Host families serve as authority figures, role models and extended family to their assigned player. For many players, this is their first experience away from home, family and friends and the host family becomes a very important part of their lives. While hosts receive a monthly monetary stipend of $400 to help off-set some of the basic costs such as food, the true rewards are in the lasting relationships that are formed.
The rule of thumb is to provide the same kind of care and attention that you would extend to a member of your own family. The Skylands Kings would hope that the family would become a mentor, friend, counselor and a good role model. Listening, encouraging and supporting the player will not only enable him to have more success on the ice, but also build self-esteem and confidence for him as an individual.
The SKYLANDS JR KINGS player's ages range from 16-20. Most are over 18, and have completed their High School educations. Unlike other Junior programs, the KINGS believe in placing players with families and in situations where they are closely monitored, but still have their first sampling of autonomy.
In most cases, very strong bonds are made between the player and his billet family as well as with the player's family. These relationships will often carry on for many years after the player has left the team. Often billet families can be seen following the player in his future career be it college, semi-pro or pro.
Players have proven to be great role models for younger children in the billet family, as they demonstrate hard work and determination to achieve tough goals.
The players must adhere to all team and house rules and show respect and consideration toward all family members.
It is crucial that our players are made part of your family; we believe a positive home atmosphere will directly reflect in the player's performance both on and off the ice.