Policies

Caddie Policy

Ages 10 and Under:
Players in the 9-10-year-old divisions may have a caddie. Please follow these guidelines while on the course with the player. All caddies and players must walk unless it has been decided that players will ride. In that case, the caddie and the player may ride in the same cart.

A Caddie May:

On-Course

  • Carry and handle the player’s clubs and equipment
  • Help your player and other players search for lost balls
  • Rake bunkers, fix divots, repair ball marks, and take other actions to care for the course

Alignment

  • Encourage your player to choose a target and line up independently

Putting Green

  • Tend the flagstick if your golfer chooses

Scorekeeping

  • Have your player practice keeping his/her own score on the scorecard as a learning experience
  • Assist player with any scorekeeping questions they may have

Pace of Play

  • Help your player prepare for his/her shot while others are playing
  • Help your player and other players in the group to keep up with the pace of play

A Caddie May Not:

Alignment

  • Stand behind your player and his/her ball for any reason anywhere on the course
  • Stand over a player’s ball as if they are the player or use a players equipment to show their player how to stand over their ball or align
  • May not physically align a player on a specific line or target

Pace of Play

  • Allow your player to take more than two practice swings
  • Use competition as a time to work on or practice mechanical skills

Ages 11 and Up:
The SNJGA does not allow caddies for players age 11 and older. The player is responsible for themselves and their game on the course and at scoring. Anyone who is found acting as a caddie for a player in any of these age divisions will be asked to remain on the cart path and the player may be subject to a penalty.

Late Registration Policy

If a player would like to register for a tournament after the closing deadline, they must email the SNJGA at [email protected] If there is room in the tournament, there will be a $20 late registration fee added to the invoice for the player.

Code of Conduct

By submitting an entry for any SNJGA-administered competition, the player understands that their participation is at the sole discretion of the SNJGA. A player may be removed from any competition at the discretion of the SNJGA at any time before or during the competition. Incidents of unbecoming conduct or actions deemed to be detrimental to the image of the SNJGA or the spirit of the game are grounds for such removal and suspension from future SNJGA administered competitions.

Violations of the Code of Conduct:

Any of the following actions by a Southern Nevada Junior Golf Tour player at any SNJGA event or toward another SNJGA player, volunteer, official or staff, constitutes a violation of the Code of Conduct:

  1. Unsportsmanlike conduct, including abusive language, cheating, club throwing, disrespect to volunteers, officials or fellow competitors, golf course staff or SNJGA staff or abuse of golf course property.
  2. Not adhering to the dress code at the host golf course
  3. Use or association with drugs, alcohol, or smoking or chewing tobacco products
  4. Conduct not becoming of an SNJGA player, such as acting in anger or creating other distractions
  5. Failure to treat host golf course with respect by ignoring the responsibility of caring for the course, filling divots, and repairing ball marks
  6. Physical abuse, threat of physical abuse, verbal abuse, slander or libel towards other players, parents, coaches, sponsors, host golf course staff or members, SNJGA staff or volunteers.
  7. Suspension could also result from actions that are disruptive to other players or create an unfavorable image of the association. A player that performs an act considered to be unsportsmanlike conduct will have the incident reviewed by the SNJGA Tournament Committee to determine if further action including suspension is warranted. This is by no means a complete list of violations, therefore, the SNJGA may suspend a player for unbecoming conduct.

No Show/No Card Policy

The No-Show policy applies to all competitive rounds of each event, not just the first round. If you begin play on the first day and cannot play in the second or third round of an event, you MUST notify the SNJGA Tournament Staff prior to your scheduled starting time for that round. Call the SNJGA Tournament Director at 702-856-6065 or send an email to [email protected]

No Card is defined as player walking off the course for no reason or failing to return a scorecad, and not informing the SNJGA Staff/Volunteers his/her reason for walking off the course.
Sanctions for No-Show/No Card Infractions

First No-Show/No Card Offense

  • Warning: The player will be warned via email that they have violated the No-Show Policy and will be reminded of the policy for further violations.

