STATEMENT REGARDING CORONAVIRUS COVID-19

UPDATED Thursday, June 4

First Tee of Connecticut’s top priority is the health and safety of our participants, employees, coaches and volunteers across the state. We have been and will continue to monitor all available information related to the continued spread of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19. When programs do resume be assured that we will stay in close contact with local, state and national Departments of Health to determine local risk and plans to help prevent the spread of this illness. Our chapter will follow all restrictions and hygiene precautions from the CDC and U.S. Department of State and may make adjustments to program activities as warranted.  We will also monitor what local school districts, park departments and other youth service agencies are communicating and planning.

First Tee of Connecticut Offices (May 14) – In accordance with Governor Lamont’s Reopen Connecticut Guidelines, the David & Geri Epstein Learning Center in Cromwell will be open for regular business hours (Monday – Friday; 9:00 – 4:30) beginning Wednesday, May 20.  Some of our staff will continue to work from home when possible.  ALL visitors to the office must be scheduled and all visitors must wear a cloth face covering while indoors.  Collection of equipment donations has been suspended until after July 1.

Spring Programs (April 1) – After reviewing the relevant positions from the Centers of Disease Control and the World Health Organization, carefully and thoughtfully, First Tee of Connecticut has decided to cancel all Spring 2020 programming. We will issue full refunds for those families who already registered this spring; please allow 5-7 business days for these refunds to hit your account.

Alternative Opportunities (May 14) – Our hope is that we will have some ability to host golf opportunities at the Learning Links in Cromwell and some of our other sites in late May or June (subject to aforementioned caveats) so please look for future communications and check our website.  Virtual Learning for all young people who wish to participate began on Monday, April 27 through Friday, June 12.  Family Play at the Karl Krapek Family Learning Links in Cromwell will be available on select days from Wednesday, May 20 until Sunday, June 21.

Summer Programs (May 28) – Based on the current plan for Phase 2 of Connecticut’s reopening and guidance in the Back2Golf Playbook we are glad to announce the following;

  • Summer Camp in Cromwell will be held as scheduled beginning Tuesday, June 30.  Registration is still available for many sessions.
  • Registration for Summer Group Lessons and Team Programs will begin on Monday, June 8 at 9:00 a.m.  Programs will not be held at the following locations this summer; Yale, Alling Memorial and Elmridge.

Considerations being made for all summer programs include;

  • Cleaning and Disinfecting Policies
  • Class Size & Schedule Recommendations
  • Participant Check-In/Drop Off and Check-Out/Pick Up
  • Coach and Participant Interaction
  • Parent Observation
  • Bathrooms
  • Equipment
  • Activity Stations

We thank you in advance for your support as we navigate the new normal.

As we plan for summer programs we are considering what our partnering school districts, park departments, program locations and other youth service agencies are communicating and planning.  If or when the need to postpone or suspend summer programs happens, we will provide details on rescheduling and/or refunds for participants well in advance of the start of Summer Camp or Summer Group Lessons.

Important Dates

  • April 6                                         Summer Camp (Cromwell) registration begins online at 9:00 a.m.
  • NEW DATE June 8                     Summer Group Lessons registration begins online at 9:00 a.m.
  • June 30                                       ​ First week of Summer Camp (Cromwell)
  • July 6 – July 12                             First week of Summer Session Group Lessons

We greatly appreciate your support of our organization and thank you for patience and understanding as we navigate through these challenging times. One of our favorite Core Values at First Tee is perseverance: this season is as good a test of that as anything. Stay safe and healthy; practice social distancing and we hope to see you all in the near future.

Charity Events (April 8) – At this time the Parent Child scheduled for May and both of our June Charity Classics have been postponed.  We will communicate with all existing players and sponsors once new dates are established.

CDC Recommendations on Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Back2Golf Playbook Version 3.0

Junior Golf Programming Addendum