First Tee virtual Golf school

Due to the CV-19 pandemic we have unfortunately cancelled our Spring session, but that doesn’t mean the golf and life skills fun has to stop! Visit this page each Friday for the weekly Life Skill and Golf Skill. Our coaches and participants will be showcasing their favorite at-home drills, games, and workouts to get moving and work on your golf game. We may even post an occasional challenge for our participants to test their skills!

Reach out to our Program Director, Justin Ratte – jratte@thefirstteegp.org, with any questions about First Tee classes, schedules, or if you would like to join the fun. Also submit your own videos to be featured on the First Tee Virtual Golf School!

Week 5 core lesson & activities

 

PLAYer Level

modeling sportsmanship

What Does Sportsmanship Mean?

Definition – Playing by the rules and acting nicely toward teammates and other competitors regardless of the game/match outcome.

Application on-course – Being a good sport involves following the written and unwritten rules of the game (called etiquette). Sportsmanship also expands beyond playing by the rules; acting with sportsmanship means respecting your teammates’ and opponents’ feelings and efforts throughout the game/match.

Bridge to life – Following the rules is an important part of being a good citizen. Obeying the law and acting kindly toward other people at all times are two ways you can work ‘sportsmanship’ into your every day lives at home.

Parent thought starters for your participant: What does being a good sport mean to your child? Are other sports played that exhibit good sportsmanship before, during or after the game/match? i.e. Shaking hands and saying ‘good game’ after play, kneeling for injured players, etc. What does being a good sport look like at school? i.e. taking turns during recess, not cutting others in line, etc.

Par Level

having fun while you learn, PT. 2

Life Skill – Three Tips for Having Fun

  • Be patient – Stay calm and give yourself many opportunities to try to succeed. Even the greatest sports, science, and math greats didn’t learn their trade overnight!
  • Be positive – Enjoy the process regardless of the outcome. Give any task your all and have fun doing it!
  • Ask for help – Use others to help aid with learning opportunities. Ask others questions that may be better than you or have a different perspective.

Pro Tip – Taking last week’s lesson a step further, there are specific ways in which one can make any activity enjoyable. Remember the three tips for having fun when trying something new or something you may not be so good at.

Resources below:

Videos on practicing your golf skills at home.

Worksheets to pass the time and stimulate your brain.

PGA TOUR & First Tee’s New Initiative – Links to Learning to learn about STEM concepts as they relate to golf!

Participant freetime Activities

Week 5 Word Search

PGA Tour & First tee’s links to learning

Click Here for access to many different subjects of learning! English, Art, STEM, and more!

Previous weeks’ content

Week 4 core lesson & activities

 

PLAYer Level

honesty toward others

What Does Honesty Mean?

Definition – To tell the truth.

Application on-course – Honesty is a key aspect to the game of golf. PLAYers must be honest in reporting their own scores and penalties. There are no referees or umpires watching your every move in the game of golf!

Bridge to life – As there are no referees in golf, there are no referees in life. You often make the call to be honest or to be dishonest. If caught being dishonest, there can be additional penalties or consequences. Being honest in your day to day activities is the best way to make sure you are being true to yourself and to others.

Parent thought starters for your participant: How does honesty help build trust and respect between parent/child, adult/child, and child/child relationships? Are the consequences of being dishonest worse than being upfront and telling the truth? i.e. Your child tells you they’ve completed their chores but have not; is an additional consequence given as a result?

Par Level

having fun while you learn, PT. 2

Life Skill – Three Tips for Having Fun

  • Be patient – Stay calm and give yourself many opportunities to try to succeed. Even the greatest sports, science, and math greats didn’t learn their trade overnight!
  • Be positive – Enjoy the process regardless of the outcome. Give any task your all and have fun doing it!
  • Ask for help – Use others to help aid with learning opportunities. Ask others questions that may be better than you or have a different perspective.

Pro Tip – Taking last week’s lesson a step further, there are specific ways in which one can make any activity enjoyable. Remember the three tips for having fun when trying something new or something you may not be so good at.

Week 3 core lesson & activities

 

PLAYer Level

responsibility toward the course

What Does Responsibility Mean?

Definition – Having a duty to deal with something or control over someone.

Application on-course – It’s up to the PLAYer to take ownership of his/her golf score, equipment, emotions and reactions to golf shots.

Bridge to life – Being responsible around the house means picking up after yourself or doing chores your parents may ask of you. Being responsible in school means completing your homework, studying for tests, or participating in group projects.

Parent thought starters for your participant: How does being responsible impact his/her life and others around them. How can being irresponsible affect our lives?

