Become A Grand Junction Rockies Host Family

By Grand Junction Rockies | February 27, 2017 11:17 AM ET

The Grand Junction Rockies are now accepting applications for families to host players during the 2017 season. Since the Grand Junction Rockies inception in 2012, host families in our community have played an essential role in keeping professional baseball alive and well in the greater Grand Junction Area. The Grand Junction Rockies Host Family Program has helped hundreds of young men adjust to life as a professional baseball player by providing them with a welcoming home for the summer as they begin their journey to the big leagues. Host families are not financially compensated, but will be given season tickets to come watch their player develop during their time in Grand Junction. All players on the Grand Junction Rockies are either drafted or signed as a free-agent and are under contract with the Colorado Rockies. If you are interested in hosting Rockies players for the season, please see the details below.

 

Ideal Host Families:

 

Committed to the entire season (June-September).

 

Live within 15 Miles of Suplizio Field.

 

Provide free room and board in a safe and clean environment.

 

Players will need to have their own room (if hosting more than one player, two can share a room,provided they have their own beds) and have access to a bathroom, laundry, and refrigerator.

 

Players are required to provide food for themselves, but a home cooked meal every now and then is always appreciated.

 

Assistance with transportation may be helpful for some players, but this is not required.

 

The host family should have their own set of house rules that the player will be required to follow, but should be aware that players often arrive home late at night after games or after a road trip.

 

Why do we request host families:

 

Players make a very low salary, since Grand Junction is typically a players first step or entry level to professional baseball.

 

Due to frequent organizational transactions, some players might be in Grand Junction for a brief amount of time and then leave on short notice.

 

Finding an apartment for a 3-month lease is very difficult.

 

Players spend very few hours at home.

 

Host families help players adjust to life as a professional baseball player, typically all players are signed right out of high school or college.

 

The Grand Junction Rockies and the Colorado Rockies hope you consider this opportunity to open your home to a player this season. Please contact Tim at timray@gjrockies.com or stop by the Rockies front office or call Joe at 970-255-7625 with any questions you may have or to request an application to be a host family.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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