2013/2104 Golf in Schools Playbook
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II. Getting Started III. In-School Schedule/Curriculum/Lesson Plans IV. Follow up
Colorado PGA Golf in Schools What is the Colorado PGA Golf in Schools Program? The Colorado PGA Golf in Schools Program is a collaborative effort between the founding associations of the Colorado Open Golf Foundation: the Colorado PGA, Colorado Golf Association, Colorado Women’s Golf Association and Rocky Mountain Golf Course Superintendents' Association (the Allied Golf Associations) to introduce school age children across the state to the game of golf and the valuable life skills it teaches. Program Costs This program is offered to schools at no cost to either the student or the school! Funding for this program is made through the generous support of the Colorado Open Golf Foundation, the Colorado PGA Foundation, the Allied Golf Associations of Colorado and contributions from private donors and corporations. Who Are We? The Colorado Open Golf Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation, with public charity status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service, formed for the primary purpose of fostering and encouraging the sport of golf in the State of Colorado through financial aid to educational programs aimed at developing the interest and ability of Colorado’s youth in the sport of golf and those who conduct, support and provide coaching instruction for Colorado’s youth. The Colorado PGA Foundation is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization committed to "positively influencing people's lives through the game of golf" created for the purpose of administering the charitable and philanthropic affairs on behalf of the golf professionals within the Colorado Section PGA. These affairs include, but are not limited to, promotion and growth of junior golf, scholarship programs for children of PGA members, programs for minority and underprivileged youth in Colorado, contributions to allied charitable organizations, and the future development of a Colorado PGA Hall of Fame.
What Are the Program Goals? School, PGA Professional, Golf Facility Connection Ultimately, the success of the program centers on the synergy created between the three core elements: the participating school, the PGA Golf Professional, and the Golf Facility. Through this partnership children will be able to experience a sport that emphasizes important values that make for better citizens. A Sport for a Lifetime By connecting children with junior programs at green grass golf facilities, an opportunity is created for lifetime enjoyment of the sport. This partnership between the golf facility and the school is instrumental to the long term success of the Colorado PGA Golf in Schools program. Statewide Community Outreach Initially, we have set a tar-get to reach 20 schools across the state and 3,000 children in 2011 building to 60 schools and 9,000 children by year 5 (2015). Early indicators show there is a much higher demand for this type of programming from the schools and supporting communities. Long Lasting Impact By unifying the Allied Golf Associations we will deliver a sustainable program that embraces individual communities, their school system and local corporate supporters in an effort to impact the children of Colorado for years to come. Core Program Elements Truly a partnership between the school, the professional and the facility â€“ at school ide a high quality, consistent program lead by PGA Professionals game in its natural setting olf Course Superintendent Life Value Integration One of the attractions of the game of golf is a tradition of integrity, courtesy, respect and sportsmanship. Introducing children to this great sport creates an opportunity to reinforce these values as well as head them down a path to participate in a sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
Getting Started The School There are several reasons for implementing a COPGA Golf in School program: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Be an ambassador to your community Grow the junior program at your facility Grow the family programs at your facility Develop a public profile/relationship for you and your facility Be a mentor to children
Once you have decided to pursue a school for any of the above reasons, you should determine what school(s) will best help you fulfill your reason. If you are looking to grow the programs and membership at your facility, then you should start with the schools that are in the area of your facility. Initial contact is usually best via email sent to the Principal and the PE Teacher. You can use the example email provided to begin the communication process along with the Golf in Schools Brochure. Keep in mind that it may take several contacts before you get a response. Getting connected- Once you decide on the school, there are several ways to find contact information. The internet is very useful and almost ALL schools have a website or a list of staff members through their respective School Districts. You may make a personal visit to the school but know that you will probably only speak with the secretary. Be sure to ask for the Principal and the PE Teacherâ€™s contact info rather than leaving any material with the secretary. Common School District Websites Jefferson County Public Schools www.jeffcopublicschools.org/ Douglas County Public Schools https://www.dcsdk12.org/ Aurora Public Schools www.aurorak12.org/ Cherry Creek Public Schools- http://www.cherrycreekschools.org Denver Public Schools- http://www.dpsk12.org/
