Coach Development


In 2012, U.S. Kids Golf created the U.S. Kids Golf Coaches Institute, and since that time, the Coaches Institute has trained over 6000 coaches worldwide. Representing more than 60 nations, this global community of coaches has learned best practices and provided resources to better serve young players as they develop a passion for golf.

In 2022, the Coaches Institute is enhancing its support and training for coaches by offering two levels of certification based on the coach’s training and three levels of recognition for those executing the Player Pathway. Each graduated level is designed to further the coach’s understanding of player development as well as recognize the study and integration of best practices into a particular program.

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Certified Coach 1


Certified Coach 1 is the foundational training that lays out basic principles in assuring coaches understand the nuances and six key elements specific to coaching young golfers. Coaches attaining this level of certification have a basic understanding of how to overcome the common challenges of coaching kids, the principles of games-based learning, the importance of proper club fitting for growing golfers, how to plan a successful program, and the best way to make learning fun for new students.


  • Register and attend a training session
  • Score 80% or better on U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coach: Level 1 online assessment
  • Complete the online Positive Coaching Alliance, Double-Goal Coach course: Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons.

Certified Coach 2


Level 2 Certification is the advanced education offered by the Coaches Institute. Coaches learn how to motivate and inspire students based on their different personality traits, have a more structured program and curriculum for each student’s journey, and how to better communicate with parents that will show marked progression for their investment which keeps their kids enrolled in the program for longer time periods.


  • Successful completion of Level 1 Certification and online assessments
  • Register and attend a training session
  • Complete online personality assessment in advance of training date
  • Score 80% or better on U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coach: Level 2 online assessment

Certified Pathway 3

Player Pathway Level 3 denotes that a coach has implemented the Player Pathway curriculum into their program, is actively using the Player Pathway App that shows progression for each student, and is providing rewards and incentives to provide a “Next” for each student. Coaches that have at least 12 students using the program are eligible to apply for Player Pathway Level 3 designation.