About Coach Shiv

Coach Shiv

Coach Shiv

Coach Shiv, the former Canadian and USA National team coach, learned the art of playing hockey in Punjab, India, imitating the all time great hockey players, from the Olympic and World cup champion teams – India and Pakistan – in the 60’s and 70’s. He moved to Canada in 1977, and learned the science of hockey and the secrets of success of the European and Oceanic Hockey teams, while attending the FIH coaching seminars and observing the top teams and coaches, closely.

Career Highlights:

  • Shiv has coached at all levels, starting from the junior level – developing young athletes into Olympians – to the highest level, coaching the national teams in the Olympic Games, World Cups and the Pan Am Games.
  • Shiv coached the Canadian National team win the Pan Am Games gold medal for the first time, in its history, by defeating Argentina 3 -1. As the saying goes, It was hardest to climb the Mount Everest for the first time. Now the path has been designed and laid for success.
  • Shiv coached the Canadian Junior National team qualify for the Junior World Cup for the first time.
  • Under Shiv’s coaching Canada defeated Pakistan the defending 1982 world cup and 1984 Olympic games gold medalist, for the first time.

SCA Mission

SCA’s coaching intent – vision, mission, and dream – is to develop young field hockey players, who posses the correct technique to execute the basic and advanced skills and play the game with the highest degree of game sense and intelligence.

Core Values

Since -SCA’s – inception, we operate under the guidance of these core values

  • Athletes must have fun while playing and learning hockey
  • Athletes must be aware of their strengths and weakness, this way they make the best out of their strengths and improve upon their weakness
  • Athletes must be aware of what is effective hockey and what is not, and play effective hockey
  • Athletes must develop their decision making ability to the highest degree

Shiv has coached at the highest level and understands the games, technical and tactical aspects deeply and clearly. As we know, that one can mold the young athlete just the way one likes, developing good habits and a effective style of play. And as the athlete gets older and older, the harder and harder it becomes to change and develop. As we know that it is much easier to learn a new skill correctly the first time, than to correct the one with a poor technique, later.

Coaching Philosophy

  • Athlete centered and coach driven
  • Treat athletes the way you would like to be treated
  • Keep the things simple.
  • There is no substitute for Basic skills and the correct technique to execute them.
  • Habits – good or bad – make and break the player.
  • Athletes have to have fun and learn in every practice.
  • Motto: Coach field hockey the correct way.

Key Questions answered:

Why should a young athlete attend Shiv’s coaching academy, sessions and camps?

Shiv has coached at the highest level and understands the games, technical and tactical aspects deeply and clearly. He has also experienced over and over, while working with the national team athletes, that how hard it is to change the bad habits – poor technique – when the players have matured and are in their early to late 20’s. Scientific studies have indicated, that it is much easier to mold a young athlete, just the way one likes, developing good habits and a effective style of play. And as the athlete gets older and older, the harder and harder it becomes to change and develop the athlete.

It is critical for the rising stars to learn hockey – skills and tactics – the correct way from the beginning, to achieve their optimum level of performance and potential. So, join SCA at a young age, where young field hockey players are developed into world class players.

What does a beginner athlete learn at SCA?

Shiv and his coaching staff have a systematic system and a coaching plan for the beginner players. It is unique and has been designed, keeping in mind all the challenges, faced by the athlete and the coach, when the beginners are not taught hockey the correct way. This plan has 8 steps, which are followed systematically to develop the young athlete.

Please refer to the coaching articles written by Shiv, “Catch them Young” which was published in the International hockey federation (FIH) World Hockey on line magazine. And a series of development articles. The theme of the monthly coahcing articles in 2009, is to focus and educate the athletes, parents and coaches on this topic.

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