Life Lessons Jacob Babcock Ferris State University
Discussion Topics Lack of participation - Why How to get participation 9 core values Promotion Reasonable Costs Examples Timeline for implementation This is your chance!
Lack of participation in your junior program.
How are you going to grow the game through your junior golf program?
The Tiger Woods Effect
More juniors are being drawn to the game now than EVER in the history of golf.
Why aren’t there more golfers in your junior program?
What is to blame?
Oversaturation of golf courses
Call to Action
With many reasons keeping parents from letting their children try golf these days, what can you do to re-vamp your junior golf program to attract participants and to keep them coming back?
Re-design your junior golf program to teach life lessons while also teaching the game of golf.
-More than just a game-
Appeal to parents
Sports such as golf provide an opportunity to teach not only the sport, but valuable life skills as well.
9 Values To Teach What’s best for the kids?
1. Courtesy Considerate behavior toward others Begin and end with a handshake Quiet while others are preparing and performing
2. Respect Willingness to show consideration or appreciation Yourself Partners Competitors The golf course The game
3. Honesty The quality or state of being truthful; not deceptive Call penalties on themselves Report their own score If I could only give three words of advice, they would be, "tell the truth." If I got three more words, I'd add: "All the time."
4. Integrity Strict adherence to a standard of value or conduct; personal honesty and independence It’s about what you do when nobody’s watching
5. Sportsmanship Observing the rules of play and winning or losing with grace. Composure
6. Perseverance To persist in an idea, purpose or task despite obstacles Continue through their bad breaks Learn from mistakes and experiences
7. Judgement The ability to make a decision or form an opinion; a decision reached after consideration Strategy Club Selection Take Chances Play it Safe
8. Responsibility Accounting for one's actions; dependable Keep score, repair divots, rake bunkers, repair ball marks on the green, and keep up with the pace of play.
9. Confidence Reliance or trust. A feeling of self-assurance Trust your abilities Trust your game
Concepts For Students Be Patient, Be Positive, and Ask for Help 4Rs - Replay, Relax, Ready, Redo STAR -Stop, Think, Anticipate, Respond Instructors Lead with your best Coaches ROCK - Rapport-building, Open-minded, Creative, Kind-hearted
Goals What is your personal par? Birdie? Eagle? Hole in one? In golf and in life
Keep Costs Reasonable Financial Aid Fundraisers Scholarships
Physical Education Classes
A success story - The First Tee - To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life – enhancing values through the game of golf. - Learning to Impact Lives -
A success story in my life 5 tenants of Tae Kwon Do
Re-designing your Junior Golf Program The beginning: A traditional junior program held on the range with students waiting their turn to hit a golf ball or two. Year 1: Install core values, and promote program effectively. Year 2: Add weekly events, seminars for life experiences, Honor Roll Program. Year 3: Add the Junior Certification Program, Look into becoming a First Tee Affiliate
To Stand Out as A Leader & Golf Professional but more importantly…
To be a role model, and have a positive impact on not only student’s golf games, but their lives as well.
Don’t let the opportunitypass you up!
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