Forest Hills Ultimate Club
4-8th Co-ed Team 
High School Boys team + Girls Team

FOREST HILLS 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.

SPRING SEASON STARTS APRIL 11
 

Free indoor Drop-in @ MSA Woodland
Monday March 28th. Indoor Turf field
4-8th Grade: 4:45-6pm OR 6:45-8pm
High School 5:45-7pm

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, Grandville Middle School, Lowell, Rockford, and more!

WHO IS RUNNING THIS? COACHING?

Forest Hills 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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SPRING OPTIONS:
Preseason Events   |   Spring Break Camp

Join the 4-8th Grade or High School teams  |   Tryout for the Travel Team

4th-8th grade Co-ed team

April 11-May 27th

Practices

  • 1x a week practices (Choose one)

    • Tuesdays 4:30-6:30pm @ Ada Township Park
    • Can't make Tuesdays? Attend Thursday's instead
      • Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm @ Grand River Riverfront Park

Games

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

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)

High School Boys Team + Girls Team

April 11-June 4th

Practices, choose 2 of 4 per week

  • Tuesdays 4:30-6:30pm @ Ada Township Park

  • Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm @ Grand River Riverfront Park

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

Games

  • Some Mondays 6pm @ MacKay Jaycee Park

Tournaments *tbd

  • 2-3 Saturday mornings!

  • State Championship June 4th

Coaches

  • Zahra Franco, 8 years experience in the Dominican Republic

  • Mike "Zaags" Zaagman, 14 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)

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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

    • Consider donating to help another Frisbee player play this spring!

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 *for anyone!

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

    • 9-11am

    • *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 OR 6:45-8pm, 4-8th Graders

    • 5:45-7pm, 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:

      • Monday practices at MacKay Jaycee Park. Exact time based on player availability: 4:30-6:30pm  |  5-7pm  |  5:30-7:30pm

    • 2 games in Kalamazoo vs. Kalamazoo school teams.

    • 2-3 Tournaments

    • End of Season Party

  • More info link

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." 

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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 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!