The Host Family program gives fans a unique opportunity to be a part of the Bells organization. Host Families are asked to provide a bed and bathroom facilities. In appreciation, each family will receive season tickets and be invited to any Bells VIP events.
Bells general manager Justin Stottlemyre notes the importance of host families in the West Coast League, "Host Families create a home away from home environment for these young men who travel from all parts of the United States and from different countries to play in Bellingham. It also creates lasting bonds between the families and the players as they progress through their collegiate careers and possibly one day to the Major League."
Many returning Host Families look forward to the return of Bells baseball each summer.
“We have a wide variety of families that participate each year,” Stottlemyre said. “There are young families with kids that Bells players treat as brothers and sisters to the retired families that enjoy the opportunity to help out and take in another year of Bells baseball.
Here is some basic background to consider as a potential host family:
Bells Baseball Season: Host families should be aware that the season is short, running from June 4 until mid-August should the Bells reach the playoffs. The first players arrive no sooner than June 1 and players will leave to return to college no later than August 17.
Bells Players: Bellingham Bells players are currently playing at universities and colleges from around the country. Although the players are selected from across the United States, they share at least one thing in common – combining the pursuit of their dreams in baseball with a commitment to completing their academic goals.
This requires discipline and dedication, and you will find that this translates into college players that are admirable young men. They are polite, respectful and grateful and not a problem for our host families.
This season the Bells play 53 games with 24 of those on the road, which means they are away for significant stretches of time. While in town, they are expected to attend practice and workouts, and all players will be part of the Bellingham Bells Youth Baseball Camps.
Host Family Expectations:
• The principle role of the host family will be to provide accommodation. Accommodation is first and foremost with the players at the field so much of their days and playing an aggressive schedule. Standard accomodation includes a bed and access to a bathroom, laundry facilities, and the kitchen.
How Many Host Families Are Required?
The Bells will need to find housing arrangements for approximately 25 players and a pair of assistant coaches. If possible, it is preferred that players be “doubled up,” with two players per host family either sharing a room or in their own rooms. We have found this to be easier both for players and the host families. A room with two bunk beds is really ideal because of the short season, significant travel and low demands of the Bells players.
What Do The Bells Offer Host Families?
Host families receive season tickets for the entire family. Bells players also serve as excellent mentors and coaches for some informal instruction in the backyard with budding little league stars.
If you, or someone you know, are interested in hosting a player for the 2010 season, contact Justin Stottlemyre at (360) 746-0406 or via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.