Get Involved with the Pittsburgh Vengeance Hockey Team by Housing A Player!
Dear Hockey Friends & Families,
Each season the Pittsburgh Vengeance Hockey team include players from outside the Pittsburgh Metropolitan area. To allow these players to take advantage of the hockey opportunity presented to them, they require housing assistance from families within the community to serve as “Billet” families.
“Billeting” is a hockey tradition and is especially important at the Junior level of hockey. This concept involves local host families providing a home to out-of-state or out-of-country players for the hockey season. The billet program also allows these young men to complete their high school educations, take college preparatory classes and/or obtain part-time employment in the local community while pursuing the next step in their hockey careers.
We value the importance of the billet families who open their homes to our players and appreciate the efforts made by the entire family in making our players’ transition easier. Strong bonds are often made between the player, his parents and the billet family, which frequently carry on well after the player has moved on to the next level.
Billeting is a very rewarding experience and the overwhelming joy a family receives from opening their hearts and homes to a fine young man who is trying to achieve his dream of playing at the next level.
It is easy to become a housing family for Vengeance with a few requirements. Here are the basics:
Responsibilities of the Host:
~~Provide player with his own room
~~Have food available for the player to prepare his own breakfast/lunch
~~Provide the player with dinner, either with the family or something to heat up
Responsibilities of the player:
~~Live by the house rules
~~Abide by the team rules
~~Do his own laundry
~~Get himself to/from his hockey commitments
~~Maintain his grades if he is enrolled in school
Responsibilities of the Pittsburgh Vengeance organization:
~~Provide billet fees to each host home per/player, per/month to cover grocery expenses
~~Provide each host home with 2 season tickets per player for all home games
~~Provide a Billet Coordinator to assist Billets with any concerns
~~Be VERY grateful to all those who are opening their homes.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Billet Program
Q. Can a family host more than one player?
A. Yes! Two (or more) players can share transportation expenses, and often times provide camaraderie for one another.
Q. What are the family’s responsibilities?
A. The family will provide a separate room for the player (or a shared room for 2 players), furnished much as a college dorm would provide for a student: bed, desk & chair and clothing storage. Meals will include breakfast, lunch (that can be taken with the player) and dinner.
Q. What are the player’s responsibilities?
A. When traveling (away games), players will be responsible for their own meals. Players must show respect and consideration for all host family members. They need to maintain their rooms, gear and belongings.
Q. How long does the billet last?
A. The length of time depends on the family and the individual. Some players stay with a family throughout the hockey season, while others arrange to live with the family throughout the calendar year to satisfy academic or employment obligations. The length of stay is one of the key determining factors we use in matching a family with a player.
Q. Is there compensation to the host family?
A. Yes, families receive a monthly billeting payment for each player. Besides offsetting the expenses a family incurs when hosting a player, the compensation acknowledges the invaluable service families provide to the individual players and the Vengeance organization.
Q. When do we start?
A. The Vengeance players report to Pittsburgh in late August or early September, and stay until the end of the regular season in late March. If the Vengeance qualify for the playoffs, the players stay through the end of the postseason, end of April beginning of May.
If you have questions or are interested in hosting a player, please contact our Billet Manager, Jennifer Johnson at 412-853-8348 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please consider opening your family by becoming one of ours.
If you have questions or are interested in hosting a player, please contact our Billet Manager, Jennifer Johnson at 412-853-8348 or by email at jmjohnson129@gmail.
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