USA Baseball brings unique
Host Family Experience to Cary, NC,
for 2008 Tournament of Stars

After a very successful Tournament of Stars debut in the Triangle in 2007, USA Baseball will again bring a unique host family opportunity to the area. The Tournament of Stars is made up of the nation's 144 best ballplayers aged 18-under and serves as the organization's selection vehicle for its 18U National Team. Through the support of Major League Baseball, all of the players' expenses are covered to attend this event, from the time they board the plane to come to North Carolina, until the time they board the plane to return home.

The largest and most important piece of this support network of course, is the 72 host families that will open their homes and hearts to these players. USA Baseball and the communities surrounding the new National Training Complex in Cary, NC, initialized this host family network in 2007, and it is exactly this host family experience that has separated the Tournament of Stars as a truly special event for both its participant players and coaches and the highly hospitable host families. While most 2007 host families will return, not all families' schedules will allow them to host annually, so we look forward to broadening this experience and recapturing this same magical interaction with some new host families in 2008.

These players are hand-selected from all over the country, and are eager to impress on the national stage that USA Baseball provides. In addition to their on-field drive, the typical player excels away from the field as well. While serving as a host family requires adding two new "kids" for a week, the friendships that are forged in that short week, between the players and their host families, last a lifetime.

Please click here for an application (simply print and fax to the number on the application) to join this outstanding event as a host family.

Where: USA Baseball National Training Complex at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, NC

Dates / Format: June 16-23, 2008

Thursday, June 12: Host Family Meeting / Orientation
Sunday, June 15: Staff Arrives
Monday, June 16: Players Arrive / Event Orientation
Tuesday - Friday, June 17 - 20: TOS Pool Play Games
Saturday, June 21: TOS Semifinals
Sunday, June 22: TOS Finals
Monday, June 23: Staff & Players Depart

Hosted Players (ideally 9 families / team):

AABC American Legion Babe Ruth Dixie Pony NABF RBI USA Baseball
18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

Host Family Benefits & Responsibilities (each family hosts two athletes from the same team):

Benefits: Gain lifelong friendships with some of the nation's brightest future stars, both on and off the baseball field.
Attendance: Attend Host Family Orientation on June 12th and Event Orientation on June 16th to meet and greet your athletes
Housing: Separate beds for each athlete
Meals: Provide up to three (3) square meals per day (a few meals will be provided by the event) Transportation: Daily transportation to and from games / practices (one event per day), both athletes will attend the same events
Laundry: Clean both players' game / practice uniforms daily