Competitive Aquatics

ZW Natatorium

 

FALL/WINTER PROGRAMS

 

SWIM SCHOOL

Saturdays | Oct 28 – Nov 18 | 10:15-11am | @ Zeeland Recreation Pools | $28, Zeeland Resident | $40 Non-Resident |

For kids 6 yrs old + who are interested in learning about competitive swimming and developing their skills in a non-competitive environment. Emphasis will be placed on becoming more proficient with the four competitive strokes, learning how to properly execute shallow dives, proper starts and turns, as well as becoming familiar with swim practice routines. Participants must have at least level 4 or equivalent ability (see our Swim Lesson Guidelines). No competitive swim experience is necessary. To register, click here or call (616) 748-3230. 

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ZEELAND AGE GROUP SWIMMING (ZAGS)

New to ZAGS? Click here: ZAGS Welcome Packet – Winter 2017-18

Zeeland Age Group Swimming (ZAGS) is a Zeeland Recreation program that designed to be an introduction to the sport of competitive swimming. ZAGS is for swimmers ages 6-18 yrs old that are newer to competitive swimming. Practices will focus on kicking, stroke technique, starts, turns, drills, aerobic endurance, and learning to swim all four competitive strokes. Participants will gain confidence while learning the basics of competitive swimming in a fun, safe environment while competing against age group teams from the West Michigan area. ZAGS is a preparatory program and should not be considered the end of an athlete’s development in the sport of swimming. Practices are typically four times a week, and participants have the opportunity to swim approximately 4-6 swim meets. The season will last about 9 weeks this summer. For those that aren’t new to ZAGS, the program is a great way to continue to work on good technique and aerobic endurance. To register, click here or call at (616) 748.3230.

  • Cost: $100 (Zeeland Resident) | $112 (Non-Resident)
  • Parent Meeting: Mon, Nov 20, 6:30pm – 7:00pm, Zeeland Natatorium (3390 100th Ave, Zeeland)
  • Rookie Night: Tue, Nov 21, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Zeeland Natatorium (3390 100th Ave, Zeeland)
  • First Practice: Monday, November 27, 6pm-7:30pm, Zeeland Natatorium (3390 100th Ave, Zeeland)

 

ZAGS Coaching Staff:

Drew Scheerhorn is the ZAGS head coach after being hired in November of 2016. In addition to serving as the ZAGS head coach, Coach Scheerhorn also serves as head coach for the West Michigan Swimmers (WMS) parent governed USA club swimming program. Prior to becoming the ZAGS and WMS head coach, Coach Scheerhorn swam at West Ottawa High School (‘00) and Clemson University (‘04 | Marketing). After graduating and swimming at Clemson University, Drew lived in North Carolina for 10 years while working in the financial field. Coach Scheerhorn is excited to help the ZAGS program and pass his swimming knowledge onto our swimmers. Assistant Coaches: Multiple swimmers from the Zeeland High School swimming teams.

  • Coaching Philosophy: “The purpose of ZAGS is to to help your children learn important life skills while simultaneously improving their swimming skills. Hard work, dedication, teamwork, and handling adversity are a few great lessons to learn at a young age because they are crucially important skills to have throughout their life. I plan to use my position as the ZAGS head coach to teach each swimmer these skills and push your child as hard as I can to help them become the best that they can be in and out of the pool. I also believe it’s important to remember that each swimmer is different. Our coaching staffs’ goal is to maximize each swimmer’s potential and help them reach their goals, in and out of the pool. I’ve always believed that the best results occur when the swimmer-coach relationship is a partnership. My goal is to have the swimmers work with me, not for me. Having that partnership will ensure that we both reach the best possible versions of ourselves as swimmers, coaches and people.” Drew Scheerhorn, ZAGS and WMS head coach

 

ZAGS Rookie Night:

Tue, Nov 21, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Zeeland Natatorium

“Rookie Night” is for participants who are in ZAGS for the first time. This night serves as an opportunity for coaches to see your swimmer’s comfort in the water and determine what group they should be in. Younger swimmers (8 years old and younger) should be able to swim one length of the pool freestyle, one length backstroke, and the other two strokes if they can and if there is time. Swimmers that are 9 years old and older should be able to swim two lengths of the pool freestyle and at least one length of the pool of backstroke or breaststroke. “Rookie Night” time slots are below. Contact Coach Scheerhorn with any questions (ajscheer@zps.org).

  • 6:30pm – 7pm: Swimmers with last names beginning with A-M
  • 7pm – 7:30pm: Swimmers with last names beginning with N-Z

 

Practice Schedule:

Practices will begin on Monday, November 27. Practices will typically be Monday – Thursday (four days per week), ranging from 6pm-7:30pm (often shorter). On the weeks that ZAGS has Thursday dual swim meets, there will be a practice offered on Friday (otherwise there will not be practices on Fridays). We recommend participants attend 75% or more of the practices. All practices take place at the Zeeland West Natatorium (3390 100th Ave, Zeeland).

