Golf is unique from other sports because players learn values like honesty and responsibility by calling penalties on themselves and reporting their own scores. The sport is a perfect platform for helping young people develop character because just like in life, players experience the highs and lows of the game.
Because our mission is broader than simply teaching young people how to play golf, First Tee of the Inland Northwest also has a strong character development component - the Life Skills Experience. Life Skills is one of the unique features differentiating our organization from other successful junior golf programs.
Through Life Skills, young people inherit more than the ability to understand and enjoy the game of golf. Participants are taught important Life Skills that encourage improved self-image, positive attitude, problem-solving, decision-making, integrity, and sportsmanship. Taught and reinforced through a variety of golf-related exercises, these life skills are designed to help young people apply values from the golf course to everyday life.
Life Skills & Core Values
Lesson 1: Showing Respect Lesson 2: Courtesy toward others Lesson 3: Responsibility for the course Lesson 4: Honesty of players Lesson 5: Modeling Sportsmanship Lesson 6: Developing Confidence Lesson 7: Using Good Judgment Lesson 8: Playing with Perseverance Lesson 9: Living with Integrity
Lesson 10: Exploring the Game Lesson 11: Respecting the Rules Lesson 12: Meeting And Greeting Lesson 13: Having Fun While You Learn Lesson 14: Staying Cool Lesson 15: Finding Your Personal Par
Lesson 16: Dreams and Goals Lesson 17: Positively Setting Goals that are important to you Lesson 18: Setting Goals that are Specific Lesson 19: Setting Goals that are Under Your Control Lesson 20: Getting to you Goal Lesson 21: Dealing with Challenges
Lesson 22: Stay Well for Life Lesson 23: Building a GO-TO Team Lesson 24: Appreciating Diversity Lesson 25: Dealing with Conflicts Lesson 26: Be a GO-TO Person Lesson 27: Planning for the Future
Honesty – The quality or state of being truthful, not deceptive. Golf is unique from other sports in that players regularly call penalties on themselves.
Integrity – The strict adherence to a standard of value or conduct; it is personal honesty and independence. Golf is a game of honesty, etiquette, and composure. You are responsible for your actions and personal conduct on the golf course.
Sportsmanship –Observing the rules of play and winning or losing with grace. You must know and abide by the Rules of Golf and be able to conduct yourself in a respectful manner.
Respect – to feel or show deferential regard for others. In golf, it is important to show respect for yourself, your partners, your opponents, and the golf course, as well as for the honor and traditions of the game.
Confidence – Reliance or trust: it is a feeling of self-assurance. Confidence plays a key role in the level of play that you achieve. You must have confidence in your abilities each time you play golf.
Responsibility – Accounting for one’s actions and being dependable. In golf, you are responsible for yourself and your actions on the golf course. It is up to you to keep score, repair divots, rake bunkers, repair ball marks on the green, and keep up with the pace of play.
Perseverance – to persist in an area, purpose, or task despite obstacles. To succeed in golf, you must learn to persevere through bad breaks and your mistakes.
Courtesy – Considerate behavior towards others. It is a polite remark or gesture. A round of golf should begin and end with a handshake between fellow competitors. Show courtesy toward others by remaining still and quiet while they prepare and execute a shot.
Judgment – the ability to make a decision or form an opinion. It is a decision reached after consideration. Using good Judgement is critical in golf. It comes into play when deciding on strategy, club selection, when to play safe and when to take a chance.
These values, taught through golf & play, are delivered with the goal of helping young people become more productive at school and at home - and more socially conscious citizens in their local communities as they grow.
Registration Terms & Conditions
As a non-profit organization, our entire operation is funded by the generosity and donations of both the private and public sectors within our community. Due to administrative and processing costs, it is our policy that we do not offer program refunds. In the event that your child is not able to attend any registered classes, we will transfer your child to another class or provide you with a donation receipt in the amount of your registration fees.
Any golf equipment received for use is the property of First Tee of the Inland Northwest and must be returned at the discretion of the First Tee facility upon the termination of the participant’s involvement in the program. Participants in the Birdie skill level or above will be allowed to check out a complete set of clubs for their use for the whole summer. Students are required to care for these clubs as if they are their own and will return complete set at the end of the season in the same or better condition than they received them. This equipment usage is for those that do not have their own clubs and is free of charge, based on availability.
First Tee of the Inland Northwest, home office and participating agencies will from time to time use film, videotape and/or photographs of its student participants for lawful promotional and/or informational purposes. It is not our chapter's policy to identify participants in any media print without the express permission of their parent or legal guardian.
In the event that a parent, legal guardian, or emergency contact person cannot be reached in an emergency, the registering agent, parent, or legal guardian agrees to accept any and all determinations of need for medical assistance and/or administration of medical attention deemed necessary by First Tee chapter representatives. Permission is hereby given to the medical personnel selected by First Tee chapter representatives to secure any and all medical, hospitalization, dental, and/or surgical treatment. In the event that such medical attention is needed from a healthcare provider, all costs shall be the responsibility of the parent or guardian.
I, the parent/legal guardian of the registered named youth, give approval for participation in First Tee of the Inland Northwest sponsored activities. I understand that First Tee of the Inland Northwest is an independent organization that benefits from the participation of many golf organizations including First Tee Home Office and its oversight organizations, PGA Tour, PGA of America, USGA, Augusta National Golf Club, and the LPGA. I assume all risks of injury whatsoever and agree to hold harmless First Tee of the Inland Northwest and First Tee Home Office, including its oversight organizations, from claim(s) of any nature arising from any activity, including transportation, connected with First Tee of the Inland Northwest’s facility of program(s). This hold harmless agreement includes, but is not limited to, any claim due to injury proximately resulting from the negligence of First Tee of the Inland Northwest, First Tee Home Office, and its oversight organizations, employees, agents, LPGA or PGA professionals, participating agencies, and volunteers. I consent to First Tee of the Inland Northwest and First Tee Home Office communicating information regarding my child’s participation via the internet.