Registration for Spring group lessons begins Monday, March 12.
A seven week session where children meet once per week for 80 minutes. Coaches will introduce Life and Golf Skills following The First Tee curriculum within the Target, Player, Par, Birdie, Eagle and Ace levels. Each participant will receive a Bag Tag (color coded for each level) that outlines the objectives required at each level for advancement. Participants are evaluated in 5 areas. At the PLAYer Level these areas are: Core Lesson Exposure, Play, Learn, Appreciate and Your Game. At the Par, Birdie and Eagle Levels the 5 areas are: Core Lesson Exposure, Golf Skills Application, Life Skills Knowledge, Golf Knowledge and Life Skills Application.
Sessions run during the spring (mid-April – early June), summer (July and August) and fall (September and October) at locations in Hartford, Greater New Haven, Greater Waterbury, Bridgeport, Cromwell, Danbury and Pawcatuck. Groups are led by a PGA professional, USGTF instructor or First Tee Coach with the help of assistant coaches and volunteers; student to teacher ratio is 8:1.
Participants who have their own golf clubs are encouraged to bring them to class; however for any student who does not have equipment The First Tee of Connecticut will provide developmentally appropriate clubs for each session.
Registration Fees – $45 – $91 per session (Spring, Summer or Fall) * Prices vary by location. A complete schedule of sessions, with associated costs, is available on the previous page.
Registration fees include attendance in the seven (7) week session, instruction from golf professionals & The First Tee Coaches, access to developmentally appropriate equipment during each session (if necessary) and Life Skills Experience resources (Yardage Books & Bag Tags). This is a onetime charge for each seven (7) week session.
The information below is based on research and best practices from The First Tee Chapter Network and is intended to promote consistency and increase the probability of success for each participant within the program.
|Age Requirements||Participant must have reached their 5th birthday by the first day of class.||Participant must have reached their 7th birthday by the first day of class.||Participant must have reached their 9th birthday by the first day of class AND successfully completed the PLAYer Level.||Participant must have reached their 11th birthday by the first day of class AND successfully completed the PLAYer and Par Levels.||Participant must have reached their 13th birthday by the first day of class AND successfully completed the PLAYer, Par and Birdie Levels.|
|Required Programming Hours||N/A||20||25||30||35|
|Required Sessions (ex. Spring, Summer or Fall)||N/A||2 – 3||3 – 4||3 – 4||4|
Group Lesson Levels
TARGET (Ages 5 & 6)
The Target Level exposes young children to golf in a fun, safe environment while also introducing some of the basic life skills that they will continue to be exposed to during The First Tee’s Life Skills Experience. Children will participate in games and activities that develop the motor skills necessary to play the game and get a head start before joining the PLAYer Level when they reach their 7th birthday. Sessions will be focused on the 6 components of the TARGET experience; Take Aim; Anyone Can Play; Respect; Golf is a Game; Enjoy Yourself & Try It.
PLAYer (Ages 7 & up)
* The PLAYer Level is the required entry point for all participants regardless of age.
The Player Level introduces participants to The First Tee’s Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits and focuses on learning the game of golf and The First Tee’s Code of Conduct in a fun and active way. All new participants must enter through the Player Level which includes nine lessons that correspond to The First Tee’s Nine Core Values.
At Fairchild Wheeler in Bridgeport the PLAYer Level is offered in three (3) sub-levels. All new participants who are at least 7 years old must enroll at the PLAYer Level with the following suggestions made based on age:
- PLAYer 3 – Ages 7 – 9
- PLAYer 6 – Ages 10 – 12 or successful enrollment in and completion of PLAYer 3
- PLAYer 9 – Ages 13 & above or successful enrollment in and completion of PLAYer 3 and PLAYer 6.
PAR – PLAYer Certified (Ages 9 & up)
The Par Level’s instruction includes the basic life and golf skills taught by The First Tee. Participants focus on interpersonal communication and self-management skills. Past participation indicates that the average child attends the Par Level sessions an average of three times before becoming certified to advance to the Birdie Level.