 

Meets Descriptions:

Each season there will be one invitational meet, 3-4 dual meets, and a championship meet. Swimmers must compete in at least one dual or invitational meet to be eligible to swim in the A or B championship meet.

  • Invitationals: Several local age group swim clubs come to one location for a large meet
  • Dual Meets: Meet vs. one local swim club.
  • A Meet: Meet participants must qualify for this meet based on their times in duals/invitationals. Guidelines for times that qualify for A meets can be found @ http://www.westmiswimleague.com/
  • B Meet: Open to all swimmers who didn’t make the “A Meet” qualifying times

 

2017-18 Meet Schedule: TBD

  • Dec 16: ZAGS Winter Classic
  • Jan 6: ZAGS @ Byron Center (8am Warm Up – 9am Start)
  • Jan 20: ZAGS vs. Jenison (8am Warm Up – 9am Start)
  • Jan 27: ZAGS vs. Hudsonville (8am Warm up – 9am Start)
  • Feb 3: B Meet @ Northview
  • Feb 9: 11 and over A meet @ MLA (Holland)
  • Feb 10: 10 and under A meet @ East Kentwood

 

Equipment Needed:

  • Competitive Swimming Suit (no board shorts)
    • For those that need a new ZAGS Suit, we will be having a suit fitting on May 23 during our “Rookie Night” (anytime between 6:30pm – 7:30pm). This suit fitting will provide your swimmer with the correct size of suit to purchase, and you will be able to purchase it from the Varsity shop. ZAGS apparel will also be available through the Varsity shop’s online store. The link will be sent out to all ZAGS members once the store is “open”. This will allow families to review what they might want and order it online.
  • Goggles
    • Store Suggestions: “Making Waves” (Holland) or “Dick’s Sporting Goods” (Holland) or “The Varsity Shop” (online)
    • Goggle Suggestions: TYR Tracer Racing; Aqua Sphere Kayenne; Speedo Speed Socket; Speedo Hydrospex; Speedo Vanquisher
  • ZAGS Swim Cap (available starting on the night of the Parent Meeting 05/22/2017).
    • $10 Silicon Caps (higher quality and last longer) OR
    • $5 Latex Caps

 

ZAGS Swimmer Expectations

  • Treat others as you would like to be treated in and out of the pool
  • Address the coach directly when they have a question, concern or complaint
  • Attend at least 75% of the offered practices
  • Participate in 3 of 4 in season meets and swim in their respective A or B championship meets
  • Get 1% better every day
  • Focus on the process (the results will take care of themselves)
  • Bring what you learned yesterday into today’s practice. The best competition is YOU yesterday.
  • At this age, swimmers are too young to be swimming the same events every meet. The coaches will be asking swimmers to participate in multiple types of events throughout the season.
  • End of season goal: Be proficient in all four strokes and swim them legally.
  • Read the clock
  • Starts & Turns

 

Parent Volunteers:

Parent volunteers play a large role in the success of the ZAGS program. Let’s make sure our swimmers know that you support them swimming this ZAGS season. Please contact Coach Scheerhorn at ajscheer@zps.org with the volunteer positions you are interested in.

  • Parent Volunteer Coordinator (1-2 volunteers needed)
  • ZAGS Apparel Order Coordinator (1 volunteers needed)
  • End of Year ZAGS Party Coordinator (1-2 volunteers needed)
  • 10 & Under AM and 11 & Over PM Meet Volunteers (positions below)
    • Admissions (1-2 volunteers needed per meet)
    • Heat Sheet Sales (1 volunteers needed per meet)
    • Timers (20 volunteers needed per meet)
    • PA / Emcee (1 volunteer needed per meet)
    • Hospitality Room / Awards Coordinator (1-2 volunteers needed per meet)

 

ZAGS Parents Expectations:

