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

So You’ve Been Asked to Be a Billet Family

So You’ve Been Asked to Be a Billet Family

June 2, 2018By billetbetter

A billet family? You want us to do what? That nice lady you just saw at the rink isn’t asking for money. In fact, she’s probably offering to pay YOU to support your local junior hockey team. By billeting a player for the season. Say what? Billeting is a fancy way of saying “an out-of-town … Read More

Recipe of the Week: Baked Salsa Verde Chicken

Recipe of the Week: Baked Salsa Verde Chicken

May 9, 2018By billetbetter

    This week, a recipe to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. But it’s a Numero Uno favorite any time of year! Easy to prep for you, and easy to please your players. Adjust the heat to taste and multiply the recipe to feed as many as needed. BAKED SALSA VERDE CHICKEN  Serves 4 (or 2 … Read More

Billet Building: End Of Season Essentials

Billet Building: End Of Season Essentials

March 22, 2018By billetbetter

A hard-fought season, over. Exit interviews, done. Player development, proven. If you lead a junior hockey team, you might think the season’s job is done. But don’t miss the opportunity to bolster a key component of your hockey program: billeting. Smart teams know the season wouldn’t hold together without the generous families who host their … Read More