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Have a spare room and seat at the dinner table?

Alanna Davis

Love sport and supporting local Canberra teams?

Each season the Canberra Cavalry bring players to Canberra from overseas, including USA and Japan to help boost the Club and the competition, who play alongside local players.  


The Club relies on the goodwill of the Canberra community to assist with hosting a player in their home and welcomes them into their family. This year the Club is seeking families who are able to take a single player and a family who are able to take the team’s starting pitcher and his wife.


So, Canberra, the Cavalry needs your help! Here are some answers to Frequently Answered Questions:

  1. Players don’t need much, just a place to sleep, bathe and wash their grubby clothes (baseball uniforms aren’t always the cleanest!). And yeah you need to feed them, but it’s not like they’re rugby league players, right?
  2. Players are expected to help out, so it’s not like you’re their cleaner, cook and manager. But have that conversation with them at the outset so everyone is on the same page.
  3. Have you ever been to a game? Well, they can take a while, so most players are away Thursday to Sunday nights either playing here at our local Narrabundah Ball Park or playing somewhere else around the country. 
  4. Players do have their licence, and the Club arranges shared transport amongst the players, so there is little to no responsibility to “move them around”.   
  5. Being a host family means we can go to the game as the Cavalry’s guest, feel like we are part of the family and enjoy the atmosphere. On a beautiful summer evening, sitting in the shade with a wine and something to eat with the music and action going on around you is actually really enjoyable! And the kids love feeling that little bit more special!
  6. As a host family, you receive two tickets to the Club’s Presentation Dinner and who doesn’t like an excuse for a good party?
  7. My son is going to be a superstar at some sport (we’ve not settled on which sport that is just yet), so this is a great opportunity for him to get to know and be exposed to how hard elite athletes work and the importance of a decent diet. And as my son is an only child, this is a great opportunity for him to learn to share his bathroom.
  8. The friendship you and your family (extended included) will make are likely to be lifelong. I can’t stress this point more. I am still in contact with the girl I billeted 25 years ago as primary school students. 
  9. You will be helping to build another sport here in Canberra – baseball!  And we all know we need more diversity than just the two main footy codes!


Interested? Players will be arriving in the next few weeks and are likely to stay until around mid-February, depending on how successful the team is. So come on Canberra, don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity and contact Donn McMichael via [email protected] to find out more.   


Alanna Davis

A proud Canberran for the majority of her life, Alanna is a mother of a teenage boy and cute cavoodle. She spends most of the winter months on the sideline of her son’s football games and is a passionate supporter of Canberra’s Brumbies and Raiders and our Caps and Cavs in the warmer months. When she isn’t on the sidelines screaming and cheering, she champions equality for women and has a particular interest in the safety of women online. Currently studying while working full time, when Alanna has some downtime, you’ll find her reading or painting. More about the Author