Special Olympics Golf Volunteer Training Video

[MUSIC PLAYING} We’re here at Willows Run Golf
Course in Redmond, Washington. I’m Chuck Nelson, and this
is Special Olympics athlete, Mallory Smith. We’d like to help
you have a better understanding of
the Special Olympics and your role as a volunteer. There will be a short quiz
at the end of the video, so pay attention. If you’re a returning
Special Olympics volunteer, you know how fun and rewarding
the experience can be. We hope that we can provide
you a week that is truly fulfilling and inspirational. Here are some guidelines
when you’re working with Special Olympics athletes. Please do not use the word “the”
in front of Special Olympics, unless you are referring to a
specific event or competition. It’s just Special Olympics,
or Special Olympics USA Games. Special Olympics athletes are
people ages 8 and older who have intellectual disabilities. We use a people first
language, and refer to athletes as people with
intellectual disabilities, not intellectually disabled. We also cannot use the phrase
Special Olympians because we don’t have the legal
rights to that word. Please engage in age appropriate
interactions with the athletes. Volunteers agree to
a code of conduct. As a Special
Olympics volunteer, I agree that while
serving as a volunteer, I will provide for the
general welfare, health, and safety of all
Special Olympics athletes and volunteers. Please dress and act
appropriately at all times. Follow the established
rules and guidelines of the Special Olympics
and/or any agency involved with Special Olympics. Report any emergencies
to the proper authorities after first taking action
to ensure the health and safety of all participants. Abstain from the consumption of
all alcohol, tobacco products, and illegal substances
while participating in Special Olympics event,
competition, or training school, not engage in
any inappropriate contact or relationship with
athletes, volunteers, or other participants
of Special Olympics. We’d like to give you
a better understanding of Special Olympics golf. There are five levels of
Special Olympics golf, ranging from the individual
skills to 18 hole strokeplay. Gold, silver, and bronze
medals are awarded for first through third places, and
fourth through eighth placed are recognized as well. Go, straight line. Caddies for Special
Olympics golf play the same role as they
do on the PGA or LPGA tours. They are someone who
assists the player, which may include carrying
and handling the player’s clubs during play. Assist only your player. So you got a ball? Yes. And your tee? Make sure the player has no
more than 14 clubs in their bag. On the first tee,
determine who is keeping score for each
player, and exchange scorecards if necessary. At the end of every hole,
scorekeepers should verbally agree on all scores,
settle any questions, and carefully record each score. Know and use the 10x
maximum score rule. Assist your player with picking
out the proper club and lining up the shot when appropriate. Got the blue tee. Here we go. Make sure your player is teeing
off in the proper color tee marker and in the
proper area on the tee, not ahead and no
more than two club lengths behind the markers. Ensure that your player is
progressing to the next tee in the proper sequence. Know the local rules,
and when and how to contact a rules official. Any specific questions you
may have about the course will be answered at the
caddy meeting each morning of the tournament. That was a nice putt. Thanks. Nicely done. At the end of the
round, the scorekeeper will work together
with the player to confirm the
accuracy of the scores. It’s best to take your
time and make sure that everything on the
scorecard is accurate. It’s OK to use an
eraser if necessary. Changes can be made after
the scorecard is signed. It is the player’s
responsibility to make sure that the
correct scores are recorded for every hole, that both the
player and scorekeeper have signed the card, that the
scorecard gets turned in. It’s not the player or
scorekeeper’s responsibility to add up the scores. It’s very important to make
sure that you don’t accidentally add totals in place
of a score for a hole. And don’t forget to
record a score for a hole, have two signatures, or
turn in your scorecard. It’s the responsibility
of the caddie to understand the rules and the
role of everybody in the group. In addition to your
player, you might have a walking scorekeeper, a
standard bearer, a cart driver, and there will be ball
spotters on the course. Caddies can advise the player on
basic rules and how to proceed, but should defer to a rules
official for any uncertainties. Officials can be
found spaced out approximately one official
for every two holes and can be reached by radio. It’s also important for
caddies and ball spotters to help with the pace of play. Keep your player moving
and playing ready golf. Know what kind of
ball they are using and consider marking
a few of the balls before beginning play. Encourage the use of provisional
balls and in some cases encourage your player
to use a second ball. Use the 10x maximum score rule. That is if a tenth stroke is
played without holing the shot, the player or team shall
record a score of 10x and proceed to the next hole. Caddies should lead in course
care, such as replacing divots and raking bunkers. The caddy and player can
decide whether or not they wish to keep the
clubs on the cart, but the clubs may be
carried by the caddy. The main role of
the cart and driver is to observe and maintain
radio contact with officials. There are some exceptions
to the golf cart rule. Sometimes caddies may
receive a medical exemption from the tournament officials. A rules official can drive
our players back and forth to the original
position for balls lost or out of bounds to
help the pace of play. Anyone can drive
players to the bathroom in case of an emergency. Anyone can ride on carts in
case of weather evacuations. All volunteers on the
course should be prepared. Caddies should make sure
they have plenty of pencils, extra tees, a clean towel
for wiping down the clubs, a divot tool, and
anything else you think the player might need. All volunteers,
including the caddy, should have extra water,
sunscreen, and a snack. Everyone should familiarize
yourselves when you first arrive at the course with
where the restrooms are, what the meal and snack schedule
is for the day, the course evacuation plan, and be
sure to wear the designated uniform for the tournament. Don’t bring large bags or
purses with your valuables. Only bring what you can
carry with you on the course. Bring a refillable water
bottle and a snack. Be ambassadors for etiquette. Think safety. Take good care of
the golf course. Be considerate of others,
and keep a good pace of play. Woo! Thank you all for
taking your time to volunteer for Special
Olympics Golf Competition. While the quality of play
in Special Olympics Golf may not be equal to the PGA
or local amateur events, Special Olympics
competition is fierce. It’s very important to hold all
these athletes to the same USGA rules and standards. You’re sure to be inspired
by Special Olympics athletes’ passion for the game and
commitment to succeed. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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