Steam Billet Family Introduction as we look forward to our season, the team will welcome twenty five players from across the Canada and foreign countries to our city. These players range in age from 15 to 21 years old. Their stay in our city will last from late August until mid March, depending on playoffs. When these young men become a member of the Tottenham Steam Hockey Jr A Hockey Team they do not live on their own, they do require accommodations. This is where the billet family becomes very important as each player is placed in a home within the local community.
Billeting is when a local family welcomes into their home a visiting player. The family offers to help in providing a safe place for the visiting player is called a host family.
Billeting can be a very exciting and rewarding experience for all those willing to open up their homes to dedicated players. Many families who have billeted in the past usually look back at their experience with fond memories. In fact, many families still stay in touch with players they had billeted in the past as those same players move through the university and professional ranks. Key benefits to you and the Tottenham Steam Jr A Hockey Team when you volunteer to billet are:
• Build lifelong friendships with players and their families
• Assist young players to enjoy a safe and comfortable environment while enjoying the game of hockey
• Provide a great social and cultural experience
• Assist visiting players to lessen expensive living costs, making participation in Junior A Hockey possible
• Show support for your city’s hockey team and help them to be successful
• Assist in providing a special service that will lead to a successful hockey season for a young player.
Our players want to experience life part of our hockey family, and to live in a caring/safe environment, "home away from home". Our billets are excited to welcome someone new into their lives. Having a hockey player in your home takes time, patience, and a willingness to share. There are lots of differences to overcome, both cultural and personal but learning about these differences and celebrating them is part of the joy of welcoming someone new into your home, in many cases making a new friend for life.
A caring, sensitive and patient family! It can be overwhelming for a player to be so far away from home. A thoughtful billet family appreciates that each player is unique and that communication and mutual understanding take an effort. Our billets are interested in sharing their lifestyle in a positive and mutually rewarding way. We do not accept billets who are interested in money alone. These motives are obvious to players and interfere with the intended billeting experience, a safe, secure and welcoming environment to learn and grow is what the players need.
Do you have time for a player? Even the most self assured players appreciate good quality time with their billet family. Is everyone in your house hold ready to accept someone with a different background? If you have children are they comfortable with bringing another person into the family? Other key issues to be aware of are:
• The Junior hockey player’s schedule is irregular as they try to balance school or a job with their hockey schedule games and some are overnight. The Tottenham Steam will provide each billet family with a schedule of events and activities prior to the start of the regular season. Some players may choose to return home during the League’s Christmas break and would return prior to the New Year to resume playing.
Many players will return home once the season is over. All meals and accommodations while on road trips will be covered by the Team or the Player.
Billet families should be prepared to provide the following in order to make the player’s stay a comfortable one:
• Treat billeted players as you would want your child treated if he/she were away from home
• Inform billeted players of your expectations and house rules
• Provide a room for the billeted players to sleep. This should be a dedicated room with a double bed or larger, a dresser, closet, and a desk with chair, preferably with a television in the room
• Provide a student desk for homework preferably in a quiet area of the home if not located in the bedroom
• Provide transportation to and from the rink. Most players come with their own transportation
• Provide family type meals including breakfast, lunch and supper as well as snacks for the visiting player
• Provide use of laundry facilities and detergent
• Confirm with the players their allergies, medical conditions, and special dietary needs and support them with these requirements
• Support the player, communicate with him, and be understanding
• Communicate all concerns regarding the player to the Billet Coordinator
• Make the player feel at home and part of the family
• Provide information about their homes to the Billet Coordinator (e.g. presence of pets, smokers, etc) and necessary contact information (including work telephone numbers, cell phone numbers, and email addresses). All information must be current.
While guests in your home, the Tottenham Steam Jr A Hockey Club fully expects each to be well behaved at all times. Some key expectations of the billeted players are:
• Show gratitude to the host family for opening their home
• Provide information on allergies, medical conditions, special dietary needs
• Respect the host family as they would their own parents
• Respect the ‘house rules’ as determined between the billeting family and the player
• When unsure of anything, always ask!
The Billet Coordinator is the key contact for any billeting family. The Billet Coordinator is the person responsible for arranging accommodations for the visiting athletes with local host families and recommending families for this important role. Any questions regarding billeting or concerns with visiting athletes should be forwarded to the Billet Coordinator immediately
The Steam appreciates the support that our billet families provide our players and demonstrate our appreciation in the following manner:
• Two season tickets for all games including playoffs
• Several social team functions
• Season opener social event
• Season wrap up social event
• Monetary compensation is $550.00 per month per player
• A wonderful experience with many great memories to those who will extend their families to include a dedicated young man while playing junior hockey.
The following information will be provided to all billeting families upon selection:
• Team Contact List
• Team Code of Conduct
• Billet Contact List
• Other pertinent information
If you are interested in exploring this opportunity please email Tina@SteamHockeyA.ca our Team & Billet Manager,We will conduct an interview and back ground checks are required on all adults over 18 years old living in a host family home. Welcome to the Steam Family! Refund Policy If, for unforeseen circumstances (ie. trade, released), a billeted player is not to complete the full duration of a paid month, the billet family is required to refund the prorated amount to the player immediately.