ASSESSMENT CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

The First Tee of Central Florida Golf & Life Skills Experience Curriculum offers four progressive levels of golf and life skills instruction: PLAYer, PAR, BIRDIE, and EAGLE. Coherent with the classes listed below; certification ensures that each participant can successfully complete, demonstrate and exhibit the golf and life skills acquired during their previous classes. Successful completion of certification is required to move to advanced program levels.

Advancement in the program is solely up to the participant and his/her aspirations. The length of time needed to certify from one level to the next will vary from participant to participant. Yardage Books and Certification Requirements are posted to help participants and parents follow along with progression and preparation for certification, while encouraging practice and play outside of scheduled class time.

At The First Tee of Central Florida, we like to think of our program as a marathon and not a sprint.  Your child has not “failed” The First Tee because they are still in the same certification level.  Golf is not an easy sport to learn and take up, therefore it takes time and practice far beyond 13.5 hours (9 one hour and a half clinics) in a The First Tee session to become proficient enough in the game to move from one level to the next.

There is nothing wrong with taking a certification level multiple times, in fact, The First Tee Home Office expects participants to be exposed to each life skills, core values, and healthy habits lesson multiple times to understand, begin to demonstrate, and exhibit the skills in various settings over time.

Our ultimate goal is to educate your child with valuable life skills, core values, and healthy habits along with a passion, love, and proficiency of the game of golf that will allow your child to use the game to propel themselves to reach their wildest dreams and goals.


Assessments are offered during the class time the week following the conclusion of the last class. *subject to change*

Below are the following requirements Needed to complete certification

PLAYer

Before the end of the session there are 4 requirements which must be met before your child may be considered to take the assessment.

  1. Age Requirement to move to the next level – 9 years old or older.
  2. Complete at least 7 of the 9 classes.
  3. Complete the PLAYer Yardage book and turn into their Coach to sign off.
  4. Play one 9 hole round of golf outside of normal class time and score 72 or less. The required golf course yardage is 1,500 – 1,900 yards. The scorecard must be turned into your child’s Coach before the last class.
    (NOTE: Any golf course can be played as long as it meets the minimum yardage of 1,500 yards. For most golf courses this is from 200 yds. on Par 4’s & Par 5’s and forward tees on Par 3’s).

Research indicates that in order to become proficient in the golf skills required to move to the next level, participants should practice outside of weekly The First Tee clinics. To assist in moving from PLAYer to Par it is recommended that each participant:

    • Attend The First Tee class once a week
    • Practice/play outside of The First Tee once a week

At the Assessment

At the assessment, participants will be assessed on four general areas:

  • Life Skills Knowledge – written assessment covering the core values, healthy habits, and life skills taught throughout the session.
  • Golf Knowledge – written assessment covering rules, etiquette, and safety covered throughout the session.
  • Life Skills Application – Interview with participants where they will give examples of how they use the life skills, core values, and healthy habits covered in the session both on the golf course and in other areas of everyday life.
    • Participants must be able to demonstrate and exhibit Life Skills and Core Values in setting on and off the golf course.
  • Golf Skills Application – held during the Assessment – putting & golf course play.

Par

Before the end of the session there are 4 requirements which must be met before your child may be considered to take the assessment.

  1. Age Requirement to move to the next level – 11 years old or older.
  2. Complete at least 7 of the 9 classes.
  3. Complete the PAR Yardage book and turn into their Coach to sign off.
  4. Play one 9 hole round of golf outside of normal class time and score 54 or less. The required golf course yardage is 2,300 yards. The scorecard must be turned into your child’s Coach before the last class.
    (NOTE: Any golf course can be played as long as it meets the minimum yardage of 2,300 yards)

Research indicates that in order to become proficient in the golf skills required to move to the next level, participants should practice outside of weekly The First Tee clinics. To assist in moving from Par to Birdie it is recommended that each participant:

    • Attend The First Tee class once a week
    • Practice and/or play outside of The First Tee twice a week

AT THE ASSESSMENT

At the assessment, participants will be assessed on four general areas:

  • Life Skills Knowledge – written assessment covering the core values, healthy habits, and life skills taught throughout the session.
  • Golf Knowledge – written assessment covering rules, etiquette, and safety covered throughout the session.
  • Life Skills Application – Interview with participants where they will give examples of how they use the life skills, core values, and healthy habits covered in the session both on the golf course and in other areas of everyday life.
    • Participants must be able to demonstrate and exhibit Life Skills and Core Values in setting on and off the golf course.

