What is a billet family?
Many players leave home to play Junior hockey. A billet or host family home is where a player lives during the season. This is a player’s home-away-from-home.
Are billet families paid?
A pre-established fee of $365 per player per month is paid to the billet family. This helps with additional household expenses, especially food and drink. Billet families are asked to provide food for breakfast and lunch, as well as a prepared meal for dinner.
Is there a “typical” host family?
Host families may be two-parent families, single-parent families, and, occasionally an “empty nester.” The common denominator is a desire by the family to make a difference in a player’s life.
Can a family host more than one player?
Yes. Two players can share transportation expenses, and often provide company for one another. The only requirement is that each player has adequate space/living arrangements. Each player is expected to have his own bed, closet or dresser, and acceptable access to a restroom.
How long does a player stay?
Players arrive in mid-late August. The host family commitment is through the end of the hockey season (mid-late March). Sometimes an arrangement is made between the player’s family and the billet family for the player to stay until the end of the school semester; however, this is rare.
Who pays if a player is injured or needs medical attention during his stay?
Players must have medical insurance from their own families. Billet parents are never responsible for medical payments.
Will players join our family for personal events?
You are welcome to invite players to join you for family celebrations or activities; however, it is not mandatory for you to do so. All players will have time off at the holidays.
What if we go out of town for a night or weekend?
This is not a problem. Please notify the billet coordinator if you are going to be out of town, and arrangements will be made for your billeted player to stay at another house for that time.
We are very busy and aren’t home a lot during the day and evening, due to our work and kids’ schedules. Can we still billet?
Absolutely. All players will have busy schedules between practice, workouts, film, job / school, and community service. Players aren’t reliant on families for transportation, generally speaking. Players will carpool with their teammates to and from hockey functions whenever possible. Clear communication between the player and billets is key to creating the best environment possible for everyone.