PGA Jr. League
Youth Programs
PGA Junior League
Youth Programs

PGA Jr. League Captain Newsletter: June

As Captains, you are making a positive impact on each and every family you engage through PGA Jr. League. If you do need help filling teams, please reach out to your Regional League Manager and Section support staff. You also have resources at your fingertips that you can customize to get the word out about your program.

The community you create through PGA Jr. League can drive year-round engagement at your facility, and our team is here to support you in achieving your goals and building your value!

What's New: Postseason Changes

The 2018 PGA Jr. League Postseason presented by National Car Rental is going to be a #gamechanger. In case you missed it, we are shifting to a Section qualifier and Championship model because it creates a fun and rewarding experience for everyone involved and celebrates PGA Jr. League players, families, Captains and Coaches.

While every Section will host its own Section Championship, not every Section will host qualifiers. Here’s your quick guide to Section qualifiers:

Q: Why do Section qualifiers exist?
A: Section qualifiers exist to reduce the number of events required to determine a Section Champion. They are not manadatory of any Section.

Q: What are Section qualifiers?
A: Section qualifiers create the same fun and festival-like environment of Section Championships. Section qualifiers are conducted in a different format than typical PGA Jr. League play, utilizing team aggregate scramble score rather than head-to-head match play. Download the Section qualifier rules addendum to learn more.

Q: How do I know if my Section will host qualifiers?
A: Click here to download the Postseason schedule, which includes qualifier dates and locations by Section, if applicable. Please note that not all qualifiers listed on the schedule will be team aggregate score format, and more details will be forthcoming from your respective Section.

Online Store Purchases

We want to see how your PGA Jr. League families are sporting their gear purchased from your online store! Email us photos or tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using @pgajrleague. Your team’s unique online store link can be accessed by visiting PGAJrLeague.com/Shop and searching by your facility, team or Captain name.

Captains Making a Difference

See how Captain Cameron Milton, PGA, defied the odds and created a community at Polson Bay Golf Course in Montana through PGA Jr. League:

Helpful Links

Safe Sport Act Compliance

The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was created in reaction to the abuse found at various youth sports organizations, including USA Gymnastics. The Act creates a new standard of care that affects youth serving organizations across the country. Mandatory reporting requirements and a requirement that covered sports organizations establish reasonable procedures to limit one-on-one interactions between an adult and participating minors without being in an observable and interruptible distance from another adult, are included in the new standard of care. As part of its compliance efforts associated with the Act, the PGA of America has updated its reporting requirements and prevention policies for PGA Jr. League. Effective immediately, please review this LINKED DOCUMENT for implementation of the following updated policy that is required for all PGA Jr. League events and activities.

Quote of the Month

“It is a great forum to learn about golf, develop experience and social skills. One learns about the interaction between individual achievement in a team format. The interaction with PGA Professionals also gives young people an exposure to another career area during an impressionable stage with good role models.” – F Hickisch, PGA Jr. League parent in California

This quote comes to us from our end-of-season parent survey

Captain Soundbite

Recommended Read

We believe that putting kids first should be the cornerstone of every youth sports program, including PGA Jr. League. PGA Jr. League should be about a fun and safe environment for girls and boys to learn and play the game with friends – not adult ambitions or desires.

Click here for a quick read from Changing the Game Project founder John O’Sullivan: “When Will Youth Sports Actually Serve the Needs of Youth?”

A Note from our Team

As we celebrate tens of thousands of youngsters playing golf – many for the first time – this summer through PGA Jr. League, we want to take this moment to thank each one of you for making it happen. Through your generous gift of time, energy and expertise, kids like Annalyse Lozar and Dominic DiGiallonardo from PGA Professional Cameron Milton’s PGA Jr. League program in the video above are being positively impacted through experiences that transcend golf.

From all of us at the PGA of America, thank you for all that you do!