The importance of billet families
Billet. This small, two-syllable word is immensely important for junior hockey players and their families. As a verb, the term can be defined as providing lodging for someone in a particular place. But, the true meaning goes far beyond the simplicity of this description. Billets are families who invite junior players into their homes to be a part of their family during the hockey season. The billet family provides housing and support to young men who have moved away from home to pursue their dreams of playing the game they love. Billets are an integral part of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) and organizations like the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings.
USPHL and other junior league players, who range in age from 16 to 20, look to their billet families to provide not only a roof over their heads but also a comfortable and safe family atmosphere. The players take part in many aspects of normal family life with their billets, including family meals and taking on active “big brother” roles with their younger billet brothers and sisters.
Billet parents serve as authority figures, role models, and extended family to their assigned players, and players rely on their billet parents for help while transitioning to a new city and community. The efforts of billet families make a significant difference in the lives of the young men who have left home for the opportunity to play at a more elite level. In the past, members of the Riverkings organization have seen players show dramatic changes in confidence levels, grade point averages, social graces, work ethic, and more while living with billet families. The benefit derived from placing the players with billet families is truly immeasurable.
The unique bond families form with their players often lasts a lifetime: It is not uncommon for players to keep in close contact with their former billet families years after playing junior hockey.
A long-standing tradition in hockey culture, billets are a vital part of a team’s success, both on and off the ice. We hope you will consider becoming a host billet family!
Are you interested in hosting a player?
Billet families host a Riverkings player for the season in their home. Being a billet family is a uniquely rewarding experience and the Riverkings Hockey Club couldn’t do what we do every season without our amazing billet families. If you are interested in hosting a player in your home, please complete the following form!
WHO ARE THE RIVERKINGS?
The Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings is a top Junior A Hockey Team playing in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) Premier Midwest Division. Our reputation in junior hockey is legendary. Playing for the Riverkings is a unique hockey experience. The Riverkings call the South Wood County Recreation Center in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, home ice. They compete in the Premier Division of the USPHL Midwest West division.
Led by GM and Head Coach, Paul Pechmann, the Riverkings team staff are passionate about building a culture of excellence, developing character, and learning the rich rewards of a hard work ethic.
WE DEVELOP AND ADVANCE PLAYERS BECAUSE OUR HEAD COACH PUTS IN THE TIME AND DOES THE WORK MOST COACHES WON’T DO OR DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO. IF YOU WANT TO PLAY COLLEGE HOCKEY AND AREN’T AT TIER 2 LEVEL YET, THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE AND PLAY.
The mission of the Wisconsin Rapids Junior A hockey program, a non-profit community based organization is:
DID SOMEONE SAY WISCONSIN RAPIDS?
Located on the Wisconsin River, the hardest working river in the world, Wisconsin Rapids is a community of 18,217 people. It boasts an array of diverse industry, beautiful scenery, and a one of a kind experience any time of the year. Regardless of how you choose to experience it, the Wisconsin Rapids area will provide you with an abundance of opportunities to live, work and play.
Riverkings Practice/Game Facility:
South Wood County Recreation Center
2711 16th Street South
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494
Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings
P.O. Box 931
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54495
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