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The Yakima Valley Pippins Invite You to Consider
Becoming a Player Host Family for the 2018 Season!
What is the host family program? Great question!
Because all of our players are unpaid collegiate amateurs, housing becomes a perennial challenge. West Coast Leage teams rely on the generosity of families, in their respective communities, to house players for the summer season.
What is expected of host families: Host families feed and house their guest player(s) during the three-month West Coast League season; provide daily transportation (when required) to and from the ballpark; integrate their player(s) into family activities (as much as possible); and introduce them to the culture of the Yakima Valley. Though considered developing professionals, our players are still young men who are still learning to live away from home. Host families provide a home-like environment that these young men can lean on as they take their first steps toward independent living. Players start arriving the first week of June, and stay through the middle of August.
Major League All-Star Player and Pacific Baseball Ventures partner Jeff Cirillo fondly remembers his host family experiences while playing summer baseball in Alaska: “I stayed in touch with my host families from collegiate wood bat and minor league play,” Cirillo said. “It was great to get the occasional letter from them and to see them from time to time, as I traveled around to different Major League stadiums during my playing career. They were a big part of my progression from college baseball to Major League Baseball.”
Email us today to learn how you can be a part of this wonderful tradition!.