MJT Mini Tour Policies & Procedures
The MJT has established the MJT Mini Tour as a series of events for young girls and boys aged 6 to 12 which promotes valuable on-course experiences and qualify for next-level junior competitions in Canada and the U.S.
*PLEASE NOTE: All players are expected to play at a reasonable level, keep pace, score correctly and keep another competitors score. Caddies may help players with scoring
A one-time $49.00 registration fee is required to play the MJT Mini Tour. All players will receive the following registration package:
- MJT Bag Tag
- MJT Towel
- MJT Order of Merit (specific to MJT Mini Tour)
- adidas Golf discount code (25% off regular items / 15% on clearance items)
- TaylorMade Fitting Discount - 50%
The MJT Mini Tour has regional tournaments in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and new for 2019, Manitoba, set for the 2019 season and will offer qualifiers to other major national or international junior events.
Ages Divisions and Course Set-up
The MJT Mini Tour courses will be set-up for 18 holes of competition with the following age divisions and yardage guidelines. These guidelines will be adjusted provincially, so please check with your provincial Tournament Director for policies in your area.
Yardage Guidelines: (Based on U.S. Kids Golf and IMG Academy Junior Worlds Guidelines)
We will strive to use these yardage guidelines for all MJT Mini Tour events but some golf course tee structure make it difficult.
|Boys 8U||3000 - 4200 Yards|
|Boys 9-10||4500 - 5200 Yards|
|Boys 11-12||5600 - 6000 Yards|
|Girls 8U||3000 - 3600 Yards|
|Girls 9-10||4000 - 4400 Yards|
|Girls 11-12||5000 - 5400 Yards|
(a) All players may be asked to provide proof of age by submitting a copy of their birth certificate with their membership application.
(b) Birthdays: If your birthday occurs during the season, your age group is determined by your age on the last day of the event.
Mini Tour Schedule and Registration
To access the MJT Mini Tour schedule, please click here.
Registration Fee: one-time $49.00 fee is required
- $69 - $89 / $99 (Major Qualifiers) per tournament (18 holes)
- $179 per tournament (36 holes)
Pace of Play
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.
Pace of Play Tips
- Play “ready golf” throughout your round, even if your group is in position.
- Be ready to play when it is your turn.
- Play a provisional ball if you believe your ball may be out of bounds or lost through the green (outside of a hazard). Be sure to announce your intention to play a provisional.
- Play a second ball under Rule 3-3. If a player has doubt as to procedure, he/she may complete the hole with two balls and a ruling may be made at the end of the round. The player must announce which ball he/she would like to score with, if the Rules permit, and the facts of the situation must be reported to the Committee before the player returns his/her scorecard. This is an alternative to waiting for a Rules Official to make a ruling and can allow a group to continue playing without delay.
Rescinding a Penalty
Any and all prior one-stroke penalties will be rescinded each time a group regains their proper position. This requires the group to finish a hole within 14 minutes of the group ahead. On the final hole, the group must finish within 17 minutes of the group ahead.
- Caddies will be allowed for all Mini Tour players for the 2019 season.
- Caddies will be permitted to stand on the green in order to help with the pace of play, eg tend the flag stick, encourage kids to walk faster. If a caddie is slowing pace by being too deliberate in helping read greens, a penalty stroke for undue delay will be accessed to the player.
- Caddies may help with Rules of Golf, scoring, carrying or pulling the player’s golf bag, keeping pace of play, and general help with the group (raking bunkers, tending the flag etc.)
- NEW FOR 2019 Caddies will be provided with a Caddie Bib to indicate who the designated Caddie is for each player. Bibs are to be returned immediately after the round to the scoring area.
- Rule 10.2 states that the player's caddie must not deliberately stand in a location on or close to an extension of the line of play behind the ball for any reason. If the player takes a stance in breach of this Rule, he or she cannot avoid penalty by backing away.
- Rule 10.3 The player may have a caddie to carry the player's clubs and give advice and other help during the round, but there are limits to what the caddies is allowed to do. The player is responsible for the caddie's actions during the round and will get a penalty if the caddie breaches the Rules.
Please note: caddies will be allowed to stand behind their players at the scoring area to help with discrepancies and facilitate scoring for their players and fellow competitor, but not complete the actual scoring - please allow your player to complete his / her own scorecard.
Caddie Use of Carts
All players and caddies must walk for the duration of the event except where designated shuttles are provided. Pull carts, however, are allowed unless prohibited by the host golf course.
Penalty for caddie's breach of transportation condition (Decision 33-1/9.5): Two strokes for each hole at which any breach occurred; maximum penalty per round - four strokes (two strokes at each of the first two holes at which any breach occurred).
Caddie No Smoking Policy
The MJT wants to provide a healthy and safe environment for all participants, volunteers and visitors. The MJT recognizes the risks associated with second-hand smoke and wishes to protect its participants, volunteers and visitiors from these risks.
“Smoking” is defined as the inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying of any lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or other lighted smoking equipment, including a vape.
The penalty for smoking while caddying on the MJT Mini Tour will automatically assess a two-stroke penalty on the player.
Repeat offenders will be relieved of their caddying responsibilities.
Walking spectators are permitted for all divisions. We ask that all spectators observe the following guidelines:
- Remain 30 yards from players and do not communicate with players as this may be construed as advice
- Golf carts are for spectators with disabilities only, unless authorized by MJT Staff and carts are rented through the Golf Shop.
Only acceptable golf attire is acceptable. Tank tops, short shorts swimwear, t-shirts, and denim are not considered appropriate attire and should not be worn during the competition.
Distance Measuring Devices
The MJT will allow players to use a distance measuring device. Players may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only.
Graduating to MJT Junior Tour
The MJT Mini Tour will also be used to determine if a player aged 12 and under is ready to take the next step and play on the MJT Junior Tour. MJT Mini Tour players will be allowed to compete in the MJT Junior Tour (a membership is required) if they demonstrate adequate knowledge of the Rules of Golf, carry their own bag, successfully keep the scores of two players correctly, keep up with the pace of play and shoot less than 100 from the longest tees set up at the MJT Mini Tour (approx 5000-5500 yards for boys and 4200-5000 yards for girls). See below for more details.
Rules of Golf
MJT Mini Tour players who wish to play up in the MJT Peewee Boys/Girls U15 Divisions on the MJT Junior Tour will need to possess a basic knowledge of the Rules of Golf, specifically for tournament golf. You will be required to make rulings on the course, correctly keep both your score and the score for one other fellow-competitor in your group. This is extremely important that players have this ability with no parents or caddies involved in this process. You will be required to meet with your Regional Tournament Director to discuss your knowledge of the Rules and whether you can implement them in a tournament setting correctly.
Carrying or Pulling your own golf bag
You must be able to adequately carry or pull your golf bag and not slow up your playing group. This physical requirement is necessary for the MJT to maintain our pace of play policy
Players aged 12 and under who meet the criteria as outlined above can choose to compete in both MJT Mini Tour and Junior Tour events.
(Some players may already be exempt as have played in the past and have shown competence – this will be determined by Provincial Tournament Director).