The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, a 501(c)(3) organization sponsored, in part, by Major League Baseball, still needs host families in or around the communities of Westhampton, Southampton, Sag Harbor and Montauk for the summer season.
The HCBL offers free family entertainment, inspires community youth, hosts free baseball clinics and drives traffic to local businesses. The league can only function, however, if enough people are willing to open their homes to these college athletes.
HCBL players arrived late last month and some families are now hosting multiple players. The season runs for two months, and housing accommodations are required for the duration of the season. Each player is in good academic standing with his respective university and has been recommended by his college coach, based on both ability and character. Teams play five to six games a week, with 20 games at home and 20 on the road.
Host families are asked to provide the players with a place to sleep, food, and access to washing machines and the internet. They are not responsible for transporting players to and from games, or required to attend games (although their support is appreciated).
To sign up or speak with a host family about their experience, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (631) 238-8251.
Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day for those enrolled in the half-day program, and until 2:30 p.m. for those signed up for the full-day option.
Attendees will learn the fundamentals, skills and strategies necessary to help them succeed both on and off the field. The curriculum allows players of all levels and abilities to improve their talents, foster new and lasting friendships, and teaches them how to play baseball the “Bulldog Way,” through the combination of effort, perseverance and sportsmanship.
The Bulldog Ball Club has been a leader in New York City in teaching the game to youth baseball players for more than 10 years. The organization provides after-school classes for those between 3 and 10 years of age, as well as private lessons and travel and recreation teams.
Registration is now open and parents can sign up their children at www.bulldogballclub.com. For more information, call Steve DeBlasi at (631) 267-7957.
The camp will run from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday through Friday, from August 18 to 22 and August 25 to 29. A parents and kids day will be offered at 11 a.m. each Friday, followed by a barbecue.
Registration is now open and can be completed online at www.camperregsecure.com/playrugby/?page=1. For more information on Play Rugby USA, visit www.playrugbyusa.com.