Martha's Vineyard Sharks: Host Families
Being a Host Family
We are gearing-up for the 2013 season and need host families to ensure we have another successful season.
Who do you contact as a prospective host family? When a player arrives on the Vineyard for the first time, who do you look for? As a parent, who do you contact if you have a question?
Doris Clark! Doris Clark! Doris Clark!
The most important spoke in the operational wheel for the Martha's Vineyard Sharks is the network of host families. Thirty players will descend on the Vineyard this summer and will require the community’s support in finding a place to stay for each and every one of them.
If you're interested in housing a player please call Doris Clark @ 508-693-5833 or 774-563-8752 or select this link. At the bottom of this page is the Host Application Form that you can open, print then submit.
You will recieve a $500 cash stipend for each player that you host.
The Futures Collegiate Baseball League will follow in the tradition of professional minor league baseball and summer collegiate baseball, i.e. looking to those special families that open their homes to the players. This is a tradition that has been going on for decades. The connection between player and family becomes strong. Players and their families are oftentimes still in touch long after the player leaves the local town and continue their collegiate careers. It is that type of familial bond that makes amateur collegiate baseball what it is.
Each host family receives a season pass as a way of the Sharks showing their appreciation. Additionally the Sharks will provide a Sharks T-shirt for each member of the family and a Sharks baseball cap. The team will set aside a “host family day” at one of the home games where each family will receive on-field recognition.
As a matter of common sense, a background check will be made for all host families implementing Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) regulations, which requires that the individual present a completed CORI form (that will be provided by the Sharks) and his or her picture to the MV Regional School Administration building located at 4 Pine Street in Vineyard Haven.
Remember, you may be hosting a future major league baseball player!
Host Family Responsibilities
Host families will provide a bed. They will also provide bedding and linens (sheets, towels and blanket).
Host families are not responsible to provide accommodations for a player’s friends or family.
Host families are not expected to provide transportation for any player’s family or friends (either local or to airports).
Host families are not allowed to house any player discharged from the team.
The following are frequently asked questions by families looking to host players and the Coach and his family:
At the very least, families are required to supply players with a room, a regular bed, access to laundry and access to the kitchen. Providing the players with food and access to the Internet is not mandatory but encouraged.
No. Several of the players will drive their own cars, and for those who don’t drive, the team will arrange transportation for them.
Players are arriving on or around June 1, and the season will span until the end of second week of August. This might be extended a few days in case of playoffs.
Yes! Those that would like to host multiple players are invited to do so.
The athletes are expected to follow and respect each family’s rules, whether it’s a curfew, cleanliness standards or assigned chores. Summer baseball is like a “road test” for what it’s like to be in the majors. It is stressed that they are being judged not just on athletic performance but the positive image they put forth.
The Sharks will play an approximate 57-game season schedule; those that qualify will participate in the playoffs. Our home games begin at 5 p.m., they’ll be expected at the field for early-afternoon warm-ups and batting practice. Away games will be in the evening in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts. The team will arrive in most cases after the last ferry has departed from Woods Hole. In such cases the team will charter the Patriot from Falmouth that will drop them off at R.M. Packers pier behind the Shell station on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven. On their off-days, which will be few, they may work a part-time job. They’re also invited to work at the Sharks baseball camps for kids, speak to groups on behalf of the Sharks and participate in local charity work, such as hospital visits or Habitat for Humanity.
No. Many of the host families lined the field at the park to support the team, but it is not required. If you do wish to attend the game you and your family will be given free passes to the game.
We will work to accommodate you as best we can.
You can contact Doris Clark, Hosting Coordinator, at (508) 693-5833 or (774) 563-8752 or email her at Doris.Clark@MVSharks.com
If you have a question that is not listed above, feel free to contact Doris Clark at the number or email listed above.