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NORTON, Massachusetts – The First Tee of Massachusetts is taking its programming to the Internet!
The organization will begin its virtual lesson program on Monday, May 11. The 6-week session will run through June 20 and is designed to be an alternative to Spring programs, which have been canceled throughout the state.
Classes will be conducted online via Google Classroom. On Monday of each week, a First Tee coach will post digital content in the form of videos and downloadable activities. Participants will be asked to upload completed assignments and encouraged to share photos and videos of themselves doing the weekly activities.
Participants (or their parents) must have a Gmail account or other account accepted by Google Classroom in order to access the material. In addition to the on-demand class materials, the program will strive to provide opportunities for participants to interact with one another and with the coaches online.
All registered participants will receive the link to enter the classroom on May 11.
“Since we are unable to conduct our normal programs right now, we decided to raise our game and bring First Tee programming to our participants in a virtual environment,” said Kyle Harris, Director of Operators at The First Tee of Massachusetts. “We hope that by delivering our Life Skills and Golf Skills Curriculum in this way, we can continue to engage and strengthen relationships with our current players, while also reaching out to a new segment of participants who don’t normally have access to one of our seven green grass locations around the state.”
All of the golf skill activities will be structured so that participants can do them indoors or outside, and with minimal equipment needed. The First Tee will be offering PLAYer, Par, and Birdie-level classes. If completed properly, these classes will count toward certification requirements for each level.
The minimum age to register for the PLAYer (beginning level) is 7 years old. Cost is $30, and financial aid is available for those in need.