2013 Sportsmanship Award - Joshua McCarthy
The following policies and procedures are in effect for all members of the Junior Golf Association of Northern California.
To be accepted as a member of the Junior Golf Association of Northern California, all juniors, parents/guardians/spectators agree to abide by the following JGANC Code of Conduct.
The Junior Golf Association of Northern California asks our Junior Members to accept the responsibility for conducting themselves in a sportsmanlike manner. To honor and appreciate a tournament schedule of over 100 events, allowing them to play the top golf courses of Northern California. To work within the point system that awards play and allows each member to be eligible for special invitational events, scholarships and honors.
Members realize they may set a goal of being considered for one of the junior teams representing Northern California and our association. Junior members should never be listed as “no shows.” We trust that JGANC members will respect the tournament course by picking up litter and putting it in its place, replacing divots and repairing ball marks. Courtesy and respect are honored JGANC traits and we ask that our members personally thank the host professional and tournament committee of the JGANC sanctioned events and acknowledge our Directors of the JGANC who are all volunteers on their behalf.
JGANC members shall not conduct himself/herself in such a manner as to adversely impact or otherwise injure the reputation of the “Association” or its directors or members, or engage in any conduct which is contrary to or inconsistent with the policies of the Association. Such conduct includes but is not limited to: Using e-mail or any form of communication in an abusive manner directed at members or directors of the Association.
Checking the agreement box while registering online verifies the member has read, understands and agrees to adhere to the JGANC Junior Code of Conduct.
The Junior Golf Association of Northern California offers the opportunity for your child to develop character and sportsmanship through the wonderful game of golf. In doing so the parent/guardian/spectator must also accept responsibility in reaching this goal. The JGANC appreciates the support of the junior’s family in getting him/her to sanctioned tournaments. We realize the financial hardship this often brings. With the commitment you have made to bring this opportunity to your child and accepting your responsibility as a parent/guardian of a JGANC junior, you are allowing him/her to learn important life skills, as well as golf skills.
Parent/Guardians shall not conduct himself/herself in such a manner as to adversely impact or otherwise injure the reputation of the “Association” or its directors or members, or engage in any conduct which is contrary to or inconsistent with the policies of the Association. Such conduct includes but is not limited to: Using e-mail or any form of communication in an abusive manner directed at members or directors of the Association.
Checking the agreement box while registering online verifies the parent/guardian has read, understands and will share conduct expectations with other family and friends who might attend a tournament. It also verifies agreement to adhere to the JGANC Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct. Parents/Juniors are encouraged to report name/date and type of violation to the JGANC if not handled by the tournament committee. Report must be signed, although reports are kept anonymous.
To register online, follow these easy steps below:
Withdrawal prior to the tournament: If it becomes necessary for a player to withdraw from a tournament that they have been accepted to play in, he or she should follow these steps:
Online withdrawal: (Suggested method of withdrawal):
Phone withdrawal: (If access to the JGANC website is not available, please follow these instructions):
JGANC Membership registration is non-refundable. In general, tournament registrations are non-refundable. Some are refundable before a certain date. This information is listed in every tournaments’ Info page. All cancellation are subject to a processing fee. For medical related reason, player must contact the tournament director whose contact can be found on the tournament’s Info page. Refunds based on any requests will be decided on a case by case basis by the Director at the host event.
Withdrawal during the tournament:
All registered players for an event who do not complete a stipulated round during the event (unless a medical condition is documented in writing by a physician within one week of the event) will be classified in one of the following categories:
Player failed to withdraw from event and failed to show up on-site will be classified as a No Show. A No Show player will appear on the JGANC’s online scoreboard as a “NS”:
1st offense: An email will be sent to the player as a warning
2nd offense: An email will be sent with a final warning
3rd offense: Player will be suspended for the remainder of the season
Tournament directors have the right to refuse signup from players who have a No Show record. Furthermore, a player with a “NS” status will be considered for any JGANC Special Events.
