The First Tee Life Skills Experience
COVID – 19 Phase Two Program Updates
With our city and region now in Phase Two of reopening, First Tee Greater New Orleans is running our classes with new safety guidelines. Please find out how we are Playing It Safe. Additionally, we will be implementing all recommendations from the LA Department of Education and LA Office of Public Health.
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 and introduces the First Tee Life Skills Experience
- Age – 5 & 6
- Prerequisite – None
PLAYer: Focuses on interpersonal skills and lays the foundation of the Nine Core Values and Code of Conduct
- Age – Required minimum 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 focuses on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course
- Age – Recommended minimum 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 self-management skills with advanced golf activities
- Age – Recommended minimum 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 self-management
- Age – Required minimum 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 Par curriculum with an emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality
- Age – Recommended minimum age 11
- Prerequisite – Minimum of 3 sessions at Par Level or Advanced Par Level
EAGLE: Developing a healthy sense of self, learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning
- Age – Recommended minimum age 13
- Prerequisite – Minimum of 3 sessions at Birdie Level
ACE: Put it all together and hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community through service
- Age – Required minimum age 14 or entering 9th grade
- 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 Spring and 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.