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Zig Zag Ultimate
Coaching Academy

Coach our 4-8th Grade + High School teams

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Our athletes deserve a dedicated core of coaches who have a passion for this sport. More importantly, they want coaches who are passionate about them as individuals. Let us teach you the X's and O's of Ultimate to earn the right to be their coach. 

Ultimate Frisbee is the best sport in the world. This sport can change the trajectory of a person's life and overall attitude if it's done right. 

 

We are open to...

 

Any parent who wants to learn the sport and start to coach

 

High School Ultimate player looking to coach a 4-6th grade team

 

Any adult Ultimate player who can coach either a 4-8th Grade or High School team

 

We have volunteer and paid positions. Most are T

Option 1: Join the Co-ed JV or Varsity High School Team. 

This is the flagship program for our entire club. No matter where you skill level is at - we can find a spot for you! We expect everyone who joins our club to have little to no experience. That's ok! 

PROGRAM STRUCTURE: ​​

  • Sept 11 - Oct 27

  • Practices, Choose one

    • Wednesdays 4:30-6:30pm @ MacKay Jaycee Park

    • Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm @ MacKay Jaycee Park

  • Games: Mondays 5:30-7:30pm @ MacKay Jaycee Park

  • Tournaments *Optional

    • Michigan Classic Sept 23 *tentative*

      • Quincy Park in Holland, MI

    • Windy City Invite Oct 1

      • 4501 Sun Singer Way Loves Park, IL 61111

    • Maple Syrup Classic Oct 15-16

      • Helder Park in Holland, MI

    • HalloweenFest Oct 28 *tentative*

      • Quincy Park in Holland, MI

Option 2: Starts a team at your school! 

We can help! Let us provide coaches, schedules, insurance, fields, and anything else you might need. 

School teams are in the process or already exist at...

Grandville, Lowell, Northpointe Christian, Rockford, and EPIC Homeschool Academy. Let's start one at your school. 

PROGRAM STRUCTURE: ​​

  • Sept 11 - Oct 27

  • Practices: once per week at your school

  • Games: Mondays 5:30-7:30pm @ MacKay Jaycee Park

  • Tournaments optional

Option 3: Join our Monday Night Co-ed High School League. 

Play every Monday night 5:30-7:30pm with a bunch of friends! Ideally create your own team of 7-12 players and compete against other teams in the league. Can't get 7? Join up with others in the league to make a full team.

All skill levels welcome! 

WHAT: Monday High School Co-ed League

WHO: Register as a team, group of friends, or as an individual

WHEN: Mondays 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE: MacKay Jaycee Park

Coaches

Zaags

Zaags started the club in 2012 with this High School team. He played 4 years at Calvin University, played professionally, coached hundreds of teams, played a Nationals, and is the Head coach for Davenport University. 

He has given his adult life to this beautiful sport and would love nothing more than the opportunity to coach you as well. 

Noam Gumerman

-2 years YCC (Youth Nationals)

-Captained Chapel Hill High ultimate for 2 years

-Captained University of Brandeis TRON for 3 years, brought the team to nationals twice

-Played on Adult Club teams

-First year athlete at Davenport University pursuing my Master's Degree

James Hanisch

James Hanisch loves Ultimate Frisbee. He was one of the first players to ever join the Grand Rapids White Lightning and hasn’t stopped playing since. He spent 5 years with the Grand Rapids White Lightning. He then captained Cornerstone University’s Ultimate Frisbee team for 3 years. Most recently he has been the Grandville Ultimate Frisbee coach for the last 2 years. 

 

James is a perfect fit to be the coach for the Grand Rapids White Lighting both is skill, enthusiasm, and admiration to the sport. He already has deep relationships with several on the team and will be a welcome addition for Fall 

REGISTRATION INFO

JV or Varsity Teams or School Teams:

  • $150 per player

  • Monday games​ + Weekly practice

  • Tournaments are additional, but encouraged! 

    • $35 for in-state tournaments and $50 for out of state tournaments.

Monday Night League: $70

  • 7 Mondays 5:30-7:30pm 

Zig Zag Elite Training $150

Uniforms *JV+Varsity team only* Order here

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

  • OPTIONAL

    • Dark Jersey $35

    • Shorts, $35
    • Disc, $10
    • Sunn Hoodie, $50 (Long sleeve w/ hoodie)
  • Cleats are required (soccer, lacrosse, or football)

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

We are the
2022 Michigan High School Spring State Champions! 

Spring of 2022 the Grand Rapids White Lightning Varsity Team were crowned the best team in the State of Michigan! Beating teams from Saginaw, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor en route to a 12-5 win in the State Championship Finals. 

We are ready to go to defend our title and couldn't be more excited for another year. We graduated 4 seniors and have several incoming Freshman to join the JV and Varsity teams. 

We also hope to recruit more players of any grade to join either team! 

Uniform Kit *Light jersey is only required for Fall season

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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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