The Royal Oak Leprechauns, a member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League, are looking for families in the Oakland County, Michigan area to consider becoming a host family for our players. We are looking for host families only for the summer months of June and July. In 2018, we had NCAA Division 1 players from California, Illinois, North Carolina and many other areas that came into town to compete for the summer. The first two years of our operation, we have housed many of these players in college apartments. We would like our Leprechaun players to be more actively involved in the community and would like to find them opportunities to make a positive impact on families in the Royal Oak and Oakland County communities.
The Royal Oak Leprechauns need host families each year for players and staff. Host families play a crucial role in summer collegiate baseball, as many of the players on the Leprechauns roster are not from Oakland County area in Michigan. As NCAA student athletes, Leprechaun players are not allowed to accept pay for playing in a summer league. As result, summer collegiate baseball leagues have traditionally relied on local families to house their players.
Host families are obligated to provide a spare bedroom and access to a bathroom and laundry facilities. In addition, the Royal Oak Leprechauns ask that host families would provide a packed lunch and small breakfast most days. Leprechaun players are expected to help out around the host family’s home with daily chores or activities. They are available to assist on most days in the mornings.
Hosting a Leprechaun player can be a rewarding experience for the host family. Leprechaun players are excellent role models for young children and teenagers, and are great company for the entire household. Often players and host families share a friendship that lasts well beyond the end of the season. Leprechaun players are from all over the country and mostly from NCAA Division 1 schools.
HOST FAMILY PROGRAM FAQ
What does it mean to be a host family?
To be a host family means that the Royal Oak Leprechaun players that are assigned to you have a place to call “home” and a family who takes interest in them while they are miles away from their hometown.
What do the host families provides?
The Royal Oak Leprechauns need housing for approximately 25 baseball players each summer. The families must provide a bed, breakfast, and lunch for the majority of the days. Players are provided with dinner after each game, but on “off” days, host families should plan on players eating with them.
Where do host families come from?
To provide the players with minimal drive time and to keep gas costs low, the Royal Oak Leprechauns prefer that host families are located within the Royal Oak area or within close proximity to the Royal Oak city limits. Interested families are from local churches or have heard of the program through the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League.
What is the schedule like for the baseball players?
With a 42-game summer schedule and daily team activities, the players have minimal down time. The team has several camps that keep the players going from one thing to the next. There is an All-Star break in the middle of the summer that gives players three days off, if they have not been chosen for the All-Star team. Players will have their own transportation that most likely will need to be parked at the host family’s house.
If you are interested in hosting a player or players, please contact us at your earliest convenience.