“Wow!” Coach Brian Rabena’s first word to describe his experience at The First Tee’s Level I Coach Training in Oakland last week. Brian recounts his experience below…
I had a blast meeting new coaches and making friends from around the country who share the same interest I do, The First Tee. The amazing home office staff members who trained me included: Erick, Chris, Joe, Colleen, and Linda. The positive energy and comradery all week was unforgettable! I learned to work with coaches from other chapters, and together we worked tirelessly to create successful lesson plans for The First Tee of Oakland’s participants! Even as I write this paragraph, my inbox is filling up with emails from coaches who attended the training! Crazy! I learned so much that my brain hurt while driving home from Oakland to Fresno.
Most importantly, I had a blast working with the players! I learned a lot of new ideas that I will incorporate into my own lesson plans at Airways Golf Course. Sometimes as coaches, we tend to tell them [participants] too much information, rather than allowing them to discover things on their own. I learned the importance of “Doing vs.Telling” and using proper “First Tee” language, as a Lead Golf and Life Skills Coach.
My favorite memory was having dinner at Yoshinos the night before our last day of training. We had a good time and talked at length about my two favorite things, The First Tee, and golf of course! What I hope to bring back from my experience is the ability to utilize some of my thoughts and ideas, learned for Level I training, to impact more youth in our community! Can’t wait to attend Level II training!