MJT Junior Tour Policies & Procedures
Operational Protocols RE: COVID-19
Age Groups and Yardage Guidelines
Code of Conduct
Conditions of Competition and Local Rules
Withdrawal & No-Show Policy
Travel & Accommodations
Subject to the prevailing guidelines, the following safety policies and procedures have been implemented during this time to best protect the health of everyone participating in an MJT event this season.
Please note, if you choose to play any MJT tournaments, you do so entirely at your own risk and will not hold the MJT responsible for any damages. By registering and playing any MJT event, you acknowledge you have agreed to all policies and procedures as fully outlined on this page.
PLEASE DO NOT PLAY IN MJT EVENTS IF YOU CANNOT ADHERE TO THE BELOW PROCEDURES. PLAYERS WHO DO NOT ADHERE TO THE BELOW OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES, WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY ANY FUTURE MJT EVENTS.
Important Precautions for Players and Parents
- No Spectators are allowed at MJT events until further notice.
- Please bring your own water.
- Wash your hands frequently. If you can’t wash them on the course, bring hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face, including your mouth, nose, lips, or eyes.
Before you Arrive
- If you answer ‘YES’ to any of these questions, please stay home.
- If you are sick, have any flu-like symptoms or are at risk with a compromised immune system
- Have been tested positive for COVID-19 and not yet been fully cleared
- You have been in contact with someone affected with COVID-19 within the last 14 days
- You have been traveling from outside the country and returned to Canada within the last 14 days
- Bring your own tees and pencils as we will not have these for pick-up on-site until further notice.
Arriving at the Course
- Please arrive at the course NO MORE than 30 minutes before your scheduled tee time.
- Everyone must always obey the physical distance rule of maintaining a minimum of six feet. This includes at the registration area, putting green, driving range, through the completion of the round and at scoring.
- Upon arrival, please verbally notify an MJT staff member at the registration table you are present while maintaining physical distancing guidelines.
On the Course
- Please do not switch scorecards.
- Instead of a traditional handshake before or after your round, we recommend a friendly nod, a tip of your cap, or a simple wave as a form of greeting or sportsmanship.
- Players may take relief from disturbed areas in a bunker. Players must mark, lift, smooth the area in which the ball originally lay and place the ball back as near as possible to its original location. Once a player hits their ball out of the bunker, the player must do their best to smooth the sand with their feet.
- Rakes will have been removed from bunkers at most courses. However, if a rake is present, please do not use it.
- At this time, all players MUST leave the flagstick in.
- The MJT will be using the Pin Caddy for each event in 2020.
- Closest-to-the-Pin and Long Drive contests will be suspended for the time being.
After the Round & Scoring
- Upon completion of your round, the group will head to the general scoring area. Players will verbally agree to the hole-by-hole scores for each player. After agreeing, the marker will sign the scorecard and place the scorecard on the scoring table for the MJT Staff to take a picture.
- The MJT will verify totals with each player and enter scores on the MJT website.
- All cards will be placed by the player in a box, scoring is final, and players are asked to head home.
- Do not gather at the clubhouse or any other common area.
- Where permitted, we will conduct a limited awards presentation to the top-3 finishers in each division. Results and Order of Merit points will be posted online ONLY.
The MJT will continue to act in the best interests of our tournament families, as our top priority is the safety of our players, parents and staff.
For all tournament and operational questions or concerns, please contact MJT Member Services at email@example.com.
MJT Mini Tour Specific Protocols
- Caddies will still be permitted on the MJT Mini Tour in 2020
- Until further notice, Caddies MUST live at the same address as the player
- Parents who wish to apply for a special exemption in order to allow someone other than a Parent or Guardian to Caddie on the Mini Tour must e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org detailing their special request and relation to the player.
- Reminder, a Caddie is an extension of the Player, all the same protocols listed above apply to the Caddie. Should the Caddie be in breach of any of these protocols, the Player may be disqualified
- Limit of one Caddie per player
For full MJT Mini Tour Policies and Procedures, please click here.
