Pickles Players stay with local host families during the season. This is a tremendously rewarding experience for both the players and for the host families.
If you are interested in hosting a player(s) on the Pickles, please call our office at: 503-775-3080
Portland Pickles Host Family Information
In selecting our host families, we look for candidates interested in the team, student-athletes and our community who are dedicated to making our players’ summer experience positive and memorable. Portland Pickles host families spend time with their player(s) and treat them as if they are part of the family. Players typically arrive at the end of May and will leave in mid August at the conclusion of the season. However, they are on the road half of this time. When the players are in town they spend most of their time at the gym or ball park, so they typically spend a limited amount of time at your home. The Pickles benefit greatly from host family support as host families help shape the players perception of the organization and community. Host families significantly contribute to the success of the team.
It will be helpful if your residence is close to Walker Stadium. This allows players to be close to the park and also keeps players closer together. Some players will have a vehicle but there will be some that do not. We are looking to the players to car pool or take public transportation; however that is not always in their best interest for game/practice time. You are not required to provide transportation but please feel free to offer if you would like. There may be instances where your player asks for a ride.
Your player(s) must have a private room for sleep and study. If you host two players, it is fine to have them share one room, but two separate beds must be provided. Each player’s bed should be dressed with clean linens and have a pillow. If you have young children, please ask them to respect the student’s privacy and belongings. The room should also have adequate light and ventilation.
A private bathroom is not required. If a player is sharing a family bathroom, they should have a place for personal grooming items and the door should lock from the inside for privacy.
Players are expected to do their own laundry, but they will need access to laundry facilities including a washer and dryer.
Players must have access to the kitchen and utensils to cook and eat meals and snacks. Please provide players with adequate cupboard space and shelf space in the refrigerator to store personal food items.
Photograph by David Shenson