NEW for 2019 – Multiple Team Locations – We will have 6 teams at our Bob O’Connor Golf Course location in Schenley Park, 1 team at our Victory Hills location in Elizabeth, and 1 team at our All About Golf location in Butler. When registering, please choose the appropriate HOME location for your participant.
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The following information and schedules will apply to ALL locations.
Regular Season Game Dates & Times – We will have two weeks of practice and five weeks of regular season play on Sunday afternoons, with games (and practices) starting promptly at 3:30 PM and ending at 6:00 PM. Players will be expected to arrive at 3:00 PM so they have time to warm-up and walk to their starting hole. The season will be April 28 thru July 14. For players that make the All-Star team, their post-season games will be July and August with the chance of making the National Championship in November. See below for more information.
2019 REGULAR SEASON Schedule
Sunday, April 28 – Uniform Distribution & Practice at The Bob – ALL locations to attend
Sunday, May 05 – Practice
Sunday, May 12 – OFF – Mothers’ Day or Make-up Date
Sunday, May 19 – Week 1
Sunday, May 26 – OFF – Memorial Day Weekend or Make-up Date
Sunday, June 02 – Week 2
Sunday, June 09 – Week 3
Sunday, June 16 – OFF – Fathers’ Day or Make-up Date
Sunday, June 23 – Week 4
Sunday, June 30 – Week 5 (All Teams at The Bob)
Sunday, July 07 – Playoffs – #1 Seed vs #4 Seed, #2 Seed vs #3 Seed, #5 Seed vs #6 Seed
Sunday, July 14 – Regular Season Championship & ALL-STAR party
2019 ALL-STARS POST-SEASON SCHEDULE
Sunday, July 21 – ALL-STARS Practice – Site TBD
Sunday, July 28 – ALL-STARS Practice – Site TBD
Sunday, August 4 – ALL-STARS Practice – Site TBD
Sunday, August 11 – ALL-STARS Practice – Site TBD
Monday, August 12 & Tuesday August 13 – TSPGA PGAJL Section Championship – Willowbrook CC
Congratulations to the 2018 TFTP PGAJL All-Star team that finished in 4th place at the Tri-State PGA Section Championship at Tam O’Shanter Golf Course.
Player Eligibility – Only members of The First Tee of Pittsburgh will be eligible to play in our chapter’s PGA Junior League. Players ages 7-13 may register and participate in the regular season, but only players age 13 and under on July 31, 2019 will be eligible for the All-Star team and post-season play.
Registration Timeline & Program Fee – Members may register on The First Tee of Pittsburgh website beginning February 1, 2019, and pay their $80 Program Fee to The First Tee of Pittsburgh. As in 2018, all chapter members of The First Tee of Pittsburgh are eligible for a PGA Reach scholarship, which will cover the $175 PGA Junior League fee. Program enrollment is taken on a first come, first served basis, and will continue until a maximum of 108 players have registered, or registration closes on February 28, 2019, whichever comes first.
PGA Junior League Captain – PGA Professional Eric Kulinna will serve as the PGA Junior League Captain during the regular season and coach the All Star team throughout the post-season playoffs. He will be assisted on a weekly basis throughout the regular season by Assistant Captain Aaron Lindauer from The First Tee of Pittsburgh coaching staff.
Team Coaches & Scorekeepers – Our PGA Junior League program will only work with engaged Parents and Guardians, and we encourage you to get involved and volunteer. Each PGA Junior League team will need TWO adult coaches, and at least TWO adult scorekeepers each week. Parents and Guardians who are interested in being a Team Coach should contact PGA Professional Eric Kulinna, and he will assist you in completing the required background check. Once the team rosters have been finalized, we will have a MANDATORY 90-minute Coach Training session on Sunday, March 31st.
Registration Processing – Once members have registered on The First Tee of Pittsburgh website, chapter staff will send the participant’s contact details (Player Name, Age, Parent/Guardian Name, Phone Number and Email Address) to PGA Professional Eric Kulinna. He will then email the parent/guardian of the participant with the necessary PGA Reach Scholarship code, which they will use to register their child on the PGA Junior League website (www.pgajrleague.com), with no additional cost incurred to the families.
Team Formation – Once we have players registered, we will begin to form teams, with rostering to be completed by March 15th at the latest. Team rosters will be determined by age, ability, member level, and programming location. We will strive to get evenly matched teams, and make sure that each team has at least two trained adults who will serve as coaches during the games.
Team Names & Nine Core Values – All TFTP PGAJL teams will have their team name printed on the back of their jerseys, and the teams in our league will be named after six of the Nine Core Values. Each week, each team will be asked to demonstrate their core value in a different way during their matches. All players, coaches and spectators will be asked to demonstrate all of the Nine Core Values of The First Tee during PGA Junior League play.
Team Kits & Player Uniforms – Each player will receive Orange (Home) and Blue (Away) jersey with their number and team name on the back, and a hat to be worn during games. They will also receive a PGA JLG T-Shirt, bag tag, and a black drawstring bag to keep their gear in.
Regular Season Practices – We strongly encourage all PGAJL participants to be actively enrolled in TFTP programming classes. Teams may also independently schedule a day during the week to practice together. If the teams can practice during the week, PGA Professional Eric Kulinna will work with the team coaches to devise practice plans that would be geared towards developing addition golf skills and knowledge of scramble and match play strategies.
Post Season Competition – Players that make The First Tee of Pittsburgh All-Star team will compete in the TSPGA Section Championship, which will be played at Willowbrook CC on Monday, August 12 & Tuesday, August 13. The TSPGA Section Champions will advance to the Regional Championship which is scheduled for late August, and the winner of that event will qualify for the National Championship, which will once again be played in mid-November at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Coach Training & Parent/Guardian Orientation – Once the teams are formed, the Coach Training will be held on Sunday, March 31st for the coaches of each team. The Coach and Assistant Coach for each team will be primarily responsible for setting the lineups before each regular season game, making sure that official scorecards are kept for each match, and posting the game scores. The general Parent/Guardian Orientation will be held in the afternoon on Sunday, April 14th, and will review scorekeeping, communication procedures, and the general game schedule.
Team Day & Uniform Kit Distribution – All the players, coaches, and parents/guardians will meet together on Sunday, April 28, from 3:00-6:00 PM. The players will get to meet their teammates and coaches, and will receive their uniform kits. The teams will have the opportunity to conduct an “intrasquad” practice together on the course.
SportEngine App – The PGA of America will be using the SportEngine app in 2019 to share information about the PGA Junior League program. Coaches will post pairings and results, and can communicate delays and other pertinent information through push notifications on the app. Parents can also digitally share photos and videos with each other. The SportEngine app is available at both the Apple and Android stores, and all parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to download the app to their phones, and learn how to use it, as it will be our primary communication platform during the season.
Post Season Practices & Fees – The TFT Pittsburgh All Star team members will be asked to attend regular team practices at a location to be determined to prepare for the Section Championship. If needed, an additional tiered fee for the All Star players may be charged to cover expenses. Should the team continue to advance through the playoffs it may be necessary to collect additional fees, however at that point, the chapter will seek a sponsor to cover the costs incurred.
Registration opens February 1, 2019