Billeting And The Hockey World
Many sports (like American football or basketball) have a path from club and high school teams to college and pro leagues. Ice hockey works a little differently.
Around age 14, but especially ages 16-21, players who want to pursue the sport seriously will sign a contract to play on a minor or junior league hockey team. More often than not, this team will be in another city or state than the player’s hometown. So, the team will arrange for each player to live, or “billet,” with a local family.
Billet Families Make The Hockey World Go ‘Round
“Family” is a key word in billeting. The player eats, sleeps, works, and plays with his billet hosts for the duration of the hockey season (6-7 months) or school year. The player or his parents pay a monthly billet fee determined by the team. The billet family in return provides room, board—and a memorable experience for everybody involved. It’s the equivalent of an exchange student in the hockey world.
Who Billets Hockey Players?
People who love hockey. People who have never seen a hockey game. Families with young kids. Empty nesters. Single people. Young married couples… You get the picture.
We’ll call them billet families just to make this conversation quicker. Anybody can offer to billet a player, but smart teams (and parents) do background checks and survey the accommodations. Another reason to get ready-to-go documentation from Billet Better.
Be A Prepared Billet Family
As you might imagine, transitions for both player and billet hosts can be tricky. Billet Better helps set the rules and expectations up front. By using our tools to gather the right information, teams can find the best fit for players and families. Parents of players can feel more confident when sending their player to an unknown place and potential guardians. And billet hosts can create a positive environment, make a new player feel welcome, and reduce their liabilities.