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Host a Player

INTERESTED IN HOSTING A JR PLAYER?

COMPLETE THE BILLET REQUEST FORM BELOW AND 'SUBMIT'.  WE WILL GET BACK TO YOU AND ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS.

Our goal is to have a great majority of our team from the Tampa area in order to provide future opportunities for our local hockey community. However, our program success and training concepts attract interest from players all over the U.S. as well as Canada and Europe - and we do take players from out of the area. All our players demonstrate the potential and desire to compete at college levels and beyond.

PLAYERS OUTSIDE THE LOCAL AREA NEED HOUSING WITHIN PROXIMITY TO OUR HOME RINK AT THE FLORIDA HOSPITAL CENTER ICE.

 In order to for these players to take advantage of the opportunity to play with us, they need families willing to share their homes, and make it a ‘home-away-from-home’ for them.  Let us explain our billeting program.

WE HOPE YOU CAN BE ONE OF OUR BILLET HOST FAMILIES


GENERAL BILLET INFORMATION

Families receive a monthly billeting stipend for each player ($250-$350/month) and some families have housed more than one player as they travel together and are company to each other.   Host families can be 2 parent families, single parent families, as well as empty nesters OR even a family of a local youth or junior player. Our past experience with billet families has been a great success. 

We take players with great character that are focused on academics and development – not to be a burden on families.  Only being a few years old, our program has already placed many players in upper-level hockey programs including an NHL Draft Choice (Boston Bruins), as well as NCAA Div-I (Cornell, Harvard, Yale University, Lake Superior State) and NCAA Div-II and Div-III. Our players are here to fulfill their quest to continue their education and hockey careers. Billet families provide the opportunity for such players to remain focused and compelled to achieve.

Hosting a Tampa Bay junior player is a great experience, whether you have a house full of your own kids - or you live alone.  They'll bring energy and excitement under your roof and you'll get to know a great bunch of parents and people who are associated with our junior teams.

BILLET CALENDAR

Players arrive in the Tampa area in mid-late August (when school starts generally) and will stay through to the end of our junior season – which will hopefully be the USPHL Finals in mid March.  Some players have special situations in which a player may have to finish their academic courses after playoffs are over, extending their stay longer.  High school players will likely stay until the end of the school year and continue to train with local junior players after the season and prepare for upper-level prospect camps.  Some players choose to head home on weekends, or during various holiday breaks in our schedule.  We do travel on many weekends where the team takes care of all lodging/meals.


GREATER TAMPA AREA

We are actively looking for families in the greater Tampa area to host one or more of our players this coming season.   Our players will generally be in these two categories:

  1. High School age players- attending school (public, private or “online/virtual” school)
  2. Out of high school- who may want to be a part-time student (local college or online classes) and/or may work

CONSIDER THE BENEFITS:

  • Each month, you will receive a $250-350 monthly stipend for each player hosted to help defer some of the expenses incurred. Players eat a lot so this will help to defer the cost of groceries.
  • You will also receive season tickets for you and your family (including kids) good for every Tampa Juniors home game
  • Get to know these players as they become part of the family and be part of the Tampa Bay Juniors program.

WHAT WE ASK OF A BILLET FAMILY:

  • Provide a room and nutritious meals for your player or have food on hand that the player can prepare on their own.
  • Players are considered "one of the family", not just a boarder.
  • Create your own ‘home rules’ and we ask you to help enforce team rules related to curfew, visitors and standards of behavior.
  • Be screened under the USA Hockey screening policy (everyone, including the staff, who have contact with players go through this)

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THE PLAYERS?

Players are required to provide bed and bath linens, personal care items, cell phones and computers and may have their own transportation and we will provide details of each player’s billet requirements.  Players MUST obey all house and team rules and show respect and consideration towards all family members. They need to take care of their own belongings, laundry, ironing, dishes and clean up after themselves.

YOUR GENEROSITY WILL NOT BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED.  

This is a great opportunity to make lasting memories and lifelong friends and we would love to have you explore being a HOST BILLET FAMILY


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