The Tri-City Chili Peppers are gearing up for what is sure to be a memorable second season. Some of the best college players from around the country will throw on a Chili Pepper uniform for the first time and get the opportunity to play in the highly competitive Coastal Plain League. One of the most unique experiences about Chili Pepper baseball is that our players and many of our interns will live within the Tri-City community during the season. Hosting a Chili Pepper player or intern will have a lasting impact on you and your family. The bond that is made during the summer will continue long after the season is over. Families often stay in touch with those that they have hosted; celebrating the successes throughout their careers. In 2019 alone, 92 CPL host families saw their hosted players get drafted into the First-Year Player MLB Draft!
As a host family, you are entrusted to provide essential comfort for our players and interns by both the Chili Pepper organization and the individual’s family. These folks are young adults and deserve a place in the house where they can go to rest, relax and have some time alone. We expect and require all players and interns to be respectful of their host family and the rules of the house. Each family should be considerate of their player or intern during our grueling schedule, too.
WHAT DO I PROVIDE?
Host families provide a home away from home for a player and a family support system.
WHY WOULD I WANT TO DO THIS?
Because it is a great family experience! It is exciting to go out and support your “adopted summer son” and the rest of the team. The Coastal Plain League is well-respected, and it is a chance to see talented college players who may one day make it to the majors! It is a family atmosphere that is just a lot of fun for all!
WHAT’S IT LIKE?
You don’t see them much. The Tri-City Baseball schedule is hectic, and they get in late; they usually sleep late because they are tired from the night before, and they leave mid-afternoon for the field! The Tri-City Baseball provide dinner for the players on game days, but the players need access to food for breakfast and lunch. How you do that varies from family to family. They don’t have many off days.
ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?
There is no guarantee that you will get a particular player or particular position or that your player will be here the whole summer. Placement is assigned based on many factors and things happen: situations arise and players leave (injuries, family circumstances, conditional contracts, etc.)
Players are expected to abide by YOUR house rules, but you must let them know what your expectations are.
Aside from a lifetime of memories, Chili Pepper hosts will receive great perks including tickets to every home game, access to private events and on-field recognition at one or more games at Shepherd Stadium. If you are interested in making the commitment to host one or more players or interns during our summer season, please contact Brent Ellenburg [(804) 896 - 2877 // [email protected]] or fill out the registration form below.