Membership is open to any young male or female who is interested in playing competitive golf and who is not older than 19 years of age, as of August 31, 2020. Prior golf tournament experience is recommended, but not required.
Note: MJT memberships expire on November 30th of each year, not one year from date of purchase.
Entries for events on the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour are open to all persons who are members of the MJT as well as non-members for a surcharge. Events are filled in the order applications are received. Each event has a limited number of entries available for each age group. We have on-line registration for your convenience.
The MJT also offers special "non-member" option. Note: players registering as a non-member do not receive member benefits and must pay a surcharge on the tournament entry fee. If the player chooses to join as a member, the MJT credits the surcharge paid toward annual dues and the member becomes eligible for all benefits from the date the membership was processed; international exemptions and OOM points are not retroactively reinstated.
(a) Players who are new to the Tour: This option is limited to one event, allowing players to try the tour without paying annual membership dues.
(b) Manitoba and Atlantic Canada: Due to the limited number of events in these provinces, the MJT allows players to sign up as non-members for all tournaments in that Province. Please note a $29.00 surcharge is applied to each tournament registered in.
Peewee Boys (12 & Under) • Bantam Boys (13-14) • Juvenile Boys (15-16) • Junior Boys (17-19) • Girls U15 • Girls 15-19
- All players may be asked to provide proof of age by submitting a copy of their birth certificate with their membership application.
- Your playing division is determined by the age you will be on August 31, 2020. For example, if you are currently 16, turning 17 on August 31st (or earlier), you will play the entire season in the Junior Boys division (17-18), or remain in the 15-19 Girls division. If your birthday is on September 1st (or later), you would remain in the Juvenile Boys division (15-16) for the entire season, including any events after August 31st (MJT National Championship).
Suggested Yardages Guidelines
|Junior (17-19) / Juvenile (15-16)||6,300 - 6,800 Yards|
|Bantam Boys (13-14)||6,000 - 6,500 Yards|
|Peeweee Boys (12 & Under)||5,200 - 6,000 Yards|
|15-19 Girls||5,500 - 6,100 Yards|
|U15 Girls||5,200 - 5,700 Yards|
The MJT will make every effort to stay within these yardage guidelines. Weather, course conditions, and course specifics will determine the final yardage.
Establishing and enforcing a Code of Conduct insures that the integrity and traditions of the game of golf are upheld. Members are required to adhere to the following Code of Conduct guidelines, and the Rules of Golf as stated by Golf Canada, so that all MJT events are enjoyable and competitive for all participants. Memberships can only be accepted after the applicant has accepted the terms of these regulations on the application form.
Attire - Proper golf attire, including collared shirts, must be worn while at the host golf facility. We do not allow players to wear blue jeans pants, cut-offs, tank-tops or t-shirts. Additionally, cell phones, pagers and headphones must be turned to silent while on the golf course.
Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs - MJT endorses a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Participants who abuse any of these substances may be subject to disqualification and/or suspension from the MJT at the absolute discretion of Tour Officials.
Caddies - Caddies are not allowed on the MJT Junior Tour. Players will be warned if there is too much interaction with a spectator. Penalty for breach of this Rule is a General Penalty for each hole during which the player is helped by a spectator.
Course Behaviour - All participants are expected to act in a professional and courteous manner when playing in MJT events. A two-stroke penalty will be issued for any behaviour MJT deems unsportsmanlike, while a second or serious breach will result in automatic disqualification from the tournament and possible suspension from future MJT events/membership.
Violations include: disrespectful behaviour towards officials, volunteers, facility staff or spectators; abusive or inappropriate language; throwing or breaking clubs; any form of cheating; leaving the golf course without notifying an official during tournament play; and abuse of the golf course in any way. Parents are not to interfere with players or offer advice (see “Parents/Spectators” code below.)
Off-Course Behaviour - Players represent themselves and the MJT, which includes appropriate behaviour off the golf course, too. Members will be subject to Code of Conduct penalties in the event of vandalism at a host hotel or to a host family's property or any other conduct not becoming of a MJT member.
