Become an Atlanta Fire Host Family
Many of you are aware of the developments with respect to the Atlanta Fire’s Tier I 18U Midget AAA program this coming season. Through the efforts of Coach Richardson, the Fire’s affiliation with the Topeka RoadRunners of the NAHL and our acceptance into the NAPHL this coming season at the 16U and 18U levels our program has become quite popular with serious players looking to advance their careers to the junior, collegiate or even pro level.
That being said, it will be necessary for the Fire organization to find homes for a number of players who will be moving to Atlanta for the opportunity to play for the Atlanta Fire Midget U18 AAA team this coming season. Billeting is a very common element of youth hockey at the higher levels. For the past thirteen years our own Pee Wee Quebec team has had its players billeted in Quebec each year and the experience is always special for the players and the host families.
If you speak with any player who has been billeted or any family who has been a host family you will find what a rewarding and lasting experience it can and should be. The host family not only has the opportunity to enter into position to help mentor and support a player entering young adulthood and to give back to the game. The organization will be very careful in making player selections, placing the players in appropriate homes and supporting and enforcing the rules. It is quite possible that for several players this will not be their first billeting experience.
Helen Robertson, has graciously agreed to step forward and serve as the Atlanta Fire’s first billet captain. Helen has four boys who play hockey and a husband who coaches. Two of her boys play outside of the Atlanta area. Please contact Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Helen has all the forms and code of conduct documents and will be able to answer your questions. I have posted some frequently asked questions and answers below. I hope you will support the Fire program and consider volunteering to be a host family this coming season.
Director, Atlanta Fire Hockey
A pre-established fee, which will be determined in the next few weeks, is to be paid to the billeting home thru a series of checks that are to be pre-signed and dated and given to the billet family in advance. The date on each check is to reﬂect the ﬁrst of each month.
Players staying with Billet families must observe the curfews as they are set forth by the Fire Team Management. If a Billet family has a curfew rule that is stricter than the Fire curfew rule, then the player must observe the stricter rule.
a. Not only at your home, but everywhere, there is a zero tolerance policy regarding the use of alcohol, tobacco and/or any illegal substance. You will be asked to leave the team if this policy is abused in any way. No Alcohol (or illegal substance of any kind) is allowed to be consumed at any time by any Fire player. No chewing tobacco is allowed to be chewed at any time. Smoking of any kind is prohibited.
b. Foul language is a result of lack of discipline and must be severely limited. Any reports of such activity from a billet family will be severely dealt with.
c. The agreed upon appropriate dress code will be in effect at all times with billeted players.
d. The family you are staying with has graciously offered to make space in their home for you. There are bound to be things that occur within the home that will affect and bother you. You have to remember that it is their home and you need to respect their family (all of the members) at all times. Billet families must be held to a high standard in terms of being respectful. All billeting players must be aware of the importance of respecting everyone in the billet home.
e. It is very important to be mindful of the fact that you are an extra person in the home. It is important that you be helpful while in their home by offering to do regular chores around the house. They will be very appreciative of it. Chores at the billet home are to be deﬁned and followed through by every player who billets.
h. Your room or space is their space and it must be kept clean. You are obligated to conduct yourself in exemplary fashion while in someone else’s home. Pick up after yourself, by cleaning your dirty dishes, picking up dirty clothes, doing laundry and generally helping to keep the house clean inside and out where it applies.
You understand that you are to communicate your whereabouts to your host family at all times. Do not assume they are aware of your schedule.
Limited Use of Facility
You have, by default, limited use of the facility (home). You are not allowed, without written prior consent of the host family, to use the property for any other activity except as a personal lodging. This means no companions of any kind may enter the property without the permission of the host family. You also acknowledge that you have limited use to the personal property of the host family, and that all use of their personal property must be cleared with their permission before use.
It is very important to be mindful of the fact that you are an extra person in the home and as such, things are more congested than normal for them. It is important that you be helpful while in their home by offering to do regular chores around the house. They will be very appreciative of it. Chores at the billet home are to be defined and followed through by every player who billets.
Maximum Length of Stay
You must vacate your assigned host family residence within 7 days after the last game played, or the end of the school year, whichever is later, unless additional arrangements are made in writing between the team, the host family, and you.
Your room or space is their space and it must be kept clean. You are obligated to conduct yourself in exemplary fashion while in someone else’s home. Pick up after yourself, by cleaning your dirty dishes, picking up dirty clothes, doing laundry and generally helping to keep the house clean inside and out where it applies.
It is the responsibility of Player to arrange for all transportation to and from all home games, practices and team functions. Billet families are allowed to get involved wherever necessary and appropriate.