Become a Coach or Volunteer and Make a Difference

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

We’re Looking for You!

Nationwide, we currently have more than 3,700 coaches signed up with The First Tee, including PGA and LPGA pros, as well as volunteers. But you don’t have to be a golf pro or even a good golfer. With The First Tee Coach Program, we provide the training you need.

Developed with input from leading experts in the field of positive youth development, our program focuses on empowering participants through decision-making and exploring options. This helps foster positive relationships between coaches and young people, inspiring the golfers of tomorrow to look to the future, set goals, and unlock their potential.

Make an Impact Off the Course

We need more than coaches to make The First Tee possible. We rely on volunteers — sometimes year round — to accomplish our mission, and not all of those goals involve golf; we need support off the course as well. Opportunities include:

  • Fundraising/Events
  • Operations/Administration
  • Mentoring/Tutoring
  • In-school programming

By contributing your time and talent, you can directly make an impact in a young person’s life.

Before you hit the course this year, we need a couple of things from you:

Complete one of the online applications below (new AND existing volunteers must complete):

2022 Adult Volunteer Application Form

  • (select all that apply)
  • Please list any felony or misdemeanor criminal convictions. Your listing should include DWI/DUI convictions, guilty pleas, etc. Note N/A if not applicable.
  • In case of emergency, please provide information below on whom we should contact.
  • Chapter Policies & Procedures for Child Safety

    First Tee - Greater Richmond does not allow volunteers to be alone with students at any time. Please ensure that there is another volunteer or staff member present whenever you are with a student. Ask for help from a member of the staff or volunteers. Volunteers may not accompany a child to the bathroom or to a secluded area under any circumstances. For the protection of the student and volunteer, the following actions are prohibited at all times: -spending time alone with a child -telling inappropriate jokes or stories -"making eyes at" or giving seductive looks -discussions of one's sex life or relationships -sitting too close or lying next to a child -finding ways to be alone with a child -confiding in a child about personal issues -engaging in physical "horseplay" such as tickling or wrestling with participants
  • Professionalism

    Please dress appropriately. Please keep cell phone use to a minimum while volunteering. Please do not smoke or use inappropriate language while volunteering.
  • Student Behavior

    First Tee - Greater Richmond has a Code of Conduct for participants. Each student should know and understand the Code. If a student causes a problem, please bring the situation to a staff member.
  • First Aid

    In the event of injury or emergency involving a student, immediately call 911 if the injury is or could be severe or life threatening. Locate and contact the "Emergency Contact" person on file for the student. Render first aid until someone of higher medical training is capable to render further assistance. First Tee - Greater Richmond takes safety very seriously. We take important steps to ensure that we maintain the highest possible level of safety at our Chapter. One of those steps will be the successful completion of a comprehensive background screening process. You will receive the link to complete this process upon submittal of your Volunteer Application. Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer with First Tee - Greater Richmond!

2022 Youth Volunteer Application Form

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  • (Select all that apply)
  • (Select all that apply)
  • (select all that apply)
  • In case of emergency, please provide information below on whom we should contact
  • Chapter Policies & Procedures for Child Safety

    First Tee - Greater Richmond does not allow volunteers to be alone with students at any time. Please ensure that there is another volunteer or staff member present whenever you are with a student. Ask for help from a member of the staff or volunteers. Volunteers may not accompany a child to the bathroom or to a secluded area under any circumstances. For the protection of the student and volunteer, the following actions are prohibited at all times: -spending time alone with a child -telling inappropriate jokes or stories -"making eyes at" or giving seductive looks -discussions of one's sex life or relationships -sitting too close or lying next to a child -finding ways to be alone with a child -confiding in a child about personal issues -engaging in physical "horseplay" such as tickling or wrestling with participants
  • Professionalism

    Please dress appropriately. Please keep cell phone use to a minimum while volunteering. Please do not smoke or use inappropriate language while volunteering.
  • Student Behavior

    First Tee - Greater Richmond has a Code of Conduct for participants. Each student should know and understand the Code. If a student causes a problem, please bring the situation to a staff member.
  • First Aid

    In the event of injury or emergency involving a student, immediately call 911 if the injury is or could be severe or life threatening. Locate and contact the "Emergency Contact" person on file for the student. Render first aid until someone of higher medical training is capable to render further assistance. First Tee - Greater Richmond takes safety very seriously. We take important steps to ensure that we maintain the highest possible level of safety at our Chapter. One of those steps will be the successful completion of a comprehensive background screening process. You will receive the link to complete this process upon submittal of your Volunteer Application. Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer with First Tee - Greater Richmond!

Youth Volunteers (ages 14-17) do not need to complete a Background Check

Complete a secure background check via the confirmation email you receive upon submitting the Volunteer Application.

Complete the new Assistant Coach Training online via First Tee HQ University (Litmos). This online course takes roughly 30 minutes to complete.

If volunteers are not coaching classes, they do not need to complete this course.

Email Mary Kirkman at [email protected] once Volunteer Applications, background check, and volunteer sign up have been submitted.