The Importance of Host Families: A host family is one of the most important aspects of The Big 26 Experience. Many players are away from home for the first time and are apprehensive (as are their parents) about staying with a strange family. Your job as a host family is to make the player feel as welcome as possible and put his parent’s mind at ease about their son’s stay at your home. You will form a memorable relationship with the player; while providing an invaluable service to the Big 26 Baseball Classic.
Host Family Responsibilities and Requirements:
- Must be available Thursday evening through Sunday (Dates for 2017 TBD) to provide transportation to drop off and pick up your player at designated times. No drivers are permitted other than the host mom or dad and no motorcycles are permitted.
- Smoking is not permitted in the presence of the player.
- Two spouses must be living full-time in the household.
- The player is not permitted to drive his own car during the duration of his stay. If the player drives himself to the opening picnic on Thursday evening you are to keep his keys until after the last game on Sunday and not allow him to drive his car.
- Host families have to complete a National Criminal Background check (each host parent) every three years. New host families must complete the clearances through our process and then every three years thereafter. You can complete this by going on-line at https://opportunities.averity.com/Big33SF and completing the form. All clearances must be completed at the time of application and in the Big 33 office before you can be considered as a Big 26 host family. Obtaining all clearances is at the expense of the host family. The cost is $13 per person. Along with that, you will need to submit a copy of your current driver’s license (each parent). Those copies can be faxed to Mel Santor at (717) 774-1749 or mailed to her at: Mel Santor, Big 33 Scholarship Foundation, 724 S. 22nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104.
- Host families are required to carry a minimum of $300,000 liability insurance on both their homeowners and their automobile insurance policies and must provide Big 33 with a copy of the declaration page of their insurance policies showing the liability amounts or a letter from their insurance company stating that the insured carries the required limits.
- Must provide player with his own bed (preferably bedroom) for his stay. He may share a bathroom.
Beyond the above, we ask you to provide a welcoming environment for your player(s); always making him/them feel at home. Host Family Benefits: When you become a host family, you’ll be adding a new member to your family. Big 26 players are appreciative of the effort you will be making as a host family and can serve as a positive role model for your children. They are to be respectful to you, your family, and the environment you are giving them – nothing less will be tolerated by our organization. Host families will be invited to the welcoming picnic on Thursday evening. There will be some fun events that evening as well to watch, which will include a Big 26 Challenger Game. Host families will receive four (4) weekend passes to all three baseball games (Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday evening). 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 and requirements. Prospective host families are asked to complete the Big 26 host family application. Then complete a background clearance for each host parent. After the application is submitted we will review everything carefully and be in touch with you. To Complete the Big 26 host family application please Click Here
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