Host Families Needed
When players decide to continue their baseball career in independent baseball, many travel from across the country to play in the Frontier League. This means that they are hours away from friends and family members. For this reason, when they arrive in Evansville, they look for a touch of home to make them feel welcome.
One way the community "adopts" the players is by serving as host families during the season. Families provide housing, as well as a support system, for the player(s) they host.
Host Family Responsibilities:
· Provide room and board for the player(s).
· Be understanding of their schedule. (The Otters will play 96 games in 106 days; 48 of those games will take place in
Evansville. The players will arrive in Evansville in early May, and the season will come to an end in mid-September.)
· Encourage them to participate as members of their families.
· Support the players in their drive to play major league baseball.
· Adhere to the rules set forth by the Host Family
· Participate as a member of the family, giving the respect/consideration he would give his own family.
· Provide his own transportation to and from the ball park.
· Wash/dry his own laundry.
· Pay for his own long distance phone calls. (Most players have cell phones.)
Host families and players are asked to complete a questionnaire before they are matched. This enables us to match a player with the appropriate family. We do everything we can to ensure a suitable match is made for both the player and family.
If you would like more information on serving as a host family, please contact Sally Gries, our host family coordinator. She can be reached at (812)-568-4782 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been a host family since 1995
From Host Family, John and Brenda Brazelton
We have been a host family for the Otters since the franchise came here in 1995. It is a great experience. It’s like watching your own kids play ball. I wish we had taken pictures of every guy who has been at our house, because we have forgotten some who didn’t get to stay all year. But we’ve met lots of great guys and some of their families. All the guys are very appreciative of have a ‘home’ for the summer.
Our children (who were grown and had their own families) thought we were crazy for having strangers in our house and then giving them a key!! They couldn’t believe we would do that. But we have not had any problems at all.
We’ve housed players from Canada, California, Washington, New York, Hawaii, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Louisiana, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio. We have found that most players become like family throughout the season. We still maintain contact with some players and their families.
We would recommend that anyone who has the available room, enjoys baseball, likes to meet players and families give it a try.