Become a Host Family
Thank you so much for your interest in becoming a host family for one or more of the Sylvan Lake Gulls players. The Gulls are thrilled to be a part of the Sylvan Lake community and excited about their inaugural season at Pogadl Park, Central Alberta’s hub for baseball.
As a billet, you should know that the season is a short one running from the end of May until the middle of August. Therefore host families are required for Gulls players beginning at the end of May and players will be leaving to return to college around mid-August.
Our players will be moving from their universities and colleges throughout Canada and the United States to become a Sylvan Lake Gull. Each of our players are committed to their dreams of becoming professional baseball players, and completing their academic goals. Our roster will be disciplined, polite, and respectful young men.
What is expected from a host family?
Since the Gulls play approximately 58 games in 60 days, half of these on the road, the players will be away for a significant amount of time. As a host family, your main job is to provide accommodation. With the players at the field so much of their days and playing such a compacted schedule, accommodation is first and foremost. To a lesser degree, host families will be expected to provide some meals and transportation to our stadium when the team is at home. Again, with the number of games and travel, this should be a modest requirement. To the extent host families can assist with transportation (for example, dropping a player off at the stadium) that would be helpful. For the most part, players tend to make their own transportation arrangements or ride bikes if available for them.
How many billets do the Gulls need?
At this point, it is difficult to say how many Gulls players will be from our local area. Once our roster is finalized we will have a definitive answer. However it is possible that players will “double up”, which means host families can house two players. This is often an easier situation for both players and the host families.
What do the Gulls offer billet families?
Because of the short season and amount of time players will spend on the road, the Gulls reimburse host families $500/player per season. Host families also receive two season tickets for all Gulls home games. Bonus: Housing a Gulls player (or two) has the added benefit of being a mentor to your own budding little league stars in your family!
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