Yes, I Want To Billet
You have made the decision to become a Billet and you think that Billeting will be easy. Are you ready for the challenge? With Billeting you will seem like you are on a giant roller coaster with all the ups and downs.
At times it may seem like a thankless job and Billeting is a job. If you are ready for everything that goes with Billeting here is what you should do to become a Billet.
The Road To Billeting
Billeting is something that we had been thinking about doing for a very long time and you may be to. We support our local team and we have been season ticket holders for years. We also love the game, so we thought that it would only be fitting to take a player into our home. Our thought process was to give him a home away from home, support him on and off the ice and build a friendship with him and his family.
We spoke with several Billet families first to just find out what all was involved. Some of the information we got was good and some of it, of course, was not. It really depended on each of these families experiences in Billeting. It ended up being harder than we thought to make our decision as some of the Billets didn’t sugar coat this Billeting job. Some told us that Billeting can be very trying. At times they felt unappreciated by the team or the parents or even by their Billet Son or Daughter.
The Big Decision
After a lot of considering the pro’s and con’s we finally decided to give it a try. We thought we would do it for at least one season to see if this is something we wanted to do. We headed down to the office of our local sports team to let them know we were interested in Billeting. Read here the resource package for Billeting from Hockey Canada. As you read through it you will notice that it covers every aspect of billeting from administration, the expectations for players and host families.
Our name was added to a list of others interested as well. Of course we had no idea if there really was a such a list. We could have just called the office but we thought it would look better if we both showed up in person. They handed us an application which we took home and filled in and returned to the office. We were told that we would get a call if they had any openings for Billets and we met their criteria.
The One Main Step to Becoming A Billet
This is the first and only step that you have to do to get started. It is very simply, contact your local team’s office and let them know you are interested in Billeting. They will fill you in on the details of what steps you have to take. Every city, every team is different in the process for choosing their Billet families. Also, every team has its own set of rules for the expectations of their Billet families.
We didn’t wait long, we got that call and were told that we would be getting interviewed for the billeting position. Interviewed, we thought why couldn’t we just answer a few questions over the phone. But No, we had to be interviewed in our home. Well it did make sense that they would want to come to our home and see our place and what we had to offer.
The Final Step
The final step was scheduling a date and time for our interview. The interview was to be held the following Monday evening at 7 pm.