Playing it Safe – First Tee & COVID-19

Like other youth programs throughout the country, First Tee Greater New Orleans has had to carefully examine our classes in light of the COVID pandemic. When Louisiana entered Phase One of reopening back in May, we realized a few things worked in our favor when it comes to safety:

  • Our classes meet outside in the open air
  • Golf is an individual sport and players already stand six feet or more apart
  • Our students use only one set of clubs for the duration of class

With those things in mind, we decided that with care and consideration we could return to class. Our first summer camp began the first week of June and we’ve been operating since then.

Here are the special procedures we have in place:

  1. Smaller class sizes
    Following best practice suggestions from local and state health officials, we have limited the number of participants and coaches in any one class. We continue to adjust this number based on the latest information from local and state health officials.
  2. Special training for coaches
    All of our coaches and volunteers have received guidance on how to continue to teach as effectively as possible while maintaining physical distance.
  3. No physical contact
    We also keep our students at a distance from one another and have restructured our lessons to exclude any games that require contact.
  4. Equipment sanitization
    In between classes our staff sanitizes all equipment that has been used. During class we ensure that each participant has their own equipment and doesn’t share with others.
  5. Shared commitment to safety
    We require all staff, coaches, and volunteers to inform us if they feel ill or if they discover that they may have been exposed to the coronavirus. We also ask that participants and their families do the same. 
Contact Tracing: Call us at 504-304-3309

Click the button below to download our full list of coronavirus-related policies and procedures.

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