BIRDIE – Par Certified (Ages 11 & up)
At the Birdie Level participants begin to develop their golf skills by learning how to practice with a purpose. Life Skills at the Birdie Level focus on establishing goals and working towards accomplishment of those goals. Participants at the Birdie Level are eligible to register for Teams.
EAGLE – Birdie Certified (Ages 13 & up)
At the Eagle Level participants work on playing with a purpose and mastering their golf skills. Life Skills at the Eagle Level focus on resilience skills, conflict resolution and planning for the future. Coaches work with participants on plans for the future such as high school/college enrollment.
ACE – Eagle Certified (Ages 15 & up)
At the Ace Level participants focus on mastering their golf and life skills in an independent study type of program. Participants work as volunteer coaches with younger classes to continue to grow while sharing their experiences with new students. For more information about the Ace Level please contact The First Tee of Connecticut’s main office, (860) 882-1660.
A nine week program (late June – August) for participants who have completed the PLAYer Level, have reached their 9th birthday and are ready to get onto the golf course. Teams meet once a week throughout the summer (typically Saturdays for Par and Birdie Level or Wednesdays for Eagle and Ace Level) at courses in Greater Waterbury, Greater New Haven, Hartford, Cromwell and Middletown with a focus on on-course skills.
Coaches and volunteers work with participants on Golf and Life Skills similar to the curriculum in our Group Lessons but focus instead on on-course activities, course management and social interaction. Please note that advancement within The First Tee cannot be accomplished solely through the team program. Participants must complete the Group Lesson program in order to be exposed to the official Life Skills curriculum.
Cost – $60 – $95 (Includes team shirt and hat) * Prices vary by location. A complete schedule of events can be found on the previous page along with associated prices by location. Registration will begin on Monday, April 2 at 9:00 a.m.
A four day experience held at our Krapek Family Learning Links in Cromwell. Participants spend the week (Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m.) working on golf and life skills as well as participating in games and activities on the practice facility and golf course. Registration fee includes lunch and snacks daily from Subway, a PLAYer Gift Pack and ice cream party on Friday. The First Tee of Connecticut’s Summer Camp is licensed by the State of Connecticut’s Department of Public Health Youth Camp Licensing Program, click here to learn more.
Our staff, led by our Erin Westerman, Camp Director has put together an activity-based and exciting program for camp and is thrilled to share this experience with your child(ren). During the day your child will be exposed to instructional drills, physical fitness exercises, skills challenges and contests for every aspect of the golf game (full swing, pitching, chipping, and putting) beginning Tuesday with the golf basics: grip, posture, and alignment. After lunch, participants will use the Karl Krapek Family Learning Links for on-course experiences. We will also incorporate the Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits into our routine each day. Click here to view the 2017 Summer Camp schedule and please note that registration will begin on Monday, April 2 at 9:00 a.m.
- Summer Camp is open to participants age 7 & up. (Must have reached their 7th birthday by the first day of their camp session)
- There will be 2 dedicated weeks for 5 & 6 year old students (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) in 2017.
- There will be 2 dedicated weeks for Girls Only Camps in 2017.
- Camps run for eight weeks beginning Tuesday, June 27 and ending with the session on Tuesday, August 22.
- Please note that camp will NOT be held the week of Tuesday, August 1.
- Maximum class size of 28 and student to instructor ratio of 6:1.
- Cost – $225/week ($145 for 5 & 6 year old session)
- Scholarship opportunities available, you may download the application by clicking here. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, May 30.
A program designed to serve young people as part of a partnering youth service agency. The First Tee of Connecticut has partnered with groups from local Boys & Girls Clubs, Park & Recreation Departments, Police Activity Leagues, youth camps and other organizations to offer an extended Group Lesson program to their members. These programs may be hosted at participating facilities or at the partnering agency’s location. Please contact The First Tee of Connecticut for more information.