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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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Stability and more support the story for NightOwls coaching staff

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Greg Frady, Gorman Heimueller, Sean FitzGerald are the only coaches the Nanaimo NightOwls have ever known.

With the West Coast League team entering its third season at historic Serauxmen Stadium, that trio will have some help for 2024 — and the local kind.

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Frady, the Head Coach and veteran of college and international baseball, is proud to add two local coaches to the staff — First Base Coach Tyler Moretti, and Mental Skills/Bullpen Coach Jordan Herbison.

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Pitching Coach Heimueller, amazingly, is approaching his 50th year in the game, a career that includes two World Series rings, while FitzGerald, who runs the offense from the third base box, brings a wealth of junior college experience from Skagit Valley College.

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Moretti is well known locally as a former Pirates player who went south to play at Jamestown College, also seeing time at then-named VIBI. He has coached at the PBL and collegiate level.

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Herbison, originally from Ontario, played at UBC and the former RHP is now an instructor at Vancouver Island University, and was the mental performance coach for the NightOwls in 2023.

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Herbison and Moretti will give NightOwls players more opportunities for development.

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Arm injuries in pro and college baseball — NightOwls make organizational statement

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Heimueller has served as a minor league pitching coach and coordinator for many MLB organizations, most recently with the Padres. He has World Series rings for his work with the Twins and Phillies.

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With the NightOwls, Gorm has enjoyed working with them all — but especially strong-command pitchers such as Nathan Buchan, Garrett Goodall, Jake Fleury and Josh Laukkanen.

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“Gorm loves to say he’s never seen a ground ball leave the park,” said Swanson.

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“We see athletes on our team and others using max effort rather than prioritizing strikes — that makes for longer games, too, another focus in baseball. If someone can throw 97, with healthy actions and commanding the baseball, that’s great — but few can and let’s stop turning our backs on pitchers who can get people out with pitch location as the priority.

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“There is too much focus on radar gun ratings, on spin rate readouts, and Gorm and our coaching staff will be developing and rewarding pitchers who locate pitches and get batters out.”

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The NightOwls are excited about the player roster for the coming season, and the mix of pitchers on the roster — different styles, to create different looks and get the 27 outs required to win games.

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Victoria HarbourCats – 2024 Season Ticket Pick-up Event

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WE ARE BACK! 2024 Season Tickets Available for Pick-Up

May 17, 2024

We are inviting all season ticket holders, host families, and fans to join us for our annual “MAX MIXER” Season Ticket Holder Pick Up Event on Tuesday, May 28th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at MAX FURNITURE at 3460 Quadra St. in Victoria.

WHAT: Season Ticket Pick-Up and Pre-Season Mixer
WHERE: MAX FURNITURE – 3460 Quadra St.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 28th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Come meet your fellow fans, grab your season tickets, and mingle with HarbourCats staff and Harvey the HarbourCat as we kickoff the 2024 season.

There will be ticket and merchandise deals offered exclusively at the event.

NO RSVP required but if you have any questions, please contact the HarbourCats office at 778-265-0327.

If you can’t make the event, you can pick up your tickets at the HarbourCats office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street. Open M-F 9AM to 5PM, and Saturdays 10AM to 4PM.

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