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Billeting and Tutoring

BILLET HOST FAMILIES NEEDED

Please contact Rampage Billet Coordinator - Roxy Simpson (339) 222-0271

 

The Colorado Rampage Tier 1 & RMJHL programs arelooking for great families who can help with billeting a Rampage Tier 1 or RMJHL player or two.

 

Help make a player's hockey pursuit easier while away from home, by participating as a billet family and provide a great local home and family.

 

Billeting - A hockey tradition!

Each season the Colorado Rampage Hockey program Tier 1 & U20 RMJHL rosters include elite level players from outside of Colorado. To allow these players to take advantage of the hockey opportunity while with the Rampage, they require housing assistance from families within the community to serve as billet families.
 
"Billeting" is a hockey tradition and is especially important at the elite level of hockey. This concept involves local host families providing a home to out-of-state players for the hockey season. The billet program also allows these young men to complete their high school educations, take college preparatory classes and/or obtain part-time employment in the local community while pursuing the next step in their hockey careers.
 
One of the most difficult things for the elite level hockey player is moving away from home. The Colorado Rampage Hockey program feels that one of the components of success for these players is to provide a comfortable living environment. Much is expected of these players both on and off the ice and the added demands of living away from home and their families often creates added stress for them. As a result, we strive to find homes that provide a positive family environment. To help alleviate such inherent anxieties, our players, in turn, are strongly encouraged to embrace the challenges of moving into a new household and become actively involved with the family that has so generously welcomed them into their home.
 
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 and pursuits easier.
 
Being a billet family can be a very rewarding experience. Strong bonds are often made between the player, his parents and the billet family, which often extend well into the future, after the player has moved on to the next level.
 
The Colorado Rampage Hockey program, the players, and their families appreciate the commitment, generosity and dedication of our billet families.
 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact:

Roxy Simpson
Billet Program Coordinator
339-222-0271
roxy.simpson@icloud.com

Billet Family Testimonials

 

"It has been an incredibly positive experience for us...We have built lifelong relationships"

                                                                                                 Rob and Debi Hoffman

"Our family has been billeting for the Rampage Program for the last 5 years and it has been an incredibly positive experience for us.  We have had the opportunity to share the AAA hockey experience with these exceptional young men and their families.  We have stayed in contact with these kids and their families long after they have left our home.  We have built lifelong relationships and are thrilled to have been a positive influence in their hockey careers."
 
                                                                  Rob and Debi Hoffman

                                                                  Bantam B parents

 


Rampage U18 AAA Player Cam Strong with his billet family Debi, Rob and Andrew Hoffman.


 

"A super "big brother" to both our hockey playing kids"

 

"We have had a U18 billet for a year now.  It's really been a rewarding experience. He has been a great addition to the family....a super "big brother" to both our hockey playing kids. It's been fun sharing experiences on and off the ice. He was a "rookie" last year, so, hopefully, we'll be enjoying his company for another Rampage championship year! "
                                                Kris and Mike Brooks
                                                PeeWee AA and Bantam AA parents

 

 

"It has turned out to be one of the best things we have done."

                                                                            Roxy & Chris Simpson

“We decided to be a billet family last season, after talking to friends that have been billeting for a number of years.  They had nothing but good things to say about the players that they have had live with them and the positive experiences they had.  In the beginning, we were a little apprehensive - taking in two 15 year old boys seemed a pretty daunting task. With advice from Rampage families, we set up expectations (on both sides) and the adventure began!

It has turned out to be one of the best things we have done.  Our “kids” (the billeted hockey players) quickly became part of our family and like older brothers to our young sons. My hockey playing son suddenly had other people in the house that he could talk hockey with, shoot pucks with and watch games with.  He also started getting a good understanding of the hard work these players put into playing at the Tier 1 level.  Great role models!

Yes, there were times that we had multiple vehicles going into multiple directions to deal with multiple activities. Yes, there were times that supper was pizza because we were all too busy for a good meal to be put on the table. Yes, there were times that laundry seemed to be a mountain rather than a mound. All of this, constant communication and nights of sitting at the table after supper “shooting the breeze”, just helped to build the bond between us and our new “kids”.  I can see this bond lasting for many years to come - these fine young men will go far in life and we know that we will always be part of their journey.  

Both our players are coming back this season - one no longer as a billet,  the other still will be with us.  We will definitely be taking in another player or two."

                                                                    Roxy & Chris Simpson