Regina Pats Player Billeting – Joining the Regiment
The success of a junior hockey player is dependent on many things including skill, coaching, teammates and their home life. For most of the players in the WHL, achieving their on ice success means personal sacrifice. Often, players have to move far away from home to pursue their dreams. Ensuring that players have a safe, nurturing environment to succeed on and off the ice, is of the utmost importance to the Regina Pats.
The influence a billet family can have on a young player can create bonds that last a life time. The hockey club greatly values the sacrifice billet families make to host Regina Pat players. Without billet families, most of our players would not be able to play for us. Billet families are invaluable to the Pats and we appreciate all of their hard work and dedication to the team and the kids.
Billeting can be a very exciting and rewarding experience. As a billet family, you play a very important role. By opening your home to the players you provide them with a stable and secure home away from home.
The Regina Pats request that any families which may be interested in billeting players to please review the following information.
If you are interested in becoming a billet please email us at [email protected] or call the Pats Office directly at (306) 522-PATS (7287).
Notes and Frequently Asked Questions
Key Responsibilities include: making the player part of your home, providing a bed and personal space for the player in your home, providing nutritious meals for the player, working with team management to enforce team rules such as curfews, helping players learn skills that will enable them to become more responsible off the ice
Billet Families Receive: 2 Silver Regina Pats Season Tickets and a monthly honourarium
Do we have to live in a particular area of Regina to billet a player?
No, the billet family simply needs to live within the City of Regina.
Are there guidelines and communication supplied by the Pats to assist our family in the process of hosting a player?
Yes. Our Billet Co-ordinator, Sherry Germaine, is available to you by phone or email throughout the season to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have, as well as act as a liaison to the team management. A meeting is held between the players, billet families, billet co-ordinator, and team management at the beginning of each season to go over the Billeting Guidelines book that you will receive so that everyone has all pertinent information at the outset.
Can we host more than one player?
Our Billet Co-ordinator, Lorraine Eberle, will tour your home as part of the process of determining whether your family would be a good fit to host a Pats player. If you have space to host more than one player and would like to do that, please let Lorraine know and she will help you determine if that is an option.
Will players be left home alone if we leave on a vacation?
No, players will be moved temporarily to other billet families’ homes while their host family is away. Our hope is that our billet families do not take lengthy vacations during the season, but of course we understand that you may be taking vacations and will accommodate your needs as best we can. The key to this is keeping our Billet Co-ordinator, Lorraine Eberle, well informed of any vacation plans as early as possible.