Competitive Aquatics

Fall/Winter Programs

Zeeland Age Group Swimming (Zags)

(6-18 yr olds)

ZAGS is an introduction to the sport of competitive swimming. Swimmers are placed into appropriate age groups, and practices focus on kicking, stroke technique, starts, turns, drills, aerobic endurance, and learning to swim all four competitive strokes. Participants compete against other age group teams from the West Michigan area and the season lasts about nine weeks. There are typically three practices a week (Mon, Wed, Fri) and participants have the opportunity to swim approximately 4-6 swim meets.

  • Complete Details Here: ZAGS Welcome Packet
  • Register online for ZAGS or call at (616) 748-3230.
  • Head Coach: Drew Scheerhorn
  • Season Dates: 10 Weeks (November – Jan)
  • ost: $100 resident | $112 non-resident
  • Informational Parent Meeting: Mon, Nov 19, 6pm @ ZW Natatorium
  • Rookie Night: Tue, Nov 20, 6:30pm (details below)
  • First Practice: Mon, Nov 26, 6pm – 7:30pm (details below)
  • Scroll down for further details on all aspects of the ZAGS program

ZAGS Rookie Night

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. Contact Coach Scheerhorn with any questions (ajscheer@zps.org).

  • Date: Tuesday, November 20
  • Location: Zeeland Natatorium
  • Time: 6:30-7:00pm (last names A-M) | 7:00-7:30pm (last names N-Z)

ZAGS Meet Descriptions

Full Meet Schedule Here

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.

  • Invitational: Several local age group swim clubs come to one location for a large meet
  • Dual Meets: Meet vs. a local age group swim club
  • A Meet: Meet participants must qualify for this meet based on their times in duals or invitational. Guidelines for times that qualify for A meets can be found at West MI Swim League or contact Coach Scheerhorn.
  • B Meet: Open to all swimmers who didn’t make the “A Meet” qualifying times

ZAGS Practice Schedule

Full Practice Schedule Here

Practices will begin Mon, Nov 26. All practices will be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6pm – 7:30pm. We recommend participants attend 75% or more of the practices. If your child was assigned to a group outside of their age group during the 2018 summer season, continue to attend those practice times. All practices take place at the Zeeland West Natatorium (3390 100th Ave, Zeeland).

ZAGS Equipment Recommendations

  • Competitive Swimming Suit: Suit fitting on Nov 20 during our Rookie Night. You will be able to purchase a suit from the Varsity shop. ZAGS apparel will also be available through the Varsity shop’s online store (link will be sent out)
  • Goggles: TYR Tracer Racing: Aqua Sphere Kayenne; Speedo Speed Socket; Speedo Hydrospex; Speedo Vanquisher
  • ZAGS Swim Cap: $10 Silicon Caps (higher quality) OR $5 Latex Caps. Available for purchase at the Parent Meeting (Mon, Nov 19).

Parent Volunteers

Parent volunteers play a large role in the success of the ZAGS program. Please contact Coach Scheerhorn at ajscheer@zps.org with the volunteer positions from below that you are interested in:

  • Parent Volunteer Coordinator(s)
  • ZAGS Apparel Order Coordinator(s)
  • End of Year ZAGS Party Coordinator(s)
  • Meet Volunteers
  • Admissions (1-2 p/meet)
  • Heat Sheet Sales (1 p/meet)
  • Timers (20 p/meet)
  • Emcee (1 p/meet)
  • Hospitality Room (1 p/meet)
  • Awards (1-2 p/meet)

Splashball Water Polo Camp

(1st-5th Graders)

In a learn-to-play environment, similar to swim lessons, participants will discover the game of water polo and the basic skills involved in aquatic sports. Splashball will also enhance the participant’s swimming, balance and coordination skill-sets. No prior water polo experience is required! Please bring goggles and a water bottle. 