Scheduling- The Colorado PGA Golf in Schools ideal schedule is to see each student THREE times at the school and ONE time at the golf facility. Each school and district has a different “Specials” rotation. A “Special” is a class that a child only attends on certain days of the week (PE, Art and Music). Some schools rotate their specials every third day, so to be able to see a child 3 times, you may be required to spread your classes over the course of 2-3 weeks. Other schools may have 2-day blocks (PE,PE, Music, Music, Art, Art) and then some PE teachers are able to work with the other Specials teachers and get the kids 3 days in a row. In any event, it does require good communication and careful planning to be sure to meet the “three” session recommendation. Grade selection- Because scheduling can be challenging, it is recommended that you focus on 13 grade levels at a time. For most class sizes, this will put your final number of students between 75-150 kids. Research conducted shows that 4th, 5th and 6th graders are at the best age to learn golf from a physical and emotional standpoint and are at an age where they are ready to commit to a sport. Other Colorado initiatives such as 5th Graders Ski Free and 5th Gear Kids support this evidence. Once you have discussed and agreed on a schedule, it is a good idea to visit the school and meet the PE teacher if you haven’t already. This will give you an idea of the layout of the gym and outdoor facility that you will have access to and allow you to develop a safe and effective lesson plan. Field Trip Scheduling- Because the teachers will have to reserve busses and send out permission slips, it is necessary to come up with the details of the field trip as soon as possible. If you are a professional reaching out to a school in the area of your facility, you obviously will want to coordinate what is best for your facility. It is best to schedule the field trip very soon after the last in-school session so the information presented to the student is fresh. Typically the best days for a facility to schedule a field trip are Monday-Thursday and the best time for the school is between 9am and 12pm. This allows the students to remain on their lunch schedule and does not disrupt the rest of the day. School Protocol- If you set up an on-site meeting with the PE Teacher, this will be a good time to learn the school protocol. All schools will require you to check in at the main office every time you come. Some schools may require you to go through a background check which requires some prep time on your part. When you arrive, find the front of the school and most
likely, you will need to be buzzed in. Proceed to the office and sign in. You will be given a badge or name tag which will help the students identify you as a safe visitor. Talk with the PE teacher about loading, unloading and storage of the equipment. Also find out what equipment the school has that will make your program more exciting (hula hoops, buckets, cones, balls, etc). Inquire about the systems the teacher uses for their curriculum. For example: The start/stop signal that the teacher uses (music, whistle, clapping), how do the students line-up when they come into or exit class, is there a routine the PE teacher does already (line-up, activity, instruction, game, dismissal) etc. so that you can gear your lesson plan as close to what the students already know and expect. The Colorado PGA Section Once you have established the dates of your program, you will need to fill out an application to be submitted to the Colorado PGA at least 2-3 weeks prior to the start date. It is important that ALL programs are submitted regardless of the financial support needed so we have a consistent tracking report. Tracking the number of kids is important for the funding received by the Colorado PGA Foundation and the Colorado Open Foundation. The Application allows the Colorado Section to budget for any financial assistance you may need for your program. Funding is provided for the following elements: Instruction- A PGA or LPGA professional is eligible for financial compensation with 2 options: Option 1: This is the absolute preferred option because it ensures the students are getting the transition piece to the golf course. The Lead instructor will be paid $5/child that makes it to the golf facility, ie. 75 kids x $5= $375. If you are focusing on one grade level, you will be spending about 11 hours of instruction time making your hourly pay ~ $33/hr. Option 2: Last resort option. There are circumstances that arise that may prevent a trip to the golf facility (weather, scheduling conflict, school policy). If there has been a SIGNIFICANT effort made to facilitate a transition piece, the Section staff will approve this payment option only as a last resort on a case by case basis. The lead instructor will be eligible to receive $20/hour for compensation of instruction time.
