The First Tee coaches are trained to create positive relationships that inspire youth to discover their individual potential. Our programs help young people build confidence, develop respect and appreciate the value of giving back to our community all while learning the lifelong sport of golf.
The First Tee Coach Program was created with the help of youth development experts to successfully train coaches to deliver the highest quality experience in youth development through sport.
We believe that positive youth development happens through a meaningful, quality relationship between the coach and participant. Young people do not care what a coach knows until they know a coach cares. This philosophy is implemented through four building blocks.
Doing versus telling (create experience-based learning environments; seamless delivery of life skills within golf activities)
Seek challenging tasks that help develop new skills (balance the focus on process versus outcome)
Young people actively participate in the decision-making process (develop positive relationships and take a student-centered approach)
Foster long-term solutions rather than short-term fixes (engage young people in feedback and identify coachable moments)