CERTIFICATION AND ASSESSMENT PROCESS
Whether you are new to First Tee Greater Detroit or not, you should become familiar with the assessment process all participants must complete in order to move from one level to the next. After each session (Spring, Summer, Fall) we see where each participant is at with the Nine Core Values and golf skills to see if they are ready to advance.
Starting at the PLAYer 2 levels, participants who wish to move to the next level (Par, Birdie, Eagle, Ace, in that order) must attend these assessments and complete all remaining requirements. Participants who are in the TARGET or PLAYer 1 level do not attend assessments.
As you may know, participants who are new to First Tee Greater Detroit age 5 and 6 begin at the TARGET Level and participants age 7 and up begin at the PLAYer level and progress through the First Tee by completing requirements at each level. This helps participants better understand the curriculum at each of the levels, as they build upon previous concepts and exposure to previous classes. The First Tee Program works best when participants participate and receive exposure at each level in the order established.
This assessment period can also help parents and participants set goals for their golf game and what areas, if any, need to be improved on.
If players assess at a certain level for their golf skills and meet all other criteria, they will be considered “certified” for their level and eligible to move to the next. The certification process is also cumulative, meaning that participants who have previously participated in an assessment at their current level will not need to repeat the completed requirements in subsequent assessments. HOWEVER, all certification requirements will reset once participants move to their next level. (For example, if a participant has completed all the PLAYer certification requirements and moves to Par, he/she will then be responsible for completing all the requirements at the Par level.)
FIRSTS TEE LIFE SKILLS EXPERIENCE LEVELS:
Target | 5-6 years old
PLAYer | Required minimum age 7 and older (min. 27 hours to move up to PAR)
PAR | Must be at least 9 years old and pass the PLAYer Level* (min. 36 hours to move up to BIRDIE)
BIRDIE | Minimum age of 11 and pass the PLAYer & PAR Levels* (min. 48 hours to move up to EAGLE)
EAGLE | Minimum age of 13 and pass PLAYer & PAR, & BIRDIE Levels* (min 60 hours to move up to ACE)
ACE | Minimum age of 14 or entering 9th grade and pass, PLAYER, PAR, BIRDIE & EAGLE Levels
*Levels: Certification includes written evaluation as well as golf skills and application of life skills.