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Introduction to Competition
Primarily for junior golfers ages 11-14 or golfer new to competitive golf.  One-day club invitationals are a great way for young players to start their tournament interest. Players 12 and under may wish to try playing in the Golf NB Pee Wee Championship if they enjoy playing 18-hole rounds.

More information on the Introduction to Competition stage of Long Term Athlete Development


Learn to Compete
Primarily for junior golfers ages 14-17 or golfers that have played in club invitationals and wish to move onto longer 2-3 day events or tournaments. Golf NB Provincial Championships, Golf Canada Future Links Tournaments, Maple Leaf Junior Tour (MJT) and Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) tournaments, with a chance to qualify for Canadian Championships, make up the bulk of this stage.

More information on the Learn to Compete stage of Long Term Athlete Development


Train to Compete
The Train to Compete development stage is for the elite junior golfer ages 17-18 who have played in many Learn to Compete tournaments throughout their junior golfing careers. These tournaments include Golf Canada Tournaments, Provincial Junior and Amateur events in Canada and the US as well as American Junior Golf Association Tournaments. Many of these tournaments require an application, cover letter and resume in order to be considered or entry. Most players in this category are looking to gain Golf Canada Order of Merit Points, looking to make Team Canada and hoping to play on a University of College Golf Team in Canada or the US.

More information on the Train to Compete stage of Long Term Athlete Development

Long Term Player Development

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Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) is a systemic approach developed and adopted by Golf Canada in partnership with the PGA of Canada to maximize a participant’s potential and involvement in our sport. The Long-Term Player Development Guide —version 2.0—marks the second iteration of the important blueprint which provides research, statistics and insight into Canada’s player development pathway. Included are findings and adjustments that have evolved within the sport of golf since the last version of the LTPD Guide was launched. LTPD is an extension of our goal to place Canada among the top golfing nations in the world.

 

Future Links Driven By Acura

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As Canada’s national junior golf program, Future Links, driven by Acura has delivered world-class programming to over 1.4 million juniors since its inception in 1996. Over that period, Future Links has remained committed in leading the charge to provide new and insightful junior programming at affordable costs. Developed in conjunction with the PGA of Canada, Future Links offers a suite of programs: Golf in Schools; Learn to Play; Junior Skills Challenge; Mobile Clinics; PGA Junior League; Order of Merit and Girls Club.

Future Links is at the core of Canada’s Long-Term Player Development framework, aimed at guiding Canadian golfers along a pathway to reach their full potential. Future Links, driven by Acura Championships consist of six regional junior golf tournaments aimed at providing exceptional Canadian junior male and female golfers with the opportunity to develop his or her skills and showcase his or her talents at the highest level of tournament golf.

 

 

Future Links Golf In Schools

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Developed by Physical and Health Education Canada, in partnership with Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada, Golf in Schools has been designed to enable elementary school teachers “regardless of their golf knowledge, skill or background” the ability to deliver essential physical education through the sport of golf. Each school is outfitted with a full set of plastic golf clubs and equipment. Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, the Golf in Schools Program is bringing the game of golf to Canadian schools. This program has been developed for teachers to provide students the opportunity to develop aspects of physical literacy related to the sport of golf and increase student knowledge and appreciation for the sport of golf.

In continuation of the program’s focus to provide cutting-edge lesson plans, learning resources have evolved with the addition of the Life Skills curriculum, developed from research conducted by the University of Ottawa. This extension places added focus on integrating transferable life skills such as honesty and respect into the Golf in Schools lesson plans.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Golf in Schools program, how professional Canadian golfer Graham DeLaet supports the program and how you can bring the Golf in Schools program to your school.

 

Learn to Compete

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The Learn to Compete Program is a framework that PGA of Canada members can use to foster the development of competitive junior aged athletes through a three-stage program that aligns with the various stages of Long-Term Player Development.

This program is designed to expose players to age/stage appropriate content through an identified set of core modules that are applicable to each stage of the program. Within each core module is a series of recommended “Areas to Cover” that the athletes should be exposed to as they progress through each level of the program.

Similar to the Future Links Learn to Play program, for athletes to progress to the next stage, they must demonstrate that they have achieved the benchmarks that have been established.

 

Junior Competitive Pathway

 Junior Competitive Pathway

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Canada’s Junior Competitive Pathway is a valuable tool to assist players and parents in choosing appropriate competitions for junior aged players based on several factors including age, current tournament handicap and stage of development (based on the Long-Term Player Development Guide for Golf in Canada). The pathway also illustrates what level of PGA of Canada training / certification is recommended for coaching players at the various stages of development. An online and interactive version of the Canadian Junior Competitive Pathway can be found by clicking here.

Goal Setting

Goal setting is a very important tool that can help athletes reach their peak mental and physical performances. By establishing a final destination and outlining a path to get there, success becomes more attainable. The powerpoint details the importance of smart goal settings, the different types of mental and physical goals, and how to set and achieve them. Download the powerpoint by clicking here.

Proper Training Methods

Research shows that no one attains world class performance without many hours of dedicated practice and attention to detail in their area of expertise. This power point explains the concept of deliberate practice and outlines effective practice strategies and drills for competitive golfers. Download the powerpoint presentation by clicking here.

Golf Warm-Up

Athletes from all sports spend a lot of time preparing themselves for competition and developing a great warm up is an essential step. Making a good warm-up routine part of your game will help you play better, avoid injuries, and improve performance. This power point takes you through seven simple warm up exercises that can be incorporated into your pre-game routine. Download the powerpoint by clicking here.

Golf Nutrition

Research clearly shows that your eating and hydration schedule and what you eat and drink is important to help achieve your goal of high performance. This power point explains the importance of proper nutrition / hydration during training, pre-round, in-round and post-round situations along with sample menu / snack suggestions. Download the powerpoint by clicking here.

Travel Preparations

Traveling to competitions can be a new and challenging experience for players. Dealing with new conditions and ensuring players bring all the necessary equipment and gear can be easily controlled. This power point provides pre-travel, travel and on-site checklists to help eliminate distractions and allow players to focus on the competition in a healthy and prepared state. Download the power point by clicking here.

Custom Club Fitting

Properly fitted equipment provides the best opportunity for success, enjoyment, and opportunity. Club Fitting is facilitated by a professional who performs a series of tests utilizing specialized tools to discover optimized golf club specifications. To learn more about custom club fitting and equipment variables, click here.

Post-Secondary Golf Opportunities

Athletes aspiring to pursue post-secondary opportunities opportunities will find important information on both US and Canadian Collegiate golf including: the application process, admission requirements, training programs and scholarships. Download the powerpoint by clicking here.

Periodization

Periodization involves creating very detailed training, competition and recovery plans in an effort to ensure that an athlete “peaks” at the right time. Click here for a full guide to volume and intensity of training and competition.

How to Make the National Team

While producing some of the best amateur players in the world, the National Team Program provides young players wit the best possible support service in facilitating their development. For more information on how to make the national team and what it entails, click here.

The Role of Parents and Coaches

Parents and coaches play a pivotal role in the development of high-performance athletes. In order for any athlete to succeed, a positive support system within a healthy environment must be established. To learn about the specific tasks and expectations of parents, guardians and coaches, click here.