Takeaways from Trade Week

Takeaways from Trade Week

January 30, 2018By billetbetter

The adrenaline is flowing, and it’s not just from game excitement. It’s Trade Week. For USA Hockey member teams, that means coaches are evaluating rosters with playoff hopes in mind. Players are waiting for (or dreading) their next phone call. And billet host families are holding their breath. Because by February 6, everything in your … Read More

How To Avoid Bad Luck In Billeting

How To Avoid Bad Luck In Billeting

October 23, 2017By 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 21, 2017By 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

Recipe of the Week: Super-Quick Chicken Soup

Recipe of the Week: Super-Quick Chicken Soup

October 12, 2017By billetbetter

You know those days when you’re rushing to get out the door, you haven’t been grocery shopping, and yet your players are starving for dinner/lunch/post-game snack? Okay yeah, pretty much every day of the hockey season. This soup has been my busy-day standby for years since it cooks up in less than 10 minutes. And … Read More

Recipe of the Week: Slow Cooker Lasagne

Recipe of the Week: Slow Cooker Lasagne

September 26, 2017By billetbetter

Number one perk (or pitfall) of billeting? Making enough food to feed hungry hockey players. Since “enough” is as much about variety as it is volume, we’re adding a weekly recipe brought to you by real-life billeters. This week: Slow Cooker Lasagne. It’s pasta. It’s protein. It’s something you can leave cooking while you actually … Read More

Billeting Younger Hockey Players

Billeting Younger Hockey Players

September 20, 2017By billetbetter

Commonly, hockey billeting situations involve players who are 18 and older. The players are out of high school, seeking to play hockey at a higher level, and though they still rely on Mom and Dad (can you say, expenses?), they’re ready to experience life on their own. Living with a billet family is a great … Read More

Hockey Billeting: Yes, I Send My Kid To Strangers

Hockey Billeting: Yes, I Send My Kid To Strangers

August 30, 2017By 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