Par Level

having fun while you learn

Life Skill – A PLAYer shows having fun in his/her actions by:

  • Being patient and having a good attitude at all times, event when things aren’t going as planned
  • Asking for help on how to make improvements

Pro Tip – Many moments in life can be considered “teachable moments.” It’s important to find identify these moments and to be open to learning new, different, or better ways to do something. With this mindset, you never know what you may learn!

Resources below:

Videos on practicing your golf skills at home.

Worksheets to pass the time and stimulate your brain.

participant golf skill drills

Week 2 Refresher game – chipping

Participant freetime Activities

Week 3 Crossword

Week 3 Word Search

Week 2 core lesson & activities

 

PLAYer Level

Courtesy Toward Others

What Does Courtesy Mean?

Definition – Being or acting polite to others.

Application on-course – A round of golf begins and ends with a handshake between PLAYers in a group. You should be still and quiet while others are getting ready to swing and playing a shot.

Bridge to life – Showing courtesy to your family, friends, and teachers is an important part of everyday life. It is another form of showing you care about someone, by acting kindly in your actions toward them.

Parent thought starters for your participant: Why is courtesy an important trait to model? What do others think when you do not act with courtesy?

Par Level

Meeting & Greeting Using A-L-R

Life Skill – Meeting new people can be a challenge, remembering peoples’ names and learning who they are can be even more of a challenge. Using the acronym, A-L-R for Ask-Listen-Respond, can help you overcome these challenges!

Ask – Ask questions to learn about the other person. Ask their name, their hobbies, or any general questions that someone would feel comfortable telling someone they just met.

Listen – Listen to understand, not to be understood. Let the person finish his/her thought before formulating your response. If you don’t understand, ask him/her to clarify.

Respond – Respond with thoughtfulness, assuring the other person you care and take interest in your conversation. Good friends are made this way!

Pro Tip – Always begin the A-L-R process by asking someone his or her name! When meeting someone for the first time, always remember to directly face him/her, shake his/her hand firmly, look him/her in the eye, and state your name clearly.

Resources you’ll find below:

Videos on practicing your golf skills at home.

Worksheets to pass the time and stimulate your brain.

Bonus activities at the bottom! This week’s is a drawing competition. 

participant golf skill drills

Chipping – safe for indoor/backyard play

Week 1 Refresher – Putting

Participant freetime Activities

Week 2 Word Scramble

Week 2 Word Search

First Tee Bingo

Send a picture of you with any completed activities to be featured on social media to Coach Justin, jratte@thefirstteegp.org

Week 2 bonus activity!

Donor card drawing CHALLENGE

We are challenging participants to put your drawing skills to the test. A few lucky drawings will be featured on our “Thank You” cards sent to the organization’s donor.

Drawing Requirements:

  • Draw a fun golf setting, be creative!
    • It could be a pretty golf course layout, picture of your family golfing, aliens golfing, literally any place your creative mind takes you within the world of golf!
  • Include your name and age in the bottom right-hand corner and thank our donors somewhere in the drawing.
  • Email to Justin Ratte, jratte@thefirstteegp.org

Week 1 core lesson & activities

Showing Respect

What Does Respect Mean?

Definition – To be nice and kind in one’s actions.

Application – In golf it is important to show respect for myself, the people I play with and the course. The First Tee Code of Conduct involves showing respect in three areas: myself, others, and my surroundings.

Bridge to Life – Respect is a key character trait in all areas of life. At school you must treat your teachers with respect in order to be a good student and learn important skills like math, science, and reading. At home you must respect your parents/guardians and siblings to understand rules and appreciate each other. You must also respect inanimate things such as other people’s belongings like houses, cars, toys, and equipment.

Parent thought starters for your participant: In what ways can you respect yourself? Others? Your surroundings? How can you show this character trait on and off the course?

Resources you’ll find below:

Videos on practicing your golf skills at home.

Worksheets to pass the time and stimulate your brain.

Bonus activities at the bottom! This week’s is a social media competition.

participant golf skill drills

Safe for indoor play

Participant freetime Activities

Week 1 Word Search

Week 1 Word Scramble

week 1 bonus activity!

SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE

We are challenging our participants to put together and share their #GolfAtHome videos on social media. Your video may be reposted by The First Tee of Greater Portland, The First Tee National HQ, or the PGA TOUR!

Video and Post Requirements:

  • Create your own mini putt-putt course, trick shot, or any other way you are creatively working on your golf game at home.
  • Take a video and post it to your social media channel.
  • Use the hashtag, #GolfAtHome
  • Tag @thefirstteepdx and @thefirsttee