Grand Rapids White Lightning

Ultimate Frisbee Team

 

High School

Co-ed Team

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Winter Season is HERE!

We believe Ultimate Frisbee is the best sport in the world. All skill levels welcome. We will teach you how to play - or come really good. Our team has brand new players and players with over 5 years experience. 

All boys and girls 4-8th Grade are

encouraged to join, regardless of experience.

Our club has been around since 2012 and we hope you are a part of it! Most of our coaches have 10+ years experience and some play professionally. Our passion and love for the game will be evident.

We work hard to be inclusive and welcoming. Can't throw a frisbee? That's ok! We teach hundreds every year! Never forgetting our our main goal of having FUN above all else. 

Learn more about how to play! Read up about it or watch a video.

Winter Season: 11/8-12/23

Program Structure

Find a team that practices close to you! We have teams all around the city. Games 4:45-6:15pm on 6 dates, Mondays or Wednesdays. 

Everyone makes the team! If you want to play you can play. We fully expect many to have no experience.

Practices 1x week

  • See above! Practices around the city. May attend more than one per week if you want! 

Games

  • Games 6 of the 11 dates from the following

    • Mondays 4:45-6:15pm Nov 8-Dec 21​

    • Wednesday 4:45-6:15pm Nov 10-Dec 1

Uniforms

  • Jersey $35 (optional)

  • Shorts, $35 (optional)

  • Tennis shoes or turf cleats. Cleats are not allowed. 

  • Disc, $10 (optional)

Teams all around the city! 

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REGISTRATION INFO

  • Player dues

    • Varies depending on practice time and location.

  • 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

  • Zig Zag Ultimate Foundation Scholarship

    • Does the above not apply to you? Still apply for the scholarship within our club. Send us an email!

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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 into the basic philosophy of the sport, it is written into 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! 

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Homeschool Partnerships

We have the pleasure of joining 4 different Homeschool Partnerships! These are for anyone who attends a PRIVATE School OR Homeschool. 

These Partnerships cover dues for Fall, and Spring Seasons.

 

  • Niles Homeschool Partnership: Covers Dues + Cleats 

  • Hamilton Homeschool Partnership: Covers Dues 

  • Jenison Homeschool Partnership: Covers Dues

  • Three Rivers Homeschool Partnership: Covers Dues

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Spring Season is HERE!

Join our club this Spring. We believe Ultimate Frisbee is the best sport in the world. All skill levels welcome. We will teach you how to play - or come really good. Our team has brand new players and players with over 5 years experience. 
 

Our club has been around since 2012 and we hope you are a part of it!

We have TWO options for to play this Spring
Mon Night High School League

or

High School Team

We work hard to be inclusive and welcoming. Can't throw a frisbee? That's ok! We teach hundreds every year! Never forgetting our our main goal of having FUN above all else. 

Learn more about how to play! Read up about it or watch a video.

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Learn about the Club!

SPRING OPTIONS:
Preseason Events   |   Spring Break Camp

Join a local team near you  |   Tryout for the Travel Team

SPRING Season: 4/11-5/27

Local Team Program Structure

Find a team that practices close to you! We have teams all around the city. Everyone comes together on Friday nights for games. Optional tournaments as well! Teams around the City (each practice once per week).

IF YOU ARE NEW, we recommend you join a "local team" and practice 1x per week and attend Friday night games. 

Everyone makes the team! If you want to play you can play. We fully expect most everyone to have no experience.
*NOTE, we do have a competitive Travel team as well!

REGISTRATION INFO

  • New Player intro rate: $100

    • ​Includes 1 practice/week, all games, and discounted optional tournaments

    • Subsidized by Michael Cannon Memorial fund.

  • Returning Player rate: $125

    • ​Includes 1 practice/week, all games, and discounted optional tournaments

    • Want to go above and beyond and go to 2 practices per week? You don't need to, but you may! Additional practices are $50/season or $10/drop-in.
      Look at the schedule and see if you want to add more nights in!

Practices 1x week

  • See above! Practices around the city. May attend more than one per week if you want! 

Tournaments + Games

  • Games Fridays 5:30-7:30pm @ Rotating Location

  • Tournaments (optional) Saturday mornings.

    • Exact dates TBD

    • State Championship May 21st in Grand Rapids. 10-2/3pm

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)

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FINANCIAL OPTIONS

We don't want finances to get in the way of playing! Please reach out if $ is an inhibitor to playing.​​​

  • Help us find sponsors / donors and help offset your registration

  • 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.

  • Please reach out! We want you to play Ultimate Frisbee with us. 

Preseason Events

  • Sat March 19 + March 26 + April 2 @ MacKay Jaycee Park​

    • 9:30-11:30am

    • *Must be at least 50 degrees! Otherwise we will cancel​

    • Free and open to ANYONE, new and returning

  • Mon March 28th @ MSA Woodland

    • 4:45-6:15pm, 4-8th Graders

    • 4:30-7:15pm, High School

    • $5 for returning players. Free for anyone new to the club.

    • *Returning players may only attend if bring a friend new to Ultimate

Spring Break Camp 

  • Mon-Thurs April 4-7th.

  • 9-Noon @ MacKay Jaycee Park

  • $50/person

  • This camp is designed for all skill levels. You don't even have to know how to throw a frisbee! If you have been playing for a while you will get placed in a separate group to keep advancing your skills. 
    And it will be SO FUN! 

  • More info

Spring 6-8th Grade Travel Team 

  • The purpose of this team is to create a more competitive environment for players who wish to travel and compete against players from around the Midwest. While we firmly believe we can achieve great competition with our local teams, this team is an additional fun option for the Spring Season! 

  • This is a tryout team, meaning we will take a limited number of players. We encourage all players to tryout regardless of your “perceived” skill level. Bring your A game and let the coaches decide. 

  • We have a long season to help you improve on your weaknesses and hone in on your strengths.

  • Tryouts:

    • Friday April 15th 5:30-7:30pm @ MacKay Jaycee Park

  • Anticipated Schedule: April 15-June 4

    • 1x Week Event: Either practice or game. 

    • 2 games in Kalamazoo vs. Kalamazoo school teams.

    • 2-3 Tournaments

    • End of Season Party

  • More info link

Do you want a team at your school? Send an email connecting us with your principle.

Do you want a team in your neighborhood? Let us know! All we need are 10 people and we have a team!