Each season the Yorkton Terriers recruit talented hockey players who show great potential to play at the Junior hockey level. In order to take advantage of this great opportunity, the players need billet families willing to share their homes.
For many of the players, this may be their first time away from home and will be in need of a stable living environment for their move to Yorkton. Part of our commitment to our players and their parents is to provide them with a good home.
To help with the expense of housing a Yorkton Terrier player, the organization provides the host family with an allowance of $400.00 per player per month. Each billet home will receive two Yorkton Terriers season tickets.
What is expected of the billet family?
The player needs a room of his own, or can share with another team member. He needs a bed and dresser and some closet space. Players are expected to provide their own personal care items, cell phones, media equipment and take care of their own transportation needs (most will have their own vehicle). The billet family needs to have food available for the player.
What is expected of the player?
Players are encouraged to become involved with the billet family that has so generously welcomed them. As a member of the household, the players are expected to share on the daily chores as well as maintain their own rooms and do their own laundry. On occasion, the player may have to look after their own meals, if the billet family is away.
The Terriers follow a structured schedule where they practice almost every day and have scheduled workouts. Some players may be attending school or university classes, hold part-time jobs, or volunteer at community events. The team has a set curfew that all players are expected to follow. The Terriers coaching staff will routinely check in on players to ensure that curfew will be followed. At the discretion of the coaching staff, curfew hours may be extended, or days off may be granted.
How long is the billet family commitment?
This will vary depending on the player. Some are with the billet family during the fall training camp and pre-season only; others require a home for the duration of the hockey season. Depending on the season this may be from mid-August to the end of May. Most players will go home during the holiday breaks or as the schedule permits.
To cover the expenses billet families are paid monthly for each player in their home. Some families have found it easier to host two players as they can travel together and are company for each other.
If you are interested in the possibility of becoming a Yorkton Terrier billet family and want more information please contact Pat Holtkamp at (306) 621 – 7525.