Playing as a team. Making new friends. Having fun. Competing together. Don't take it from us... take it from players themselves! Watch this short video and learn more.
Safety, Care, and Organization guide the PGA Jr. League experience, and they're what we call The Three Flags.
These quality standards were born out of feedback direct from PGA Jr. League families. PGA and LPGA Professional coaches commit to putting safety first, creating fun experiences that are inclusive of every child as a golfer, and structuring their programs in an organized way that fosters communication.
PGA Jr. League is open to both boys and girls, 17 and under, of all skill levels and abilities. No prior golf experience is needed to participate on a local PGA Jr. League team!
The program is divided into two age divisions: 13u (ages 13 and under) and 17u (ages 14-17). Minimum age requirements for the recreational season are determined by each individual PGA Jr. League Captain and Coach.
All-Star opportunities for more competitive junior golfers ages 10-17 begin with the National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship Season.
As 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 implemented throughout our entire program from start to finish.
PGA Jr. League is played all year-long! The program is split into two primary seasons: Spring/Summer and Fall.
Following recreational play in the spring and summer, hundreds of 13u All-Star teams (boys and girls ages 10-13) and 17u All-Star teams (boys and girls ages 14-17) from across the country are formed from a combination of players in each league to begin their #DriveToTheChampionship through the National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship Season. These All-Star teams move through Section and Regional competitions from late July through September. Ultimately, 12 Regional Champions from the 13u division advance to the National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, Oct. 7-10, 2021.
During the course of one PGA Jr. League game, teams play four 9-hole matches in a two-person scramble format, reinforcing the team concept and creating a nurturing environment for learning the game. Coaches can also substitute players every three holes, so that all of the golfers on each team can participate.
Every PGA Jr. League player will receive a new PGA Jr. League Game Guide, which explains the format and rules and includes fun comics and games!
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