Swim School

(6-14 yr olds)

For kids who are interested in learning about competitive swimming and developing their skills in a non-competitive swimming environment. Emphasis will be placed on becoming more proficient with the four competitive strokes, learning how to properly execute proper starts and turns. Must have a level 4 or equivalent swimming ability (see our Swim Lessons Guidelines). No experience necessary.

  • Register online for Swim School or call at (616) 748-3230.
  • Dates: Saturdays | Sept 15 – Oct 20
  • Location: Zeeland Recreation Pools
  • 6-8 yr olds: 10:15am – 11am ($46 resident | $58 non-resident)
  • 9-14 yr olds: 11:15am – 12:15pm ($57 resident | $69 non-resident)

Zags Off-Season

(6-18 yr olds)

For competitive swimmers who want to build endurance and develop their strokes, starts and turns during the off-season. Swimmers must have at least one season of competitive swimming experience and must be legal in three of four strokes: freestyle, backstroke, and either breaststroke or butterfly.

  • Register online for Zags Off-Season or call (616) 748-3230.
  • Session 1: Saturdays | 8am – 9am | Sept 15 – Oct 13
  • Session 2: Saturdays | 8am – 9am | Oct 20 – Nov 17
  • Cost: $39r/$51nr
  • Location: Zeeland Recreation Pools

Spring/Summer Programs

Zeeland Age Group Swimmers (Zags) 

6-18 yr olds | End of May – Mid-July 

ZAGS is an introduction to the sport of competitive swimming. Swimmers are placed into appropriate age groups, and practices focus on kicking, stroke technique, starts, turns, drills, aerobic endurance, and learning to swim all four competitive strokes. Participants compete against other age group teams from the West Michigan area and the season lasts about nine weeks. Practices are typically four times a week, and participants have the opportunity to swim approximately 4-6 swim meets. Registration will open in February, 2019


Splashball Youth Water Polo (Co-Ed)

1st – 5th Graders | 2019 Dates TBD

“Splashball” is an introductory water polo program for boys and girls in grades 1-5. In a learn-to-play environment, similar to swim lessons, participants discover the game of water polo and the basic skills involved in aquatic sports. Splashball also helps enhance the participant’s swimming, balance and coordination skill-sets. No prior water polo experience is required! Please bring goggles and a water bottle. Registration will open in February, 2019. 


Swim School

Saturdays | 2019 Dates TBD

For kids 6-14 yr olds 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 Lessons Guidelines) and be able to swim for five minutes continuously. No competitive swim experience is necessary. Registration will open in February, 2019. 


Water Polo Camp (Coed)

9th – 12th Graders | 2019 Dates TBD

This is a co-ed teaching camp that is designed for intermediate and advanced players entering 9th-12th grade. This camp will cover all facets of the game. Our goal is to improve skills, teach techniques and advance players’ understanding of the game concepts. Camp will focus on all aspects of the game including 2M offense and defense, shooting, goalie training and live game situations. The camp is designed to provide each player with a competitive environment to further develop their understanding of the game. Participants must be water-safe in an all-deep pool. Participants are asked to bring their own equipment including goggles and a personal water bottle. Registration will open in February, 2019. 


Zeeland Swimming & Diving Academy

K – 6th Graders | 2019 Dates TBD

This fun and informational workshop will help competitive swimmers improve their swimming and diving 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. For the diving portion, participants will also be taught a front and back approach and then as skills progress they will be taught a front, inward and back dive and possibly a twist dive. All whole group instruction will be led by Zeeland Varsity Swimming & Diving Coaches, and all small group instruction will be completed by the Zeeland Women’s Varsity Swim Team. Participants must provide their own lunch. Registration will open in February, 2019 for the 2019 dates. 


Zags Off-Season

6-18 yr olds | 2019 Dates TBD

Designed for competitive swimmers who want to refine and develop their strokes, starts, and turns during the competitive swimming off-season, as well as build endurance. Participants must have at least one season of competitive swimming experience, must be legal in three of four strokes, and must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle, backstroke, and either breaststroke or butterfly. Registration will open in February, 2019.