CT JUNIOR RANGERS
HOST FAMILY PROGRAM INFORMATION
"Craig has been with us for about 4 months now and as the season is winding down, I just wanted to let you know that we have enjoyed hosting him. Craig's really been great to have around. He's been a pal and advisor to our son. Craig has helped our son understand and acclimate to his new responsibilities playing hockey and studying. Craig is also a responsible and respectful member of our household. He's always keen to help with the cleaning and cooking and is very courteous. Finally, and probably most importantly, he's just a great guy. It has been our pleasure to have him with us."
-- 2014-2015 Host Family from Bedford, NY
The CT JR Rangers are looking for Host Families in Connecticut and New York.
The role of a host family is instrumental to providing a complete junior hockey experience for these young athletes. Our young players are here in search of their dream to play hockey at the collegiate or professional level. Host families provide structure, authority and become an extended family for these young players, thus providing an ideal environment for them to remain focused and compelled to achieve.
Hosting a CT JR Ranger is a great experience, whether you have a house full of kids or you live alone. They will bring energy and excitement to your home and you will get to know a great bunch of parents and families that are associated with our organization.
If you are interested in hosting a CT JR Ranger player, please complete our Host Family Application and contact Michele, our Host Family Coordinator at
Hosting, or “billeting”, a player is a hockey tradition. From youth players in Canada, to junior players in the United States, to the AHL, and the NHL, the billeting tradition has helped many young athletes get acclimated to their new cities, schools and teams. Host families from the local community, by opening up their homes to young athletes, provide these players the opportunity to pursue their dreams in a supportive and nurturing environment.
Players arrive in the Stamford, CT area in mid-late August and will stay through the end of the hockey season. The season will typically end by mid-late March or early April. High School players will likely stay through the end of the school year, so that they can continue their education and off-season training.
Host families will receive a monthly monetary stipend to offset expenses incurred by hosting, but the real benefit to host families is the lasting relationships formed with these young players and their families.
WHAT WE ASK OF THE HOST FAMILY:
- Provide a furnished room for the player or a furnished room to share with another billet player.
- Provide nutritious meals for the player or have food on hand that the player can prepare on his own.
- Allow the player to use amenities in the home such as Internet, TV, washer, dryer, etc…
- Players are considered “one of the family”, not just a boarder. So, we ask that the host family provide structure for the player by creating “home rules” and helping enforce team rules relating to curfew, visitors and standards of behavior.
- Comply with USA Hockey screening requirements.
WHAT WE EXPECT FROM OUR PLAYERS:
- Follow all host family and team rules and show respect and consideration towards all family members. If any house rules are broken, the player may be released from the CT JR Rangers.
- Provide their own bed and bath linens, personal care items, cell phones and computers.
- Provide for their own transportation unless other arrangements have been made with the billet family.
- Take care of their room, including keeping it clean and doing their own laundry.
- Notify the host family of their whereabouts and stay in the billet home each night unless traveling with the CT JR Rangers.
- When traveling to away games, players are responsible for their own meals.
- Seek part-time employment or take high school or college courses in their free time.
- Make monthly stipend payments to the host family on the first of each month as negotiated between the player and a CT JR Ranger representative.
We value the importance of our host families and appreciate your willingness to open up your home and become a mentor to our young athletes. Your generosity will not be taken for granted!
The Staff of the CT JR Rangers