MJT Parent/Spectator Policy - During tournament play, parents, guardians, friends and other spectators must remain one shot ahead of the players they are following. They must not give advice, assistance or converse in any manner with players (this includes pulling carts to the next tee). All decisions on rules and problems that arise will be made by the Tournament Committee and the players only.
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT CONTRARY TO THIS RULE MAY RESULT IN PENALTY AND/OR DISQUALIFICATION.
If you seek information on this rule or any other condition of play, please seek out the Tournament Director.
Penalties for Code of Conduct violations, based on the severity of misconduct, may include any or all of the following:
- A Letter of Warning issued by the MJT to the player and parents, outlining the violation and action taken. This letter will become a part of the member's file and may be used to determine disciplinary actions in the event of reoccurring violations.
- Two-stroke penalty on tournament play.
- Disqualification from the tournament at which the violation occurs.
- Suspension from future tournament(s) in which the member has been accepted, without refund of paid fees.
- Suspension of MJT membership.
The MJT Rules Committee will be informed of all Code of Conduct violations and will be polled regarding further punitive actions. Appeals of suspensions can be made in writing to the MJT Rules Committee.
Furthermore, immediate disqualification or suspension at one or more MJT events, without the benefit of review, may be enforced by tournament officials in the event a player chooses to flagrantly violate one or more Code of Conduct rules during play.
Updated January 2020
2020 TERMS OF THE COMPETITION & LOCAL RULES
Play is governed by the 2020 Golf Canada Rules of Golf, and, where applicable, by the following Local Rules and Terms of the Competition, subject to changes, additions or deletions for particular tournaments. The player’s attention is drawn to Terms of the Competition as printed on the forms accompanying applications for entry. Complete text of Local Rules may be found in the 2020 Golf Canada Official Guide to the Rules of Golf.
Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for a breach of a Local Rule is the General Penalty:
Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes
Out of Bounds (Rule 18.2) – Defined by course-side points at ground level of white dots or stakes and fence posts. A ball is out of bounds when it is beyond any wall defining the boundary of the course.
Note: Local Rule (E-5) – not requiring stroke and distance for out of bounds or lost ball is not in effect for all MJT tournaments
Clubs and Balls
- List of Conforming Driver Heads: Model Local Rule G-1 is in effect. Penalty for making a stroke with a club in breach of the Local Rule: Disqualification
- List of Conforming Golf Balls: Model Local Rule G-3 is in effect. Penalty for breach of the Local Rule: Disqualification
Note: An updated List of Conforming Clubs and Balls is available via golfcanada.ca/rules.
Pace of Play (Rule 5.6) – During all MJT tournament rounds, it is expected players play without undue delay. Where at all possible, players are encouraged to play ready golf in order to maintain a reasonable pace of play. Groups are considered “in position” if they stay immediately behind the group in front. Pace will be monitored by MJT Marshals and penalty strokes could be accessed to a player or group if they fall out of position.
Suspension of Play (Rule 5.7) – The course and all practice areas are closed when play is suspended for a dangerous situation until the Tournament Committee has declared them open.
Practicing in these areas when closed will result in Disqualification
Note: A suspension for a dangerous situation will be signaled by one prolonged air horn note. All other types of suspension will be signaled by three consecutive air horn notes. Resumption of play will be signaled by two short air horn notes.
Practice (Rule 5.2 and 5.5) - Before and between rounds in Stroke Play, Rule 5.2b is modified in this way: A player must not practice on the competition course before or between rounds. Penalty for first breach: General Penalty (applied to the player’s first hole). Penalty for second breach: Disqualification.
During a round, Rule 5.5b is modified in this way: Between the play of two holes, a player must not:
- Make any practice stroke on or near the putting green of the hole just completed, or
- Test the surface of that putting green by rubbing the putting green or rolling a ball.
Transportation – Players must not ride on any form of transportation during a round unless authorized or later approved by the Tournament Rules Committee. A player who will play, or has played, under penalty of stroke and distance is always authorized to ride on motorized transportation for that purpose.
The player gets the General Penalty for each hole during which there is a breach of this Local Rule. If the breach occurs between the play of two holes, it applies to the next hole.
