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« on: April 15, 2017, 08:53:47 PM »
Taken from the article "How to Kid Around" by Scott Papa, Disc Golfer Magazine, Spring 2016 Issue, Number 29
(This article was written with kids ages 4-10 years in mind.)

By being the instructor helping kids in your neighborhood, at your local course, or even in your own home become the next generation of disc golfers, you will be giving back and helping the sport to grow. The great thing about more kids getting into the game is that disc golf will become more and more a part of North American sports culture.

Kids are excited and ready to find out about everything, and disc golf is one very small part of that. The biggest challenge you're going to face is that the whole world is just out there waiting to call to them. They haven't made the decision [to try disc golf and] forego everything else; they just see it as a new thing to try. Be ready to be a teacher for a long time, a short time, or both or neither.

For the littlest tykes, 15 minutes is great, and 30 minutes is a marathon. Kids in the 6-8 year old range may go for an hour.

For those just starting, don't expect them to play the entire length of every hole, or any hole. No need to keep score or have them throw out of bushes or [be particular about footing]. Those things will come later. Watch for signs of doneness, and don't pressure anyone to keep playing. The more that you can make the first outings positive and fun, the more they will want to come back again!

Kids have much more fun when they can actually get a disc to fly for some distance and are therefore more likely to play for longer and learn more. Keep it simple with straighter flying putters and mids anywhere from 100-150 grams. Once they start getting those down, then step it up to a driver, but again, try to keep it low-speed and control oriented. Not only will it be easier to control, but a shallow, narrow rim is easier for small hands to hold.

A casual jog to the first hole and back and a few stretches will get everyone ready to play. Warm muscles are stretchy and flexible and less prone to injury than just jumping out of the car and throwing.
Keep it fun. The more that you can keep it light and a gamelike atmosphere, the more they will be drawn to what you are doing.

Be positive and reassuring. Whether it is the greatest throw or the worst, there is something to learn from both.