Host Families

host-familyOne of the key elements in the success of any collegiate summer baseball program is the willingness of local families to serve as Host Families. These families take the players into their homes for the summer, providing a safe and comfortable place for them to live and make it possible for us to have a local team.

Being a Host Family means providing a player with nutritious meals, a comfortable place to sleep and store his belongings. The players are required to live under your house rules and be respectful of your home, family and family activities. We ask our Host Families to provide a clean and pleasant environment, including a bedroom, for the player staying with them, along with reasonable use of bathroom and laundry facilities.

If you would be willing to serve as a Host Family or would like more information about becoming a Host Family, please contact us as soon as possible, as we are still in need of several families who can take a player or two for the upcoming season. Thank you in advance for considering becoming a Host Family.


Perks of Hosting A Chico Heat Player

  • Four (4) Reserved Section Season Tickets
  • 50% off Concessions (alcohol excluded)
  • 15% Discount on Chico Heat Merchandise

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GWL Attendance Grows Year Two

Extreme Heat Burns Chico

September 28, 2017, Chico, CA:  Following a stellar inaugural season, Great West League overall attendance showed an increase in 2017.  "We're extremely happy with how our infant league is growing," said GWL Commissioner Ken Wilson.  "We had more fans attend our games this season than last."

Attendance in the recently completed regular season totaled 192,115, for an average of 1,076 per game.  In 2016, the league drew 191,629 in 17 fewer dates.  The 2017 post-season featured 8-games and drew 9,625, for an average of 1,203.  "With a total attendance of 201,740, it's the first time we've passed 200,000," noted Wilson.

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The Portland Pickles drew 50,514 fans, an average of 1,684 per game, to lead the league.  The Pickles average attendance increased 8% over 2016 and ranked #18 in the Summer Collegiate Top 100 Per Game Average Attendance, published by Ballpark Business.

In the 2016 season , the Chico Heat lead the Great West League in both total attendance and average game attendance. The Heat also set the GWL single game attendance record with 4,415 people on the 4th of July. Nationally, in their inaugural season Chico ranked 15th in total attendance and 21st in the country for average attendance.

In 2017, due to the hottest summer in decades, Chico attendance faltered a bit. “We had twice as many triple digit temperatures at game time than we had all of last season which resulted in large numbers of people choosing to stay inside” said Heat GM Hunter Hampton. Despite the extreme temperatures of 2017, the Chico Heat finished second in the GWL attendance derby, setting a new league record for single game attendance of 4,473, averaging 1,337 per game and ranking #38 in the Top 100 ranking

ABOUT THE GREAT WEST LEAGUE: The Great West League is one of the premier summer collegiate wood bat leagues in North America, providing a professional, minor league-like atmosphere for top college players seeking professional baseball careers, while providing affordable family entertainment and enriching the quality of life in its member communities.