Become a Coach or Volunteer and Make a Difference

Our Philosophy

Without caring mentors, positive youth development just doesn’t happen. At the First Tee, we take coaching seriously. We believe that a meaningful, quality relationship between coach and participant is vital to our program.

“Young people don’t care what a coach knows until they know a coach cares.”

As you consider volunteering for our chapter, know that the safety of our kids is our first priority.  Please read our Prevention Policies to see how we conduct programs and activities at our chapter.

We’re Looking for You!

Nationwide, we currently have more than 3,700 coaches signed up with the First Tee, including PGA and LPGA pros, as well as volunteers. But you don’t have to be a golf pro or even a good golfer. With The First Tee Coach Program, we provide the training you need.

Developed with input from leading experts in the field of positive youth development, our program focuses on empowering participants through decision-making and exploring options. This helps foster positive relationships between coaches and young people, inspiring the golfers of tomorrow to look to the future, set goals, and unlock their potential.

Make an Impact Off the Course

We need more than coaches to make The First Tee possible. We rely on volunteers — sometimes year round — to accomplish our mission, and not all of those goals involve golf; we need support off the course as well. Opportunities include:

  • Fundraising/Events
  • Operations/Administration
  • Mentoring/Tutoring
  • In-school programming

By contributing your time and talent, you can directly make an impact in a young person’s life.

Opportunities to Volunteer

First Tee Northern Nevada relies heavily on volunteers to to make our program a success. We operate year-round and have a wide variety of opportunities both on and off the golf course for you to become involved with. Most volunteer positions do not require golf experience. Scheduling is flexible and we provide all of the training and support. With your help we can maximize each participant’s experience at First Tee!

  1. Review our current list of Volunteer Opportunities (see bottom of this page) and think about what you would like to do. We offer physically exhilarating opportunities such as playing/monitoring golf on the course and practice facilities, as well as volunteering for our different fundraising events throughout the year. All support roles are necessary to keep our program and facilities operating smoothly.
  2. Call or email our Executive Director Chris Dewar at [email protected] or 775.851.2332.
  3. Complete and submit a volunteer application. (Link down below)
  4. Upon receiving the application, an email will be sent to you with instructions on how to complete a background check as well as an online safety course required by First Tee Home Office.
  5. Attend a volunteer orientation or schedule to shadow a Lead Coach at First Tee. This will help you familiarize yourself with the program and the opportunities for having an impact on a child.
Golf Course
Days: Sunday through Thursday, April-October   Time Commitment: 1 day per week, 2 hours per class Details: Assist The First Tee staff during classes at golf courses, reinforce life and golf skills during class, set up equipment for classes and monitor safety zones.
Play Day
Days: Friday Afternoons   Time Commitment: 2 hours, as needed Details: Accompany participants on 9-hole play days. Reinforce golf and life skill concepts, help children learn proper golf etiquette, monitor their behavior on the course, maintain pace of play, learn how to handle frustration and respect for the game, themselves and others.
Administrative &   Special Projects
Days: Varied As Needed   Time Commitment: Varied, 1-4 hours Details: This position would help with clerical and administrative duties.
Special Events  
And Fundraising
Days: Varied As Needed   Time Commitment: Varied, 1-6 hours Details: Assist with organizing, planning fundraising activities and special events such as our annual tournament & dinner.
Days: Varied As Needed   Time Commitment: Generally 1-2 hours per event Details: Help staff information booths and activity stations for community events such as the Run for Education and Boys & Girls Club Day for Kids.
Days: Weekdays during the school year   Time Commitment: Varied, 1-6 hours Details: Assist First Tee coaches in local area elementary, middle and high schools with our in-school outreach programs.

Junior Volunteers

The Junior Coach program is a great way to earn required community service hours for school while having fun and helping younger participants develop their golf and life skills. Students 14 years and older are encouraged to participate in the Junior Coach program. Junior Coaches can also be participants in The First Tee programs.

Learn More About Opportunities

Contact us to find out how to get involved as a coach.

You must complete an application and screening process, which may include an interview about your skills and interests, a criminal background check, and character references. You will also receive training about your volunteer or coaching role, behavioral expectations, and child protection.