First off, we hope you and your families are healthy and safe after an unexpected Spring. First Tee of Idaho’s top priority is the safety and well-being of our participants, coaches and volunteers as we navigate these evolving COVID-19 circumstances. With that being said, we have new “best practices” to incorporate during our Summer Programs so we can continue with our scheduled start date of June 1st.
With Governor Little’s announcement of a four-stage planto re-open Idaho, our “best practice” rules follow all guidelines. The sport of golf is positioned to be a positive, healthy, and mind-engaging activity going forward, and we are confident parents will feel comfortable with our plan to ensure good health for everyone.
Below are some best practices we will follow for the foreseeable future:
- Class Sizes – Will be reduced to 18 spots.Previously, we allowed class sizes of 24, but moving forward we are going to limit attendees. A gathering of 18 kids falls within the guidelines for Stage 3. (It specifies that gatherings of 10-50 people are permitted.) Within that group of 18, we will create “pods” of six wherever possible to ensure proper social distancing is taking place.
- Specific Pick-up and Drop-off Locations – Limits interactions. We will identify a specific location at all of our programs for parents to drop-off and pick-up their junior golfer. As we get closer to the start of our programs, we will communicate where and how these locations will work.
- Increased Hygiene – Use of Hand Sanitizer. As we all have heard, washing your hands with soap and water for 20+ seconds is the most effective way to limit the spread of germs. We will encourage all participants to do so prior to coming to class and immediately upon returning home. With that being said, we will provide hand sanitizer at each of our locations as an added measure.
- Prepared Coaches and Volunteers – Training on “Best Practices.” Prior to all classes starting, we will be hosting a coach/volunteer training. During this training we will discuss these new norms and how they are designed to protect our youth. We will no longer be allowing the sharing of equipment, which includes golf clubs (if in need of a set, see website forrental opportunity). Our lesson plans will also no longer include any activities that require shared equipment.
A lot of the families we have spoken with are looking forward to outside activities for their kids. We strongly believe the game of golf is in the position to achieve those goals, while also being an activity that practices safe social distancing. As always, we will continue to serve our mission by impacting young people by providing educational opportunities that instill life enhancing values, and more important than ever, healthy habits through the game of golf.
Lastly, we know that the current pandemic has created financial hardship for some of our families, and we are committed to removing any hurdles for participating in First Tee of Idaho classes. If your family needs financial assistance in any way to be able to participate, please apply for any one of our scholarships when registering your child for Summer classes.