NATIONAL SCHOOL PROGRAM
The First Tee National School Program provides elementary schools
with a complete golf program appropriate for today's physical
education students and teachers. Each participating school receives
three tangible products and services:
- Equipment: developmentally appropriate golf
- Curriculum: created using the framework of the
National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
national physical education standards
- Teacher Training: training for participating
physical education teachers.
The First Tee National School Program utilizes developmentally
appropriate equipment: SNAG. This equipment which is durable and
safe consists of colorful oversized clubs, tennis-style balls and a
variety of targets. The introductory clubs are replicas of two
basic traditional golf clubs, a putter and wedge. The heads are
purposefully large and provide a hitting surface proportionately
larger than the ball for easy learning and high success. It is
available for both right-handed and left-handed students. Schools
receive enough equipment to deliver programming to up to 48
students per class.
The First Tee National School Program curriculum centers on four
primary areas: 1) lifelong activity, 2) character education -
personal and social responsibility, 3) motor skill and concept
learning, and 4) developmental approach to learning.
Participating students actively engage in a variety of motor
skills associated with striking a stationary ball with a
long-handled instrument to a target. A progressive approach to
introducing key skills is used to align with students'
developmental process. Basic skills are presented to students on
how to hold, set up, and safely swing a putter and a wedge. Cue
word sequences are taught to enable students to better understand
the body positions for performing the critical elements of each
skill. Striking is taught through the basic golf skills of putt,
chip, pitch and full swing in gradual progression as teachers move
students through 24 lessons throughout the elementary years.
Students participating in the National School Program will learn
the basic motor skill concepts of personal space, levels, force,
flow, phases of movement, and routines. Students also learn about
The First Tee Nine Core Values as the curriculum is structured to
introduce a skill, concept and core value.
The First Tee offers two forms of training for schools to get
started with the program. The interactive online training includes
video of actual teacher lessons, excerpts from the curriculum
manual, review questions and testing. Teachers are provided with
the same information presented during in-person trainings.
In-person trainings are conducted by certified trainers and are
available for school districts with signed contracts for 10 or more
schools. These professional development training sessions are four
hours and include activity demonstrations, hands-on participation,
lesson plan review and practice.
To bring this program to schools / school districts, there is a
one-time cost. The investment is approximately $3,000 per school
and includes the items detailed above. Once implemented, the
program is self-sustaining and no further funding is needed.
Please visit www.thefirsttee.org/nationalschoolprogram