05/18/2013 8:00 AM
Your help can go a long way for these baseball players at Historic Bosse Field (pictured).
(EVANSVILLE, INDIANA) - 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