Code of Conduct
The First Tee of West Virginia’s promise is that each participant can experience our program in a fun, safe, respectful, and courteous environment. With these following conditions in place as well as engaging curriculum from The First Tee, the most effective learning can occur.
RESPECT FOR MYSELF
- I will dress neatly and wear golf or athletic shoes.
- I will always try my best when I play or practice.
- I will keep a positive attitude and catch myself doing something right regardless of the outcome.
- I will be physically active, eat well, get enough sleep, and take care of myself so I can stay healthy.
- I will be honest at all times, including when I keep score and if I break a rule.
- I will use proper etiquette and maintain my composure even when others may not be watching.
RESPECT FOR OTHERS
- I will follow all instructions and safety rules laid out at the start of each class.
- I will keep up with the pace of play on the golf course.
- I will be friendly, courteous, and helpful.
- I will remain still and quiet while others are playing and have fun without being loud and rowdy.
- I will be a good sport toward others whether I win or lose.
RESPECT FOR MY SURROUNDINGS
- I will keep the golf course and practice areas clean and in as good or better shape than I found them.
- I will clean and take care of my and others’ golf equipment.
- I will be careful not to damage anything that belongs to others.
While The First Tee of West Virginia hopes that many of the above guidelines will help to prevent any potential behavior problems, we understand that they may occur throughout the span of a lesson. Below is the outline that each Coach will follow to make sure that all participants can learn in a safe, positive, and fun atmosphere:
FIRST WARNING: Participant is verbally warned that his/her actions are not appropriate.
SECOND WARNING: Participant is verbally warned for a second time that his/her actions are not appropriate.
THIRD WARNING: Participant is asked to sit out for 2 minutes, then maybe return to the activity.
FOURTH WARNING: Participant is asked to sit out for 5 minutes, but may not return to the activity until discussing how to improve his/her behavior with a coach or volunteer. A parent is also alerted to the behavior at the end of the class.
FIFTH WARNING: Participant must sit out for the remainder of class, and a discussion between coach, parent, and participant takes place at the end of the class.