Become a Coach or Volunteer and Make a Difference


In order to volunteer, you must have completed a volunteer application and submitted and approved background check. Please do these two steps first! Next, you will be invited to our Coach/Volunteer Orientation – February 20th, 2020 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Location TBD.

The First Tee of Idaho is about so much more than golf – it’s about strengthening our community. And you can help, whether you play golf or not. You only need to enjoy working with young people, and have a willingness and ability to serve as a positive role model of mature, responsible behavior to our participants.

The First Tee of Idaho needs volunteers throughout the year to help with our fundraising events, including our annual Swing Fore The Kid’s Golf Tournament, Nine Wine and Dine, and other various opportunities throughout the year.

The volunteer application process has three elements that must be completed in this order.


Complete the Volunteer Application.

Click Here to fill out the application.


Complete and submit a background check application. The background check costs $5 and must be completed once every year.

Click Here to complete background check.


Attend a Coach/Volunteer Orientation. Do not worry if you cannot attend the orientation, you will be sent an online version.

If you have questions or want more information about volunteering with The First Tee of Idaho, please send your inquiries to our Program Director Katie McKelvey at or call (208) 938-3411.

Our Philosophy

Without caring mentors, positive youth development just doesn’t happen. At The First Tee, we take coaching seriously. We believe that a meaningful, quality relationship between coach and participant is vital to our program.

“Young people don’t care what a coach knows until they know a coach cares.”

As you consider volunteering for our chapter, know that the safety of our kids is our first priority.  Please read our Prevention Policies to see how we conduct programs and activities at our chapter.

Prevention Policy


When We Need You:

Volunteers are needed during three key periods during the year.

  • Spring:  Mid April – Late May
  • Summer:  June – Mid August
  • Fall: Early September – Mid October

Time Commitment:

  • Volunteer coaches can choose to assist with our spring season or fall season
  • Spring and fall seasons are only five weeks long
  • Volunteer coaches will be assigned a class that meets once a week for 2 hours at a time (allowing 15 minutes for both set-up and take-down)
  • Spring and Fall Classes take place Monday – Friday from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. Saturday classes are offered as well (times vary).
  • Summer Classes take place Monday – Thursday (times vary) Saturday classes are offered as well (times vary)

General Information:

  • There are options to volunteer at any of our convenient locations.
  • You can choose what age (7-18 years) and skill level (beginner to advanced) kids you would like to work with.
  • Informative and interactive training sessions are offered on a regular basis
  • Chapter staff provide continual learning opportunities throughout the season.



Volunteer coaches serve in one of the two ways below. New volunteer coaches all start as Assistant Coaches, and can discuss Lead Coach opportunities with chapter staff if interested.

  1. Assistant Coach:
    • Help set-up/break down class activities
    • Be a positive role model and interact with The First Tee students
    • Assist with golf instruction
    • Ensure student safety
  2. Lead Coach (A First Tee Level Coach)
    • Review lesson plans and organize class activities
    • Manage class attendance
    • Assign assistant coach roles
    • Provide communication to students and parents
    • Report to chapter staff
    • Help set-up/break down class activities
    • Be a positive role model and interact with The First Tee students
    • Assist with golf instruction
    • Ensure student safety

Junior Coaches

The Junior Coach program is a great way to earn community service hours for school while having fun and helping younger participants develop their golf and life skills.