MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League (ABCCL, www.abccl.com) needs your help to get the 2011 season off to a great start! We are currently seeking host families in Monmouth and Ocean Counties to house some of our out-of-state college players who will be competing on the Jersey Shore this summer.

The ABCCL, now going into its ninth season, is in the process of filing for official non-profit status, and the league exists solely to benefit college players by maximizing their playing opportunities. Several of our players are not from New Jersey, and need a place to stay this summer. These players all come highly recommended by their coaches as “good kids” who don’t drink or smoke, and having one in your home this summer could be a wonderful experience.

The players are more than willing to help out around the house, doing odd jobs like cutting lawns or cleaning pools, and are especially great as role models to younger children, as they’d be happy to train and teach the game to the kids.

The expectations of a host family are to provide housing for the player, and though not required, invitations to family meals are always welcome! Players will miss several meals a week due to practice and their four weekly games, and many of them also have summer jobs. The players either have their own cars or are on a carpool schedule and have their own transportation to and from games and work. A weekly stipend may also be available to help ease the cost of housing a player.

The host family concept has been successfully in existence for many years now where people such as Ivette Fernicola, a mother of two high school age boys, have continually supported these out-of-state ballplayers and offered them a warm environment to live in. The experience of being a host family is an amazing opportunity as seen by Fernicola: “Hosting has been nothing but positive. We have a laid back household atmosphere here and the players really fit in and become part of the family.”

These players are just college kids with a love of the game looking to enjoy a summer of baseball on the Jersey Shore. We understand that it’s a tough economy and money is tight almost everywhere, but housing a player is a truly rewarding experience that you won’t regret. If you, or someone you know is interested or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to call Monique Koehler, ABCCL President, at (732) 671-4370 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. anytime. We genuinely appreciate your help!