Our vision is to develop University of Maryland Junior Golfers with the correct knowledge of the game while creating an environment where golf is a sport about having fun, building integrity and enjoying time spent with family & friends.
The program is designed to meet learning and development needs for players of all levels from beginners to Junior Elite players.
University of Maryland Junior Golf Program’s main mission is to attract, maintain and grow in attendance of junior golfers.
- To develop young golfers into golfers that understand, appreciate and thrive in the golf community as players of the game.
- To develop golfers that desire to play at the highest levels of golf in America.
- To develop golfers that love to play GOLF.
Our junior golf academy is designed to not only develop better golfers, but develop better athletes as well. Golf is a sport. People play sports for development of mind and body. People develop as athletes and golfers. We will develop golfers as athletes.
Our intent is to develop junior golfers through a development model that is defined as Long Term Athletic Development. Long Term Athletic Development is a framework that aims to develop each junior golfer in an effort to enable him or her to reach their full potential in golf and as an athlete.
Our framework is broken down into two areas:
Skipping, Jumping, Hopping, Throwing, Catching, Striking
, Full Swing,
- goal setting—understanding that there is value in setting up a desired outcome that sometimes scares us but moves us forward both in golf and in development
- fundamentals of the golf game--including basic swing technique and short game instruction
- integration of the core values of the golf game- ranging from proper etiquette to good sportsmanship; values which can be useful both on and off the course
- instruction on and around the golf course to familiarize juniors with ‘real world’ playing conditions
- small group environment to provide hands-on instruction and attention to each junior participant
- etiquette—understanding the framework of expected behavior in the game and how this relates to our interactions with others
Each program and summer programs are offered to juniors ages 6 -17 and of all ability levels.
Programs follow the school year calendar and provide participation flexibility—students are welcome to participate in After School Programs for the entire year, for a season, or even on a monthly basis.
The program during the school year will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and every other Sunday afternoon. During the summer there will be week-long camps designed to focus and global skill development and competition.
Students will be placed together in small groups (5-7 students) of like age/ability and receive instruction in each golf area every week. This structured instruction will allow each student to maximize building their golf skills and provide more personalized instruction. Time on the golf course will be divided between actual play, structured instructional segments, and on course demonstrations by golf staff which will allow instructors to teach concepts and cover parts of the golf game more comprehensively. As always, students age/ability will determine golf course content and group formations. In 2014 our goal is to focus on instruction, increased practice time at the various stations, present new ideas and concepts, and allow for maximum retention of skills taught each session.
The classes offered will be a blend of instruction on the practice facilities, on-course supervised play, and opportunities for 3, 6 or 9-hole scrambles. Features will also include complimentary range balls during lessons and practice times. Rental clubs are available and a purchase program is an option in which a family can buy the correct size clubs for their child and trade those clubs in for a large size as their child grows.
Please call Paul Livelli (443-717-2006) for more information or the golf shop at UMD (301-314-GOLF (4653)).