As the summer approaches, we are excited to offer the Excel training program for our Zeeland West and Creekside athletes in grades 6th-12th. The Excel program, in its 15th year, is a 6-week long training program led by Zeeland West teachers and coaches. The goal of EXCEL is to offer an affordable but highly specialized training program with a focus on speed, quickness, agility, plyometrics, and strength training; while giving student-athletes the opportunity to work and improve alongside their teammates.
Dates: June 14th to July 30th with the exception of the dead week July 5-9.
Days: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
HS boys (9th-12th)- 7:30-9:00
HS/MS girls(6th-12th)- 8:45-10:15
MS Boys (6th-8th)- 10:00-11:30
To sign your son or daughter up, please complete the following form: https://forms.gle/YcG4MNzEhNvEtjtp8 . Please fill out a different form for each child you are signing up for the program. We want the Excel program to be an affordable option for all of Zeeland West athletes and their families. If you or your family are interested in participating in the program, but are struggling financially, please send Mr. Vande Guchte an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss what options are available.
Please have your son or daughter bring their payment of $115 to Mrs. Brookhouse in the ZW Athletic Office, or to Mr. Vande Guchte in room D130. Checks should be made out to Zeeland West Athletics, with EXCEL and your child's name on the memo line. Cash should be exact change, in an envelope with EXCEL and your student's name(s) on the front. Payment will also be accepted on the first day of EXCEL, but we would appreciate having it taken care of ahead of time. Checks can be mailed to Zeeland West Athletics, 3390 100th Ave. Zeeland, MI 49464, but only if they are mailed before the end of May.
This summer we are entering year fifteen of our Excel training at Zeeland West. For those of you who don’t know, prior to teaching and coaching at Zeeland West, Coach Vande Guchte was the Director of Sports Training at Excel-R-ation Physical Therapy and Sports Training for many years. While there, he was responsible for a staff of 3-5 trainers who trained middle school athletes all the way up through professional athletes. In addition to training in our facility, he led ground based training programs at the Hope College Tennis Academy, Saugatuck High School, Holland Christian High School, Griff's Ice Arena, and several other high school teams and small groups of athletes throughout the area.
When the program started, here at West, it was one trainer and approximately 15-20 athletes. Over the last fifteen years, the program has developed and grown into 8-12 coaches helping each summer, training between 125-150 athletes from a variety of sports and age groups.
Let's go, DUX!