The Junior Champions Academy of Golf is focused on growing the game of golf from the bottom up. Therefore, we have established a long-term program where we can offer junior golf training to any student, regardless of skill level, and provide them with the necessary tools to enjoy this lifelong game.
LONG-TERM ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT
The Junior Champions Academy of Golf will utilize the Long-Term Athletic Development model to "Build our Future Champions." Long-Term Athletic Development ("LTAD") was developed by Hungarian Sports Scientist Istvan Balyi and focuses on having kids perform age-appropriate skill acquisition drills to maximize athletic performance. There are critical periods in the life of a child where the effects of training can by maximized. The Junior Champions Academy will focus on these areas both in golf and athletic development to give our Champions the best opportunity for success.
Learning a motor skill does not happen immediately. For example, becoming a great pianist happens over a period of time; golf is no different. Many experts believe that it takes a minimum of 10 years and at least 10,000 hours of training for an athlete to reach elite levels. In golf the numbers are actually higher! Most studies suggest that golf is closer to a 20-year developmental sport.
The chart below symbolizes the lifetime progression of an athlete ranging from Active Start (4 year old trying to learn to skip) to Excel (Rory McIlroy winning the United States Open).
JUNIOR CHAMPIONS PROGRESSION SYSTEM
(for FUNdamentals and Developmental Programs)
The Junior Champions Academy uses two tools to measure progress.
1. Hats will be used to monitor golf skill.
2. Bracelets will be used to monitor athletic development.
This system allows the Academy to advance kids through the first four phases of development (Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learn to Play, Train to Play) using objective criteria and a developmental mind-set.
We use a 9 hat-level color system to assess golf skills. Hats will be earned in order of red, white, blue, gold, and finally black. This color system resembles the teeing system in most golf courses. In addition, we will use colored-bills to signify moving closer to the next hat-level.
We also use the same color system for our bracelets to assess athletic development. Bracelet colors and hat colors will not always be the same for each student as golf/athletic development progression may vary in many cases.
Junior Golfers will be evaluated on 7 building blocks or proficiencies and depending on how they perform, they will be placed into a certain hat/bracelet color. The seven building blocks that will be tested include:
1. Golf Technical Skills