If you are interested in becoming a host family for the 2017 season, please read the information below...
Host Families are a long standing and highly honored part of Minor League Professional Baseball. Virtually all teams in Independent Leagues and Major League affiliated teams below Class AA, have Host Families for the majority of their players. These programs are a vital part of a player’s success both on and off the field. Having players become a part of a local family helps these young men stay grounded in an unfamiliar city, build their life skills and affords them the stability they need at “home” to concentrate on building their baseball skills in an incredibly competitive profession.
Opening your home to a professional baseball player, as well as to the daily grind and lifestyle of an elite athlete, is an experience that few people have the opportunity to enjoy. The American Association is often the last effort a hardworking, highly motivated player will make in attaining his ultimate goal: playing in the Major Leagues.
These players bring their talents and skills to the American Association despite making meager wages, which makes the need for host families extremely important. Becoming a host family truly allows a household to join the Cleburne Railroaders family. The recognition and perks one receives as compensation for becoming a host family is worth more than money. The memories and relationships host families make with their “host sons” are invaluable and will last a lifetime.
The Railroaders Host Family Program is extremely important to the entire baseball operation. By hosting a player, you give that player a sense of home during the course of a long season. It is something that has proven to be a very rewarding experience for both players and host families over the course of the league's history. It is also a way to experience the behind-the-scenes environment of what it is like to be a member of our team during the course of a season - an experience that cannot be obtained any other way.
Players in the league have always been very appreciative of the willingness of host families to open their homes and, in a way, adopt them into their family. These relationships are often kept long past the time the player lives with their host family.
Certainly, it is a commitment to open one's home for an entire season and it is our goal to assist prospective host families in pairing them with a player in the most comfortable fit for both parties. Host families are more than welcome to set parameters regarding the living environment and expectations that must be met. After all, it is still your home.
Thank you for your interest in being a host family!