2020 Program FAQ
Cost should never be a barrier to your participation with First Tee. So as always, we ask that you pay the amount that makes your family’s participation possible. When you register, you’ll have the opportunity to pay the full fee or request a reduced fee. We approve 100% of those requests and we are proud to say that more than half of First Tee of Greater Seattle participants enroll at a reduced fee, so please don’t hesitate to take advantage of the reduced fee option. For families who choose to pay the full fee, the cost will be just $99 this summer and $149 for fall.
How will 2020 be different from previous years?
First Tee coaches are committed to providing the most impactful learning environment possible, and we believe that is important now more than ever. We just have to find some new ways of doing things, and despite a few sacrifices (e.g., no high-fives or fist bumps), there is an abundance of fun and education to be found on the fairways this summer and we intend to capture as much as we can. We have also been developing more familiarity what at-home learning can look like for First Tee participants, which is a fun way to stay engaged even when you are able to attend weekly on-course classes. If you haven’t had a chance yet, check out some of the content we’ve been sharing through the First Tee at Home page.
All classes are one hour? What about higher levels, which are usually longer?
In the past, TARGET and PLAYer classes have always been one hour, Par 1.5 hours, Birdie 2 hours, and Eagle 3 hours, and Ace 4 hours. This summer, all classes will officially be scheduled for one hour, with that time focused on activities and skill-building. This serves two main purposes: 1) reduces the time spent at the course, especially for those who may not yet be comfortable with extended time in public places, and 2) allows us enough time on the schedule to serve levels PLAYer and up. HOWEVER, we will be scheduling tee times and supervised course play for the Par, Birdie, Eagle and Ace levels when possible, so for those who do want extended time and play options, we will communicate those with you. Additionally, we always encourage participants to play golf outside of their regular class time (before, after, or on different days), and the Open Play privilege is designed just for that!
What procedures will First Tee have in place to ensure a safe learning environment, and to prevent community spread of the COVID-19 virus?
- Classes are much smaller on average, with an average of two “pods” of four players and one coach each.
- Check-in and name tag process will be hands-off.
- In-class activities will allow for social distancing.
- Coaches, volunteers & participants will wear facial coverings during class time.
- Equipment sharing will be avoided at all times.
- Classes will be held outdoors, and only utilize indoor space when absolutely necessary.
- Equipment and learning environments will be closely monitored and sanitized regularly.
- Health screenings will be conducted each day for our coaches, volunteers & participants.
For what ages will First Tee offer summer & fall classes?
Typically, our summer session is open to all young people between the ages of 5-18. This summer, we anticipate our capacity to be only 40-50% of normal, based on group size requirements. This puts us in a regrettable position, because our goal is always to make room for all young people to join First Tee. Priority will always be granted for returning participants, but of course we will do whatever we can to accommodate all those who want to play.
Currently, our schedule includes classes at the PLAYer level and above, and we do not anticipate offering TARGET level classes. But we will reevaluate in the coming weeks and see if that will be possible. We truly enjoy having players age 5 and 6 in the program!
If no classes are available for my son or daughter this summer, what should we do?
We have been developing our First Tee at Home resources, which include golf tips, book & movie recommendations, and activities. Going forward, we are also excited to launch our Golf at Home project, which includes at-home kits and online curriculum. Thanks to our GiveBIG campaign, we have raised enough money to create more than 500 kits for kids. We will be assembling these kits over the coming weeks and plan to make them available at no cost for as many kids as possible, and especially those who don’t have the equipment they need at home. The online curriculum will be available for everyone, and so even those who are not able to join a class this summer will have an opportunity to practice and learn with the help of First Tee coaches!
What if we opted to transfer our spring registration fee to summer, but are not able to get in?
We will gladly transfer your fee to any future season, including fall 2020, or of course we can refund your fee as well. Once summer registration is underway, let us know if we can help with that.
Can we go play and practice on our own?
While golf courses now open, there are a lot of limitations in place. Foursomes are now allowed, but not all courses are allowing them just yet. Practice areas are open, but social distancing is required. Finally, Youth on Course and junior rates are on hold at many places. Since each golf course may have a different plan in place, the best thing you can do is call the golf course directly to learn more. For a complete list of our partner locations, visit this page: www.firstteeseattle.org/about/locations
Can I donate equipment?
We accept donations of equipment and merchandise in good or better condition. Just email us for instructions. Currently, we are seeking putters and graphite-shafted irons, specifically!
How can we stay updated?
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What should we do in the meantime?
Be safe, stay healthy, and check out our First Tee at Home resources!
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