Frequently Asked Questions
STARTING IN THE PROGRAM
All players who are new to First Tee – Greater Detroit begin in one of three levels based on their age.
TARGET is the starting point for juniors between 5 and 6 years old. Child must be 5 years old at the time of class in order to be eligible to participate.
Next is the PLAYer level, which is subdivided into PLAYer and PLAYer 2.
PLAYer 1 is for participants 7 years old, and/or new to First Tee.
Accelerated PLAYer is for ages 14 -17 info coming soon
All juniors begin the program at the PLAYer level, and progress to subsequent levels by completing different requirements that measure their golf skill and understanding of the curriculum delivered at each level.
MY PARTICIPANT IS AN ADVANCED PLAYER, CAN HE/SHE SKIP PLAYER AND BE PLACED IN A HIGHER LEVEL CLASS?
This is not possible. Per Headquarters standards, all juniors must begin at the PLAYer level. This is to expose them to the curriculum in PLAYer, which covers the First Tee Nine Core Values and Healthy Habits and serves as a foundation for subsequent levels. It is not possible nor recommended to skip levels as the First Tee Program is not a race to the finish!
PROGRESSING THROUGH THE PROGRAM
Participants will move through these first two levels (TARGET to PLAYer, and from PLAYer to PLAYer 2) based on age alone. To enter into the PAR level and above, participants will need to certify for the previous level. For example, a participant must be “PLAYer 2 certified” before enrolling in the PAR level.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MOVE FROM ONE LEVEL TO THE NEXT?
The answer is dependent on the individual. Certification is the outcome of a fun learning process that occurs through time and may take up to two years to complete. Although session minimums are listed, repeating sessions is common and encouraged, especially for younger participants. Older players may move through the levels more quickly while it may take multiple sessions for younger participants. Participants who play and practice regularly may move through the levels more quickly than players who do not.
For participants 14 through 17, we will be offering accelerated sessions by invite only.
HOW DO PARTICIPANTS BECOME “CERTIFIED”?
At the end of each session, we will offer assessment days for participants who are close to progressing to the next level. Participants must attend an assessment day in order to certify and progress to the next level. If a participant meets the certification criteria, they are eligible to move to the next level.
ARE THERE AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRESSING THROUGH LEVELS?
Yes. The minimum age requirements are: for PLAYer is 7, for Par is 9, for Birdie is 11, and for Eagle is 13.
WHAT IF MY PARTICIPANT DOES NOT CERTIFY?
The participant will continue at the same level. Multiple exposures to each level are not only encouraged but required for most levels. Repeating a level is not a punishment, but the intended way the program was designed.
I’M NOT SURE WHAT LEVEL MY PARTICIPANT IS IN, HOW DO I SIGN THEM UP?
If you are a returning participant, the chapter office has records of the last class level you attended and for what level you were last certified. Please contact the chapter office and we will let you know what level to sign up for next.
HOW LONG DOES MY PARTICIPANT HAVE TO COMPLETE ALL THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH LEVEL?
The participant has as long as it takes him/her to complete all the requirements. Typically expect 1-2 years for each level. The lower levels my take less time and the higher levels typically take longer.
WHO DO I CONTACT WITH ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org