Justified withdrawal: Player is unable to finish a round due to verified injury, illness, or other reason approved by Tournament staff. Such player will be removed from the event and classified as a Justified Withdrawal on both the onsite and online scoreboard.
The JGANC takes great pride in the quality of its players and host facilities. In order to continue to develop and expand the outstanding relationship that the JGANC has developed with its host facilities, JGANC members, parents and spectators must adhere to the JGANC Dress Code. Please note that the Tournament Director and staff have the right to deem other attire to be improper, even if it does not appear on this list. Proper attire is required at all times at the host facility. Players in violation will not be allowed to tee off. Parents/spectators in violation may be asked to leave the facility.
It is a requirement of the jganc that all individuals participating in any JGANC sanctioned, sponsored or co-sponsored event wear “spike-less/soft-spike/non-metal” golf shoes. It is the sole responsibility of the jganc member to make sure that he or she complies with this condition of competition by wearing the appropriate conforming shoes while playing in the event. Any competitor found in violation of this policy after making a stroke from their first teeing ground will be disqualified from the event.
Individual Tournament Directors determine whether or not Distance Measuring Devices may be used during their tournaments. If allowed at specific tournaments, the following guidelines must be used on the local rules copy:
A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.” Distance measuring devices that may be used for incoming or outgoing communication (e.g. cellular phone applications) are prohibited under the JGANC Electronic Communications Devices policy and participants found using such devices will be disqualified.
The use of pagers, cellular phones, personal music systems,(i-pods, MP3 players, cell phones with music libraries) and the like are strictly prohibited for use by participants in JGANC events. ANY participant found using the above devices during their stipulated round will be disqualified. Use is defined as powered on and/or able to receive communications.
For instance, if your cell phone is on and you put it in your golf bag but hasn’t been silenced and it rings during play. This would be considered a violation of the JGANC Communication Devices and grounds for disqualification.
Play will be governed by the 2012-2013 USGA Rules of Golf as approved by the United States Golf Association and the Rules and Regulations of the JGANC as detailed in the Policies sections on http://www.jganc.com. All questions shall be settled by the onsite Tournament Committee, whose decision is final. New members will receive a complimentary copy of the Rules of Golf as part of the JGANC membership. Members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Rules and carry the Rules booklet in their golf bags at all times. Ignorance of the Rules is no excuse for breaking them. If you have any questions on the Rules, contact the USGA, your local PGA Golf Professional, or the JGANC office for assistance.
Contestants will be notified of their acceptance and tee time(s) via email, after the closing date of the event. Tee Times will also be posted on http://www.jganc.com approximately seven days prior to the event. Contestants who do not receive entry into events will be placed on a waiting list and be e-mailed a notification soon after the event’s closing date. The JGANC reserves the right to alter any of the schedules and conditions herein. The decision of the JGANC Staff and/or on site Tournament Director and Committee, in any matter, shall be final.
Practice rounds must be arranged with the host facility before the day of the event and are not included in any entry fees. All practice rounds are at the player’s expense and the discretion of the host facility.
The JGANC will evaluate, on a case-by-case basis, any request to use a cart in JGANC sanctioned events due to a claimed disability. For the JGANC to properly evaluate such requests, it is necessary to submit medical documentation setting forth the exact nature of the disability and how that disability prevents such player from walking during a stipulated round. In addition, players will have to submit information sufficient to enable the JGANC to determine that providing a cart would not provide a player with an advantage over other players. Each person seeking to use a golf cart due to a disability under the ADA must complete and submit to the JGANC the form entitled ADA Request for Cart.
In each instance where an applicant is submitting a request for a golf cart, the ADA cart request (including the required medical documentation as specified in the cart request procedures) must be submitted to the JGANC by the player (or parent) together and in writing by no later than 4 weeks prior to the closing date of that particular event.
Such information should be sent by fax to (925)-964-9983.
The JGANC will not evaluate requests submitted via telephone or at the site of the event.
