The Basics for Joining the Team
We accept high school students who will have completed 9th grade through graduating seniors (generally ages 14-18) by the time the program takes place. Students should have experience playing baseball as well as an interest in learning about other aspects of sports management (athletic trainers, nutritionists, coaching, etc.). Athletes may vary in playing ability as we accept students who are novices as well as stars. We also require students to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale) that may be cumulative or current, weighted or unweighted.
All students who enroll in Leadership Through Sportsmanship MUST have or obtain the following:
Passport, valid for at least 180 days after the arrival date in Cuba
Vaccinations/Prescriptions: all normal childhood vaccinations (MMR, Tdap, etc.)
Round-trip air travel to our departure city in Florida (To Be Announced)
Students should be in general good health as the program requires them to be on their feet all day going through coaching exercises and playing in games. Basic dietary requests such as vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets are generally able to be met. Those with severe food allergies should consult with YFI prior to enrolling.
The vast majority of schools in the U.S. require students, especially those in high school, to perform a certain number of community service hours before graduating. As a nonprofit organization, YFI is able to sign off on forms schools and school districts have for verifying those hours (all forms from around the country YFI has certified for students who have participated in its programs have stated that organizations must be nonprofit).
The YFI Baseball program includes 20 service hours.