Field Trip Instruction- The Colorado PGA Section will pay any additional PGA/LPGA instructors for instruction time during the field trip. Professionals may also choose to accept MSR Points in lieu of payment. The rate is $20/hour and names and PGA numbers will be submitted upon completion of the program with the follow up form. Facility Fees- In some cases it is necessary for the facility to charge a fee for the use of the range/course during the Field Trip portion. MOST facilities will offer this at no charge because they realize this is a promotion piece to their facility, instruction programs, and instructors. There is not a set rate for the facility usage and shall be left up to the facility to decide what is best. Transportation Cost- The Colorado PGA Section will pay the cost of the transportation needed to get the students from the school to the golf course. In most cases, the school will order and pay for the busses and the Colorado PGA will reimburse the school. If the school needs this fee prior to the field trip, you can indicate that on your GIS Application. Equipment/Set-up - The Colorado PGA will provide you with any equipment needs you have. We have SNAG equipment, putters, Birdie Ball equipment (Birdie Balls, Strike Pads, Inflatables) and clubs available. It is recommended that you use buckets, laundry baskets, hula hoops, and other colorful items for targets. Usually the PE Teacher will have a number of these items or you can purchase Rope Buckets from Wal-Mart- http://www.walmart.com/ip/MainstaysJuvenile-10-Gallon-Rope-Tub-Set-of-6/21690858 Set of 6 for about $30. Every school will be a little different with the layout. Some gyms are very large and some are very small. It is always preferred to set up outside, but if something prevents you from being outside, you will need to be prepared with your set up inside. It is recommended that you have strikepads/hitting stations for as many kids as possible. The less sitting time the students have, the more fun they will have. Our typical GIS Kit consists of 12 Strikepads, 144 birdie balls, 30 pencils , 2-3 Birdieball buckets and a duffel bag. Outside LayoutIt is important to space the strikepads far enough that each student is safe (about 5-7 feet) and put lefties on the far right side of the set-up. If the space does not allow for that many stations, then you will have to be sure you are rotating more often. If you are inside a gym, you can use the markings (lines) to help with set-up. For example, if the mats are set up using the court
line, place the line through the green dot on the strikepad making an easy reference for the studentsâ€™ feet. IF you are outside, you can use a chalk line or field markings. Depending on how many students you have, you can place 10-12 birdie balls at each station and a golf club. All PE Teachers have cones. Use the cones to set up your safety boundary usually 8-10 feet behind the hitting area. It will be important for the students to stay behind these cones. You can then use targets at appropriate distances for the students to hit at. Field Trip Set-up- Coordinating the field trip is usually the most challenging piece to conducting a Golf in Schools Program. As mentioned earlier, if you are doing a program to help boost programs at your own facility, it will be a little easier. You will have a good idea of how your facility handles a large group of students. Depending on the size of your group, you will need to set up a rotation schedule that can facilitate a group of kids ranging from 20-150. The field trips are usually set up for a 90 minute or 2hour time frame in the morning which allows for the school to participate without disrupting the studentsâ€™ lunch schedule. Stations- Full Swing/Range, Pitching (can use birdie balls if space is limited), chipping, putting, on-course (etiquette, how a hole is played, rules), turf care (have a member from the maintenance staff explain about the science of grass and mowers), tour (how to check-in, what is a tee time), fitness (TPI, PGA Sports Academy activities), Craft (golf ball decorating), nutrition (how to make a healthy snack), are all good examples of how to set up stations. The school has to provide a chaperone for every 9 students that ride on a bus, so you will have plenty of parent volunteers to help escort students from station to station and help with crowd control and safety. It is highly recommended that you have a PGA/LPGA instructor with each of your golf stations. Please see the attached list of PGA/LPGA Professionals that have stated that they are available to help. If you need help coordinating a facility for your field trip, please let us know. The facility should be prepared with information about their junior programs, upcoming events, specials etc. so the students can pass along the information to their parents. Curriculum/Lesson Plans
Day 1- Putting OR Chipping- If you are able to set up outside and are on a grass surface, it will be easier to start with chipping. If you are in the gym or have access to a tennis court or other smooth surface, you can start with putting. By now you should have determined ho w the students come into their class (sit in a circle, or squads etc) as well as the teacher’s start/stop signal (music, whistle, clapping). After a brief introduction of yourself, it is important to get the kids moving into an Icebreaker activity. The kids have just come from class where they have probably been sitting for 60-90 minutes, they do not want to sit anymore. Icebreaker activites- 5 minutes Birdieball/snagball soccer- have the students partner up (Players and Caddies). The players will start as the soccer players and the Caddies will start as the goals. Have the caddies spread out in the filed/gym and place their feet in golf stance (hip- width apart feet facing forward).The players will try and “score” goals by kicking the birdie ball/snagball through as many caddie’s goals as they can in a 1-2 minute time frame. Using the start/stop signal, have the students switch roles. This activity gets the students moving, and may have appeal to a broader range of students than just golf. Snagball/Tennis ball drills- Have each student perform the following eye-hand coordination skills 1. 5 toss/catch with each hand 2. 5-10 pancakes (patting the ball from palm to top of hand) in a controlled manner each hand 3. 5-10 dribbles with each hand 4. 5-10 10 foot toss/catch with a partner Stretching- 5 minutes After the ice-breaker, have the students gather around and chose 1-3 students to help lead you in some stretching moves that would be good for golf. (shoulder, back, legs, etc.) While stretching is not a necessary component for most young children, it allows them to know that stretching is an important piece to any physical activity especially as they get older. It promotes healthy choices. Introduction to the game- 5 minutes
