All PROGRAM Alerts, Postponements and Cancellations will be posted on this page.

SPRING IS A WHIRLWIND OF WEATHER!

Due to the weather, we have cancelled all classes State-wide for tonight, Monday, May 16.
Please Stay Safe! 

American Classic Class will be made-up on Wednesday May 18.
Rock Manor and Frog Hollow Classes will be made-up next Monday, May 23.

2022 Statement on Start of Programming

Parents, Guardians and Participants,

Thank you for registering your kid(s) and/or teens for our 2022 Spring Sessions.  We are looking forward to spending the next few weeks with our participants having fun and playing golf!  

Please plan to arrive 20 minutes before start time to sign in for the first class to help our coaches organize their respective groups and present a quick Parent Orientation. 

If you have been with us before – you know “We are Family” is a theme that underlies all we do at First Tee – Delaware. Welcome (back) to our family!

All our coaches volunteer their time. We are truly blessed to have this team of certified coaches.  

In support of the class and our coaches, First Tee – Staff: Charma Bell – Program Director, Leslie McGuigan – Business Manager, Scott Allen, Southern Delaware Coordinator, or myself, Bob Norris, can help answer any questions you might have as well.   

Safety … FIRST … is critical in all we do. The pandemic is still with us and many of our participants are not eligible for vaccines, therefore – it is imperative we do all we can to ensure their safety.  

First Tee – Delaware:   COVID-19 Policy/Position Statement for Life Skill Experience Sessions (REVISED) – Social Distancing & Wearing Masks Participants & Parents; Effective ImmediatelyRevision 3 – 4/18/2022

The First Tee – Delaware is fully focused on being proactive and preemptive to provide a SAFE environment where our participants can learn. thrive and have fun.   

First Tee – Delaware will continue to follow current State of Delaware and CDC guidelines for K-12 grade students which covers our participants ages. 

With our Spring 2022 Programing Sessions, what follows are the current COVID-19 requirements for our participants, coaches and recommendations for parents.  With recent rising positive COVID-19 rates, the First Tee – Delaware reserves the right to adjust this Policy at any time to ensure safety for our participants and coaches.   

  • Require that all our coaches and participants be disciplined and practice social distancing at all times throughout the class from the opening remarks to the end of the class lesson.  We will still social distance at 6 ft apart from each other be it participant to participant and/or coach to participant. 
  • When outdoors, for coaches and participants that are vaccinated, wearing masks are optional as long as social distancing is maintained.
  • When outdoors, for coaches and participants that are not vaccinated, masks must be worn.  If the participant is bothered by the mask when addressing the ball, she/he can drop the mask to below their mouth and then move it up when they are not hitting. 
  • We will continue to require participants bring a mask to classIf they go inside the facility where the class is being conducted, they must wear their mask. 
  • For parents waiting at our site, we strongly recommend they social distance and have masks with them.  If parents are vaccinated, wearing masks is optional.  If not vaccinated, we strongly recommend that this group of parents wear masks at all times.   

We will sanitize the teaching aids and the golf equipment/balls we use before the classes start. With any age group, if our participants are not following the social distance guidelines – we will ask parents to stand with their child and help the coaches manage this critical aspect of our COVID safety guidelines.

To get you started, here are some general thoughts in preparing for classes:

  • Have your child dress in comfortable clothes that is weather of the day appropriate.
  • PLEASE bring your water bottle/drink to class for your child(s).  We want our participants to stay hydrated.
  • There is no dress code for our Sessions/Classes.  We encourage our participants to be neat and comfortable. T-shirts will be given to each participant and we ask that they wear them to each class. 
  • Shoes – can just be sneakers or something comfortable. There will be running around, and exercise as part of each class.
  • If your child has golf clubs, please bring them along.  If NOT, know that we provide the necessary clubs and balls and additional equipment if needed.  
  • If we are going to have a weather event which will impact the class, we will post on our website’s ALERTS Page, https://www.firstteedelaware.org/alerts/ on our Social Media Platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the status no later than 1 hour before the start of your class. If we can, your Coach will try to contact you via email, text and/or phone call. So please double check your parent portal to make sure all your contact information is up to date. If after looking at the website, or social media, if there is still a doubt, please contact the coach via text or email. The coach will provide you her/his contact information on the first day of classes.  
  • If your child must miss a session (life happens), it is ok. Please let your Lead Coach know. You can also email our business Manager, Leslie McGuigan,  [email protected] and she will notify your coach. We will work with you to the best of our ability, to find a makeup class. We have other opportunities for the child to join other classes at other courses.

Please remember to frequently visit our First Tee – Delaware Chapter’s website: www.firstteedelaware.org  It is an incredible source of information as to what is going on in our chapter with Programs & Events, in addition to links to the National First Tee website: www.firsttee.org

As with most non-profit organizations, we could not exist without our volunteers and the donations that we receive from our communities. Please visit our Events page often to see how you can help throughout the year. We ask that parents/guardians volunteer 4 hours of their time or help us secure Silent Auction Items or Donations for events during each year.

