ALL THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH LEVEL?

A participant has as much time as they need to complete all of the requirements for each level. There is no deadline to finish the requirements, therefore, they do not need to be met within one session. In order to complete a level and certify, all requirements must be met. Typically, most participants take 1-2 years to certify at each level. Depending on age, older participants may progress quicker through the beginning levels than younger participants.

I’M NOT SURE WHAT LEVEL MY PARTICIPANT IS IN, HOW DO I SIGN THEM UP?

If you have a returning participant, the chapter has records of the last class level that was attended and the level of certification the participant has reached. Please contact Wendy Mockabee, Director of Programming, at wmockabee@firstteegmv.org for answers regarding your participant’s status. 

Additional Questions? Please contact Wendy Mockabee, Director of Programming, at wmockabee@firstteegmv.org or 937.432.9600.