Through Life Skills Experience, participants learn valuable lessons about the importance of maintaining a positive attitude; how to make decisions by thinking about the possible consequences, and how to define and set goals for the golf course and everyday life.
These lessons for life are taught through a variety of golf-related activities designed with the primary goal of having fun.
Participants learn about themselves and others through a range of experiences enhancing not only their golf skills but also their fundamental values for life. As their opportunities on the golf course expand, so do the opportunities for their futures.
All participants receive The First Tee Card so they can track their progress through The First Tee certification levels of PLAYer, Par, Birdie, Eagle, and Ace.
The lessons learned through the Life Skills Experience are ones that will remain with young people well into their future- regardless of how long they play golf as a recreation.
The First Tee Certification
The First Tee wants everyone who completes The First Tee program to have acquired basic golf skills and to be able to demonstrate certain fundamental life skill concepts – such as interpersonal communication and the importance of rules and etiquette. At each level of the program – Par, Birdie and Eagle – participants will go through a Certification Process testing and evaluating participants’ understanding of and ability to apply what was taught.
Five Part Certification Process
The First Tee Certification Process has five general requirements: core lesson exposure, life skills application, golf skills application, life skills knowledge, golf knowledge.
As coaches review the requirements and examine the assessments utilized for participant progression through The First Tee Certification, they may notice specific golf techniques such as grip, aim, and balance are not assessed. Each level of the Life Skills Experience can be taught seamlessly with golf skills curricula; consequently coaches are encouraged to develop and utilize their own golf skills curriculum and methods of assessing golf technique or use a pre-existing golf skills curriculum.