Applicants seeking to use a golf cart in more than one JGANC event over the course of the season must submit each request individually in writing prior to the closing date of each event. The JGANC will evaluate the medical information previously submitted on the person’s behalf during the JGANC Season, provided it is current as of the relevant submission and was otherwise submitted in accordance with the procedures outlined above.
Please note that requests due to “temporary” injuries or impairments that do not qualify as a “disability” under the ADA will not be granted. A disability protected by the ADA is “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual.” 42 U.S.C.S. §12102 (2001).
Please note: Your request for an ADA cart (including information requested in question #5 above) must be submitted to the JGANC by not later than the Closing Date for the event, all of which must be submitted by the player (or parent) in writing.
As a courtesy to fellow competitors, and to assure that events run as smoothly as possible, all players are requested to check-in at the JGANC Registration Desk upon arrival at the course. If no Registration Desk is available, please check in with the Starter. USGA Rule 6-3a provides: “The player shall start at the time established by the Committee.” The penalty for Breach of Rule 6-3 is disqualification. However, it is a condition of all JGANC Conducted Competitions that if a player arrives at his/her starting point, ready to play, within five minutes after his/her starting time, in the absence of circumstances which warrant waiving the penalty of disqualification as provided in Rule 33-7, the penalty for failure to start on time is Loss of the First Hole in Match Play or Penalty of Two Strokes in Stroke Play instead of disqualification.
If a player arrives after five minutes of his/her starting time, that player will not be permitted to play in that tournament and must leave the facility.
If a JGANC member has registered for an event, but is still on the waiting list prior to the event, JGANC policy states that the member may come to the event site prior to the first tee-time and be placed on a “stand by” list. Please be advised that this “stand by” list will be created on a first come-first serve basis and only people who are officially on the waiting list prior to the event will be allowed to fill in. There are no on-site applications taken at JGANC events.
This is a standby waiting list, meaning the players on the waitlist must remain on site and the earliest tee time that opens will be the one assigned to them. On-site waiting list competitors will be guaranteed a spot in the field as soon as one becomes available, however, they must remain on-site at the host facility in to see if an even earlier tee time opens up, or they could lose their spot on the waiting list. If a wait list player leaves the host site and a position becomes available during that time, he/she will automatically lose his/her position, regardless if there is availability later in the day.
Spectator carts may or may not be permitted at JGANC sanctioned tournaments. The Tournament Director will determine whether or not spectators carts will be available. Spectators with a permanent and official Disabled Parking Placard/Sticker may rent a cart with the permission of the host facility.
Please note that requests due to “temporary” injuries or impairments that do not qualify as a permanent disability are at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director.
Players shall not use powered golf carts during JGANC events. No caddies will be allowed; pull carts are permissible, if not prohibited by the host course. (Players covered under ADA provisions shall contact the Tournament Director regarding a cart request.) To request a cart, follow the procedures outlined in the JGANC ADA Cart Request Form section
The JGANC Junior Pace of Play policy will be in effect in all JGANC Conducted Tournaments. The JGANC will also encourage all Tournament Directors to use and enforce this pace of play policy.
The JGANC junior pace of play policy places the responsibility for maintaining the pace of play where it belongs—with you, the players. If you are the first group in the field, play efficient golf. If you are in a following group, keep up with the group in front of you and you will not have a pace of play issue.
Local Rules sheets will have the expected time your group is to complete each nine. If you fall behind, you are expected to play efficient golf and get back into position. This might mean playing ready golf or continuous putting (stroke play only).
Although the JGANC does not wish to apply penalties for undue delay, a group of players should take no more than the allotted time per round (normally 4 ½ hours) as determined by the Tournament Director. It is imperative players recognize their position on the golf course.
A group or individual player will be subject to penalty when the group is out of position with the group in front of them (except for the first group of the day).
The USGA Pace of Play policy is available on the USGA website:
Listed are some factors the JGANC takes into consideration to create the fairest possible time:
A group or individual is considered out of position when they are a hole an a half behind the group in front.
