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The Duck Organiztion would like to thank this seasons host families (Listed Below) for their support and dedication. Without quality host families, players can become subject to home sickness and other negatives that come with being away from home and not having a support system. 

Speaking with this seasons host families, we learned that not only did each family enjoy being apart of the organization, they loved getting to know the players and their families. " It was a wonderful experience for my husband and I being emply nesters. The time spent with these kids brought back many memories of the time we had year's ago with our own childred." replied Diane and Gary Kirby who hosted 2 players the majority of the season. "It was overwhelming when they left. It felt like our own kids moved away again".    

Diane stated also that now after the season she keeps in contact weekely via phone with her players. They call her every week and visit on Facebook as much as they have time. She stated that her and Gary are excited to do it all over again next season. 


Blake and Teressa Pace - Reedsburg

Gary and Diane Kirby - WI Dells

Brian and Toni McCutchin - Baraboo

Kelly and Emily Morris - Baraoo

Aaron and Amy Kirby - Reedsburg

Host families needed

The Dells Ducks hockey team is moving into its third year at the Lake Delton - Poppy Waterman Ice arena. The Ducks are pursuing billet families for the 2013-2014 season. Last year the Ducks achieved great things with the addition of Head Coach and General Manager Bill Zaniboni. With 60 points and making it to the League Divisional Championship game where the Ducks lost in OT against who ended up being the National Championship 2nd place team the Northern Lights. 

We would like to present to you some information on junior hockey and how billets work at the junior hockey level.

First off thank you for taking your time in reading this and having some interest in becoming a part of the Ducks family. Player Hosting should be a great experience from the family to the player(s) that are living there. The family will receive a $350.00 monthly stipend for room and board per a player.

What the family gains out of being a Host Family?:

- The family will get season passes to the Ducks home hockey games.

- The $350.00 a month for room and board per a player

- Most host families turn into lifelong relationships

- We pride ourselves on having mature young men that want to make a positive impact on the youth and the community as a whole.

- If you have a young child, it is a guarantee that the player(s) that live at your house they WILL be skating with your child and his / her team as much as we can.

- As a host it NOT your responsibility to drive, do laundry, clean up after, or watch over them. We want them to be a part of your family and in a family environment that will allow them to thrive on and off the ice, as well as being a role model in the home.

- Give a young player who may have left home for the very first time a stable family environment for him to thieve in.

The Ducks organization wants nothing more than to have every kid’s experience to be a dream playing in the Dells, and we want to build relationships in the community that will last forever. Our tentative schedule will have the boys up early in the morning and curfew looking around 9:30pm. If you become a part of this great experience you will be given a rule sheet for your home so everything is laid out for the player and family



Host Family Information

 The host family in hockey is rich with tradition and plays a key role in the development and success of the player. It involves host families that open their homes to out-of-town, out-of-state, or out-of-country players and provides an opportunity for these young men to pursue the next step in their developing careers. The hosting program also enables these student-athletes to complete their high-school educations, take college preparatory classes or work part-time.


Q: Can a family host more than one player?
A: Yes, 2 or more players can share a host home and this can aid in transportation.

Q:What are the families responsibilities?
A: The family will provide seperate bedroom for the player furnished similar to how a dormitory would be furnished (bed, desk, chair). Meals will include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These meal do not need to be cooked for the players, just available for them. It is recommened pending team functions, that dinner is a home meal with the family. 

Q: What are the player’s responsibilities?
A: Players must maintain a neat and clean room, perform their own laundry, respect house rules, and honor the team  curfew (9:30pm).

Q: Is there compensation to the host family?
A: Yes, families participating will receive a monthly payment for each player staying with them while the player is with the family.

Q: When does the season begin and how long does it last?
A: Players will report to camp the third week of August. The regular season lasts through March and the playoffs can last through April.

Q: Who coordinates the hosting program?                                                                             

A: A volunteer host coordinator plays “point man” for the host family, player families, and players. The coordinator will see to financial disbursements and help as questions or issues may arise.


Please contact head coach and general manager Bill Zaniboni at bill@dellsduckshockey.com