The Importance of Host Families
A host family is one of the most important and influential aspects of a Shreveport Rafters player experience. While some of our players are from the Shreveport area, many of them will be in a brand new environment, away from both school and home. The goal of the host family program is to help players adjust to moving to a new area and to provide a safe and stable living environment. It also provides an opportunity for the community to assist in the development of these players on and off the field. The Shreveport Rafters FC organization believe that many of the relationships forged between players and their host families will be memorable and will last a lifetime. There really is no other way to get this close to the team and the game.
Host Family Responsibilities
Host families are asked to provide housing for their assigned player(s) for the duration of their stay in Shreveport. Many players are expected to arrive in the final week of March, though several will join the team later because of classes, the playoffs, and other College commitments. The Rafters season, including playoffs, should conclude no later than the second week in August. During that span, host families should provide:
- 3 meals per day when the team is at home, depending on their schedule. Sometimes the players will be fed when travelling with the team.
- A bed and bathroom facilities with use of shower for each player you are housing.
- Access to in house Laundry appliances.
- Access to kitchen / refrigerator facilities
- Access to your house, usually by key or garage door opener.
Guest Player Responsibilities:
- Be respectful of host family house rules including but not limited to curfew, visitors, meal times, internet usage (if permitted) and general conduct
- Families will be expecting a certain amount of contact time with guests. Players will be prepared to socialize, and be involved in family activities where suitable.
Family Responsibilities do not include:
- Including the house guest in typical family routine is at the discretion of the host family
- Laundry of house guest
- Any Transportation of house guest
- Hosting guests of the house guest
Guest Player Responsibilities do not include:
- Baby sitting or child minding
- Transportation of any family members
- Preparing meals or doing laundry for host family
Once a player and family have agreed to the arrangement, there will be a two-week trial period in which either party will be able to cancel the agreement.
Some players will have their own car, so a place to park will be necessary. If the player does not have a car, he will carpool with other players to get to training and games. Host families are not required to provide a vehicle to players; you may choose to lend him a vehicle, but that is entirely at your discretion.
Beyond that, we ask that you provide a welcoming environment for the players. While players are in Shreveport host families provide more than just housing, you provide a home. We simply request that you make them feel at home.
Host Family Benefits
When you become a host family, you’ll be adding a new member to your family, not taking on a tenant. Rafters FC players are appreciative of the effort you will be making as a host family, and they can serve as positive role models for your children. Yes, these are college-age kids, but they are respectful of their environment–nothing less will be tolerated by our organization.
Host families will also receive season tickets for the entire Rafters FC season.. Families love the excitement of semi pro caliber soccer and family-friendly entertainment in Shreveport, and the players enjoy seeing their adopted families in the stands. The longest-lasting benefit of becoming a host family, though, is the bond that will be forged between your family and your Rafters player, the sort of relationship that lasts for years. Many players and their host families have kept in contact long after they leave Shreveport, remaining friends and sharing milestones from graduating college to getting married.
Becoming a Host Family
To become a host family, the first step is to determine if you are able to fulfill these host family responsibilities. If there are any questions or doubts, please speak to your family about it and feel free to contact Rafters FC office to discuss the matter.
Prospective host families are asked to complete a questionnaire, which will provide the team with a summary and profile of the family and the living environment. After the questionnaire has been submitted, you will be contacted by our host family coordinator to answer any questions and discuss the next step in the process.