If you have any questions that are NOT answered below, please contact Jeff Preast via E-mail or at 304-391-5000
STARTING IN THE PROGRAM:
All players who are new to First Tee – West Virginia begin in one of two levels based on their age:
- LITTLE GENERAL JUNIORS is the starting point for participants between 5 and 6 years old.
- Next is the PLAYer level, which is for those who are new to First Tee and are a minimum of 7 years old.
All participants, regardless of golf knowledge and experience, start at the PLAYer level. The reason for this is First Tee’s proprietary curriculum, called the Life Skills Experience, is not just about golf skills, but Core Values and Life Skills integrated with golf skills and knowledge. If your child has played golf before, or is already competitive, please contact Director, Jeff Preast to discuss their progress through our program.
HOW do participants become “certified”?
Participants will move through the LITTLE GENERAL JUNIOR program based on age alone.
Beginning with the PLAYer level, certification will be necessary before moving to the next level. 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 – PLAYer, Par, Birdie and Eagle – participants will go through a Certification Process testing and evaluating participants’ understanding of and ability to apply what was taught.
WHEN do participants become “certified”?
Coaches will track the progress of each participant and when they have attended the minimum number of class sessions, they will be eligible to certify. Coaches will work with individuals to schedule time to take certification assessments both on and off the golf course.
How long does it take to PROGRESS from one level to the next?
The answer is dependent on the individual. Certification is the outcome of a fun learning process that occurs through time and may take up to two years to complete. Although session minimums are listed, repeating sessions is common and encouraged, especially for younger participants. Older players may move through the levels more quickly while it may take multiple sessions for younger participants. Participants who play and practice regularly may move through the levels more quickly than players who do not.
What equipment does my child need?
If your child does have their own set of golf clubs, please bring them to every class. If not, youth golf clubs, golf balls and all other learning equipment will be provided.
New participants in the PLAYer level classes will be given a BAG TAG and YARDAGE BOOK. These two items should be brought to every class session while they are participating in the PLAYer level. Once they certify to the Par level (and each level to follow), they will be issued a new BAG TAG and YARDAGE BOOK. Lost Bag Tags and Yardage Books can be replaced for a nominal fee by contacting Director, Jeff Preast.
What should my child wear / bring to class?
Proper footwear and outerwear is a necessity. Traditional golf attire is not required, although players are welcome to wear golf shoes, collared shirts, and slacks/pants. Most players will be comfortable in athletic clothing, including tennis shoes or even rain boots on wet days. No sandals, flip-flops or open-toed shoes are allowed. We also suggest a hat or sunglasses during the summer months to protect their eyes from the sun along with sunscreen to protect their skin. A bottle of water is also welcome for them to drink for during breaks.
Where are class schedules posted?
Class schedules can be found on our website. We do have several facilities throughout the state, so please be sure to select the facility in your area from the navigation to ensure you are viewing the correct schedule for your child.
Are there classes on NATIONAL Holidays?
First Tee – West Virginia observes the following Federal Holidays: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The WVGA /FTWV offices will be closed and there will be NO classes offered during holiday closures. Coaches will give reminders, however we have noted all re-scheduled classes due to Holidays on the initial website listings.
Is there class during Inclement Weather?
In the event of inclement weather, some locations may decide to cancel class. In the event class is cancelled, you will receive an email or a text message at least 2 hours prior to the start of class. First Tee – West Virginia guarantees at least 5 of the 6 Little General Junior classes and 9 of the 12 PLAYer / Par / Birdie / Eagle classes be completed during 6 week sessions, and 7 of the 9 Little General Junior classes and 9 of the 9 PLAYer / Par / Birdie / Eagle classes be completed during 9 week sessions, however we will do our best to make up all class periods missed based on facility availability. Coaches will inform participants and parents directly with plans for make-up classes.
What if my child needs to miss a class?
Two of our Nine Core Values are RESPONSIBILITY and PERSEVERANCE. We believe children learn best by example, and showing up for class is an easy way to practice being responsible and honoring one’s commitments. We certainly understand that things do come up and people do take ill, schedule family vacations, etc. so we understand missing a class occasionally. When students know they are to miss a class, we ask that the student and parents both notify the lead coach in advance. Individual make-up classes will not be scheduled.
When does registration open / close?
Registration will open approximately 4 weeks before the first week of classes. We will post reminders on Facebook and send out an e-blast to past participants and those who are on our mailing list.
Registration will either close once the class has reached full capacity or on the Saturday following the second class.
The class is full and my child has been placed on a wait-list. Now what?
Classes are implemented by a trained coaching staff and volunteers. We feel that class sizes with a 6:1 ratio of Coaches / Volunteers to participants helps promote the safe environment that we need for our participants. We ask that you respect our judgement on the appropriate class size at each facility and not lose hope that your child will get a spot in the class. There is the possibility that someone may cancel or that we gain a volunteer. In either of those cases, if/when a spot in the class opens, you will receive an e-mail prompting you to complete the registration of your participant.
I’m not sure what level my participant is in, how do I sign them up?
If you are a returning participant, the registration system will know what class your participant is eligible for based on their last certification. If you feel the registration site is incorrect, please contact Director, Jeff Preast.
Who do I contact if I am having trouble with the registration site?
Please contact Director, Jeff Preast via E-mail or at 304-391-5000
WHAT IS THE COST?
Little General Juniors = $50 (6 week sessions) | $70 (9 week sessions)
PLAYer / Par / Birdie / Eagle = $95
WHAT ARE Financial Aid SCHOLARSHIPS?
We believe that all youth should have the opportunity to participate in our Life Skills Experience regardless of financial status. As a non-profit organization, First Tee – West Virginia raises funds to provide need-based financial-aid to any child who would like to participate but would not otherwise be able to.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR A FINANCIAL AID SCHOLARSHIP?
The financial aid process is integrated into our online registration system. Details instructions are listed on our Financial Page.
Are parents allowed to stay / participate in classes?
While we welcome you to stay and observe the class, we ask that parents and guardians refrain from participating in the class. Should you be interested in volunteering, please feel free to fill out and return the interest form below.
How can I help my child apply the core values / life skills to home and other areas of their lives?
Have a CAR TALK! We know young people don’t automatically transfer what they have learned at First Tee to other areas of their life. Although each class at First Tee ends with a “bridge to life,” this is not enough by itself to ensure behavior change takes place away from the golf course. You can ask these questions in the car ride home from class, at the dinner table or during a coachable moment with your child.
- What was fun/challenging/interesting today at First Tee?
- What kinds of things did you learn today? About golf? About a core value? About a healthy habit?
- How does ____(insert golf fundamental) help you play better golf?
- Tell me more about _____ (insert core value)…
- How do you show _____ (insert core value) on the golf course?
- How do you show _____ (insert core value) in school?
- How will I know when you are showing _____ (insert core value) at home this week?