Abnormal Course Conditions (Including Immovable Obstructions) (Rule 16)
Ground Under Repair – Rule 16.1 includes:
- Areas defined by white lines;
- French drains filled with stones;
- Seams of Cut Turf – If a player’s ball lies in or touches a seam of cut turf or a seam interferes with the player’s area of intended swing:
- Ball in the General Area: The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b.
- Ball on Putting Green: The player may take relief under Rule 16.1d.
But interference does not exist if the seam only interferes with the player’s stance. All seams within the area of cut turf are treated as the same seam in taking relief. That means that if a player has interference from any seam after dropping the ball, the player must proceed as required under Rule 14.3c (2) even when the ball is still within one club-length of the reference point.
- Immovable Objects – White-lined areas of ground under repair and the artificially surfaced road or path or other identified obstruction they tie into are treated as a single abnormal course condition when taking relief under Rule 16.1.
Integral Objects – The following are integral objects from which free relief is not allowed:
- Wrappings, wires, cables and other similar objects when closely attached to trees;
- Artificial walls and/or pilings which are adjacent to the edge of bunkers;
- Bunker liners in their intended position. Interference by a liner with a player’s stance is deemed not to be, of itself, interference under this Rule.
Permanent Elevated Power Lines or Cables – If a ball strikes a permanent elevated power line or cable, the stroke does not count. The player must play a ball without penalty from where the previous stroke was made (Rule 14.6).
Temporary Immovable Obstructions – Model Local Rule F-23 is in effect. Temporary Immovable Obstructions include, but are not limited to, starting tents and scoring tents.
Penalty Areas (Rule 17) – When a red penalty area is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity. When a red penalty area adjoins a boundary, the penalty area edge extends to and coincides with the boundary.
Code of Conduct (Rule 1.2) – The MJT has adopted the Local Rule under Rule 1.2b setting standards of player conduct on the golf course during play at all tournaments. The full policy is available on the MJT’s website.
The MJT Tournament Committee may assess any or all of the following penalties outlined in the structure below, based on the severity and frequency of the violation:
- One penalty stroke
- General Penalty
Note: Under Rule 1.2a, a Committee may disqualify a player for serious misconduct for acting contrary to the spirit of the game.
Returning Score Card – A player’s scorecard has been returned to the Committee when the player has completely exited the scoring tent, unless the player, prior to leaving, verbally informs the Committee of his intention to leave the scoring area and receives the Committee's permission to do so.
Close of Competition – The competition is deemed to have closed when the trophy has been presented to the winner or, in the absence of a prize ceremony, when all scores have been approved by the Committee.
Tournament applications are accepted in the order they are received for all events, with the exception of the MJT National Championship, the MJT National Team Challenge and MJT Academy Cup which are all invitational events.
All MJT events have a limited number of spaces available in each age group.
Events fill quickly! The MJT encourages members to register for all desired events when submitting their membership application, or at least two weeks prior to the first day of each tournament. Late applicants will only be considered when there is no wait list for an event.
If a tournament has maximum capacity registered, the MJT will automatically place entries on a wait list. MJT members will receive priority entry from the wait-list should a spot become available in their division.
The MJT will return all entry fees to applicants not accepted in requested tournaments due to space and/or non-qualification within 14 days of the tournament event being hosted.
Additionally, players are responsible for confirming their acceptance in each event as well as their tee time in advance of each tournament. Due to transmission problems that can occur with online submissions, players are responsible for following up with the MJT if a registration confirmation is not received within 48 hours. Tee times are posted on the website at least 48 hours prior to the event; players should double-check their tee time on the morning of each round to ensure no adjustments were made from the original posting.
Tournament players are required to report to the registration tent at each event at least 45 minutes prior to their designated tee time. Unless advance arrangements are made for late registration, players who arrive late may be subject to disqualification from the competition at the discretion of MJT officials.
Tournament entry fees are non-refundable unless cancellation is requested in accordance with the Withdrawal Procedure.
Tee times for a regular MJT multi-day event which has reached capacity will be completed 14 days in advance of the start of the event. This change is to allow for additional time for players to book practice rounds and become familiar with the course specific COVID-19 protocols.
