Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions from parents. If you have any questions that are not answered here or on our website, please do not hesitate to get in touch by email or through Twitter.
- What does JOLF mean?
- You say that you are committed to games-based coaching, but will there be any instruction/coaching of skills and techniques during the JOLF sessions?
- Will my child get some individual attention from the coach?
- How will the sessions work with groups of children of the same age, but with different golf skills?
- How do children progress through the programme?
- How will you let you me know how my child is progressing?
- What happens if my child misses some sessions? Will she or he get behind?
- Why are JOLF group sessions more likely to be better than individual coaching for my child?
- What do you mean by expert junior coaches?
- Can my child bring a friend to a session?
- You talk a lot about cooperation; will my child have a chance to play competitively?
- You talk a lot about cooperation, but my child likes to play on his own. Will this be possible?
JOLF means “Junior gOLF”. back to top
Definitely, YES. JOLF does not normally make a particular technique or skill the focus of a session. However, helping children develop a wide variety of skills and sound golf techniques is an integral part of a games-based approach. For example, when a coach sees children struggling with a particular task he will give them the help that is needed to make the task achievable with a reasonable amount of effort. This may mean helping children to adapt a game to make it more appropriate or guiding them towards methods, movements and techniques that will enable them to improve. Also, and perhaps more importantly, when children realise that they need some help to play a game better and they ASK for help, the coach will seize this golden opportunity to teach the skill at the exact moment children WANT to learn, and are READY for that particular coaching. Under these circumstances children will understand and learn more easily. This approach means that each child receives the help and assistance which is best for them at a time when they need it. JOLF has a comprehensive list of golf skills achievement criteria, which guide the design of games. back to top
Yes, your child will get the best kind of individual attention from the coach. When she or he asks for it or needs it. back to top
Children generally work well in same age groups, being used to them in school, school teams and most other sports clubs. The games we set up enable children to be successful at their own level, which means that children of different abiltities can prosper in the same group. For example, children in the group are able to adapt the games to suit their current skill level or they play the same game but have different personal goals. Coaches help children according to their current needs. Moreover, children are always involved in their own learning. They are encouraged to take the initiative and be creative and inventive in making suggestions on how to make challenges “harder” or “easier” for themselves. In this way the same game or challenge stretches both beginners and experienced golfers. Our goal is for each child to be practising just above their level of current competence. back to top
Your child’s progress will be monitored against JOLF’s achievement criteria and recorded in terms of several aspects of development. Although this development is continuous, it will be marked by the coloured caps at seven different stages. back to top
You are welcome to discuss your child’s progress with the coach at any time. Also the JOLF Journal provides a very useful link between coach, child and parent. Remember that parents are welcome at all sessions, and often the best time to talk about how your child is doing is while you can both watch him or her taking part in the session. back to top
No. Each child progresses at his or her own pace and route through JOLF. back to top
Group sessions offer better opportunities for children because…
- Children enjoy and are motivated by the social games, challenges and competitions which can be arranged only with groups.
- Group sessions are often better resourced and have a greater variety of activities. Coaches take up to an hour to set up all the equipment for the various games for JOLF sessions.
- Children are good models for other children because they relate to each other. A boy observes that a playing partner, who was learning to become a better putter, has worked hard and improved her performance. He can identify with her initial level of performance and the effort she made. So he believes he can do the same, works hard and also improves.
- Children make friends and learn to be cooperative, helpful and encouraging to each other. back to top
All our coaches are fully qualified PGA coaches. They have shown their commitment to coaching children by becoming members of the JOLF Coaching Community and undertaking on-going professional development and training as coaches of children. back to top
Yes. We have had a lot of success with experienced young golfers bringing their friends along to get them into golf. The nature of the sessions and the adaptability of games and challenges mean that experienced golfers can play with those who are new to JOLF. Friends are often allowed to come along for a free try-out before they commit to joining the JOLF Community. As long as there are spaces a child can join JOLF at any time. back to top
Yes, children do play matches and games against each other and play in competitions. Competition and learning how to compete and perform to a high level is an important part of JOLF. However, we have an ethos which encourages children to focus on their own performance on a particular game or task and compare themselves with their previous personal best or their personal goals rather than focus on outdoing others or demonstrating superiority over other children. This does not mean to say that coaches and parents should not praise players for winning. However, even with winners coaches should mainly focus on a player’s own performance and improvement. Players do not earn praise if they win without putting in a good performance. back to top
Yes it will. Giving children choice is an important aspect of JOLF. Children who want to play on their own will be able to. However, the coach will gently encourage this child to socialise, join the group and become a full member of the JOLF community. It is important to be able to play and practise with other children. Golf is a game that people play together. Moreover, children will have to do things in groups and teams in education and in their working lives. back to top