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

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

August 17, 2019By 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

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

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

August 17, 2019By 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

How To Thank Your Billet Hosts

How To Thank Your Billet Hosts

April 1, 2019By billetbetter

They opened their home to you for the hockey season and made you a part of the family. So how can hockey players (or a player’s parents) say thanks to a billet host for all the food, laundry, and love? We asked people in billet communities across the U.S. and Canada about favorite thank you … Read More

Why Next Season’s Billeting Starts Right Now

Why Next Season’s Billeting Starts Right Now

March 31, 2019By billetbetter

A hard-fought season, over. Exit interviews, done. Player development, proven. Another season for the books, right? Not until you wrap up the heart of your hockey program: billeting. Smart teams know the season wouldn’t hold together without the generous families who host their players—not to mention the players’ own families who entrust these athletes to … Read More

10 Billet Mom Truths To Win Your Heart

March 8, 2019By billetbetter

In celebration of International Women’s Day, a shoutout to all the billet moms who cook, clean, cheer for both wins and losses, choke up for the national anthem, and have thumbs ups and listening ears at the ready—no matter the time. You know who you are. Thanks.

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