Second No-Show/No Card Offense

  • The player will be suspended from the next SNJGA tournament.

Third No-Show/No Card Offense

  • The player will be suspended from the next three SNJGA tournaments.

Fourth No-Show/No Card Offense

  • The player will be suspended for the rest of the season and will not be eligible for any outside SNJGA events, such as travel teams.

If a member is disqualified from an event(s) because of a No-Show/No Card offense, there will be a forfeiture of all applicable entry fees.

If a player feels as though they should not be suspended, the player has a right to submit an appeal to the SNJGA. Appeals do not guarantee and removal of the suspension.

*The contact information will be updated if the tournament director position changes.

Minimum Division Size Policy

Each division must have a minimum of 3 players to compete within their own division for medals and points. If a division has less than 3 players, the divisions will be combined, and a fair yardage will be determined. Players will receive Player of the Year points in the division that they are being combined with.

Example: Boys 9-10 only has 1 player for an event. Boys 11-12 has 5 players. The divisions will be combined and be played for that event as the Boys 9-12. If the 9-10 year old wins, they will receive their Player of the Year points in the Boys 11-12 Player of the Year points race.

On Site Waiting List Policy

If you are still on the waiting list prior to the event, you may come to the tournament site the morning of the first round and be placed on a stand-by list. Please be advised that the stand-by list is formed on a first come – first serve basis. For example, if you were previously 20th on the waiting list, but you show up at the tournament site before anyone else on the waiting list, you will automatically be the first person on the stand-by list. You MUST have already been on the original tournament waiting list for this policy to apply. Members on the waiting list will automatically be placed on the stand-by list above members who simply decide to play the day of the event.

Please keep in mind, this does not guarantee entry into the event.

Pace of Play

Allotted Time: Groups will be required to play at no more than a 4-hour and 40 minute pace for an 18-hole stipulated round or within such other time specified in a separate Notice to Players.

Definition of “Out of Position”: The first groups will be considered out of position, if at any time during the round, the group is not playing within the allotted time. Any following group will be considered out of position if it (a) takes more than the allotted time to play and (b) is more than 14 minutes behind the group in front of them. Both (a) and (b) must apply for a group to be out of position.

Group Out of Position: If a group is out of position, the players in that group may be monitored and timed. Anytime a group is to be monitored and timed, they will be notified by the timing official that they are being timed.

Timing: When a group is being monitored and timed each player in the group is expected to make any stroke within 30 seconds after timing of the player’s stroke begins.

Other than on the putting green, the timing of a player’s stoke will begin when he/she has had a reasonable opportunity to reach his/her ball, it is his/her turn to play and he/she can play without interference or distraction. Time spent determining yardage, selecting a club, making practice swings, gauging wind, determining strategy and the like will count as time taken for the stroke.

On the putting green, timing starts when the player has had reasonable time to lift, clean and replace his/her ball, repair ball marks and remove loose impediments on his line of putt.

Timing ends with the stroke.

No warnings are required prior to a group being monitored or timed or before a penalty is issued. It is the player’s responsibility to be in position and not unduly delay play.

PENALTIES
The following are the penalties, in sequence, for any player in a group being timed who takes more than 40 seconds to play a stroke (a “Bad Time”) after timing of the player’s stroke begins.

*The first player to hit their tee shot, fairway shot, chip, putt is allotted an additional 10 seconds.