Once tee times have been completed, players requesting to withdraw from the event will forfeit their whole entry fee.
Players who provide more than 14 days notice of their intent to withdraw from a 'FULL' event will be provided a credit less $20 administration fee, which can be applied towards a future tournament in the season. Players are responsible for ensuring their request for withdrawal is received by the MJT within the time frame required.
For events which do not reach capacity, the MJT's regular 7 day withdrawal policy is in effect. Players requesting a refund for events which are not at capacity will be provided a credit less $20 administration fee, which can be applied towards a future tournament in the season. Players are responsible for ensuring their request for withdrawal is received by the MJT within the time frame required.
For MJT Majors, namely MJT 3-day events, MJT National Championship, MJT National Team Challenge (NTC), and any other events under the International Players Series (IPC) Banner, players must give one month’s written confirmation of withdrawal ($20 admin fee applies). If a player gives less than one month’s notice, no refund shall be given unless the position is filled by the MJT for a player in the same age division less $100 admin fee.
Any event cancelation related to COVID-19, registrants will have the option to put the full entry fee on account or receive a full refund.
If you wish to withdraw from an event, please email the MJT Head Office with sufficient notice, at email@example.com.
Withdrawals and no shows are handled in accordance with the same policies used by Junior Golf Scoreboard which have received unanimous support of US golf tours and college coaches (see letter from GCAA and NGCA here). As a result, withdrawals from tournament with less than 7 days notice will be recorded as follows:
|No Show before competition begins||Those players who do not come to the tournament at all. Players will forfeit fees paid if less than 7 days notice provided||No|
|Disqualification||DQ||Reserved for actual Golf Canada rules infraction that occurs without a deliberate or managed intention||Yes + any official scores|
|Withdrawal - unjustified or questionable||WD||Reserved for a deliberate voluntary action or decision not to continue play after having started a competition and turned in a score||Yes + any official scores|
|Withdrawal - justified||JWD||Withdraw due to illness/injury. Must be supported by Doctor's note||No|
|No Show||NS||Completed one or more rounds, fails to report for tee time||Yes + any official scores|
|No Card||NC||After having begun competition, a deliberate decision not to sign or turn in a card||
Yes + any official scores
Furthermore, in the event a member fails to notify the MJT of a tournament withdrawal and is a no show, unjustified withdrawal or does not submit a scorecard, the following actions will be taken:
- First Offense: Paid fees are retained by MJT.
- Second Offense: Player relinquishes entry and fees into the next event in which they are registered.
- Third Offense: Player will not be allowed to compete in any remaining events for the season and relinquishes all paid tournament entry fees.
All members are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses for all MJT events. MJT will accept and fulfill requests for host families and/or match players to share accommodations and travel to help reduce the cost of these expenses whenever possible, but does not guarantee the availability of these services.
We also encourage parents to take advantage of fantastic Accommodation Specials:
Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour members receive up to 20% off the “Best Available Rate” at participating Wyndham Hotel Group locations worldwide. To receive discount, book online or call our special member benefits hotline at 1-800-364-6176 and give the agent your special discount ID number 1000000098 at time of booking. For online bookings, your discount ID will automatically be entered and your discount displayed.
So whether you are looking for an upscale hotel, an all-inclusive resort or something along the way, we have the right hotel for you… and at the right price. So start saving now.
If players are tied following 18, 36 or 54 holes, the following tie-breaker shall be used in all MJT events.
Tie Breaker #1 – Sudden Death Playoff
- Only the low medalist position will be broken by sudden-death playoff. (This is at the discretion of Tournament Director on-site, with consideration given to daylight, travel, and course availability.)
If a sudden-death playoff is not possible, or there is a tie for 2nd or 3rd, we will implement the following for breaking ties:
- Tie Breaker #2 Low 18 hole final day score
- Tie Breaker #3 Low back nine score of the final day
- Tie Breaker #4 Low total of the final 6 holes played
- Tie Breaker #5 Low total of the final three holes played
- Tie Breaker #6 Lowest final hole played
All other ties will split the OOM points evenly for those finishing positions.