New – Polar Bears Plus – Small Group Skills Training

Polar Bears Plus is a specifically designed skills training created under the guidance of the former Canadian Men’s National Team Olympic and World Cup Coach, Shiaz Virjee

Overview

Polar Bears Plus is an exclusive High Performance skills training program. Our Plus Program is organized using small groups for itimate, immediate, and highly engaged individual player feedback (4-8 athletes maximim per coach).

Polar Bears Plus is a step-by-step targeted training plan designed for athletes to get a step ahead of the competition.

Polar Bears Plus will develop a training plan for athletes and provide feedback throughout the session to each athlete to track and ensure improvement throughout each session and the program.

Polar Bears Plus will ensure high intensity with high tempo and consistent training to build skills and dynamic body movement to propel our athletes to the next level! Each athlete is expected to be committed to the training so that she can attain proficiency with each skill.

The training is athlete focused in a small group setting to ensure progression and to build confidence. Our goal is to make sure every athlete grows her knowledge of the game, builds tactical awareness and fitness level.

Who Should Participate?

  • This program is for girls in grade 5 and above

Coaching Staff

  • Polar Bears athletes will be coached by select high performance coaches.

Training environment details:

  • Season runs from early September to end of October. No Training on Thanksgiving Monday.
  • The focus is on individual skills training and feedback from our top level coaches.
  • Athletes will be grouped by skill level and progression to different groups is based on skill proficiency.
  • Training period:
    • 6 weeks – Monday September 9 until Monday October 21. Training may be adjusted due to weather.
    • Training times 5:15 to 6:45 PM.
    • All training at Crofton House School – water based turf field.  

Details, Registration Deadline & Costs:

  • Athletes may be grouped for learning skills
  • There is a strict limit for the number of athletes due to space limitations on the field.

Not included:

  • Polar Bears Training kit
  • Please make sure your child brings a hockey stick, mouthguard, shinguards and a water bottle.

Cost:

  • U11 – U14 – $420 (plus GST) – Monday skills training.

Please note athlete date of birth is determined as of 01 January 2024.

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Recent Testimonials

Shiaz, Andrew & the Polar Bears program have been a fantastic part of our daughter’s field hockey development. They have been supportive and encouraging throughout, from starting as a Cub to giving her the opportunity to play Premier Division field hockey, preparing her for varsity field hockey. Shiaz was incredibly helpful with guidance about the different university programs, and seems to know every coach out there! We’ll always be grateful for the advice & help with university programs. Thank you Shiaz, Andrew, Arif & Polar Bears!

Jennifer Baird & Leith Dewar , Parents of Jocelyn Dewar- St. Andrews University class of 2023

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

Choosing the Polar Bears program was a pivotal moment for our family. Shiaz and Arif embraced Saylor and were crucial in her development as an athlete and as a young woman (which is too often taken for granted).

The commitment on and off the field by the coaches, and senior Polar Bears players, was instrumental in developing the skills and mindset to achieve her goal of playing NCAA Div. 1 school. Having just returned from watching my daughter play for University of Maine Black Bears in her rookie season, I could not be more proud of my daughter and thankful to Shiaz, Arif and the entire club for truly enabling her to achieve this goal. The experience of playing for the Polar Bears in the Premier Division was priceless for Saylor to experience the game at speed and made transition smooth to Div. 1

Finally, I would personally like to thank Shiaz for his support of Saylor, and her parents , throughout the university recruitment process. We could not have done it without you.

I strongly encourage anyone looking at the Polar Bears program to join the club even if the drive is long (we were from Port Moody) as it was completely worth it!

Nick Kuefler , Saylor's dad - 2023 U18 Polar Bears

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

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, University of British Columbia