As the parent or guardian of a junior member of Junior Golf Tour Ireland, it is important to know that your child is receiving a quality experience within the junior golf tour band that their wellbeing is safeguarded when they are participating at one of our tour events. Junior Golf Tour Ireland are continually working to provide this by adopting and implementing the guidelines as set out by the Children In Golf Strategy Group.
The Children in Golf (CIG) Strategy Group was formed to produce a child protection policy for golf, across Ireland and Great Britain. This body works to:
Junior Golf Tour Ireland has adopted an equity statement and policy, adapted for golf clubs, which ensures that no participant should receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, gender, parental or marital status, colour, race, ethnic origin, creed, disability, social status or sexual preference or should be disadvantaged by conditions or requirements that cannot be shown to be relevant to performance.
The positive effect of your support, as a parent or gaurdian, cannot be overstated. Your behaviour has a real influence on the way your child experiences golf.
First things first – why is your child showing an interest in the sport? Is it to learn a new game? To hang out with their friends? Because they did it in school and liked it? Or because you play?
it is important that a young child is involved in more than one physical activity. As renowned golfing legend Jack Nicklaus said
“You see kids specialize in golf. I think that is idiotic. To play all sports is great. I played everything. I think that kids should be playing everything, doing everything. Eventually, if they want to specialize in something, that’s fine. But young kids must be encouraged to go out and enjoy, and be happy to play other sports as well as golf.
Make sure they’re playing for their own reasons, not yours !
Psychologists say that for talented children to reach their full potential, a healthy relationship with their parents is essential. An overbearing, demanding parent can lead a child to the point of self-destruction or burnout. A clear example is the case of Andre Agassi. In his autobiography, the tennis champion writes about the negative impact of his father’s constant pressure, and how he came to hate the sport at just 10 years of age.
I HATE THE NATIONALS MOST OF ALL, BECAUSE THE STAKES ARE HIGHER … MY FATHER IS SHELLING OUT MONEY, INVESTING IN ME, AND WHEN I LOSE, THERE GOES ANOTHER PIECE OF HIS INVESTMENT. – ANDRE AGASSI
We hope all parents are able to embrace a spirit of positivity and encouragement when it comes to their child’s participation in golf.
The information given here is based on the findings of academic studies, advice from psychologists and sports development personnel, and discussions with parents and coaches.Parents and junior golfer need to find the right balance to ensure the development of their golfing talent is considered only a part of their overall development as a junior.
Research with the coaches of junior tennis players, for example, has found that kids’ potential can be severely damaged by competitive parents. While over half of the parents studied were contributing in a positive way to their child’s development, 35% were having a negative effect.
The most common complaints were an over-emphasis on winning, criticism and a lack of emotional control. Parents who can’t separate the ideas of ‘being successful’ and ‘winning’ tend to push their children inappropriately. All parents strive to be the best and do the best for there child,and part of that is to listen to the child’s feedback.