Parents Information



Golf Club of Illinois' Schedule
The practice schedule for the team is set for Wednesdays May 24 from 3:00-4:30, May 31 from 4:00-5:30, and June 4th from 2:00-3:30. Matches are TBD

Registration Fee: $250.00 Please click on the P.G.A. Junior League Golf logo
above to register.

Parents
PGA Junior League Golf (PGA JLG) is designed to better socialize the game of golf for your participants 13 and under. The program features a team-vs-team format in a structured league providing a popular, less stressful, scramble format. PGA JLG is a great way to get the entire family involved in golf, with parents as spectators, team-mothers, and even coaches.

Fun Not Stressful
In PGA JLG the focus is to have fun playing golf with your friends.  PGA JLG teams want to win, but the stress often  associated with individual medal play tournaments is eliminated by the low-pressure format and the camaraderie of playing on a team with your friends. Our goal is to foster an enjoyment of the game that will last a lifetime.

Team Not Individual
There is no individual scoring in PGA JLG. The two-player scramble format allows for all participants to feel connected with the team. Strong play is rewarded, while a poor shot does not lose the hole. Players of all skill levels are welcome and will contribute to the team’s success. Every player gets to play...in every competition!

“Flags”
Each team-vs-team competition in PGA JLG consists of four 9-hole matches. Each 9-hole match is broken down into three 3-hole segments that we call “Flags”. Actual “Flag” stickers are awarded to participants upon capturing a 3-hole point for their team. The stickers are collected by the players throughout the season, and proudly displayed on their PGA JLG bag-tags as a sign of accomplishment.

Alternates 
In PGA JLG matches, coaches have the opportunity to alternate players at the beginning of each new “Flag”. Each player is guaranteed to play at least one “Flag” in each competition. Alternates allow coaches to create pairs that maximize the team’s chance for success, while still preserving the most enjoyable overall experience for each player.

Uniforms with Numbers
One of PGA JLG's most popular innovations is our numbered team jerseys. Introduced as part of the uniform for the inaugural JLG World Series in 2011, numbered jerseys will be supplied to all players and teams in 2014. Kids are accustomed to wearing numbered uniforms in other youth sports, so why not golf!!! This helps build a sense of identity
for each participant on their PGA JLG team.

Advancement
After the regular-season City Champions are crowned, All-Star Teams are formed to compete in the advancement phase of PGA JLG. Advancement will take place through Regional competitions which will produce Regional Champions. These Regional Champions will compete in the PGA JLG Championship.

Parental Commitments
Registration Fee Participant fees to play on a PGA JLG team are determined by each individual Team Captain and may vary from team-to-team. The Captain has an annual team-fee he/she is responsible for recouping, and additional
cost variables may include lessons, clinics or additional merchandise and equipment that individual facilities may provide in conjunction with PGA JLG. Although this variation in cost may exist, the registration fee for a participant is $250.00, and will always remain at or below the other recreational youth sports team fees in the market.

What PGA JLG Players Receive:
Team Jersey
Golf Balls
PGA JLG Bag Tags
5 regular-season league competitions
Instruction from a PGA Professional
Team practices
Awards
Opportunity for All-Star Advancement
Access to the PGA JLG Website

Time Commitment-Season Length
The PGA JLG regular season is approximately five weeks long in the late spring/early summer depending on your league’s location. Regular season play is TBD. All-Star teams will play Regional events on weekends during July and August. These may involve some travel and overnight stay.

Locations
Each team will host 2-3 competitions at their home course and play 2-3 away competitions at other courses in the league. In the event that the league has a minimum of 40 players, all matches will be held at Golf Club of Illinois, and matches will be played between the teams at the club.

Skill Level
PGA JLG is an inclusive program that encourages all skill levels. We suggest that players achieve a minimum basic level of competence in at least one discipline; driving, chipping or putting, before joining a team. Our scramble format provides a comfort zone for the developing player. For the accomplished Junior who may already be competing in individual tournaments, PGA JLG offers the opportunity to develop leadership skills in a team setting and most importantly, play on a team with friends.

The Golf Course
The course will be set up based on the Illinois Junior Golf Associations recommended yardages for IJGA events, approximately 3200 and 4200 yards for a 9 hole event.

Parent Involvement
Similar to other youth recreational sports, PGA JLG encourages and relies on parental involvement. In addition to making sure participants get to matches and practices, parents can play an important role in the success of their team:

Team captain/assistant
Coach
Team-mother
Match monitor/scorer
Player recruitment