Every year the Oklahoma City Blazers will welcome players from around the world to become part of its outstanding development hockey program. Our out-of-town players want to experience their time away from their families in a caring environment, and to have a home away from home.
Having a hockey player in your home takes time, patience, and a willingness to share. There are lots of differences – cultural and personal – and both are part of the joy of welcoming someone new into your home and in many cases making a new friend for life.
FAQs about housing a player
Q. What makes a great billet?
A. A sensitive and patient family! It can be overwhelming for a player to be so far away from home. A thoughtful billet family appreciates that each player is unique and that communication and mutual understanding take effort.
Q. May a family host more than one player?
A. Yes. Two (or more) players can share transportation expenses, and often times provide camaraderie for one another. All of our players fill out a detailed application and must comply with specific guidelines for behavior and academic performance.
Q. What am I expected to provide?
A. We ask that you provide:
- A separate room and closet for a player, or shared room and bath if hosting more than one player.
- Desk and chair, Internet access, and furnishings as you might find in a dorm room
- Nutritious meals. (Players are responsible for meal expenses when traveling)
- A patient, caring and friendly home atmosphere
- The same guidance and attention you would want for your children.
What you receive in return:
- A firsthand understanding of being a hockey fan.
- A new perspective on hockey as seen through the eyes of your player.
- The opportunity to make a difference to a young player and help him toward his dreams.
- A monthly stipend of $350
- Invitation to and recognition at the Blazers year-end banquet.
Our billets are interested in sharing their lifestyle in a positive and mutually rewarding way and can offer a safe, secure and welcome home to learn and grow in.
Even the most self assured players appreciate good quality time with their billet family. Is everyone in your household ready to accept some one new into your home? If willing, this experience can be tremendous for all involved.