How To Avoid Bad Luck In Billeting

How To Avoid Bad Luck In Billeting

October 5, 2018By billetbetter

What do billet families dread? We asked new and seasoned billet hosts across North America. Without exception, their fears fell into these categories: Entitled players, schedule demands, girlfriends, billeting costs, and the endless amounts of food. The good news? Many of these problems can be resolved at the start of the season — or even … Read More

Top 5 Fears About Hockey Billeting

Top 5 Fears About Hockey Billeting

October 1, 2018By billetbetter

Chainsaws? Zombies? They’ve got nothing on what hockey billet families fear most. Billet coordinators face some tough (and real) concerns from the community members they ask to house incoming hockey players. Here’s how you can help put minds at ease. Share player details. Most hockey teams gather information from incoming players to help match them … Read More

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