Age-Based Programming

First Tee - Greater Akron is moving from skill-based programs to age-based.

  • What: First Tee will transition from our current skill-based programming structure to age-based format for all programs. Participants will be grouped by age levels (7-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14+), and will progress to the next course when they “age up” to the age group.
  • Why: Extensive research and feedback from participants and parents consistently shows that age-appropriate programming will increase both engagement and retention of kids, especially older youth. This change will enable us to have a greater impact as kids stay with us longer and help Chapters to grow.
  • Benefit to Kids & Families: Kids want to be with others who are at or near the same age. Parents are familiar with age-based as most sports and activities are set up this way. As participants stay with us longer, they will be eligible for more life-changing experiences and opportunities including scholarships.
  • Benefit to Chapter: This change will allow coaches to deliver course content in developmentally appropriate ways. This also positions First Tee more in line with other sports and camps. Youth may find the content fresh and they feel welcome to bring friends and create more social engagement especially at the older age groups.
Questions? Contact our Program Director, Michael Clark, at [email protected] or (330) 375-2638.