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

Up Your Billet Appreciation Game

Up Your Billet Appreciation Game

February 15, 2018By billetbetter

    Hockey season’s approaching an end, and while teams may be focused on points, there’s another game winding down: your billeting program. Smart teams are prepared to make sure it goes out with a W, too. While some junior hockey organizations have a tradition of billet appreciation, many could use some improvement (or any … Read More

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