Host Family Information
The importance of billet families to our Program is immeasurable. Part of our commitment to our players and their parents is to help provide them with a good home. Their time with the billet family is a very important time of their lives. They are away from their friends and family (often for the first time), so, their billets become their surrogate family. While the families receive some monetary compensation, the real rewards are in the lasting relationships that are formed.
When a family volunteers to house a member of the team, they are required to provide room and board for the player. This includes, providing nutritious food that is available for him to prepare or for the billets to prepare for the player. In Addition, billets must be able to provide the player with his own room, or can share with a fellow team member. Billets are expected to treat the players as “one of the family” and not just a “renter”. The same goes for the player, as for as cleaning up after themselves and keeping their room tidy and such. We have team guidelines and policies that the players must abide by within our organization, and we expect our billet families to uphold and enforce these team rules. All billet house rules will need to be communicated to the player when he arrives.
How long is a billet family’s commitment? This varies depending on the player; some are with the family during the hockey season only while others need to complete the school year. Some players go home for the weekend as often as the game schedule permits and all go home over the holiday breaks.
Families receive a monthly billeting payment for each player. Some have found it easier to house two (2) players as they then travel together and are company for each other. There have been some instances when (3) three players, or even (4), have been welcomed by one family. Host families have included traditional 2-parent families and “empty nesters”. All that’s really needed is a willingness to help a player pursue his dream by providing a “home away from home”.
The Wings are seeking local families to host out of town players from Aug 25th 2014 to May 30th 2015.
Host families receive $ 300.00 per month from the player towards his food and needs at home.
Players are responsible for their own transportation and will hold down a part time job or attend classes at a local college.