The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League is looking for families from the East End to open their homes and host either a player or coach for this summer season.
A host family is one of the most important and influential aspects of a ballplayer’s summer collegiate league baseball experience, according to HCBL President Brett Mauser. While some of the players will be from the New York area, many of them will be in a brand new environment, away from both their school and home.
“Our host families are the backbone to the HCBL,” Mauser said. “We truly could not do what we do without them. The tight-knit relationships between players and their host families are what make the summer experience so memorable for all those involved.”
Players arrive around June 1 and stay until the first week in August. They will play baseball five to six days a week on the South and North Forks and will work out daily at local gyms. Players are encouraged to work part-time jobs and must participate in their local community.
Each player is a member in good standing with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), meeting all academic, athletic and legal eligibility requirements. Host families are required to supply a player with a room, bed, laundry and kitchen access. They are not required to provide transportation.
The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League is one of only 12 summer leagues sanctioned by the NCAA and Major League Baseball, with top college players from around the country that have a dream and the dedication to make it to the major leagues. The league has franchises in Center Moriches, Westhampton, Riverhead, Peconic (North Fork), Southampton, Sag Harbor and Shelter Island.
Benefits to the community include: free family entertainment (there is no charge to attend a game); clinics for local children; free improvements to area baseball fields; and increased visitor traffic to eastern Long Island businesses.
Those interested in hosting a player or coach should call (631) 238-8251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.