Host Family Program
The San Luis Obispo Blues need host families for players each season. Host families play a crucial role in summer collegiate baseball, as most players on the Blues are not from the Central Coast. As NCAA student athletes, Blues players are not allowed to accept pay for playing in a summer league. As a result, summer collegiate baseball leagues have traditionally relied on local families to house their players.
Host families are only obligated to provide a spare bedroom and access to kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities. Each player is responsible for their own food and transportation, although host families may include the player in family meals and activities.
Hosting a Blues player can be a rewarding experience for the host family. Blues players are excellent role models for young children and teenagers, and are great company for the entire household. Often, players and host families share a friendship that lasts well beyond the end of the season.
The Blues will host a BBQ dinner for the host families and the players at the end of the season and also will be recognized at a home game toward the end of the year. If you are interested in hosting a Blues player, please contact Marryann Jakes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Two (2) season tickets valid for ALL of that season's Blues home games
2. Food vouchers to each family for that season
3. A housing fee from each player hosted (paid at the end of each season)
4. All adult, full-time household residents will receive a Blues Host Family gift each season.
5. One (1) free Blues Baseball Camp registration (for immediate family only)
6. A pre-season Meet & Greet gathering with the Host Families
7. Limited VIP parking at all of that season's Blues home games (first come, first serve)
8. A Host Family appreciation ceremony and barbeque at the end of the season
What must I provide for the player(s) I host?
At the very least, families are required to supply players with a private room, a regular bed, access to laundry, and access to the kitchen. Providing players with food and access to the internet is not required but is accepted and encouraged.
Am I expected to provide my player with transportation?
No. Several players will drive their own cars, and for those who don't, the league will arrange it so transportation is always available for them. You can, however, provide a car or rides if you'd like.
How long will the players require housing?
Players will begin arriving around Memorial Day weekend, however, several players each year participate in the college baseball playoffs which run until mid to late June.
Can I host more than one player?
Yes! Those that would like to host multiple players are invited to do so.
Under what guidelines will the players abide?
The athletes are expected to respond to each family's rules, whether it's a curfew, cleanliness standards, or assigned chores. Summer baseball is like a dress rehearsal for what it is like to be in the minor leagues. It is stressed that they are being judged not just on athletic performance, but the positive image they put forth.
What is a player's itinerary like?
Each team will play a 50-game regular season schedule; those that qualify will participate in the playoffs. For home games, players typically show up 3-4 hours prior to game time. Away games and travel schedules will vary each year.
Am I required to attend the games?
No. Many of the families come to support the team but it is not required.
Can I choose which player I board?
No, however, we will do our best to accommodate specific requests.