Regular Season Game Dates & Times – We will have seven weeks of “In-house” play on Sunday afternoons, with games 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 regular season will be May, June, and into July. For players that make the All-Star team, their seaon will be July and August with the chance of making the National Championship in November. See below for more information.
Sunday, April 29 – Practice & Uniform Distribution
Sunday, May 06 – Week 1
Sunday, May 13 – Week 2
Sunday, May 20 – Week 3
Sunday, May 27 – Off for Memorial Day or Make-up
Sunday, June 03 – Week 4
Sunday, June 10 – Week 5
Sunday, June 17 – Off or Make-up
Sunday, June 24 – In-house Playoffs
Sunday, July 01 – Off for Pittsburgh City Amateur Championship
Sunday, July 08 – In-house Championship with All-Star party
Player Eligibility – Only members of The First Tee of Pittsburgh will be eligible to play in our chapter’s PGA Junior League. Players ages 7-15 may register and participate in the regular season, but only players age 13 and under on July 31, 2018 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 March 1, 2018, and pay their $70 program fee to the chapter. Program enrollment is taken on a first come, first served basis, and will continue until 72 players have registered, or registration closes on March 31, 2018, whichever comes first.
League Commissioner & Assistant Commissioners – PGA Professional Eric Kulinna will serve as the PGA Junior League commissioner during the regular season and coach the All Star team throughout the playoffs. He will be assisted on a weekly basis throughout the regular season by The First Tee of Pittsburgh staff members.
Registration Processing – Once members are registered on The First Tee of Pittsburgh website, Alison Boyle or Eric Amato will send their contact details (Player Name, Age, Parent 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 April 1st at the latest. Team rosters will be determined by age, ability and member level. We want to get evenly matched teams, and make sure that each team has at least one “team mom” and two other parents who will serve as the team coaches during the games.
Team Names & Nine Core Values – All the teams this year 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 (Responsibility, Courtesy, Integrity, Confidence, Perseverance, and Judgement). 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 Respect, Sportsmanship and Honesty 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 – Scheduling a day during the week for each team to practice together would be ideal, but we are not sure if that’s going to be possible given TFTP programming class schedule logistics. If the teams can practice during the week, PGA Professional Eric Kulinna 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 Tam O’Shanter Golf Course in mid August. The TSPGA Section Champions will advance to the Regional Championship which is scheduled for late August at Valley Brook Country Club, 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.
Parent & Coach Orientation – Once the teams are formed, a Parent/Coach Orientation will be scheduled for early April for those interested in helping at the matches. The “Team Mom” for each team will be responsible for the team’s post-game drinks/snacks, etc., just like in other sports. 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
Team Kit Distribution – After the Parent / Coach Orientation, we can have a day to distribute team kits on Sunday, April 29, from 3:00-6:00 PM. After the kids get their uniforms, the teams can play a “pre-season” intrasquad practice game that day, as a way for the players and parents to get to know one another. This will also help us to see any logistical “kinks” behind what we have planned for the regular season.
PGA Junior League App – The PGA of America has developed a fantastic branded app which is available for download at both the Apple and Android stores. 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. All parents will be 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 March 1, 2018