About Us

Polar Bears Field Hockey began as Total Field Hockey almost 20 years ago. We have evolved in providing the latest training methodology to provide accelerated learning for young athletes. Andrew Schouten and Shiaz Virjee have a passion for field hockey and love to see the athlete develop their skills, tactical awareness and love of the game.

Our goal is to improve our athletes’ overall skills at all levels. We provide top level coaching year-round to players of all ages and abilities. Our program is directed by Shiaz Virjee, former Men’s National Team Coach and FIH Trainer-Educator/World Team Coach – Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Pan Am Games gold medalist and World Cup Top-8. We also have a team of highly qualified coaches to work with all our athletes and we maintain a good coach to player ratio to provide effective coaching to every athlete. All our coaches are current or former National Team athletes and former USports or NCAA Div-1 standouts.

Our top-level coaching staff is passionate about field hockey and our goal is to assist the athlete to reach their full potential as well as develop a well-rounded young person with sense of self and community.

Our athlete pathway is free of rigid boundaries as we work with the athlete to chart their course for development to provincial, national, and Canadian or US Universities. We assist the athlete to navigate the recruitment processes – together we have assisted over 150 athletes for recruitment to USports (CIS) and NCAA placements. In this time we have been the leader in the field hockey community in providing post-secondary opportunities for female athletes.

We have year round programs – indoor in the winter and outdoor for all seasons together with select tours to showcase our athletes for post-secondary recruitment, fun tours to Cal Cup and competitive tours to Europe and Oceania (Australia/NZ).

20 + years of High Performance and Youth Development Coaching

150+ athletes recruited to US (NCAA) and Canadian (USports) Universities

50+ athletes selected to Provincial and Canadian Teams

Mission Statement

To enable Polar Bears athletes to develop their skills to achieve their aspirations and enjoy the sport of field hockey.

Vision Statement:

There is no quick path to success. Great hockey players are made, not born. We believe in the Long Term Athlete Development model and learning skills progressively from experienced coaches and through a highly successful curriculum. If you put the focused time in, you will position yourself to best achieve success. The experts say it takes 10 years or 10,000 hours to achieve mastery on the field.

Our success in developing athletes to excel at all levels (club, regional provincial, university and national) is built on the premise of expert coaching, focused & diligent training on the field. We create a positive learning environment where athletes have fun and take personal responsibility while acquiring and refining technical, tactical, mental and physical skills that enable them excel in field hockey.

Making quality players

Recent Testimonials

As parents it was important we did our due diligence when selecting a field hockey program for both our daughters.

Our criteria was simple, a program which helps them to develop their field hockey skills but moreover a program where the coaches are positive, supportive, respectful and knowledgeable.  Polar Bears not only met this criteria but exceeded them.  Both of our daughters appreciated how genuinely committed the coaches were to their individual development and the valuable insight and feedback provided to them.

With the support and guidance from Head Coach Shiaz Virjee our daughter was able to receive a scholarship with an NCAA Division 1 university for September 2021.

We would not hesitate recommending Polar Bears to others.

Jas and Harjeet Purewal, Parents of Savina Purewal - St. Louis University class of 2021

Polar Bears have exceptional coaches who are not only professional, but care about their players. Their expertise in coaching brings out the best in players, as they are supportive as well as encouraging through every step of the way. Russem got the opportunity to play varsity level field hockey because she was able to be apart of such an amazing environment that allowed her to develop her skills to the best of her abilities.

Kuljit & Parminder Gill - Parents of Russem Thind, York University Class of 2021
Top-notch coaching, great trips and tournaments, and a fun atmosphere to boot. Not only did Polar Bears help Julia acquire the skills to be a strong field hockey player, they gave her a love for the game. And when it came time to help Julia navigate the university recruitment process, Shiaz and Stephanie were there to provide great advice.
Andrea Townson , Mother of Julia Ross - 2019 U18 Polar Bears

Choosing to move our daughter from the local program to Polar Bears Field Hockey was the best decision we made in regards to her development as a player.  Competition level and the speed of the game at this level pushed players to grow.  Dedicated and knowledgeable coaching from Shiaz and Arif allowed our daughter to develop her skills which has now led her to achieve her goal of attending an NCAA Div 1 school in the fall of 2022.  Shiaz’s experience in dealing with post-secondary schools was pivotal in the decision making process.  A big thanks to Shiaz, Arif and the Polar Bears Program!

Colleen & Taka – Parents of Taylor Katsube, NCAA Div. 1 committed - Class of 2022

Shiaz and Arif absolutely live for field hockey! Their passion for the game is endless and a lifetime of experience is truly evident on and off the field. Their love for the game creates a dynamic atmosphere and the players are always fully engaged.

Shiaz’s insight with the post-secondary recruitment process over the last few years has been instrumental in guiding us through the process of our daughter’s field hockey career. He was with us step by step and it made things so much easier for us. We are so happy to be part of the Polar Bears Family.

Kim & Sinder Gill – Parents of Avani Gill #16, University of Maine 2021