The USFHA Festival 2024 tour

The USFHA Festival originally started in 1922 and is the major field hockey event in the USA attracting players for teams from U7 to U19. The event offers great on field competition as well as an opportunity to learn about recruiting for US Colleges for showcasing skills (U16 and U19) to the 125+ university coaches who usually attend. The weather is usually warm and the games will be played at the state-of-the-art Paradise Coast Sports Complex  in Naples, Florida, featuring nine turf fields with an additional four turf fields at the neighboring North Collier Park.

This event is truly a North American high performance tournament which also offers a fantastic opportunity for athletes looking to make an impression on recruiters from a wide variety of American Universities and Colleges.  Athletes can be identified by recruiting coaches and are offered scholarships to universities and colleges to pursue both academic and field hockey.

The tournament offers a great competitive experience and fun for hockey players of all age groups. The atmosphere with so teams from all over USA gives girls an opportunity to compete in the appropriate competitive age group.

TOUR DATES:

  • 26 November to 01 December 2024

AGES

o    Age groups based on age as of Jan 1st of this year.

ITINERARY

  • November 26th —Depart YVR in the morning
  • November 27th —Practices & Shopping Time
  • November 28th – 30th November US Festival games – 2 per day
  • December 01 —Return to YVR in the evening

TEAM DETAILS

  • U14 Team: 12 players
  • U16 & U19 Team: 16-18 Players

PARENTS ON TOUR

We highly encourage and enjoy having parents join the team on tour. Join the team coaching staff for nightly gatherings, meals and watch your daughter compete on the field. We can make all the arrangements for you and allow you to enjoy your time in the sun!

Registration

A tour deposit of $500 is required for all athletes to confirm your interest. If trials are necessary, then a trial date/time will be confirmed. Athletes not selected for the tour will receive a a refund of $500 and athletes selected will have the $500 credited to their tour cost.

We will host a players & parents meeting (date to be confirmed) to discuss the Polar Bears Philosophy, our Success in Recruiting and answer questions.

Trial Date TBC

Included in Tour

  • Pre-Tour Training
  • Highly Qualified & Proficient Coaching
  • Recruiting Assistance (for athletes U16 and U19) – Our Proven Success Model that includes ongoing consulting, key introductions, advice and guidance
  • Flights (booking your own flights are on option)
  • Hotel Accommodation & Breakfast
  • Ground Transport during tournament
  • Tournament Entry
  • Post Game drinks/snacks
  • Items Not Included: Lunches, Dinners, items of personal nature,  Polar Bears Training Kit

A Valid Canadian Passport is required.

Travel Health Insurance & Cancelation Insurance Policy

Polar Bears strongly recommends that all athletes and parents travelling with us purchase or have medical and travel insurance to cover any emergency that may arise while travelling with the team. Medical treatments can very expensive and all athletes and parents must have sufficient coverage. Please consult your local insurance broker to purchase a plan that suits your needs. Please ensure that you are covered for playing sports (some plans exclude sports participation).

Payment & Cancellation Policy

  • Once selected to a Polar Bears Team tour deposit becomes non-refundable.
  • A payment schedule will be sent out after selection. These cheques or e-transfers are due according to the payment schedule.
  • 150-130 days prior to Tour departure, loss of tour deposit & first installment
  • 129-100 days prior to Tour departure, loss of tour deposit, first installment and second installment
  • 99 days prior to Tour departure no refunds will be given
  • Please be advised that Polar Bears Field Hockey Ltd. reserves the right to cancel the tour. In the unlikely event that this occurs, all athletes will be notified immediately and a full refund will be issued.

Tour Cost

Tour cost is approximately $3100 but will be confirmed (based on flights, shared rooms / players staying with parents, etc.)

If the tour is extended due to unforeseen circumstances, any additional costs including hotel,  transport and other charges will be billed back based on final cost.

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Recent Testimonials

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

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

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 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