You will want to talk briefly about who you are, what you do and why you are there. Find out how many of the students have had an experience with golf or aspects of golf and share a personal experience . Putting- 15 minutes- Have the kids remain spread out and BRIEFLY and SIMPLY go over how to set up with a putter. Remember that the goal of a Golf in Schools Program is to HOOK them into wanting to pursue lessons or other junior programs at a facility, not to bore them with instruction information. Remind them of safety with a Putter (should never swing above the knees) and then get them into an activity. Divide them into their player caddy groups and have them put like they were playing soccer. The caddy is the goal and the player is the putter. Start first with Direction only- The goal is to roll the ball through the caddyâ€™s legs. Once they get 5, switch. At this time you can walk around the room and offer any instruction help needed. Next, incorporate speed. Have them try and control the ball to have it stop before going through the feet. Switch players. Game/Contest- 10 minutes- Once all the students have had some time to learn and practice the skill, add a scoring or competitive component to it. Tell them to score 5 points if the ball stops within the feet and 2 points if it goes through for 10 tries. Switch players. OR Chipping- 20 minutes- If you decide to go with Chipping for your Day 1 Activity you will need to include a more detailed version of Safety. Review the parts of the club and the equipment (Birdie Ball, Strike Pad, Green Dot). Safety: 1. Only one person in the designated hitting are at a time, others stay behind the cones, lines etc. 2. Always hold onto the club with both hands 3. Do not go out in front of the hitting area for any reason 4. Only hit when you have been given the ok by your instructor. Set-up: When explaining the set-up it is important to remember to keep everything simple and short. Reference other sports or athletes to give the studentâ€™s a good visual. Have a student help you hand out pencils to everyone in the class and have the students spread out. Grip- Demonstrate the proper grip- non-dominant hand on top, dominant hand on the bottom, thumbs pointed down and resting in your fingers.
Stance- Feet hip width apart with toes pointing forward and have a student demonstrate how they would stand if they were Peyton Manning taking a snap, or a baseball player waiting for the ball. This will get them in the correct athletic posture almost immediately. Arms- Have them point the end of the pencil to the ground and you just got them in a simple athletic posture. Chipping: While the students still have the pencils, explain that chipping occurs when you are near the green and need to hit a short shot to get it on. Use the Clock Reference- Head is 12:00, Green Dot on the Strikepad is 6:00. Chipping Swings start at 6:00 swing back to 8:00 and through to 4:00. Explain the importance of striking the pad (ball goes up) and instruct them that a chip shot doesnâ€™t have a lot of air time (Turn your target buckets on their side, or keep your Birdieball targets half open). Divide the student s up into groups and try to maximize their playing time by having as many stations as possible. Ideal set-up is 1-3 students per station. Once the kids are set, have the first person come up. Have all the students get in a proper set up with no ball. Use the green dot as your reference and make sure the students have the green dot going through the middle of their stance. If you have a line from the gym, you can reference the line. You can briefly check to make sure they are all good, then have them take some practice swings 8 to 4 to hold while striking the green dot. Once they have done this a few time s and you have had a chance to help anyone who needs it, have them place a birdie ball on the green dot. It is much easier and safer to count the kids off and have them hit at the same time. For example, â€œOn the count of three you can hit, One, Two Three.) Depending on how many kids you have in a group, have them hit 1-4 birdie balls then switch using the count-off method every time. Activity: Once all the Birdie Balls have been hit, have the kids prepare for a Birdie Ball Relay Race. Depending on how many kids you have, instruct them to pick up 2 birdie balls, stack them on the right side of their mat, and tag the next person. Continue the relay until all the birdie balls are lined up. Review/Regroup and Life Lesson- This is an important piece to transitioning the students back to the classroom setting. Have them help put away equipment and gather around. Review the skill that was learned, find out if there are any questions and end the session by incorporating a
