The Tri-State Spartans 16U and 18U Hockey teams, operating out of Sport Plus in Cincinnati for the 2022-2023 season, are searching for families in the Cincinnati area that would be interested in hosting one or more players as a Billet Family.
“Billeting” players is a rich tradition unique to hockey and plays a key role in the development and success of the player. It involves families who open their homes to out-of-area players while allowing these young men to complete their high school educations, take college preparatory classes and/or obtain part-time employment in the local community, while also providing an opportunity for these young men to pursue the next step in their hockey development.
We value the importance of the billet families who open their homes to our players and appreciate the efforts made by the entire family in making our players’ transition easier. The billeting player is not a renter, but a part of your family. Strong bonds are often made between the player, his parents, and the billet family, which frequently carry on well after the player has moved on to the next level in his hockey career.
If you have any questions, for more information or to receive an application, please fill out the form below.
A supportive and patient family. It can be overwhelming for a player to be so far away from home. A billet family that treats each player as part of the family, by communicating rules, responsibilities, and expectations is key. A thoughtful billet family appreciates that each player is unique, and mutual understanding takes effort.
Families will be asked to host out-of-area student athletes aged 16-18.
Yes. Two (or more) players can share living quarters, transportation expenses, and oftentimes provide camaraderie for one another.
A separate room for the player (or a shared room for 2 players) furnished much as a college dorm would provide for a student: bed and clothing storage; Nutritious meals; A safe, caring and friendly home atmosphere.
As a member of the household, players are expected to show respect and consideration for all host family members. They are required to follow all household rules as well as share in the daily chores, maintain their own room and do their own laundry; Get himself to/from his hockey commitments; Maintain his grades if he is enrolled in school.
Billet families invite players into their homes to be a part of their family for approximately eight to ten months out of the year (end of August -May). The length may depend on if the player is enrolled at the Center of Excellence for school.
Yes, families receive a monthly billeting payment of $400.00 for each player. Besides offsetting the expenses a family incurs when hosting a player, the compensation acknowledges the invaluable service families provide to the individual players and the Tri-State Spartans.