Why this Program:

Pathway to representative teams – High School Varsity Team, Provincial, University
Polar Bears offers focused training sessions by our committed and experienced coaches who know the game and make field hockey fun by creating a positive learning environment.

Skills are taught for appropriate development in each age level based on:

  • Set plays including penalty corners (offence and defence), free hits in attack zone etc.
  • Team tactics for press, pocket press, outlets
  • Training for specific positions – goalie, defence, midfield and forwards

Who Should Participate

Athletes who are committed to field hockey and want to play at the highest level possible.
Athletes who will strive to dedicate themselves to the program’s practice and match schedule.
We will enter teams into the appropriate divisions between U11 and U18 (depending on the number of players registered.

New players to field hockey

Please register for the program and train with us. New players may be asked to only train until their skills are up to a minimum standard to play matches.

Please note that the athlete age is as of 01 January 2024.

The spring field hockey season runs April – June. We ask that all athletes attend training (to build individual skills) and games (to develop team cohesion, consistency and of course to ensure that we have sufficient players for each game). Inconsistent attendance at practice or the missing of games affects the entire team’s performance. Please let us know early if you have any conflicts that will affect your attendance.

Coaching Staff

Polar Bears athletes and teams will be coached by experienced Polar Bears coaches and training staff.

Training dates & times – all at Crofton House School:

U12-U18 – Monday & Wednesday – 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Notes/Exceptions

  1. No training on Easter Weekend and also, no training on Victoria Day Weekend
  2. Training dates and times may change depending on number of athletes registered for the teams and field availability.

Program Details:

Tiering and pre-season training:

  • U11-U14
    • Monday 4th March – 7:15 to 8:30 PM at Wright Field, UBC.
    • Thursday 7th March – 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Wright Field, UBC.

Team Training: Starts week after Spring Break on Wednesday 3rd April. Training sessions are 2 hours long. There will be a 30-minute field hockey specific movement and fitness session that is included in each training session.

Matches

Our home matches will be played on Saturdays or Sundays at Crofton or UBC. Away match times will be announced once scheduled.

New this year: Please note that all our U13-U18 athletes will play in the Greater Vancouver Junior League and we will also enter rep teams every week to compete in appropriate age groups FHC sanctioned Youth League.

Tournaments:

If there is enough interest, we will look to enter each team into their respective Provincial Championship Tournaments (Dates TBC) & the India Club Tournament (TBC).

What is Included:

  • Training – Between 11 and 12 weeks of team training (44-48 + hours)
  • Game Coaching – coached matches of about 9-10 (18 + hours)
  • Tournament Entry fees – FHBC provincial Championships in Lower mainland. Additional charge for tournaments on Vancouver Island or interior.

Registration:

  • Registration Deadline February 15th (or when space is full)
  • Cost:
    • Athlete ages U11 – U12 (Year of Birth 2012-2013) – $1095 plus gst
    • Athlete ages U13 – U18 (Year of Birth 2006-2011) – $1495 plus gst

Not included:

  • Polar Bears Training Kit – Please visit Buy Training Kit
  • Polar Bears Match Uniform for U11 – U18 Team players – Please visit Junior/Uni/Adult Match Package
  • FHBC & FHC Membership – Each athlete must register, pay the membership fee and complete the waiver prior to participating in the league.

PLEASE NOTE LEAGUE RULES STATE THAT A PLAYER CAN ONLY PLAY FOR ONE CLUB DURING SPRING LEAGUE

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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

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

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

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