2019 Program Orientation (NEW to The First Tee? Read our 2019 Program Orientation before registering!)
LIFE SKILLS CLASSES
Life Skills classes are offered throughout the year in the spring, summer, and fall sessions/seasons at facilities across our region. Classes are once a week for 7-8 weeks. Participants who are new to the program MUST enroll in PLAYer classes. New participants 12 and older should look to sign up with the Teen PLAYer class on the schedule. A brief, but mandatory orientation session will be conducted for all parents on the first day of Life Skills classes. All students advancing from one level to another must meet certification requirements:
- Little Linkster- this non-certifying level is for participants ages 4-6 years old only.
- PLAYer – entry level for participants who are between 7 and 11 years old. Must complete at least 3 sessions in PLAYer to certify into Par.
- Teen PLAYer – entry level class for ages 12-17 years old and may complete PLAYer level after 1 session.
- Pro-PLAYer – optional advanced level for participants who have completed at least 2 session in PLAYer. This sub-level focuses on going on-course and golf skills.
- Par – participants who have certified out of PLAYer level and 9 years or older. Must complete at least 3 sessions in Par to certify to Birdie.
- Birdie – participants who have certified out of Par level and 11 years or older. Must complete at least 4 sessions in Birdie to certify to Eagle.
- Eagle – participants who have certified out of Birdie level and 13 years or older. Must complete at least 5 sessions in Eagle to certify to ACE Level.
- ACE – students in high school (14 years or older) who have completed Eagle certification.
Each enrollment will be reviewed to make sure that the correct class has been selected. Our staff will contact you if you have enrolled incorrectly and will assist you in changing to the appropriate class. A separate enrollment must be completed for each participant.
Minimum class size must reach at least 5 participants. If minimum class size is not met, class will be cancelled and you will be transferred to another class. Maximum class size is 16-20 for each session in most cases. Enrollment is always on a first-come first serve basis and is subject to availability so please register early. Participants are considered to meet the age requirements outlined in the course description if they turn the minimum age sometime during the current season.
If for any reason you request to move your child to another class, space must be available in the class to which you would like to transfer. If this is not possible and we are unable to accommodate your enrollment we can issue a refund as long as class has not already started. If class has started or if requested we will issue a credit for future enrollments.
Annual Memberships will be offered this year for $120. Your annual membership will cover all First Tee classes for 2019. Financial assistance is not offered for Annual Memberships, but we do offer payment programs. Annual Memberships will no longer be offered after March 31, 2019.
Fees for each session are $60 for Player, Par, Birdie, Eagle, and $40 for Little Linksters. $120 for ACE; one time fee for the whole year. Financial assistance (scholarship) is available and no child is turned away for financial reasons. ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO SIGN UP FOR 1 LIFE SKILLS CLASS AT A TIME.
No participant will be turned away for financial reasons – please apply for financial aid when registering (this will not conclude your registration). ALL financial aid submissions will be granted within 48 hours. After your financial aid is granted, you will receive an email to complete your registration. If your registration is not completed within 48 hours your spot will be given away.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Program Director: Megan Parayno or (559) 277-9565.
Car Talk is a great tool for parents and other adults to interact with the participants and to review the life skills and golf skills that they learned in class. Car Talk is a quick overview of what participants learned during a lesson and guiding questions to help reinforce the life skills, golf skills, and core values off of the golf course and/or away from The First Tee. Parents can ask questions in the car ride home, at the table, or at other appropriate moments.
We know that young people do not automatically transfer what they have learned at The First Tee to other areas of their lives. Although, each class at The First Tee ends with a “bridge to life” (wrap up) this is not enough by itself to ensure that behavior change takes place away from The First Tee. By providing a tool for parents to engage their children in, Car Talk, we can further increase the probability that participants will be able to apply the life skills and core values at home and in other areas of their lives.
The Car Talk topics for each week of the session will be posted on this page for the upcoming week.