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    Adult Open Gym

    Downstate hosts adult open gym, every Friday, from 7:30p to midnight. We have 4 courts of co-ed volleyball, at varying skill levels - come join the fun!

    Jim Thompson - Founder, Positive Coaching Alliance

    “There are only two groups of people whose job is to win games,” says Thompson. “Coaches and players. Parents have a much more important job: to guide their child’s character development.”

    2008 US Women's National Team Asst. Coach
    2011 Girls’ Select A2 Head Coach

    Do you have any advice to offer parents? Getting your kids involved in team sports is a gift you give them for life. Volleyball is a game that instills confidence, commitment, teamwork, strategic thinking and so much more. Once they’re in sports, parents can never be too positive when supporting them. After a great game or a rough match, players are looking for positivity and understanding and support. Nothing beats a hug from mom and dad.

    Kids don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.


    "The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." -Vince Lombardi

    News and Information

    Kiara Adams gets Recognition at D.C. Combine

    By PrepVolleyball 02/21/2017, 3:15pm EST

    Kiara praised by coaches at the combine!

    Excerpt from PrepVolleyball article:

    Class of 2018

    Kiara Adams, S, Downstate Juniors VBC/Downstate 17 Black (Peekskill, New York) — Fast hands, awesome feet and a quick release.

    Full article here (requires membership).

    Mychael Vernon Named to PrepVolleyball's 2016 Frosh 59!

    By Joel Stanford 02/17/2017, 3:00pm EST

    The Best Varsity-Playing Freshmen in America!

    Mychael Vernon, 5-11 MB, Ossining (New York) – A Third Team All-State pick in Class AA, Vernon helped the Pride win 26 matches in 2016. In 83 sets, the freshman, playing her third year of varsity volleyball, amassed 585 kills (430 more than her closest teammate), 81 aces and 214 digs. “Mychael is an all-around player, strong on defense with great blocks and quick digs, a consistent and competitive server, but she is something to be reckoned with at the net,” coach Lauren Riccardi told a local paper. “She is able to hit the ball with such force and precisely in specific locations as to make any team tremble. I look forward to watching her grow as an athlete and shine as she will.”

    Mychael plays on Downstate 17 Black.

    See the full article.

    Caleigh Carr Commits to SUNY New Paltz!

    By Staff 02/16/2017, 3:30pm EST

    Caleigh plays for Downstate 18 Black.

    Congratulations to Downstate 18 Black's Caleigh Carr as she formally commits to SUNY New Paltz!

    Why volleyball -- not basketball -- is winning the popular vote

    By Vicki L. Friedman 02/15/2017, 3:15pm EST

    Special to espnW

    Basketball figured to be the game for Micaya White. Her dad, Randy White, played in the NBA. Her brother, R.J., is the starting center for UNC Greensboro. Micaya joined her first team when she was 6.

    "Everybody assumed I was going to play too," the 6-foot-1 White said.

    There was just one problem. She didn't love it.

    More: See the full article on

    Lauren Donohue Commits to St. Lawrence University!

    By Staff 02/14/2017, 1:15pm EST

    Lauren plays on Downstate 18 Black

    Congratulations to Downstate 18 Black's Lauren Donohue, as she has committed to St. Lawrence University!

    Picture of Downstate 17 Black: MLK Kick-Off Classic Tournament Champions