Spring Training & Appreciation
New for 2015!Purpose: Over the last two seasons, the FSGA Staff has hosted the Course Rating Captains and Tournament Chairmen at FSGA Headquarters in Tampa for Spring Training Meetings. These two-day meetings were held to review methods and procedures used in course rating and tournament operations across the state. The groups have enjoyed the time together and it has become a valuable tool to preparing for the upcoming season. To build on that for 2015, the goal is to host a Local Spring Training in each region, led by the Captain or Chairman in the area and an FSGA Staff member.
Attendance: These Local Spring Training days will take the place of the "Volunteer Appreciation Days" and we very much want everyone to attend. Please consider attendance as mandatory and we will inform you of the dates months in advance so that you can hopefully avoid conflicts. There will of course be exceptions - 50th anniversary cruises etc., but we ask that you make every conceivable effort to attend.
Format: Local Spring Training meetings will occur from mid-February into April, and each will be approximately 4-5 hours long including a great lunch. We will meet at local golf clubs and enough meetings will be conducted so that travel distances will be kept to a minimum. (Please note that golf will not be included in these days). Separate meetings will be held for Course Raters and for Tournament Officials. Along with staff, your Captains and Chairmen will review the methods used to conduct course ratings and competitions. We will also use this opportunity to recognize volunteers for their years of service, and we will distribute a number of free FSGA apparel items for your use.
Typical Spring Training Meeting Schedule:
- 9:00-12:00 Group Meetings
- 12:00-1:00 Lunch & Awards
- 1:00-2:00 Group Meetings
- All volunteers will receive new FSGA shirts and a hat of your choice, including brimmed fabric, straw and golf-cap styles.
- Volunteers will be recognized for years of service
Tournament Officials Local Spring Training: Meeting will be led by the Tournament Chairmen from your area and FSGA Staff members in attendance. These meetings will see a greater emphasis on officiating techniques, as well as responsibilities of a Tournament Official on an event day, ex. setup, starting, pace of play checkpoints, scoring. We will still offer the Advanced Rules and Officiating Workshops in each area. In 2014-2015, these will have a greater emphasis on "The Rules of Golf", with less emphasis on officiating techniques that will be covered in Spring Training.
Course Rating Local Spring Training: Meeting will be led by area Course Rating Captains and FSGA Director of Course Rating and will include a thorough review of measuring and rating techniques used to conduct a Course Rating.
2015 Volunteer Appreciation / Spring Training Schedule: February - April
Orlando / Central Florida Area
Sarasota / Bradenton Area
Palm Beach / Southeast Area
Ocala / Gainesville Area
Naples / Fort Myers / Southwest Area
Jacksonville / Northeast Area
*Please Note: Volunteer Appreciation / Local Spring Training Days are only available to currently active FSGA Tournament & Course Rating Volunteers.*