Sertoma Park in Winter Haven, Florida is home to Greater Winter Haven Youth Baseball. What we do here is youth baseball, but how we do it here is the important thing. We have always had beautiful fields, very knowledgeable coaches, and talented players. This comes from the rich history and traditions of baseball in our city. Coaches, athletes, and parents are all part of this community. As a community will strive to honor the game in how we play, how we treat one another, and how we act. HOW WE DO IT HERE is going to honor the great baseball heritage of our town and establish a culture the teaches our youth how to honor it as well.
According to our By-Laws, our purpose as a corporation is to come together as a community to provide the means for youth desiring to play baseball the chance to do so. In conjunction with that purpose, the objective of this program is that, through the medium of a supervised, competitive youth baseball program, this corporation will seek to implant the youth of our community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and reverence, so that they may be finer, stronger and happier youth who grow to be good, clean healthy adults.
We want to use baseball as part of a culture that creates young adults of exceptional character. We have formed a partnership with Doyle Baseball to prepare our coaches to accomplish the baseball side of this purpose. We are modeling our cultural behavior following the tenants of the Positive Coaching Alliance. These two resources provide high-quality examples of HOW we should do, and WHY we should do it that way.
“We are apt to forget that children watch examples better than they listen to preaching.”
“The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else. The basis of all integrity and character is whatever faith we have in our own integrity.”
-Roy L. Smith