Polar Bears has planned a community based Field Hockey Spring Development Program at York House School.

The target age group are Grade 3-5:

The program will be organized into training blocks. Included in each block are the below elements which are all based around field hockey skill development

  • Block 1 – Focus on Fundamentals – body movement, balance, basic field hockey movements, skills including relays
  • Block 2 – Reinforce Fundaments – (same as above plus) Tag games, more difficult relays, enhanced field hockey skills, and running into space (using open spaces)
  • Block 3 – Core Field Hockey Skills – (same as above two plus) introducing all the core skills (building blocks of the game) and playing mini-games
  • Block 4 – introducing small structured games, reinforcing positioning and use of space
  • Students will be provided more advanced skills development based on their ability.


Athletes must have their own field hockey sticks, shin guards and mouth guards. Athletes have an option to purchase equipment if they do not have it. Parents can request equipment in advance of the first session. Cost of stick is $45, mouthguard $5 and shin guards $30.

Program Dates:

  • The Program runs once a week on Fridays at York House School artificial turf over 7 sessions.
  • Start Date is Friday 19th April
  • Last day is Friday 7th June
  • The program does not run on the Friday 17th May prior to long weekend.

Program Times:

  • Grade 3-5 from 3:15 to 4:30 PM

 Program Cost:

  • The cost per student is $279 (plus GST) for the program.
  • There is no credit for missed sessions.
  • The fee includes a Polar Bears training tee shirt for each athlete and pair of Polar Bears socks. Athletes must provide their own black shorts.

Deadline to register by 15th March.

Please note that we must have a minimum number of registered athletes for this program. If the program is cancelled for any reason, registration fees will be refunded immediately.

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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

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