Are You a Baseball Fan? Do You Support College Athletics?

The Neptune Beach Pearl is a Collegiate Summer Baseball Team whose 3rd season in Alameda will take place in the summer of 2013.  The team features Division 1 College Baseball Players from schools all around the country, many of which will require a family to host them for the summer.

Information:


- The season runs takes place yearly in June and July.
- Tentatively, our schedule has 55 games in that span. 
- The team competes in the Far West Collegiate Summer League, a 8 team league that spans throughout Northern California.
- Why am I telling you this?  Not to worry the players will have something to do everyday that they are out here, and will be spending many nights in a hotel on the road


Still Interested:


- Host families in 2011 & 2012 had a great experience, and now look forward to summer more then ever!
- Being a host family for a player at this level can be a very unique and rewarding experience for everyone involved.
- If you have kids who like baseball having a role model around who plays college baseball can be a life long memory and reward
- Those interested in becoming a host family should be able to provide a bed, and adequate space for the player to store his belongings.  The players sign a housing contract and are required to live under your rules, and to be a responsible member of your household.
- Some college that have been represented on the Pearl are: Boston College, Cornell, Delaware State, Eastern Michigan, Liberty, Long Beach State, New Mexico Highlands, Saint Mary's College of California, Santa Clara, UCLA, University of  Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, San Francisco, South Florida, Washington & Virginia Commonwealth

Who knows, you could be the host family of a FUTURE MAJOR LEAGUER!!!

If interested or for more information on the Host Family Program please contact:

Dustin Chavez
 (510) 708-7451 or by e-mail: dchavez@neptunebeachpearl.com

 
Host Familes FAQ's

1) What is the role of the host family?

Fundamentally, a host family provides the basic living needs for a player: a bed, a shower, access to a refrigerator/microwave, etc.  However, far more than that, a host family can be an Alameda/ Bay Area ambassador to a player who may not have visited the area before.

2) Must one host for the entire season?

No.  The Pearl prefers host familes who can provide accommodations for the whole season, but we recognize that may not be feasible for any number of reasons.  The host family coordinator is most appreciative of offers of weekly or non-consecutive availability.  A host family can also be listed on a "as needed" basis.  Be aware that a player has overnight road trips and also plays 55-60 games within the two month season, so he is out of the house frequently for long periods.

3) Who makes for a good host family?

ANYBODY with a spare room should work just fine.  Host families can be younger couples with children who are excited to have a college athlete staying in their home.  Host familes can also be empty nesters or retired people who welcome the company of a student-athlete.  The consistent feedback from host families is that it is a wonderful, memorable experience.

4) What is expected of a host family?

Beyond the fundamental role of a host family described above, there are no set expectations.  If a host family chooses to include the player in family meals, offer to provide some occasional transportation, or perhaps arrange some local sightseeing, that is all welcomed but NOT expected.

5) Do I have any "parental" responsibilities?

Not really.  Keep in mind that each player has been recommended and sent to Alameda by his respective college's coaching staff.  The players are primarily participating with the Pearl to sharpen their baseball skills against good competition so that they will be an improved player when the return to their respective colleges in the fall.  The players know that any "issues" will get back to their college coaches and could have serious repercussions!

Reasonable "house rules" can be discussed with the player at the beginning of his stay so that any potential disruption of the day-to-day living of the host family should be mitigated.