Player & Parent Code of Conduct Policy

Player & Parent Code of Conduct Policy

As a member of the NHGA Junior Tour:
  • I will conduct myself in a manner that always brings respect and dignity to myself and to the NHGA Junior Tour while participating in NHGA Junior Tour events
  • I will show respect for myself, my fellow players, spectators, parents, coaches, officials, volunteers, host course staff and members while participating in NHGA Junior Tour events
  • I will abide by all the Rules of Golf while participating in all NHGA Junior Tour events
  • I will use good sportsmanship as it pertains to myself and my fellow competitors, and not use abusive language, cheat, throw equipment, or abuse golf course property
  • I will show respect for the host golf courses by filling divots, fixing ball marks and raking bunkers
  • I will follow ALL the rules of the host facility, including dress code
  • I will not participate in any discriminatory behavior, nor will I participate in any type of verbal, physical, or sexual harassment, or abuse of any kind
  • I will not use drugs, alcohol, vapes, or chewing tobacco
  • I will not engage in any acts of criminal activity
  • I will not participate in any types of gambling or betting that pertains to any NHGA Junior Tour events
  • I will respect the personal property of others
 
DRESS AT THE HOST GOLF FACILITY
Proper golf attire should be worn at all events.  Please be aware of all host facilities dress code prior to arriving for an event.  Any violation of a host facility’s dress code shall be rectified prior to teeing off. 
More specifically, at NHGA Junior Tour events:
  • Hats/visors must be worn properly (not backwards)
  • Collared shirts should be worn and tucked in at all times
The following are prohibited at NHGA Junior Tour Events events:
  • Tank tops, T-shirts
  • Denim shorts, short-shorts, cut-off shorts, gym shorts, jeans, sweatpants
VIOLATIONS & PENALTIES
Any violations of this Code of Conduct will be reviewed by NHGA staff, and any potential penalties will be determined at the discretion the NHGA staff.  The NHGA staff can assess any of the following penalties based on the severity and frequency of the violation(s):
  • One-stroke penalty for each violation
  • Immediate disqualification from the tournament at which the violation occurs
  • Disqualification from future event(s), including without limitation, future Invitationals and/or postseason honors
  • Suspension of NHGA Junior Tour membership (including playing privileges); and/or
  • Revocation of NHGA Junior Tour membership.
Depending on the type and severity of the violation, one or more of the above penalties may be assessed on the spot, or at a later time, after further investigation by the NHGA.

Additionally, members should be aware that the NHGA reserves the right to penalize members under this Code of Conduct for any violations of this Code of Conduct by the member's parent(s), guardian(s), and/or permitted spectator(s), as well as for any violations of the Parent Code of Conduct by the member's parent(s), guardian(s).
 

NHGA Junior Tour Parent/Spectator Guidelines
  • Advice (Rule 10.2) is any counsel or suggestion which could influence a player in determining his play, the choice of a club or the method of making a stroke. In addition, any conversation between player/spectator may be construed as advice. This includes any conversation between player/spectator in their native language. In either instance, penalty for breach of this rule is two strokes. Players are responsible for the actions of their relatives and spectators in regard to this rule.
  • Keeping the above statement in mind, please keep your conversation with the player to words of encouragement as long as advice is not given.
  • Spectators attend NHGA events at their own risk.
  • The NHGA does not allow spectator carts except if the spectator has a permanent handicap placard. Handicap spectators must present their placard to the Tournament Director prior to getting a golf cart.
  • All players and spectators are not permitted to ride on the back of a golf cart at any time during NHGA competitions.
  • Spectators should stay on cart paths. In the absence of cart paths, we ask that spectators stay in the rough. Please stay off fairways, tees and greens.
  • Spectators should stay one shot ahead of the group they are following. This allows spectators to follow errant shots and help identify where the ball comes to rest.  Spectators are allowed to aid in the search for lost golf balls.
  • Spectators should not give rulings. Please seek an NHGA rules official if the need arises.
  • Spectators are allowed to carry medicine, drinks, food, umbrellas, etc.
  • The NHGA staff may assess a penalty to the player based on the severity of the spectator violation. If a serious breach has occurred, the spectator may be asked to leave the facility or the spectator may not be permitted to attend another NHGA event.
  • For your personal safety, we ask that you exercise caution at all times. When inclement weather moves into the area, the NHGA will suspend play by sounding airhorns.  Accordingly, you should seek shelter immediately. The NHGA staff will evacuate players from the course first and then spectators.