Otherwise, “out of position” is defined as:
A group or individual will be warned twice of a violation and any subsequent violations: a one-stroke penalty will be assessed to each player in the group/or the individual player in question and added to the hole where the infraction incurred. Penalties will be confirmed with the group by the local rules official or Tournament Director and verified in the scoring area. It is the responsibility of the player to know if he or she has received a penalty. Players signing an improper score card will be disqualified.
A group or individual may have a penalty rescinded if, at the discretion of the Tournament Director AND by being in position next hole.
The JGANC reserves the right to adjust the Pace of Play Policy for all events
Pace of Play penalties may be appealed to the Committee and must be made before scorecards are signed and returned. In order for an appeal to be considered, there must have been an action by the Committee, a circumstance beyond the players’ control, or some similar occurrence that contributed to the delay, such as an action by an individual member of the group. If a group receives a penalty for exceeding the pace of play for each nine, both penalties may be appealed, however, each appeal must be made and handled separately.
Rule 6-7. Undue Delay: Slow Play states: “The player must play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines that the Committee may establish. Between completion of a hole and playing from the next teeing ground, the player must not unduly delay play.”
The following tips will enhance your tournament experience and can keep you or your group from receiving a red card during your round.
Always show the identifying marks on your ball to your fellow competitors or opponent.
In the event of a tie for 1st place in any JGANC event, a hole-by-hole playoff will be conducted until one side wins a hole. For purposes of awarding trophies only, ties other than for 1st place will be broken by matching scorecards, as recommended by the USGA Rules of Golf. In the event that more than two players are tied for 1st at the completion of the tournament, a hole-by-hole playoff will be conducted until 1st place is decided outright. The order of elimination of the other competitors playing off for first will be disregarded, and matching scorecards will then be the method used to determine the rest of the positions receiving JGANC trophies. Player of the Year points for all ties broken (other than first place) will be shared and split evenly, regardless of who wins the scorecard playoff.
Matching Scorecards - This procedure will first consider the best score for the last nine holes (this nine will be the back nine of the course played). If the tying players have the same score for the last nine, the winner will be determined on the basis of the last six holes, the last three holes, and finally the 18th hole. Should the tie still remain undecided thereafter, a hole-by hole count-back from the 18th hole shall be used to determine the winner. If all 18-hole scores are identical, then duplicate prizes will be awarded. USGA Recommended.
If a player, for any reason, leaves behind an award on-site, it is the player’s responsibility to pick up the award from the JGANC Office or make arrangements for the award to be brought to a future event. No awards will be shipped.
The following procedures must be adhered to in all JGANC conducted competitions:
When all scores have been posted on the official scoreboard and approved by the Committee, the results of the competition shall be deemed to have been announced and the competition officially closed.
Scores are official when a player leaves the scoring area.
Volunteers will keep the official scores of players in 7-11 year old events.
For your personal safety, we ask spectators to exercise caution at all times. When inclement weather moves into the area, the Tournament Director will suspend play by sounding air horns/sirens. Accordingly, you should seek permanent shelter immediately. The Tournament staff will evacuate players from the course.
The JGANC collects personal information from its members, parents, alumni and visitors to our website through membership applications, tournament entries and online applications for information that allow us to communicate with each of these groups.
The JGANC encourages parents to monitor and take an active role in their children’s online activity. No information should be submitted, posted or provided to the JGANC by guests less than 18 years of age without the consent of their parent or guardian.
It is the policy of the JGANC to NEVER PROVIDE any personal, financial or identifying information collected by the JGANC to any third-party.
The JGANC may arrange for media coverage and publicity for all of our sanctioned tournaments. By their application, each entrant consents to references to themselves and their play in such publicity. The cooperation of all players with authorized representatives of the media is required. By registering as a member of the JGANC the member acknowledges this also includes a “talent release” allowing any pictures of the member taken during a sanctioned or official JGANC event may be used on the JGANC website and for future marketing opportunities identified by the JGANC. There is not a “no photography” option for our players as they are considered to be in the “public domain” while playing tournaments, before, during and after.