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Martha's Vineyard Sharks: Host Families


#18 Matt Timoney, #13 Andy Sadoski, Martha Scheffer & Jessica Burnham, #33 Eric Brenk and not in uniform #30 Nick Salerno.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are gearing-up for the 2014 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? 

 

Jessica Burnham! Jessica Burnham! Jessica Burnham!

 


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 Jessica Burnham @ (508) 939-1646 or select this link.  

 

At the bottom of this page is the Host Application Form that you can open, print, then submit.

 

ALL PICTURES ON THIS WEB PAGE ARE PROVIDED BY TEAM PHOTOGRAPHER CAROL CHRISTOPHER



Closer Matt Calamoneri with his host Mom Julie Meader and her family.

Beth O'Connor & Jonathan Chatinover and family with their Shark players #6 Alex Pernick, #14 Chris Miller and Nick Sell.

HOST FAMILY STIPEND

You will receive a $500 cash stipend

for each player that you host.


The Futures Collegiate Baseball League and the Sharks follow the tradition of professional minor league baseball and summer collegiate baseball, i.e. we are looking for those special families that will open their homes to Sharks players. This is a tradition that has been going on for decades. The bond 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 with 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 for each family member to the bleachers 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 Sharks will set aside a “host family day” before one of our home games near the end of the baseball season and each family will receive on-field recognition.

Remember, you may be hosting a future major league baseball player!



Matt Timoney giving a hug to host Mom Liz Burnham.

Beth Tessmer & daughter Amelia Durawa with Corey Laliberte and Mike McFerran

HOST FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Host families will provide a bed.
  • Host families will 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 coaching staff:

 

What must I provide for the player(s) I host?

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.

Am I expected to provide my boarder with transportation?

No. Several of the players will drive their own cars, and for those who don’t drive, the team will arrange transportation for them.

How long will the players require housing?

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.

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 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.

What is a player’s daily itinerary like?

The Sharks will play an approximate 58-game season schedule; those that qualify will participate in the playoffs. Our home games begin at 7 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.

Am I required to attend the games?

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.

Can I choose which player I board?

We will work to accommodate you as best we can.

Who can I contact if I’m interested in hosting a player?

You can contact Jessica Burnham, Hosting Coordinator, at (508) 939-1646 or email her at Jessica@mvsharks.com

 

If you have a question that is not listed above, feel free to contact Jessica Burnham at the number or email listed above.


Melissa Gold with her Endicott connection, son Tad and Brett Holmgren


CORI REVIEW

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.


HOST FAMILY APPLICATION


Nik Campero and Cheryl Sashin.



#35 batting clean-up is Host Mom Dianne Powers with her family of Sharks; #13 Andy Sadoski (dropping by), #30 Davidson Peguero, #19 Ryan Siegel and #1 Dylan Tice (not in picture is another member of Dianne's family #35 Ryan Uhl)

HOST FAMILY TESTIMONIES

Dianne Powers (Host Mom for 2 years)

When did you first hear about the Sharks?

Jess Burnham and I work together and during the inaugural year (2011) she asked if I was interested in being a host Mom. I didn't think I was at that time. I did offer to temporarily house one of the coaches and possibly his wife, but they found permanent housing.  I went to a couple of games that year, but not with the idea of getting as involved as I am now.

What intrigued you to become a host family?

Again, I can thank Jess Burnham.  During that inaugural year she frequently shared stories and experiences with being a host family.  It was apparent that she and her family were having a great time, sharing their home and lives with the players.

How did you feel about having a stranger or two in your house?

I was a bit nervous about a week before my first set of 'boys' arrived. I have lived alone for many years and was hoping that I had not made a mistake opening my home to 2 players.  That concern evaporated almost immediately which was a good thing since I ended up with 4 players my first year and 4 players again this past year [2013]. I am looking forward to 4 more this upcoming baseball season....it seems to be a number that works well for me and the house. My family, some of who thought I had lost my mind that first year, now asks if there are home games on the schedule during their visits.

I am sure the players feel awkward being a visitor in a strangers house. How do you break the ice?

Food - the magic ice breaker. You get to know people fairly quickly sharing a meal or two. That and my dogs.  I have 2 large dogs who are very much apart of the house. I try to make sure that anyone coming to my home is aware that they will be living with the dogs, and it seems to have worked well.

Now that you have been a host for 2 baseball seasons, what is the best way to make a player feel at ease in your home?

Well...I think just being myself and encouraging them to treat this as their home.  I want them to be comfortable from the beginning, so we go over where everything is in the house and I encourage them to let me know what questions they might have.  Before they arrive I try to ask them what kinds of foods they like and have some of that available when they arrive.

Do players discuss with you if they are not getting playing time?

I have not had that experience.  Most of our conversations are about how they played in a certain game, what's going on with their favorite major league teams, etc.