  • Volunteer!
  • Be Patient!
    • Getting all aspects of the correct swimming techniques, starts, turns, etc. takes time!
  • Be an Ally for the Coaches, Not an Enemy:
    • The coaches hope to be an extension of your home by teaching discipline, responsibility, respect, hard work, and determination.
    • Give the coaches the benefit of the doubt.
    • Don’t talk poorly about the coaches or other swimmers in front of your children or other parents. Instead follow the “Conflict Resolution” steps listed below if you have a concern.
  • Let the Coaches Coach:
    • A parent’s job is to allow their child to be coached by the coaches, and to simply encourage your swimmer and allow them to enjoy the sport of swimming.
    • Be supportive of and encourage your swimmer after meets, no matter their results. Let the coaches do the coaching.
    • Your swimmer is putting enough pressure on themselves during practice and meets. If they are hearing one thing from the coaches and a different thing from the parents, that will make impede the progress of your child.
    • The coaches should be the ones working with your swimmers stroke technique. As a coaching staff, we will be deciding who will swim each event during dual meets and our “Summer Classic” meet. Please be supportive and encourage your swimmer if they are swimming something different. At this age it is too early to be swimming the same events every time. They will grow into their best events and will have plenty of time to do them in the future.
  • Handling Conflict:
    • Step #1: If this is a concern voiced by your child at home, give the coach the benefit of the doubt. Then, help teach your child to handle conflict by walking alongside your child while you have them talk to the coach directly about their question, concern, etc.
    • Step #2: If “Step #1” is completed and the concern is still not resolved, OR if the concern is a parent concern rather than a concern your child raised, a meeting should be set up with Coach Scheerhorn (email should not be used to handle conflict; if it’s important enough to contact the coach about, it’s important enough to talk face to face)
    • Step #3: If Steps #1 and #2 are completed and the concern is still not resolved, the parent(s) should contact the Recreation Director (Brett Geertsma) to set up a meeting.

 

Concerned About Other Commitments for your Child?

  • If you are gone on vacation(s) or have other Zeeland Recreation camp(s) that you have or want to sign your child up for… go ahead! We realize there are many opportunities in Zeeland and we don’t want ZAGS to hurt your child’s interest in other sports and activities. .
  • All we ask is that your child attends as many practices as possible (75% or more is ideal), and participates in 3 out of 4 of the meets throughout the season.
  • Minimum Guidelines: Try to attend 75%  of the practices and meets

 

ZAGS OFF-SEASON

Saturdays | Sept 30 – Nov 18 | 8-9am | @ Zeeland Recreation Pools | $56, Zeeland Resident | $68 Non-Resident |

Designed for competitive swimmers who want to refine and develop their strokes, starts, and turns during the competitive swimming off-season. Participants must have at least one season of competitive swimming experience. Also, participants must be legal in three of four strokes, able to swim 25 yards of freestyle, backstroke, and either breastroke or butterfly. To register, click here or call (616) 748-3230. 

 

SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS

 

ZEELAND SWIMMING ACADEMY

K-6th Graders | Aug 9-10 | 10am-2pm | $50 | Zeeland Natatorium

This fun and informational workshop will help swimmers in grades K – 6 improve their swimming technique and racing abilities.  Each day will include large and small group instruction in all facets of successful swimming (stroke drills, starts, turns, etc.), competitive games and races, as well as a chance to interact with swimmers from every Zeeland swimming program.  All whole group instruction will be led by Zeeland Varsity Swim Coach Marc Van Soest, and all small group instruction will be completed by the Zeeland Women’s Varsity Swim Team. *Participants must provide their own lunch. To register, click here or call (616) 748.3230.

  • Dates: Aug 9-10
  • Times: 10am – 2pm
  • Price: $50 (resident) | $62 (non-resident)
  • Location: Zeeland Natatorium

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ZEELAND AGE GROUP SWIMMERS (ZAGS)

6-18 yr olds | May – July | $100, Zeeland Resident | $112, Non-Resident

ZAGS is designed as an introduction to the sport of competitive swimming and is a stepping stone program to our USA team West Michigan Swimmers (WMS). ZAGS is for swimmers age 6-18 that are newer to competitive swimming. Practices are on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with practices beginning on May 24 at 6pm. Practice will focus on kicking, stroke technique, starts, turns, drills, and learning to swim all four competitive strokes. Participants will gain confidence while learning the basics of competitive swimming in a fun, safe environment. ZAGS is a preparatory program and should not be considered the end of an athlete’s development in the sport of swimming. There will be 3-4 dual meets, an invitational meet, and a championship meet. Swimmers must compete in at least one dual or invitational meet to be eligible to swim in the A or B championship meet. Team swim accessories can be found on www.different-strokes.com/ under the West Michigan Swimmers link. Parent volunteers are an essential part of a successful swim program. Please volunteer your time for team hosted ZAGS meets if your family is available. To register, click here or call at (616) 748.3230.

  • Cost: $100 (Zeeland Resident) | $112 (Non-Resident)
  • Parent Meeting: TBD
  • Rookie Night: TBD
  • First Practice: TBD

 

ZAGS OFF-SEASON

Saturdays | March – May | 8-9am | @ Zeeland Recreation Pools | $56, Zeeland Resident | $68 Non-Resident |

Designed for competitive swimmers who want to refine and develop their strokes, starts, and turns during the competitive swimming off-season. Participants must have at least one season of competitive swimming experience. Also, participants must be legal in three of four strokes, able to swim 25 yards of freestyle, backstroke, and either breastroke or butterfly. Registration will open in February, 2018.