CERTIFICATION

At the end of each level of the Life Skills Experience – PLAYer, Par, Birdie, and Eagle – participants complete a consistent certification process to move to the next level. This process increases the probability PLAYer, Par, Birdie, and Eagle certified participants have not only been exposed to core lessons, but also can demonstrate and apply golf and life skills taught at each level.

Certification for eligible students will take place during the students class. The lead coach will be observing their golf skills to include full swing driving & irons, chipping, and putting.

The paper portion of certification will be scheduled for immediately after the last class or the week after the last class. Please see the below requirements for certification including minimum age and core lesson exposure time.

Any questions can be directed to Mary Kate Lynch, Program Director, at mklynch@thefirstteerv.org.

 

Target classes for students ages 5 & 6 years old are NOT required to take the certification to move to the Player I level.

 

PLAYER I

*A participant must be 7  – 10 years old by the start of the class.

The emphasis of the PLAYer level is to introduce playing the game of golf with special emphasis on learning golf and The First Tee Code of Conduct, appreciating the rules and etiquette of the game, and developing a young person’s game in golf and life.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Core Lesson Exposure: 27 hours of exposure
Life Skill Knowledge (Learn): Correctly answered 10-12 written (or verbal) questions.
Golf Knowledge (Appreciate): Correctly answered 8-10 written (or verbal) questions.
Putting: Successfully complete a putting course showing good etiquette, speed, and behavior
Short Game: Complete 3 holes with a maximum score of 15.
Full Swing (Fairways): Must hit 2 out of 6 fairways

PLAYER II

*A participant must be 11 years old by the start of the class and new to the program.

The emphasis of the PLAYer level is to introduce playing the game of golf with special emphasis on learning golf and The First Tee Code of Conduct, appreciating the rules and etiquette of the game, and developing a young person’s game in golf and life.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Core Lesson Exposure: 27 hours of exposure
Life Skill Knowledge (Learn): Correctly answered 10-12 written (or verbal) questions.
Golf Knowledge (Appreciate): Correctly answered 8-10 written (or verbal) questions.
Putting: Successfully complete a putting course showing good etiquette, speed, and behavior
Short Game: Complete 3 holes with a maximum score of 15.
Full Swing (Fairways): Must hit 2 out of 6 fairways

PAR

*A participant must be 9 years old by the start of the class and successfully pass PLAYer certification.

Emphasis on interpersonal communication and self-management skills on and off the course.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Core Lesson Exposure: 36 hours of exposure
Life Skill Knowledge: Correctly answered 15-18 written (or verbal) questions
Golf Knowledge: Correctly answered 12-15 written (or verbal) questions
Putting: Complete 9 holes with a maximum score of 27
Short Game: Complete 3 holes with a maximum score of 12
Full Swing (Fairways): Must hit 2 out of 6 fairways
Full Swing (Greens): Must hit 2 out of 6 greens from 35-55 yards away from the green

BIRDIE

*A participant must be 11 years old by the start of the class and successfully pass PAR certification.

Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Core Lesson Exposure: 48 hours of exposure
Life Skill Knowledge: Correctly answered 20-24 written (or verbal) questions
Golf Knowledge: Correctly answered 16-20 written (or verbal) questions
Putting: Complete 9 holes with a maximum score of 23
Short Game: Complete 6 holes with a maximum score of 21
Full Swing (Fairways): Must hit 3 out of 6 fairways
Full Swing (Greens): Must hit 3 out of 6 greens from 55-75 yards away from the green

EAGLE

*A participant must be 13 years old by the start of class and successfully pass BIRDIE certification.

Emphasis on learning resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Core Lesson Exposure: 60 hours of exposure
Life Skill Knowledge: Correctly answered 25-30 written (or verbal) questions
Golf Knowledge: Correctly answered 20-25 written (or verbal) questions
Putting: Complete 9 holes with a maximum score of 18
Short Game: Complete 9 holes with a maximum score of 27
Full Swing (Fairways): Must hit 3 out of 6 fairways
Full Swing (Greens): Must hit 3 out of 6 greens from 80-100 yards away from the green
Volunteering: Complete 20 hrs. of volunteering with The First Tee of Raritan Valley

ACE

*A participant must be 14 years old by the start of class and successfully pass EAGLE certification.

At the Ace Level Participants put it all together and hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community.

 

A COMPLETED YARDAGE BOOK IS DUE AT CERTIFICATION AND REQUIRED TO PASS CERTIFICATION FOR ALL LEVELS Player – EAGLE.

 

Please contact Mary Kate Lynch, Program Director with any questions about certification at mklynch@thefirstteerv.org.