We will hold our 2022 Delmarva Scramble on May 9th at Rehoboth Beach Country Club and the 2022 Mayor’s Cup on Thursday, September 22. 2022. Many other Events will be posted for all to get involved with.

If you have any questions, please contact Charma Bell, Program Director at [email protected], or at 302.593.2062, Scott Allen, Southern Delaware Coordinator at [email protected] or at 703-861-9818, or at or Leslie McGuigan at [email protected] or 302.290.1250, or call, text or email your coach with the information they provided you.  

Looking forward to seeing you during our 2022 Spring Session. 

All the best. 

Bob

Executive Director, First Tee – Delaware

Location: 800 N. DuPont Rd, Wilmington DE 19807

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 419, Rockland DE 19732

Office – 302.384.8759 ||  Mobile – 302.584.0958

Email:  [email protected]

Please frequently check your emails and First Tee – Delaware website for more information.

Please feel free to contact any of our staff members for further information about any of our Programs or Events.

Office Phone: 302-384-8759

Bob Norris, Executive Director: [email protected]

Charma Bell, Program Director: [email protected]

Scott Allen, Senior Southern Delaware Coordinator: [email protected]

Leslie McGuigan, Business Manager: [email protected]

Parents, Guardians and Participants,

Thank you again for your interest in our Life Skills Sessions. We are looking forward to spending a few weeks/months with all our participants in 2022. 

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before start time to sign in for the first class to help our coaches organize their respective groups. Some helpful hints/tips are listed below to help you prepare to come to our classes.

“We are Family” is a theme that underlies all we do at First Tee – Delaware. Welcome (back) to our family! All our coaches volunteer their time. We are truly blessed to have this team of certified coaches. In support of the class and our coaches, First Tee – Staff: Charma Bell – Program Director, Scott Allen, Senior Southern Delaware Coordinator, Leslie McGuigan – Business Manager, or myself, can help answer any questions you might have as well.

To get you started, here are some general thoughts in preparing for classes:

  • Have your child dress in comfortable clothes that is weather of the day appropriate. Know is the summer and the weather is warm and can rain at time. Remember to apply sunscreen if needed, wear a hat/visor to protect their head or face from the sun.
  • PLEASE bring your own water bottle/drink to class. We want our participants to stay hydrated.
  • We encourage our participants to wear collared shirts (if possible). If not, no worries – neat and comfortable works just as well.
  • Shoes – can just be sneakers or something comfortable. There will be running around, and exercise as part of each class.
  • If your child has golf clubs, please bring them along. If NOT, know that we provide the necessary clubs and balls and additional equipment if needed.
  • If we are going to have a weather event which will impact the class, we will post on our website’s ALERTS Page, https://www.firstteedelaware.org/alerts/ on our Social Media Platforms – Facebook & Twitter, the status no later than 1 hour before the start of your class. If we can, your Coach will try to contact you via email, text and/or phone call. So please double check your parent portal to make sure all your contact information is up to date. If after looking at the website, or social media, if there is still a doubt, please contact the coach via text or email. The coach will provide you her/his contact information on the first day of classes.
  • If your child must miss a session (life happens), it is ok. Please let your Coach know if possible. You can also email our business Manager, Leslie McGuigan at [email protected] and she will notify your coach. We will work with you to the best of our ability, to find a makeup class. We have other opportunities for the child to join other classes at other courses.

Along with your registration with First Tee – Delaware, our partnership with the Delaware State Golf Association (DSGA) will automatically register you with Youth On Course (YOC) – www.youthoncourse.org – an organization that also expands Access to Opportunities through the game of golf. You will receive an email from DSGA/YOC that will ask you to complete your registration or “Get started with your membership.” It may take a few weeks for you to receive this email, as we need to provide a final roster to be input into their system.

Please always remember to frequently visit our First Tee – Delaware Chapter’s website: www.firstteedelaware.org  It is an incredible source of information as to what is going on in our chapter with Programs & Events, in addition to links to the National First Tee website: www.firsttee.org

As with most non-profit organizations, we could not exist without our volunteers and the donations that we receive from our communities. Please visit our Events page often to see how you can help throughout the year. Please do not hesitate to email or call one of our staff members for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact Charma Bell, Program Director at [email protected], or at 302.593.2062, Scott Allen, Senior Southern Delaware Coordinator at [email protected] or at 702-861-9818 or Leslie McGuigan at [email protected] or 302.290.1250, or call, text or email your coach with the information they provided you.

Looking forward to seeing you during our 2021 Summer II Session.

All the best.

Bob Norris
Executive Director, First Tee – Delaware
Office – 302.384.8759
Mobile – 302.584.0958
Email:  [email protected]