While it is not a requirement to feed the players, do you feed them?

I do not cook for them most mornings, but I do make sure there is food for their breakfast (cereals, eggs, etc.) and they do a great job fending for themselves when they get up.  Last year, with the earlier start of games, we had more dinners together after games than this year.  We did eat dinner together when they had an off night.  I always made sure there was something they could 'heat n eat' when they had away games....they were always hungry when they got home from those games.

Do other players come and hang out with the players you are hosting?

Yes and I have had a great time getting to know them as well.

Do you give the players your own house rules on day #1?

We do go over what the hard and fast rules are right away (there are not many of them) and as situations arise, if it bothers me I tell them right away.  Both years I have felt that the players respected and appreciated their living situation.

Do you still stay in contact with players that stayed in your house from the first year (2012) you were a host?

I hear periodically from a couple of the guys from 2012 and 2013 season along with a couple of the players who did not live here, but came over quite often.  I hope we will continue to stay in touch.

Does the 9 weeks of the summer baseball season go by slow or too fast?

Too fast, way too fast.  I have enjoyed being a host family more than I ever could have imagined.

How do you handle the situation when the players leave at the end of the season knowing they won't be back.

As you get to know each player, you hope that they will return for another season, and some do.  I have started both years with the knowledge that it was 9 weeks and then they would be off to going back to school.  All I hope for is that they had as great a summer as the dogs and I had and that they stay in touch. I think it is harder on the dogs; they look for them for a couple of days but then settle back into their regular routine.



Host Mom Cheryl Sashin with 3B Nik Campero.

Jessica Burnham (Host Mom for 3 years)

Where did you first hear about the Sharks?

I read about the team in the Martha's Vineyard Times when it was announced there would be a Futures League team here. I think in December of 2010.

What intrigued you to become a host family?

I just thought it would be fun. Everything is more fun when you are a part of it and not just a spectator.

How did you feel about having a stranger or two in your house?

A little nervous. Totally not knowing what to expect I guess. I wasn't home when the first player arrived so my daughter Martha greeted him and his dad and they went out for lunch. When Doris Clark (the Sharks Host Coordinator for 2011 and 2012) drove up with the 2nd one later that day I was home. I saw him get out of the car looking just as nervous and very young. It made me realize he was just a kid, like my own, who needed to be made to feel at home.

How did you break the ice?

Food! Stuffed shells seems to always be the first dinner at the beginning of the season. Who doesn't like Italian food?

After 3 seasons what is the best way to make a player feel at home in your home?

Be clear and upfront about rules and expectations. Ask many questions. Show them where EVERYTHING is, i.e. their room, the laundry, the kitchen, even where plates, glasses and silverware are. It helps a lot to have a kid who is the same age as them around too.

Do players discuss with you if they are not getting enough playing time?

Believe it or not they seem to understand how things work better than their parents do! Sure, they all want to play all the time, but for the most part they understand they are part of a team and that they have a roll to play. They are usually positive about other players who are having an awesome summer with great stats and sympathetic of others who are not. They do talk about wanting to be out there and hoping that they will be in the lineup, etc. Of course, I as a host family, want to go to the ballpark and see my players on the field too.

While not a requirement do you feed the players?

Yes, whenever I cook they are invited to eat dinner. I usually ask who will be around. It is not so often now that the games are at 7:00 PM and the dinner provided to them by the Sharks at the Shark Tank is so good. I do cook on days off and for those pitchers not travelling with the team . I also have tons of cereal, milk, h2o, Gatorade and snacks around most of the time.

Do other players come over to hang out with the players you are hosting?

Yes, I love when other players come over. I get to know them better that way. Sometimes it's just stopping in after the beach or to pick up a guy to go out for the night. Other times it's for dinner or to watch a game or tv show.

Do you give the players your house rules on day one?

Yes, usually over dinner. I don't have a ton of them. Just last guy in locks the front door and text me if you are going to be late etc.

Do you stay in contact with Players from the 1st year (2011) you were a host?

Yes, somewhat. You know Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I hear from them every now and again by text. I have gotten to see one of them play a few times since then on his college team.

Does the 9 weeks of summer baseball season go by slow or too fast?

For me it flies by! I get a little sad after Fourth of July because I know the season is half over and they will be going home soon.

How do you handle the situation when the players leave at the end of the season knowing they won't be back?

Well, I do not think of it as a "situation." It just is what it is. There is life beyond the Sharks and baseball and I still know that person. They are usually excited to go home and see family and friends as well as getting back to school and their teams. Therefore, it is bittersweet because I know they are going off to do something fun that they love, but I will miss them. Of course, sometimes you get lucky and you do get them back.

 

ALL PICTURES ON THIS WEB PAGE ARE PROVIDED BY TEAM PHOTOGRAPHER CAROL CHRISTOPHER