Woodlands Strykers Host Family Information
The Importance of Host Families
A host family is one of the most important and influential aspects of a baseball player’s summer league experience. Many
of the players on the Woodlands Strykers are in a brand new environment, away from both school and home. The goal of
the program is to help players adjust to moving to a new area, assist them as they get acquainted with the Woodlands
community, and provide a safe and stable living environment. It also provides an opportunity for the community to assist
in the development of these players on and off the field. The Strykers organization strongly believes the relationships that
are forged between players and their host families will be memorable and will last a lifetime.
Host Family Responsibilities
Host families are asked to provide housing for their assigned player(s) for the duration of their stay in The Woodlands.
Many players are expected to arrive prior to June 1, though several will join the team later because of their spring team’s
playoffs and the College World Series. The Strykers season, including playoffs, should conclude no later than August 15.
During that span, host families should provide:
One to two meals per day, depending on their schedule. Since games are at night, some players will sleep later in
the day and not eat breakfast. You will not be responsible for dinner after home games, since they will eat with the
team at the ballpark.
A bed and bathroom for each player you are housing.
Access to your house, usually by key or garage door opener.
Host families are not required to provide a vehicle to players. Many of the players will have their own car, so a place to
park will be necessary. If the player does not have a car, you may choose to lend him a vehicle, but that is entirely at your
discretion and risk. Also, host families are not required to provide insurance for players; insurance is covered by the
league and the player’s school.
Beyond that, we ask that you provide a welcoming environment for the players. For the two and a half months players are
in The Woodlands, host families are providing more than just housing, but a home. We simply request that you make
them feel at home.
Host Family Benefits
When you become a host family, you’ll be adding a new member to your family, not just taking on a tenant. Strykers
players are appreciative of the effort you will be making as a host family and can serve as positive role models for your
children. Yes, these are college-age kids, but they are respectful of their environment – nothing less will be tolerated by
the Strykers organization.
Host families will also receive season tickets for the entire Strykers season. Families are sure to love the excitement and
entertainment of Strykers baseball, and the players enjoy seeing their adopted families in the stands. You will also be
invited to any host family events the Strykers schedule. But the longest lasting benefit of becoming a host family is the
bond that will be forged between your family and a Strykers player, the sort of relationship that lasts for years. Players and
their host families have been known to keep in contact long after playing careers ended, remaining friends and sharing
Becoming a Host Family
To become a host family, the first step is to determine if you are able to fulfill these host family responsibilities. If there are
any questions or doubts, please speak to your family about it and feel free to contact Emily Longsworth at the Strykers
office to discuss the matter. Prospective host families are asked to complete a questionnaire, which will provide the
Strykers with a summary and profile of the family and the living environment. After the questionnaire has been submitted,
the Strykers will arrange a meeting to discuss the host family process more in depth and ensure it is a great fit for both
your family and our organization.
If you would like to receive an application to become a host family,
please contact Emily Longsworth at 214.708.0145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the survey below.