Golf Skills Application – held during the Assessment – putting, short game & golf course play.


Birdie

Before the end of the session there are 5 requirements which must be met before your child may be considered to take the assessment.

  1. Age Requirement to move to the next level – 13 years old or older.
  2. Complete at least 7 of the 9 classes.
  3. Complete the Birdie Yardage book and turn into their Coach to sign off.
  4. Play five 9 hole round of golf outside of normal class time and score 52 or less. The required golf course yardage is 2,500 yards. The scorecards must be turned into your child’s Coach before the last class.
    (NOTE: Any golf course can be played as long as it meets the minimum yardage of 2,500 yards)
  5. Complete three Goal Ladders, which Participants will share with their peers/coaches and track them over time. Each Goal Ladder must have at least 10 rungs for each of the following:
    1. School and/or future career path.
    2. Your Golf Game.
    3. A Healthy Habits Goal Ladder for a Healthy Body, Emotional Well Being and Community
  • Please note – Goal ladders must be email to Coach Sherry for review prior to the 7th week of class.

Research indicates that in order to become proficient in the golf skills required to move to the next level, participants should practice outside of weekly The First Tee clinics. To assist in moving from Par to Birdie it is recommended that each participant:

    • Attend The First Tee class once a week
    • Practice outside of The First Tee twice a week
    • Play golf once a week

AT THE ASSESSMENT

At the assessment, participants will be assessed on four general areas:

  • Life Skills Knowledge – written assessment covering the core values, healthy habits, and life skills taught throughout the session.
  • Golf Knowledge – written assessment covering rules, etiquette, and safety covered throughout the session.
  • Life Skills Application – Interview with participants where they will give examples of how they use the life skills, core values, and healthy habits covered in the session both on the golf course and in other areas of everyday life.
    • Participants must be able to demonstrate and exhibit Life Skills and Core Values in setting on and off the golf course.
  • Golf Skills Application – held during the Assessment – putting, short game & golf course play.

Eagle

Before the end of the session there are 5 requirements which must be met before your child may be considered to take the assessment.

  1. Age Requirement to move to the next level – 15 years old or older.
  2. Complete at least 7 of the 9 classes.
  3. Complete the Eagle Yardage book and turn into their Coach to sign off.
  4. Play ten 18 hole round of golf outside of normal class time and score 100 or less. The required golf course yardage is 5,000 yards. The scorecards must be turned into your child’s Coach before the last class.
     (NOTE: Any golf course can be played as long as it meets the minimum yardage of 5,000 yards)
  5. Demonstrate progression through goal ladders and update goal ladders as deemed fit.
  • Reminder everything must be turned in by the last class

Research indicates that in order to become proficient in the golf skills required to move to the next level, participants should practice outside of weekly The First Tee clinics. To assist in moving from Par to Birdie it is recommended that each participant:

    • Attend The First Tee class once a week
    • Practice outside of The First Tee three a week
    • Play golf once a week

AT THE ASSESSMENT

At the assessment, participants will be assessed on four general areas:

  • Life Skills Knowledge – written assessment covering the core values, healthy habits, and life skills taught throughout the session.
  • Golf Knowledge – written assessment covering rules, etiquette, and safety covered throughout the session.
  • Life Skills Application – Interview with participants where they will give examples of how they use the life skills, core values, and healthy habits covered in the session both on the golf course and in other areas of everyday life.
    • Participants must be able to demonstrate and exhibit Life Skills and Core Values in setting on and off the golf course.
  • Golf Skills Application – held during the Assessment – putting, short game & golf course play.