The Day I Almost Quit Billeting For Good

August 11, 2018By billetbetter

  A few years ago, my billet son fractured his wrist during the season. I took him to the doctor, proudly prepared with all his insurance and guardianship details. But funny thing. Medical forms aren’t made for hockey billeting. Even when you fill in the player’s insurance info, the form likely requires you—the person bringing … Read More

3 Things New Billet Hosts Don’t Know–And Should

3 Things New Billet Hosts Don’t Know–And Should

August 8, 2018By billetbetter

“Hey there! How would you like to have a huge teenager you’ve never met come live with you for 6 months? He’ll double your grocery bill. And he likes to hit guys and wield a big stick.” Those may not be the words you’re saying to potential billet families. But it just might be what … Read More

The Real Reason You Can’t Get Billets

The Real Reason You Can’t Get Billets

August 7, 2018By billetbetter

    Before you know it, the boys will back on the ice—and back with billet families. Are you ready? Gulp. The fact is, most hockey teams are still scrambling to find billet families just 14 days before players report. It makes an unplaced player and his parents nervous. It makes billet coordinators crazy. And … Read More

How To Get Fantastic Feedback for Your Billet Program

How To Get Fantastic Feedback for Your Billet Program

August 7, 2018By billetbetter

If you’re a billet coordinator, you’re probably pretty busy asking unsuspecting locals to be part of your junior hockey team’s billet program. But have you stopped to ask about your billet program itself? We asked various teams how they tackle billet host recruiting. And a surprising number report on-going improvements to their program and how … Read More

Yes! You Should Be A Billet Host! (Here’s Why)

Yes! You Should Be A Billet Host! (Here’s Why)

August 1, 2018By billetbetter

A billet family? You want us to do what? If you live in a hockey town, you might hear this question yourself — if you haven’t already. But even regular hockey fans might not know what it means to billet a hockey player. Billeting is a fancy way of saying “an out-of-town player who lives … Read More

25 Welcome Goodies Billet Homes Have On Hand

25 Welcome Goodies Billet Homes Have On Hand

August 1, 2018By billetbetter

Imagine you’re not long out of high school. You’re moving across the country. Alone. To live with a family you’ve never met. Gulp. Hundreds of young hockey players are about to live that story right now. If you’re a billet home about to meet your new live-in athlete, you can start building a great relationship … Read More

Pssst… What the Heck is Hockey Billeting?

Pssst… What the Heck is Hockey Billeting?

July 15, 2018By billetbetter

So somebody just asked you to billet a hockey player. Your outside smiled. Your inside said, Huh? What is hockey billeting? And should you be talking to that stranger who’s suggesting it? Here’s a short explanation, and assurance there’s a long list of people who LOVE being in your place. Billeting Makes the Hockey World … Read More

Hockey Billeting Truth: Yes, I Send My Kid To Strangers

Hockey Billeting Truth: Yes, I Send My Kid To Strangers

July 13, 2018By billetbetter

Hockey billeting is a topic that starts like this: “You’re sending your kid to live with someone you don’t even know?” Um, yes. This is only one of the questions I get from friends who would normally consider me to be a sensible, compassionate mother. It goes right along with “Why does he have to … Read More

3 Things Jurassic Park Teaches Junior Hockey

3 Things Jurassic Park Teaches Junior Hockey

July 1, 2018By billetbetter

    A ravenous species enter an unfamiliar environment. Are the humans around them friend, or foe? We’re not talking Jurassic Park dinosaurs. We mean hockey billets. Like their blockbuster counterparts, players are about to invade new hockey homes this summer. And billet families couldn’t be more excited! And, just like the movie, there are … Read More