Guide for Families Billeting a player.
Your child has decided he has high aspirations and goals pertaining to hockey. To achieve those goals, it is often necessary for your child to reside in another state to play for a high-level team. The Wasatch Renegades will assist you in obtaining a safe and comfortable home for your child to reside in for the hockey season, helping him to achieve his goals. This experience can be wonderful for your child and the family that hosts them. Usually, the relationship between the host or Billet family and the player is one that lasts a lifetime.
What your player should expect...
A comfortable and safe living environment, healthy meals, assistance in rides to and from team practices (if the player has a Car, they may not need the assistance.) Assistance with enrollment in the local school where their billet family resides. The player should expect to behave in the family as part of the family. They will assist in chores, follow family rules, and participate in meals and other family activities. It is important that the player always behaves respectfully to all members of the family and to keep their living space clean and tidy. The player should know how to do their own laundry, clean and aid in household chores.
All members of the billet household 18 and older will complete and clear a background screening and complete the USA Hockey SafeSport course.
What to provide your player...
The player’s family should send the player with:
- Necessary toiletries and clothing.
- Hockey Equipment
- Cash or debit card with available funds for social activities, such as: movies, bowling, dinner out with friends etc...
- Cash in a school lunch account if the player chooses school lunch
- School supplies
- Any special items your child may need that are beyond the scope of what a host family would provide: contacts, glasses, special medications, or treatments and food supplements etc...
What to provide the billet family:
- A full and complete medical history
- A front and back copy of your insurance card
- Special needs your child may have
- Emergency contact numbers
- A complete USA hockey consent to treat form
- Any information that will assist your child in making the transition to reside in someone else's home
- Proof of a Valid Driver’s License/current Vehicle Insurance
- School lunch account
Hockey practice and tournaments:
Arrangements will be made by the Billet coordinator with regards to your child’s transportation to and from regularly scheduled practices and team activities prior to placing your child in the home. In most cases the billet family will be responsible for transporting your child to these. In circumstances where the billet family has informed us ahead of time that this is beyond the scope of their responsibility, we will coordinate a carpool or some similar solution to get your child where they need to be.
The WR’s teams will be traveling out of state for tournaments. Your child will either be traveling by bus or airline with the team. The billet family is responsible for getting your child to the bus meeting point or to the airport to meet the team. If the Billet family is unable to transport the player, they are responsible to make other arrangements.
Holidays and Vacations:
Most players choose to travel home for big holidays and long school vacations if there is no game or tournament they are required to attend. It is NOT the billet family’s responsibility to get your child home. You must coordinate with the billet family what will work best with regards to these times.
It is important that you supply your billet family with a complete medical history for your child. There will be times when your child is ill, and your host family will be caring for them or taking them to the doctor. A complete medical history helps greatly in these instances. In the event of an injury or illness, your host family will contact you immediately. In the event your child needs to see a doctor, the bill will be sent to the guardian / billet family. That bill will be forwarded directly to the child’s parents and should be handled immediately. In the event of a problem with this the billet family should contact the billet coordinator immediately.
The Billet family will receive a stipend of no more than $600.00 per month to assist in the care of your child. This amount usually “almost’ covers food. Our billet families provide a valuable service to our organization and the children they choose to host, so we urge you to please pay your billet fees on time. There is no “daily rate” if your child is in the billet home for 15 days out of the month due to family vacations, holidays or a busy tournament schedule the billet fee is still $600 dollars. There is no discount on that monthly fee unless something is worked out independently between the billet family and child’s family. We ask both parties to inform the Billet coordinator of this arrangement so we can avoid any disputes.
Guardianship, If Applicable:
If your child desires to go to public school in the state, it is necessary to complete the guardianship process. This legal proceeding provides guardianship to your billet family so your child can attend school. It is for school purposes only; it does not mean you are signing away custody of your child. Your child’s Billet Family will be filing papers to the court in their county of residence. They will need Names, addresses and DOBs on the billet child, the mother and the father. Filing the official paperwork incurs a charge of $380, which is to be paid by the Child’s parents. If you intend on meeting with your billet family ahead of time it is a good idea to complete that process and school registration on the same day. Your billet family will have completed a test and have generated the proper paperwork to be handed to the court. The receipt that is received at that time is all that is necessary for the child to be enrolled in school.
Expectations of your child:
Your child is expected to be a respectful member of his billet family. Your child will without exception act respectfully to their host family as well as the host’s home and personal belongings. For any reason that these rules are not followed, there will be an in-person meeting with the board of directors for a determination if the player will be sent home.
Billet player’s will be responsible for any/all damages to the Hosts home or personal belongings, you are required to obtain and keep in place automobile insurance for vehicles that your player will operate.
Alcohol, drugs, unauthorized parties in the billet home or any criminal activity will not be permitted. WR has a zero-tolerance policy with regards to this and parents will be contacted immediately, and the child will be sent home.
He will be required to participate in volunteer and community service events with his team. He is in this situation to reach a goal of playing hockey at the highest levels and will be required to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, if grades slip below that level he will not participate in practices and will do homework instead. Coaches will require a grade report regularly.
The Coaches and Staff at WR are committed to making this a fun and rewarding experience for all players on our teams. Our goal is to develop hockey players and to advance them to the highest levels of hockey.
The billeting experience is very rewarding and often Billet families stay in touch with players and their families long after the player has moved on.
The coaches and Staff at WR are always here for you and your child. We look forward to providing this very rewarding and positive experience.