What Parents Can Expect

Golf Clubs; 
Golf clubs will be provided for all participants, or they can bring their own if preferred.

What Young People Will Experience on the Golf Course;  

  • A fun learning environment
  • A sense of empowerment to make decisions by exploring the implications of their actions
  • Progressive golf and life skills development

Each class is led by a certified First Tee Coach that has been taught The First Tee Life Skills Experience curriculum. All coaches are equipped to create positive relationships that inspire young people to look to their future, set goals and discover their individual potential. Many of our classes are led by PGA professionals, and all are assisted by volunteer coaches. Our goal is to have an 8:1 ratio so that every participant gets the support and guidance needed to be successful.

Our Code of Conduct; Coaches encourage young people to follow these behaviors while at The First Tee and in all aspects of life.

  • Respect For Myself
  • Respect For Others
  • Respect for my Surroundings

The First Tee Nine Core Values; young people are introduced to core values which coaches reinforce throughout the program. Parents are encouraged to support these behaviors by talking about them, what they mean and what these behaviors look like at school and at home. Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy, Judgment

The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits; these will also be introduced throughout the program to promote healthy, active lifestyles for young people. Energy, Play, Safety, Vision, Mind, Family, Friends, School, Community

Behavior Guidelines;

Your child will be learning important life skills during their session. All participants are expected to display these life skills and act in a respectful manner towards First Tee coaches,  volunteers and participants. If there are behavior problems, children may be asked to sit out for a few minutes. The coach will have a conversation with the child first, and then the parents after class. We want all the participants to have a productive and fun time while learning golf and life skills.

Parent Expectations;

Parents are encouraged to support The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits taught by coaches at each class, what they mean and what these behaviors look like at school and at home. Because of the unique First Tee curriculum taught by certified coaches, please do not interfere with teaching. We love when parents support their children by watching them, but not necessarily participating with them. We find it sometimes difficult for a child to get the most out of our program when a parent is too involved in the learning experience. We thank you for your trust in coaches and volunteers! We also strongly encourage volunteer. If interested in becoming a certified volunteer coach, please contact Program Director, Ryan Kallenberger at Ryan@thefirstteesps.org.

 Fostering Growth within the Program;

There are 5 levels within The First Tee Life Skill Program and children can move up in levels until graduation. On average, it takes three sessions to graduate to the next level.

  • PLAYer: Introduces playing the game of golf with special emphasis on learning golf and the Nine Core Values.
  • Par: Focuses on interpersonal communication and self-maintenance
  • Birdie: Emphasizes goal-setting
  • Eagle: Builds on PLAYer, Par, and Birdie levels and emphasizes resilience skills, conflict resolution and planning for the future.
  • Ace: The advanced level of The First Tee Life Experience; focuses on personal planning for golf, career, volunteerism and education. 

Additional Opportunities; A/B Honor Roll

The First Tee recognizes outstanding academic achievement of all participants through its A/B Honor Roll program.  Twice annually, chapters report to National Headquarters based in St. Augustine, Florida, the names of their participants who have earned all As and/or Bs (or the equivalent) on their report cards. A Certificate of Achievement is signed by The First Tee Chief Executive Officer, Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. and distributed to those participants who earned A/B Honor Roll. At the end of each semester, participants should bring their report card to their chapter. All participants, regardless of age, are eligible for this recognition. For more information on A/B Honor Roll or to submit your child’s name, visit our A/B Honor Roll page. 

The First Tee Youth Scholarship Fund;

The First Tee of South Puget Sound is committed to ensuring all young people are able to participate in our golf program, regardless of financial barriers. As a result, more than half of our participants receive partial and full scholarships. Please consider making a donation to support The First Tee Youth Scholarship Fund to ensure no child is turned away because of an inability to pay, or lack of equipment. Your gift is fully tax-deductible. Click here to donate now.