Host families provide a home away from home for our young athletes. Players on the Great Falls Americans team are between the ages of 16 and 20. For many of the players, this will be their first time away from home and they will need a stable living environment for their move to the area. They are away from their family and friends, so their host families become their surrogate family.
Living with a host family is a very important time in the lives of the player, coming into your lives at an early age, impressionable age and leaving as young men. The players arrive from all over the United States and World at the beginning of September and will be here until the end of the hockey season at the end of March or early April. Players are not “renters” and are expected to become “one of the family.”
Host families provide room and board for the player. Players are to have their own bedroom and have meals and snacks available for him to prepare or for the hosts to prepare for the player. If you choose to house multiple players, they may share a room, providing them with their own, separate beds. We have team guidelines and policies players must abide by to be within our organization. A copy of these will be provided to you upon your acceptance to become a host family. Our host families are an integral part of upholding and enforcing these team rules. All host family house rules will need to be communicated to the player when he arrives and discussed with the biological families. A host family handbook is provided to assist in this communication. The organization takes pride in providing this strong foundation for the players.
Among some of the benefits of becoming a host family:
• Each host family is paid a monthly stipend to house a player in their home of $300.00 per month per each player housed.
• Host families, players, and the player’s family develop very special bonds and remain close long after the player has left the Americans organization. We try to make it possible to make sure that this experience is a rewarding one for both the player(s) and the host families.
Billeting a long standing tradition in hockey, and is a vital part of the team’s success.
If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact our head coach, Greg Sears, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for choosing to be a billet family. We look forward to a great season.