All players 8-years-old and younger must be accompanied by someone 13-years-old or older to serve as their caddie. All players are encouraged to have caddies.
If a caddie becomes disruptive to the point of receiving a formal complaint from an official, volunteer, competitor or caddie, he or she will be given a warning (yellow card). If a second formal complaint is received, the caddie will be given a red card and will be required to pass the Positive Coaching Alliance Second-Goal Parent online course before participating in USKG events. U.S. Kids Golf reserves the discretion to issue a red card with the first complaint if necessary.
If you would like to report a caddie violation from a U.S. Kids Golf event, please fill out the Violation Form and submit it to the contact information at the bottom of the form. Please provide as much information as possible about the incident in question.
1. Rule 14-2b states that in “making a stroke,” a player shall not allow his caddie to position himself on or close to an extension of the line of play or the line of putt behind the ball. A caddie may position himself in this manner before the player commits to beginning his swing but must move away once the player is set to begin his swing. Failure to do so will result in a two-stroke penalty.
2. Rule 8-2b states that when a player's ball is on the putting green, the player or his caddie may before, but not during, the stroke, point out a line for putting, but in doing so the putting green shall not be touched. No mark shall be placed anywhere to indicate a line for putting. Violation of this rule will result in a two-stroke penalty.
3. Rule 17-3 states that the player's ball shall not strike the flagstick or attendant when the flagstick is attended or the flagstick is in the hole, unattended, or when the ball has been played from the putting green. Should this occur, the player is assessed a two-stroke penalty, and the ball is played as it lies.
4. Rule 8-1 states that a Caddie is one who carries or handles a player's clubs during play and otherwise assists him in accordance with the rules. A player may only have one caddie at any given time. A caddie may be replaced or eliminated at any time by the player. No other person may offer advice or help to a player other than his caddie.
Always remember that a rules violation by the caddie is the same as if the player violated the rule. A caddie must be aware of the rules and assist his player in accordance with the rules. Rules officials are in place throughout the course to help players when needed.