Without caring mentors, positive youth development just doesn’t happen. At First Tee, we take coaching seriously. We believe that a meaningful, quality relationship between coach and participant is vital to our program.


Empower Youth

> Become Youth Centered

> Encourage positive relationships with adults and peers

> Focus on developing the whole person

> Get to know each individual’s goals in golf and life

> Kids don’t care what you know until they know you care!

Activity Based

> Doing verses telling

> Engage participants in fun golf related activities

> Teach skills that are used in golf and daily life

> Fun environment that encourages participation and enhances self worth

Mastery Driven

> Develop a “can do” approach to solving problems

>Learn to overcome challenges

>Become Process-oriented rather than outcome oriented

>Match intention with attention to become task-oriented

Continuous Learning

> Utilize the Good-Better-How model to provide feedback

> Foster long term solutions rather than short-term remediation of skill deficits

> Receive feedback while searching for Teachable Moments