Billet Family FAQ
Q: How are billet families selected?
A: Billets have the most interaction with CTA participants on a day to day basis and as such, to protect those valuable stakeholders, all Billet Family hosts shall be required to provide a criminal background check via the local police authorities in Ottawa, Ontario.
We have a 4 step Process for evaluating and re-assessing potential Host Families:
Q: Is there a monthly Room and Board Fee that teams charge?
A: Yes, Players have to pay a monthly room and board fee to a local Billet Family. Billet families are organized by the academy and teams with all of the monthly fees going to the Billet Family in its entirety. The Monthly Billet Fee will be discussed upon approval.
Q: Are curfews enforced?
A: Yes. There will be disciplinary action taken if players miss curfew. Billets are asked to report to CTA Staff if players miss curfew.
Q: Do we have what it takes to be a billet family?
A: It is of great importance to the CTA program that we place our out-of-town players in caring family environments that are committed to providing a supportive home away from home. Opening your home takes time, patience, and a willingness to share. There will be differences to overcome, both cultural and personal, but learning about these differences and celebrating them is part of the joy of welcoming someone new into your home.
Q: What makes a great billet family?
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 takes effort. Our billet families are interested in sharing their lifestyle in a positive and mutually rewarding way. We do not accept billets who are interested in money alone. Such motive is obvious to players and the CTA and interferes with the intended billeting experience: a safe, secure, welcoming environment to learn and grow in.
Q: Do I have time for a player?
A: Even the most self-assured players appreciate good quality time with their billet family. Will you be in town for the duration of your player's stay? (Absences longer than two days must be approved by the CTA Billet Coordinator in advance.) Is everyone in your household ready to accept someone with a different background? If you have children, are they comfortable with bringing another person into the family?
Q: Can a family host more than one player?
A: Yes. Two (or more) players can share living quarters, transportation expenses and often times provide camaraderie for one another.
Q: What does the billet family provide?
A: A separate room for the player (or a shared room for 2 players) furnished much as a college dorm would provide for a student:
Q: What are the player's responsibilities?
A: 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.
Q: How long does the billet last?
A: The length of time depends on the family and the individual. Some players stay with a family throughout the basketball/school year, while others arrange to live with the family throughout the calendar year to satisfy academic or employment obligations. The length of stay is one of the key determining factors used in matching a family with a player.
Q: Is there compensation to the host family?
A: Yes, families receive a monthly billeting payment 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 CTA.
Q: Are there potential language barriers regarding a foreign player?
A: Occasionally International players are part of the billet program. In most instances the player speaks English as a second language. The language differences are often an interesting dynamic in the player's stay with a family.
Q: What are the benefits of being a billet family?