Storm prepared to blow into town, still in need of host families |

Storm prepared to blow into town, still in need of host families

In less than a month, the Steamboat Storm baseball team will take the field at Emerald Park for the first games of the team's six-week season.

But before that can happen, the team needs to line up a number of host families who are willing to put a roof over a player’s head for at least three and as many as six weeks during the summer. Dave Roy, who helped bring the team to Steamboat Springs, said it's an opportunity for the community to support baseball in the Yampa Valley and for families with young players to get an inside look at what it takes for a player to make it at the collegiate level.

"This is an excellent program," Roy said of the Storm, which has been representing Steamboat Springs in the Mountain West Summer Collegiate Baseball League. This is a great chance for families with children playing in the Yampa Valley Baseball League to have personal contact with a player. It's a chance for young players to be exposed to what is possible and to get to know a player who is competing at that college level."

Roy said he has about three weeks to line up a place for the team's 22 players and two coaches to stay for the six-week summer season, which will kick off for the Storm on June 6. Roy said in order to reduce the pressure, they are asking families to host a player for three-week sessions. However, if a home wishes to open its doors for the entire six weeks, that would be fine with him.

He currently has homes for seven of the 22 players on the team. He also needs to line up homes for two coaches.

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"We still have a ways to go," Roy said.

He said a representative will be on hand to answer questions and, hopefully, generate interest during the sign up for the Yampa Valley Baseball League on May 8. He added the local youth baseball organization has always supported the Storm, and he hopes to find that support again this year.

Last season, the Steamboat Storm finished in second place in the Mountain West Summer Collegiate Baseball League. The team lost to Glenwood/Carbondale in the championship game.

The team hopes to carry that momentum into this season, when it opens play the first week in June. Steamboat will compete against teams from Parker, Summit County, Vail, Eagle, Grand Junction, Rangely and Glenwood/Carbondale.

Roy said the success and continued presence of the Steamboat Storm is dependent upon securing housing for the players and coaches.

Those interested in helping the team with housing are asked to contact Roy at 970-819-6868.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966