The First Tee, An Initiative of the World Golf Foundation
Sports fields and courts have always been a playing ground for teaching life lessons, both positive and negative. The First Tee Program believes they have not only found a way to teach positive life lessons, but also depends on an adherence to a series of Life Skills for its very existence. That teaching is through the game of golf.
The mission of The First Tee is 'To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character-development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf'. The goal of The First Tee and The First Tee of Rapid City is to provide the golf learning facilities and the experience that will enable kids from every walk of life to partake of a game that teaches values for life and which can be played for a lifetime.
Program Descriptions - PLAYer
This program is the entry level point which teaches the students the 9 Core Values of The First Tee. They are also taught the Life Skills needed to transfer these Core Values to everyday activities, using golf lessons as the vehicle to teach the skills. These Life Skills are seamlessly integrated into our golf instruction. The PLAYer level Life Skills being taught are:
1. Welcome, Showing Respect, and Courtesy Towards Others
2. Responsibility for the Course and the Honesty of Players
3. Modeling Sportsmanship and Developing Confidence
4. Using Good Judgment and Playing with Perseverance
5. Living with Integrity
Program Descriptions - PAR
The second level of participation level is described as PAR. After graduating from the PLAYer level, students are taught a new set of Life Skills seamlessly integrated into the golf instruction. These new Life Skills build on the Character Enhancement values previously taught and encourage more participation in the program. The Par level Life Skills being taught are:
1. Welcome and Introductions Meeting and Greeting
2. Respecting the Rules
3. Having fun while you learn
4. Staying Cool in Pressure Situations
5. Finding Your Personal Par
Program Descriptions - BIRDIE
The third level of participation is described as BIRDIE. At this level, the student becomes more engaged with the process of setting goals. We practice understanding what the differences are between realistic attainable goals and setting your goals to a level that is not reachable. These goals are reinforced with practice on the golf course with instruction as well as building a goal ladder for each individual. The Life Skills practiced at this level are:
1. Dreams and goals / goal setting
2. Positively stating a goal that is important to you
3. Stating goals specifically
4. Setting goals that are under your control
5. Getting to your goal
6. Dealing with challenges
Program Description - EAGLE
EAGLE participants focus more on group and community interraction. Lessons provide more opportunity for advanced instruction and practice as well as discussing topics like conflict resolution, mentoring, and educational planning.
Participants learn to interact more effectively with others so they can become good citizens and exert a positive influence both at The First Tee but also in their communities.
The First Tee of Rapid City Sessions / Dates / Times
- We will again run 2 sessions of The First Tee Program.
- Session 1 Start Date June 3 - End Date July 5 (Thursday July 4 class will be held Monday July 8)
- Session 2 Start Date July 22 - End Date August 23
- MONDAY CLASS SCHEDULE:
- 9:00-10:00 PLAYer Class
- 10:30-11:30 PLAYer Class
- 1:30-3:00 PAR Class
- TUESDAY CLASS SCHEDULE:
- 1:00-2:30 BIRDIE Class
- WEDNESDAY CLASS SCHEDULE:
- 9:00-11:00 EAGLE Club
- THURSDAY CLASS SCHEDULE:
- 9:00-10:00 PLAYER Class
- 10:30-12:00 PAR Class
- 1:30-2:30 PLAYer Class
1 day programs for kids ages 5 & 6. Have fun with the golf clubs on the course learning some basic fundamentals of play. All of the equipment is supplied with the program by using SNAG golf clubs and balls. These age appropriate clubs, balls, and equipment make this time fun for the young aspiring golfer.
This 45 minute class starts at 9:00 on the following Friday mornings. Participants can sign up 1 class, 2 classes, 3 classes, or all 4. You pick - we will provide a different activity each time.
TeeWee Friday Dates: June 7 - June 14 - June 28 - July 12