This activity-based golf program has been specifically designed for youth serving organizations such as the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Clubs. By using a golf platform, our goal is to extend the life skills and Nine Core Values of The First Tee to kids and teens who may not previously have been exposed to the game of golf.
The First Tee DRIVE is the perfect activity for young people as it Develops Rewarding, Inspiring Values for Everyone.
How Does The First Tee DRIVE Work?
Specifically written for coaches and volunteers at youth-serving organizations, The First Tee DRIVE is a set of 18 golf activity plans designed to provide a fun, engaging program which introduces kids to golf and exposes them to the behaviors associated with The First Tee’s Nine Core Values (respect, courtesy, responsibility, honesty, sportsmanship, confidence, judgment, perseverance, integrity).
Using modified golf equipment, kids are exposed to these core value behaviors through games and sports they may already be familiar with, such as baseball, football, bowling and tennis; however, these games are modified to incorporate the four basic golf shots – putt, chip, pitch, and full swing.
The activity plans are designed in a way that allows for indoor and outdoor set up to fit a variety of locations such as gymnasiums, basketball courts, baseball, football, and soccer fields.
At the end of each class, kids are challenged to apply the core value learned during the activity to other areas of their lives. The end goal is for youth to be exposed to The First Tee Nine Core Value behaviors during activities and for them to apply these behaviors both in and out of class.
Participating locations are provided with the necessary elements to deliver the program including equipment, a comprehensive activity guide and online training:
Modified Golf Equipment
The First Tee utilizes introductory golf equipment that is durable and safe for indoor or outdoor use. The equipment is modified, developmentally appropriate, and consists of colorful over-sized clubs, tennis-style balls and a variety of targets. The clubs are replicas of two basic traditional golf clubs, a putter and a wedge. The heads are purposefully large and provide a hitting surface proportionately larger than the ball for easy learning and increased success.
Available for both right-handed and left-handed students, the equipment set is configured to include enough clubs, targets and balls to teach up to 30 participants per class.
Comprehensive Activity Guide
The activity guide is written with the youth development professional and volunteer leader in mind. The program is designed to fit in a variety of settings, addressing class time, class size and other parameters unique to youth serving organizations.
The curriculum includes:
- 18 detailed activity plans
- information section explaining teaching methods
- safety and class management procedures
- instructional cue cards
- golf terms
- other helpful information for successful implementation
Our interactive online training includes video of actual activity plan sessions, excerpts from the activity guide, review questions and assessments.
The First Tee DRIVE is available for a one-time investment of $2,500 per location.To get involved with The First Tee DRIVE, contact a chapter of The First Tee near you or email [email protected] for assistance. You may also call (904) 940-4300 to be connected to a regional support representative.