life lesson. IE- Honesty- who calls the rules in baseball- umpire, who calls the rules in footballreferee, who calls the rules in soccer- referee, who calls the rules in golf? Relate the life lesson to other areas of their life- school, home, etc. Day 2- Chipping or Pitching IceBreaker Activity- 5 minutes- You can always incorporate any of the Ice Breaker Activities but here is one that relates to the golf swing. Snagball/Tennis ball toss- Have the students partner up (Players and Caddies). The player will start with the ball and stand in golf posture (sideways to their target). The Caddie will be the target by making a circle for the player to toss through with their arms. Instruct the students to toss the ball gently underhand and finish in a golf finish toward their target. If you have enough Buckets/Targets, the students can try and toss them into the buckets. Stretching- 5 minutes After the ice-breaker, have the students gather around and chose 1-3 students to help lead you in some stretching moves that would be good for golf. (shoulder, back, legs, etc.) Chipping- Refer to the chipping lesson plan. Pitching- 15-20 minutes You can spend a short time reviewing the set-up (grip, stance, posture) and the chipping swing before you begin the Pitching instruction. Keeping with the clock analogy, you are going to instruct the kids to go from 6 to 9 to 3 striking the pad (green dot) and finishing facing their target. This is where the icebreaker activity will have helped them understand a golf finish. Emphasize seeing the back of the shoe from behind and laces to the target. It is also important to restate the safety rules about holding on to the club with both hands. You can also go into a little detail about what a proper pitch shot will look like- up in the air, 20-30 yards and into a bucket that is now upright. Have the kids rotate just like you did with chipping. Activity/Contest- 5-10 minutes
Once all the Birdie balls have been hit, prepare for the relay race. If there is still time, complete another round of practice. You may also want to add a competition in. You can pick a bucket and have a closest to contest, you can divide the groups into 2 or 3 teams and award points for 1. Getting the ball in the air, 2. Hitting a target, 3. Within 10 feet etc. Review and Regroup/Life Lesson- 5 minutes Have the students gather around and go over the skill that was learned and introduce another life lesson- Respect. They implemented bigger swings, bringing up more safety concerns and now is a good time to start preparing them for the field trip. You can talk about respecting themselves, their equipment, each other, the golf course etc.
Day 3- Full Swing Icebreaker Activity- 5 minutes You can use any of the above mentioned activities or do something totally different. You can have the kids play tag, (line tag, freeze tag) or a fun game for younger children is the flip-club game. Divide the group into players and caddies and spread golf clubs all around the field or gym. Let the players know that it is their job to keep the club Face up, and it is the Caddies’ job to keep the clubs face down. Allow them to run around for a few minutes. Stretching- 5 minutes Because today is making full swings, you may spend a little more time emphasizing the importance of stretching and talk about why a twist would be good or why it’s important to have loose shoulders. Full Swing- 15-20 minutes This is the day they have all been waiting for so don’t spend too much time talking. You may want to hype up this day by using an inflatable animal or target and more buckets. Briefly review the chipping and pitching motion and go into talking about a full swing. It could be as simple as bring the club back over your back shoulder, strike the pad and bring the club all the way around over your front shoulder. Emphasize the finish position with body facing target,
bottom of shoe facing back and good balance. Have the students hit shots and rotate just as you have the previous days. Activity/Contests- 5-10 minutes After doing the relay, which you may also try some different things ie. They can only skip, or they can only run backwards, or they may run to gather the birdie balls but have to crabwalk back, you can create some competitions similar to what you did with pitching. Review/Regroup and Life Lesson 5 minutes Use this time to get them excited about the field trip. Set some expectations as to how it is going to work. Review the different skills they learned and incorporate Perseverance as todayâ€™s life lesson. More kids probably struggled with full swing than any of the other skills so use that to help them understand that we must never give up. Relate that to school work or anything that may be a challenge for them. Field Trip The plan for the field trip will be dependent on how many students you have attending. It is best to have at least 4 stations for groups to rotate and more if you have more kids. This also means that you need an instructor at each golf station. You should also recruit the help of teachers, parents and chaperones to man a station if necessary. Most field trips are blocked for 90 minutes to 2 hours, so you will need to manage your rotations accordingly so all the student had a chance to visit all the stations. Make this experience as fun as you can for the kids. Set up a putting course, use inflatables and eye-catching targets, let them play a hole (scramble) if possible, set up an agronomy station and incorporate the science of golf. The ideas are endless and may require some pre-planning on your part. Another important piece of the field trip is to promote the facility. Be sure to have flyers or coupons or anything that encourages the students to want to come back. Follow-up Paperwork Once the field trip is complete, you will need to submit your Follow up paperwork to the Colorado PGA. This paperwork is important for several reasons. First, it is how everyone gets
paid. As you will see on the attached form, there is an area for you , the instructor to reflect back on your program, the teacher and the professional at the facility. All three of these areas will need to be filled out. It is recommended that you bring this paperwork with you on the field trip and have the PE Teacher and facility professional fill it out immediately. This will expedite this process greatly. The next important piece is submission for payment. You will need to include your information for payment ($5/student OR $20/hr) and the names and addresses of the people that helped at your field trip. They will only get paid if you submit their information with your follow up. They cannot submit their own information. Make sure the facilityâ€™s information is included if they are requesting payment as well as the transportation information.
