The Derby Twins baseball team is comprised of college baseball players from across
the nation. The players spend the entire summer (June 1 - August 15) in Derby
playing in the Jayhawk League. Opponents of the Derby Twins include teams
from El Dorado, Dodge City, Hays, Liberal, and Haysville. In addition,
the Twins will play local teams from other leagues to fill out a schedule of 38
regular season games as well as tournament games in the NBC Regional and World Series.
While in Derby, these young men stay in the homes of local host families.
The players are not paid and have very little free time to work while living in
Derby and therefore need affordable living while they are far from home. Host
families make it possible for the Twins to continue recruiting the best players
from across the country.
Please consider opening your home to a Derby Twins player this summer!
Host Family Responsibilities:
- Provide living accommodations which include: a bed, a clean environment, and a positive family atmosphere. A player should have access to comfortable living environments throughout the home including a working clean restroom facility. While these do not have to be private non-shared accommodations the player needs to feel comfortable living in the areas of your home that you open to him.
- Access to meals/food in the home when the player is not traveling
- Access to in-home laundry faclilities
- Participate (if possible) with your player and his family during family weekend
- Players must be able to come and go from the home according to their game schedule
(i.e. arriving home very late from an away game)
- Allow Twins board member to inspect accommodations if needed.
Transportation is NOT a host family responsibility!
Benefits of being a host family:
- Get to know a potential major league baseball player
- Good family entertainment
- Role model for host family children
- Get to know players and families from all over the country
- Lifelong friendships
- Help make it possible for the Derby community to have a summer college baseball
- Costs associated with hosting a player are tax deductible
Frequently Asked Questions:
What happens if a host family goes on vacation?
Once a family gets to know their player, they often choose to let the player continue
to live at the home during the vacation period. If the family is not comfortable
with this option, the Twins organization will place the player at another host family's
home for the vacation period.
What if a host family decides after a player is placed in the home, that the player
is not a good fit for the family?
Rarely has this been a problem since the boys recruited to play for the Twins are
of the highest skill level and are very well-disciplined. However, if for some reason
the payer and family are not a good fit; the Twins organization will immediatley
move the player to anoher host family. The Derby Twins organization has no tolerance
for players with any behavioral issues and will immediately send any problem player
When do players arrive and how long do they stay?
As a rule all of the players arrive the first of June; however, some players have
commitments to their college teams that bring them in later. The players stay until
the Twins are eliminated in the NBC World Series (early to mid August).
If I don't want to be a host family, are there other ways I can be involved?
Absolultely. Consider being part of the Derby Twins Boster Club, volunteer during
games, help on the committee, or volunteer during the off-season.
Do all the players have their own transportation?
Not all players bring their own vehicles, but most do. Those who do not are placed
in host family sitations where there is another player either living close or the
same home. Under no circumstance should a player use a host family's private vehicle.
Who do I call to become a host family or if I have more questions?