HOST A JUNIOR ATLANTA MADHATTER | BILLETING
USPHL ATLANTA MADHATTERS BILLET PROGRAM
“Billeting” is a hockey tradition and is especially important at the elite level of hockey. The billeting tradition has helped many young athletes get acclimated to their new cities, schools and teams. Host families from the local community, by opening up their homes to young athletes, provide these players the opportunity to pursue their dreams in a supportive and nurturing environment.
It takes special people to open their homes and hearts to our players and we take the utmost care to ensure our players are placed in environments that are conducive to care, understanding and safety. For many hockey parents, when their son joins a junior team, it marks the first time that he has left home. The Atlanta Madhatters make every effort to ensure our players are in a suitable housing environment.
HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BECOMING A PART OF THE MADHATTERS FAMILY:
You will build lifelong relationships and memories
Open your family to a young driven athlete, who will act as a role model for your younger children
Season Tickets to USPHL Madhatters games at the Atlanta Ice House
WHAT WE ASK OF THE HOST FAMILY:
- Provide a furnished room for the player or a furnished room to share with another billet player.
- Provide nutritious meals for the player or have food on hand that the player can prepare on his own.
- Allow the player to use amenities in the home such as Internet, TV, washer, dryer, etc…
- Players are considered “one of the family”, not just a boarder. So, we ask that the host family provide structure for the player by creating “home rules” and helping enforce team rules relating to curfew, visitors and standards of behavior.
- Comply with USA Hockey/USPHL screening requirements.
WHAT WE EXPECT FROM OUR PLAYERS:
- Follow all host family and team rules and show respect and consideration towards all family members. If any house rules are broken, the player may be released from the Madhatters
- Provide their own bed and bath linens, personal care items, cell phones and computers. Provide for their own transportation unless other arrangements have been made with the billet family.
- Take care of their room, including keeping it clean and doing their own laundry. Notify the host family of their whereabouts and stay in the billet home each night unless traveling with the Madhatters
- When traveling to away games, players are responsible for their own meals.
- Seek part-time employment or take high school or college courses in their free time. Make monthly stipend payments to the host family on the first of each month as negotiated between the player and a Madhatters
- THE JUNIORS HAVE THEIR OWN LOCKER ROOM! THEIR EQUIPMENT STAYS AT THE RINK