Host families are an integral part of any summer-collegiate baseball team, and are the lifeblood the team’s success. The HarbourCats roster is comprised of college athletes from across North America, who will all call Victoria home for two and a half months in the summer.
As a host family, you are providing a ‘home away from home’ for your player(s) during the HarbourCats season. In return, you will gain a memorable summer experience and most likely, a long lasting friendship. Host families often refer to their players as an adopted member of their family, as you form a bond that will last far beyond the end of the season.
1. HarbourCats Season
The HarbourCats season is relatively short, but is very demanding. The West Coast League (WCL) season sees the HarbourCats play 54 regular season and up to (hopefully!) 4-6 playoff games from early June to mid-August. The HarbourCats will also play 4-8 additional exhibition games in this time, meaning they will play a total of over 60 games in that 2.5 month perod, at least 27 of which will be on the road.
Should the team qualify for the WCL playoffs, the season could be extended into mid August.
Accordingly, host families are required for our players from late May and the beginning of June, until mid August.
2. HarbourCats Players
All players on the HarbourCats roster are highly talented collegiate baseball players, currently playing and enrolled in school at prestigious universities and colleges across the United States and Canada. Our players come from all corners of North America, some from as far away as Florida, and Hawaii, while there is typically a high concentration of players from the west coast of the United States, as well as a strong number from British Columbia and Vancouver Island.
HarbourCats players all share common goals and dreams for their baseball careers, while remaining committed to their academic success. The West Coast League has players from many of the finest collegiate baseball programs in North America, and as a result, has a very strong reputation for producing future professional and Major League players.
Accordingly, all HarbourCats are fine, respectful young men who are a pleasure to have in your home, and are often regarded as another member of the family before long.
3. Expectations of a Host Family
Your primary role as a host family is to provide a safe and pleasant home environment for your player(s) for the duration of the season, which runs from the start of June until the middle of August.
Players will require comfortable sleeping quarters and access to bathroom (with bedding & towels) as well as laundry equipment.
Families should be prepared to provide food for 2 meals per day (breakfast & dinner OR post-game meal) however players are often not home for 2 meals per day. The team will also sometimes provide post-game meals and snacks at the stadium on game days.
Let your player know your house rules, as they apply to him. Feel free to include your player in family gatherings, dinner, outings, etc.
Expect your player to arrive home late after night games, which start at 6:35 pm, and will most likely need use of the showers when they arrive.
Transportation to and from the field is not required, but is gratefully appreciated if and when you are able.
Players will be friendly, courteous and helpful.
There is standard compensation to host families, in addition to HarbourCats season tickets.
By becoming a HarbourCats host family, you have the opportunity to play a very important role in the life of a student athlete, and aspiring professional baseball player. In turn, your player will be a positive influence, and will likely form a life long friendship with your family.
If you are interested, please contact the HarbourCats via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 778-265-0327.
“We have had the opportunity to host HarbourCats players for the past 2 years. It is a fantastic experience. They become part of your family and you theirs. We have been to Sacramento and Seattle to see our first year billet play and meet his family. He was drafted this past year and he and his family included us every step of the way, which was such an honour.
If you have the ability to host a ball player I would strongly recommend it. We started the 1st year with 1, then the 2nd year with 2 and now this our 3rd year you guessed it 3! We love our players!” -Trish Thame & Ken Pollard
“Being a Harbourcat host family has been an AMAZING experience for my family!! We have been fans since the team was founded, and a host family for the last two seasons. Both years we have had incredible young men join our household for the summer, and leave with a huge piece of our hearts.
We so appreciate how they respect our home, our rules, and our family all the while entertaining us night after night at the ballpark. We support them, their studies, their love of the game, and their diligence in training, it is remarkable.
We have formed permanent family ties with these boys, have chosen to travel and visit them, and hope to keep lifelong connections with our family, and our young boys---they are so patient and kind with their billet brothers!
Whether you are a ball fan, or just have a spare room to host a ball player, I say, do it!! It is a great experience for all those I know, who have hosted. The staff has an amazing supportive team in place for questions, or concerns, and we are truly appreciated as host families.
This team and these boys become feel like a part of our family, and we get to play a small part in supporting that. You will be so thankful to be invited to share in this, and be a part of an amazing community connection through baseball.” -Leanne & Doug Chamberlain