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Host Families Needed for 2022

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Host families are an integral part of any summer collegiate baseball team and are the lifeblood of the team’s success.  The NorthPaws roster is comprised of college athletes from across North America, who will call Kamloops home for two and a half months in the summer.  As a host family, you are providing a ‘home away from home’ for your players during the NorthPaws season.  In return, you will gain a memorable summer experience and most likely, a long-lasting friendship. Host families often refer to their players as an adopted member of their family, as you form a bond that will last far beyond the end of the season.

 

The NorthPaws receive great media coverage and the team presents an opportunity for these young adults to learn how to be professional baseball players.  The NorthPaws’ season is relatively short but is very demanding.  The West Coast League (WCL) season sees the NorthPaws play a minimum of 54 games, plus playoffs.  During this busy season, your NorthPaws players will have 27 of these games on the road.

 

Should the team qualify for the WCL playoffs, the season could be extended into mid-August.  Accordingly, host families are required for our players from the beginning of June until mid-August.

 

Expectations of a Host Family

Your primary role as a host family is to provide a safe and pleasant home environment for your player(s) for the duration of the season.  Players will require comfortable sleeping quarters and access to a bathroom (with bedding & towels) as well as laundry equipment for their personal clothes (the team launders their uniforms).  Families should be prepared to provide food for 2 meals per day (breakfast & dinner).  Transportation to and from the field is not required but is gratefully appreciated if and when you are able.  The majority of home games start at 6:35 pm and typically players are expected at the field early afternoon.  When they arrive home late after the game, they will most likely need access to the shower.

 

Let your player know your house rules as they apply to your player and feel free to include them in family gatherings, dinner, outings, etc.

 

Compensation

In addition to NorthPaws season tickets, a small stipend is provided to assist with the cost of groceries.

 

If you are interested, please contact the Host Family Coordinator at billeting@northpawsbaseball.ca or call the office at 250-299-5247.

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UBC Righties Re-Commit to NorthPaws for 2022

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Right-handed pitchers Sean Heppner and Vic Domingo signed with the NorthPaws for the 2022 season. The pair of first-year righties from the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds had initially signed to play in Kamloops during the 2021 season and have recommitted to the expansion team. They are both products of the BC Premier Baseball League and have had their collegiate debuts delayed by a year as the Thunderbirds were unable to play in 2021. The attended the Blue Jays’ 2019 Tournament T12 showcase together and were dorm mates during their first year at university, so it’s only fitting they will make their West Coast League debuts together in Kamloops.

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Victoria HarbourCats – Investors added to group that owns HarbourCats, NightOwls

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The Victoria HarbourCats and Nanaimo NightOwls have added six new people to their ownership group.

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NorthPaws Single-Game Tickets Available for 2022 Season

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Tickets for the Kamloops NorthPaws 2022 regular season are now available. The inaugural season schedule features nine three-game series from the end of May through the beginning of August. Highlighted […]

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