So what exactly do you get with a Billet Better package? How do you use the documents? What is this billeting thing all about, anyway? These are the questions we like to answer. If you can't find your answer, please email us—we may just add your question and solution to the list!
The challenge of billeting is that everyone has different habits and different "norms" at home. Instead of suggesting everyone billet a player the same way, Billet Better documents allow Players and Billet Hosts to define their individual situation.
The Billet Home Contract sets forth a list of house rules and expectations that tend to be the source of many billet tensions (some you probably wouldn't think of yourself!) These are based on feedback gathered from dozens of real people who have billeted before.
By sharing the Billet Contract up front, the Billet Host lets a Player and his parents know what to expect so they can ask questions. Once agreed on by both parties, everyone has something to refer to if an issue comes up. It makes a problem easier to resolve together; it also gives a coach/organization something in writing to use as backup if an issue gets messy.
The Billet Home Contract is just one of the helpful forms in Billet Better Packages. Other documents include Medical and Legal releases, liability and travel protections, and more. All of these are created to be easily modified to fit your unique circumstances.
Billet Better documents are provided as PDF files. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader (download it free) to read, complete, and sign the forms on a desktop or laptop. You need an app to complete, sign, and send along docs from your iPhone or Android.
After making any edits and digitally signing the document, save each file to your device. You can attach files to an email to send to your player and/or parents, billet family, or team billet coordinator. If using an app, you can also text the signed document.
Make sure you’re using Acrobat Reader to complete a form on your desktop or laptop. A form opened in your browser will let you type in the fields, but your work won’t be saved or printed. Once you’ve opened the PDF file in Acrobat Reader, use the Fill & Sign tool to complete and save your document.
If you’re using your phone, same thing applies. You have to use an app like Adobe Fill & Sign PDF (available free) to complete and send forms from your phone.
Acrobat Reader and the Adobe Fill & Sign apps have a “Fill & Sign” tool. You can type in your name, select a font that mimics handwriting, or (best option) actually sign your name using your trackpad. Use these handy how-to instructions from Adobe.