Bellingham Bells seek host families to house players

Bellingham’s collegiate summer baseball team is looking for volunteer host families to provide food and lodging for its players.

More than 30 players on the Bellingham Bells 2014 roster will begin arriving in town on June 1. The Bells’ season opener is scheduled for Friday, June 6, on the road in Walla Walla.

The team’s first home game, which will be played at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham, is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. on Monday, June 9, against the Klamath Falls Gems.

The Bells’ season wraps up mid-August.

Like other teams in the West Coast League, the Bells utilize host families to cut overhead costs. Players arrive from regional universities and others across the nation, including the University of Maine, Arizona State University, the University of Washington and UCLA.

Basic requirements for host families include providing a clean, nonsmoking, safe and pleasant environment for players, as well as providing meals when they are in town. The Bells also ask that players have a private room or sleeping area, as well as access to a bathroom, kitchen and laundry area.

Host families will receive complimentary tickets to all home games for each member of the family living at home, as well as a 50 percent discount on registration for the Bells’ Coaches Camp for each (age appropriate) child living at home.

Families will also receive special Bells merchandise, a 20 percent discount on all Bells team merchandise throughout the season, an invitation to a host family celebration, and a special night at the ballpark on July 30 where the team and the community will honor host families.

For more information, contact the team’s general manager, Nick Caples, at 360-746-0406 or

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