First Bad Time – Warning
Second Bad Time – One Stroke Penalty
Third Bad Time – Additional Two Stroke Penalty
Fourth Bad Time – Possible Disqualification

Note

  1. If the group in question regains its proper position, any previous Bad Times will be carried over for the remainder of that round in the event that group requires additional monitoring and timing
  2. The Committee reserves the right at any time to assess a Bad Time to a player in a group which is out of position if the player delays play between strokes or makes no effort to help the group get back in position.
  3. When there are no Pace of Play monitors, groups will be expected to keep up with play and monitor their own pace based on the times on their scorecards. If the group feels that there is one player who is causing bad pace of play, they should bring that to the attention of the Rules Official or Official in Charge. The SNJGA encourages continuous putting when possible. Continuous putting is when the first player to putt must putt until his/her ball is holed. Players are encouraged to finish any putts that are within 2 feet of the hole to keep pace of play up.

Refund Policy

If a player cancels from an event prior to the entry closing deadline, their refund will be honored less a $10 administrative fee.  If a player cancels after the entry closing deadline but more than 48 hours prior to the competition date, a refund will be honored less 50% of the entry fee.  No refunds will be honored for cancelling less than 48 hours prior to the competition. A player has the right to appeal for a refund within 5 days of the completion of the event, for extreme circumstances.  Documentation will be required in order to proceed with the appeals process.

Spectator/Parent Policies and Guidelines

The SNJGA encourages spectators/parents to come and watch their children play. When you come to watch your player play in an SNJGA tournament, you should keep in mind that the competition is between him or her and the rest of the field. You should never involve yourself with the players in any way that could be considered unethical or impolite. As such, please observe the following regulations:

  • Spectators are asked to adhere to the host course dress code
  • Spectators must remain on the cart path at all times or at least 30 yards away from the group if a cart path is not available.
  • Do NOT go on the tee boxes, fairways, or greens.
  • Spectators/parents MUST NOT give any rulings on the course. A parent/spectator may use their phone to call for an official.
  • Spectators/Parents are not allowed in the scoring area and are not allowed to interfere with scoring on the course or at the scoring area. Players are responsible for keeping their own score and the score of other players in the group. If there is a discrepancy in scores, the players are responsible for figuring it out. Any scores that a parent or spectator kept on their own are inadmissible and cannot be considered for official scoring purposes.
  • Any verbal or non-verbal contact could be construed as giving advice, which is against the Rules of Golf. Conversations with players are not permitted.
  • Cell phones must be kept on silent. If you need to make a phone call, you must leave the course and go into the clubhouse or away from players.
  • Zero tolerance for physical abuse, threat of physical abuse, verbal abuse, slander or libel towards other players, parents, coaches, sponsors, host golf course staff or members, SNJGA staff or volunteers.
  • Suspension could also result from actions that are disruptive to other players or parents or create an unfavorable image of the association.
  • A parent/spectator that performs an act considered to be unsportsmanlike conduct will have the incident reviewed by the SNJGA Tournament Committee to determine if further action including suspension is warranted. This is by no means a complete list of violations, therefore, the SNJGA may suspend a parent/spectator for unbecoming conduct.

Failure to follow these guidelines will result in:
Removal from the golf course, clubhouse area, suspension of spectator privileges and will be taken for any spectator that shows lack of respect for volunteers, rules officials or SNJGA staff.
Immediate suspension of spectator privileges for obscene, abusive, or vulgar language or any physical contact with anyone with the intent to do bodily harm

Tie Breaking Policy

In the event of a tie for overall 1st place in any SNJGA event, a scorecard playoff will be used to break ties based on the USGA Recommended Tie Breaking Method (Final Round 18-hole score, score on Holes 10-18 of final round, score on holes 13-18 of final round, etc….). For purposes of awarding trophies only, ties other than for 1st place will be broken by a scorecard playoff as well.

For the purposes of awarding Player of the Year points, the player who wins the scorecard for 1 st place, will be awarded full first place points. The player finishing in 2 nd place will be awarded full second place points. All other points will be awarded based on retaining ties.

*The SNJGA can allow for on-course playoffs for first place as they see fit for certain events, such as a major tournament or a state event. This will be communicated to the players well in advance of the first round. Unfortunately, we often have limited daylight to work with for our events and an on-course playoff is not feasible.