Welcome to the 2015 – 2016 season and a new year for Junior B hockey in Grande Prairie. The Grande Prairie J.D.A Kings are entering their fifth season in the Northwest Junior Hockey League with the intention of being one of the top Junior B programs in Alberta. As is the case with any hockey team, achieving these goals cannot be accomplished without the great support from our local community.
Being a billet family is both a wonderful and rewarding experience. This experience is a great way to get involved in the community, as well as develop some very special bonds and long lasting friendships with our Kings players and their families. For many of the players, this will be their first time away from home and will be in need of a stable living environment for their move to Grande Prairie.
Part of our commitment to our players and their parents is to provide them with good accommodations with all the necessities one would have if still living at home.
In billet homes, players are encouraged to become involved with the family that has so generously welcomed them. As a member of the household, the players are expected to share in the daily chores as well as maintain their own rooms and do their own laundry.
The players will have a very structured schedule for the entire time they will be placed in your home. Some players may still be in school while others are encouraged to find part-time employment.
Below we have included the guidelines for billets for the upcoming season.
Billeting Guidelines and Rules
The following guidelines have been set and agreed on by both players and management.
1. Curfews are for the benefit of these athletes. Players are to be at their own billets by 11:30pm. Nights before a game, curfew is set at 11:00pm. Special nights will be given off by management.
2. Players, if registered, must attend all classes, either high school or university, including after away games. Players should give billets a timetable of their classes.
3. Players who are not in school, are encouraged to find a part time job.
4. Abuse of any substance will not be tolerated.
5. Players are to inform their billets well in advance if they will not be home for meals or gone for an extended period of absence.
6. There are to be no visitors at billets home after curfew hours or at any time unless proper arrangements and understandings have been made by the players and their billets.
7. Players shall live by their billets house rules. Communication is the key to success and things that are not acceptable in your home may have been in theirs. Unless these problems are addressed, peeves may fester into larger problems. (ie: shower use, telephone usage, dishes, shoes in the house, tidiness, etc.)
8. Players should take the initiative to make their own meals, do their own laundry and volunteer around the house when billets require assistance.
10. If billet is providing food then players and billets should discuss the meals best suited for both. We expect our players to eat a nutritional balanced diet. High carbohydrate, low fat diets are ideal. Vegetables are important to maintain proper tissue and cell repair.
11. The most important rule is that of common sense and good communication. Respect is a two-way program.
12. RENT must be paid on the 1st of each month to the agreed upon fee unless an agreement is made with the billet.