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Format & Rules

How does PGA Jr. League work?

At its core, PGA Jr. League is a group of local golf teams who learn and play golf through a series of practices and games, utilizing a nurturing and social scramble format. PGA and LPGA Professionals exclusively serve as Captains and are responsible for creating a welcoming environment for all that encourages skill and character development.

Watch our PGA Jr. League Animated Short to learn more about how the program works. Once you find a team in your area, we encourage families to talk with their Captain for more information about his or her program.

PGA Jr. League Game Guide

PGA Jr. League Game Guide

Every PGA Jr. League player will receive a PGA Jr. League Game Guide booklet, which is a fun and interactive guide to the ins-and-outs of the program.

What is the American Development Model (ADM) for Golf?

ADM In ActionAs many as possible. As long as possible. With the best experience possible.

The American Development Model (ADM) was designed by sports scientists to help support a lifetime affinity to sports and to develop athletes to their greatest potential. These principles align physical and psychological development to stages, delivering appropriate skills and exercise at the appropriate time.

Creating positive experiences early, for all athletes, will keep more players engaged and retained in our sport. Introducing the right aspects of play in a structure that is fun, engaging, and progressively challenging is key.

Golf’s new pathway is built on the principles of the ADM, a proven, long-term athlete development model that was developed through the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC). It has been successfully applied to USA Hockey, USA Basketball, USA Lacrosse and others.

PGA Jr. League is committed to aligning with golf’s ADM to provide developmentally appropriate experiences that set our players up for lifelong sport participation. Through a welcoming format, age-appropriate yardages, All-Star player age minimums and more, the ADM is the driving force behind all of our rules and Conditions of Play.

2021 Conditions of Play

We invite all leagues to adopt the PGA Jr. League rules and Conditions of Play, however, these are simply recommendations throughout local league play. The rules and Conditions of Play will be fully enforced throughout the National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship Season, beginning with Section competitions. As scramble play is not recognized in the USGA Rules of Golf, the PGA of America feels it is important to establish guidelines by which this format can be reasonably governed.

The following PGA Jr. League official guidelines do not constitute any attempt to alter or revise the Rules of Golf, but attempt to fairly apply them to a two-person scramble match play format. Additional rules addendums will be released for all scramble stroke play events. Players should be familiar with the most current USGA Rules of Golf, as PGA Jr. League is governed by these rules and the following Conditions of Play specific to two-person scramble match play.