Byron Center Ultimate Club
4-8th Co-ed Team 
High School Co-ed team

BYRON CENTER ULTIMATE CLUB exists to provide high level Ultimate Frisbee for anyone 4th-8th grade and High School. For ANY skill level. No experience required. 

Ultimate is so much more than a sport. It's a community. Ultimate takes the best parts of other sports and make something even better. Give Ultimate a chance. It's worth it.

FALL SEASON STARTS SEPT 23rd
 

WHO CAN PLAY?
Anyone, boys and girls! We expect most to have never played before - maybe not even know the rules. Or how to throw a disc. As you keep coming you learn the game and how to throw. We work so hard to be welcoming and inclusive. 

WHO WILL WE PLAY:

We play in the Zig Zag Ultimate league with some school teams and some club teams. So, we might play West Side Christian, then Grandville Middle School, then Forest Hills Ultimate Frisbee Club. 

WHO IS RUNNING THIS? COACHING?

Byron Center Ultimate Frisbee Club, is a branch of Zig Zag Ultimate. Zig Zag Ultimate was started in 2012 and now has 400+ youth playing every year with teams all around West Michigan. ZZU offers leagues for: 4-8th Grade, High School, Adult, College Teams, and a partnered with the Grand Rapids Pro team. 

Our Head Coaches are players from the Pro Team, some who have played high level club, some with  7+ years experience coaching, and everything in between. Assistant coaches often have less experience, but just as much charisma! 

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4th-8th grade Co-ed team

Practices

  • 1x a week practice

    • First practice will be Thursday September 23rd 5:30-7:30pm @ Grandville Calvin Crest Park. 
      • 3796 Ivanrest Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418

    • AFTER THAT, if we get 10 signups, we will have practice Monday's 5:30-7:30pm @ Douglas Walker Park.  IF we don't get 10 signups, practices will remain Thursdays at Calvin Crest Park.

Games

  • Friday's 5:30pm @ Rotating location vs. local teams

    • Sept 24 + Oct 1, games are at Wedgewood Park in Grandville 5:30-7:30pm​

    • Games every friday after that oct 8-Oct 29

Coaches

  • Zahra Franco, 9 years experience in the Dominican Republic

  • Mike "Zaags" Zaagman, 15 years experience in Grand Rapids as well as with the Detroit Mechanix Pro Ultimate Frisbee team

Uniforms

  • Jersey $35 (unless you have one from a previous season)

  • Shorts, $35 (optional)

  • Cleats are required (soccer, lacrosse, or football)

    • We have several donated cleats! There is a chance we have your size. ​

  • Disc, $10 (optional)

REGISTRATION INFO

  • $50/player​

    • ​Includes practices, games, and discounted optional tournaments

  • Discounts / Scholarships

    • Apply for the "Every Kid Sports" scholarship.

      • An outside organization which pays youth sports registration fees for kids from qualifying income-restricted families. 

      • ​​Families can apply four times a year, per child, to ensure year-round participation.

      • Funds are deposited to a card for private provided a pre-loaded “smart” debit card.

      • Anyone with supporting documents for SNAP, Medicaid, and/or WIC, qualify.​

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    • $25 discount (total) if another family member signs up

  • PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN

    • Pay what you can rates available through the Zig Zag Ultimate Foundation. We are working tirelessly to secure donors and sponsors to make Ultimate a reality for anyone who wants to play.

 

WHAT PARENTS SAY:

  • "This is the first sport my son actually enjoys. We wouldn't let him play football after he got injured."

  • "I like it because my 4th grade son, 7th grade daughter, and 8th grade son can all play at the same time. ONE car trip!"

  • "I was hesitant about the fact that there are no refs, but after the first game I'm surprised at how well it works. They actually talk about disagreements to each other instead of needing a ref." 

  • "I appreciate that I don't have to worry about concussions like when he was doing football. I also love knowing my son will always get a good workout in every single practice and game." 

LET'S PLAY:

Everyone is welcome regardless of experience! We will teach you how to throw, catch, run, and have fun playing Ultimate.

As you progress through our club, you can play in High School, College, professionally with the Grand Rapids Pro Team, or maybe even represent Team USA! 

Questions: email Mike@ZigZagUltimate.com or call/text 616.606.DISC

WHAT IS ULTIMATE FRISBEE:

Combining the nonstop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of Ultimate Frisbee is played two seven-player teams on a field similar to football. The object of the game is to score  points by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. A player must stop running while in possession of the disc, but may pivot and pass to any of the other receivers on the field. 
 

Just like basketball, Ultimate Frisbee is a transition game in which players move quickly from offense to defense on  turnovers that occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds, or when a player is caught holding  the disc for more than ten seconds. Although, Ultimate Frisbee resembles many traditional sports in its basic athletic  requirements, the rules are simpler, which allows the game to be self officiated. The concept of Spirit of the Game is integrated in to the basic philosophy of the sport, it is written in to the rules and is practiced at all levels of the games from local leagues to the World games. 

Several local colleges have teams including GVSU, MSU, Cornerstone, Ferris State, and Calvin College. One day, some of our players may play professionally for the Detroit Mechanix or even for Team USA!