GENERAL OVERVIEW OF LEVELS

PLAYer Level:  This is the Level in which all players begin the certification process.  From a youth development perspective, the level is designed for children ages 7-9. Players come to us with a variety of golf backgrounds and ages (7-18).  The curriculum includes Golf Skills, Golf Rules and Etiquette, Healthy Habits, and The First Tee Nine Core Values®.  The subject matter experts who designed the program indicate that multiple exposure to the core values and golf skills and playing within 27 hours of class time along with golf skills practice and application of the core values in a non-golf setting would be needed to acquire the knowledge and skills to certify at this level.

Par Level:  The subject matter experts who designed the program indicate that multiple exposure to the Interpersonal Skills,  Self Management Skills and Golf Skills, Rules and Course management will require approximately 36 hours class time along with golf skills practice, playing rounds of golf and the application of Interpersonal and Self Management Skills in a non-golf setting would be needed to acquire the knowledge and skills to certify at this level.  The youth development aspects of this level are for players ages 9-11.

Birdie Level:  The subject matter experts who designed the program indicate that multiple exposure to the Goal Setting and Self Management Skills and golf skills and playing within 48 hours of class time along with golf skills practice and application of Goal Setting and Self Management Skills in a non-golf setting would be needed to acquire the knowledge and skills to certify at this level. The youth development aspects of this level were designed for players ages 11-13.

Eagle Level  (Must be Birdie Certified and at least 13 to begin):  The subject matter experts who designed the program indicate that multiple exposure to the Interpersonal Skills and Self Management Skills and golf skills and playing within 60 hours of class time along with golf skills practice and application of Interpersonal Skills and Self Management Skills in a non-golf setting would be needed to acquire the knowledge and skills to certify at this level. The youth development aspects of this level are for players ages 13 and older.

Eagle Level Flight 1 This group will meet once a week to help players evaluate their golf games, wellness, practice routines,  Rules of Golf knowledge and decision making on-course.  The importance of building a network (Go-To Team) and how to built it will be addressed.  Their Golf Go-To Team will assist them in developing additional skills and ways to approach practice to help them advance as players.

It is recommended that players in this Flight participant in the Players’ or Tour Group.

Eagle Level Flight 2   This group of players will be at an age where they will be interacting with a larger and more diverse group of people in their daily lives and will be more involved in community.  Therefore,  it is very important that they learn to appreciate diversity and learn to handle conflict well.  The concept of the importance of diversity will carry into their golf games as they develop more and more shotmaking skills and learn when to use which skills.  Sometimes conflict is internal and active on the golf course.  In this group, players will learn to use their Self Management Skills and Resiliency Skills to handle conflict.

It is recommended that players on this Flight participant in the Tour Group.

 Eagle Level Flight 3. In this Flight, players will begin to take a serious look at how they want to live in community.  Will they be actively engaged in volunteering, in community activism, in politics, in religion?  What skills and interests do they have in mind that might lead to a possible career?  What careers are available in golf? What educational paths might they want to pursue related to golf aspirations and other career goals.  How do they plan to pay for their education? Do they want a family?  What standard of living do they seek?  How can they be someone others seek out for advice?  What skills are needed to be of service?

Golf at this level is more focused on developing as players.  All of the decision making and resiliency skills and self management skills are most essential at this point in golf development.  Actual skills can always improve but the recognition and application of skills is most important at this point.  This Flight will focus on how to play the best of your ability in a competitive environment, not just how to hit a chip or putt or any other basic skill.  It is recommended that most  players at this level also participate in the Tour Group.

*See Playing Opportunities beyond Class if you are ambitious about your game and would like to play with other The First Tee of Tennessee Chattanooga participants.

 Ace Level (Eagle Certified and at least 14 years old):  This is the most advanced level of the program.  It is extremely challenging.  Those who complete the Ace Level and continue to be involved in The First Tee of Tennessee at Chattanooga may qualify for scholarship money for college or trade school.

The Ace level is very individualized and requires a commitment from participant and parent or guardian.  Contact Coach Kathleen at KMcCarthy@TnGolf.org to learn more about this Level.

*Playing Opportunities beyond Class

Players’ Group

The Players’ Group is for those who are ambitious about improving themselves and improving as golfers and have met these requirements:

  1. Passed a playing test by scoring 60 or lower in 2 hours or less at Brown Acres Golf Course on the back nine,
  2. Passed an Intermediate Rules of Golf Test,
  3. Regularly attend the Level of the program for which they are qualified, and
  4. Complete assignments for the group in which they are enrolled.

The Players’ Group will meet frequently throughout the year to play 9-holes with a focus on applying the self-management, goal setting and interpersonal skills they have learned in the core curriculum to improve their scoring and enjoyment of the game.

If you want to be in the Players’ Group, email Coach Kathleen at KMcCarthy@TnGolf.org to sign up for the Rules Test and Playing Test. Players must pass the Rules Test before taking the Playing Test.

Tour Group

  1. Passed a playing test by scoring 95 or lower for 18- holes in 4 hours and 15 minutes or less at Brown Acres Golf Course,
  2. Passed an Advanced Rules of Golf Test,
  1. Regularly attend the Level of the program for which they are qualified, and
  2. Complete assignments for the group in which they are enrolled.

The Tour Group will meet once a month to Play 18-holes as if playing a practice round in preparation for competition.  Play will rotate to area courses.  Attendance in class and completion of off-course assignments are required to play.  Hand written thank you notes must be mailed to the host course within two days.   If notes are not received within a week of play,  the player will be suspended from the Tour Group until the note is received.

Tour Group Members may also become part of a traveling team.

If you want to be in the Tour Group, email Coach Kathleen at KMcCarthy@TnGolf.org to sign up for the Rules Test and Playing Test. Players must pass the Rules Test before taking the Playing Test.