Contact Letter/Email Dear _________, I hope your school year is off to a great start! My name is Erin Diegel and I am the Junior Golf Director for the Colorado PGA. I am excited to share with you about our fully funded Golf in Schools program that we would like to offer to your students through their PE Rotation. The program is completely FREE to the students and the school including the transportation costs to the golf course for the field trip. It is a great opportunity to introduce a game of honor and integrity that can be played for a lifetime! We have had the privilege in the last 3 years to work with over 80 schools, many in the Jefferson County Public School System, the Aurora Public School System and the Cherry Creek Public School system, and introduce the game to over 40,000 kids. The Colorado PGA Golf in Schools Program is designed to be flexible in format to accommodate the specific needs and desires of the individual schools. Each PGA Professional and Golf Facility will take part in a Certification Process to insure that participants are introduced to golf in an enjoyable manner while seamlessly emphasizing the essential link between golf and life skills. Each day the instructor will highlight a life lesson that is incorporated into the lesson plan. It is the intent of the program to inspire kids to explore the game through engagement in activity rather than lecture. Sessions will begin with a brief (5 minute) icebreaker or team building activity to “set the stage” for the remainder of the class time. The majority of the class will be comprised of short discussions of golf concepts and demonstration of golf skills using “modeling” techniques and activity based learning. At the conclusion of each class there will be a wrap up (again 5 minutes) that summarizes the core golf and life values introduced that day. A sample schedule is included below: Prior to program delivery a letter to the parents is sent through the school. The purpose of the letter is to introduce the program to the parents, inform them of the curriculum and invite them to participate in the outdoor aspects of the itinerary. Day 1 in School; will focus on Safety, and introduce a short version of the golf swing through chipping and pitching lessons and games.
Day 2 in School; students will be hitting shots with a full swinging motion. Day 3 in School; additional activities focused on the full swing motion with an emphasis on games and team building. Day 4 at Golf Facility; students will experience golf on a field trip to the nearby golf facility. Here they will get to experience various aspects of the game (putting, chipping and full swing) where the game takes place. I attached a brochure that can be used as an informational source for your teachers and parents. Please let me know if you think this will be a good fit for your school. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.
Dear ParentDuring our next unit in PE your child will be learning the skills centered on the game of golf. The
Colorado PGA will be providing the instruction, equipment and the transportation costs involved with this program. The Colorado PGA Golf in Schools Program is designed to be flexible in format to accommodate the specific needs and desires of the individual schools. Each PGA Professional and Golf Facility will take part in a Certification Process to insure that participants are introduced to golf in an enjoyable manner while seamlessly emphasizing the essential link between golf and life skills. Each day the instructor will highlight a life lesson that is incorporated into the lesson plan. It is the intent of the program to inspire kids to explore the game through engagement in activity rather than lecture. Sessions will begin with a brief (5 minute) icebreaker or team building activity to “set the stage” for the remainder of the class time. The majority of the class will be comprised of short discussions of golf concepts and demonstration of golf skills using “modeling” techniques and activity based learning. At the conclusion of each class there will be a wrap up (again 5 minutes) that summarizes the core golf and life values introduced that day. Day 1 in School; will focus on Safety, and introduce a short version of the golf swing through chipping or putting through lessons and interactive games. Day 2 in School; Students will be learning a chipping or pitching motion. Day 3 in School; activities focused on the full swing motion with an emphasis on games and team building. Day 4 at Golf Facility; students will experience golf on a field trip to the nearby golf facility. Here they will get to experience various aspects of the game (putting, chipping and full swing) where the game takes place. Parents are encouraged to attend. Details of the field trip- Date, Time, place, permission slip etc.