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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.”


    TOM HOGAN
    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.


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    "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

    2017 Summer Volleyball Camp Schedule

    By Staff 03/29/2017, 3:30pm EDT

    This year we will be offering a variety of summer volleyball camps. See the quick camp schedule below and click on any camp name for more detailed information and to register. You can also visit our CAMPS page for more information.

    Registration will be open soon!

    Youth/ Modified Camps Week 1:
    July 24-28
    Week 2:
    August 14-18
         
    Junior Varsity/ Varsity Camps Week of:
    July 10-13
     
         
    Varsity Camps Week 1:
    August 7-10
    Week 2:
    August 14-17
         
    Team Camps Week 1:
    July 17-20
    Week 2:
    August 7-10
         
    College Players Tune-Up Week of:
    July 24-27
     
         
    Sunday Skills Clinics July 9, 16, 23, 30  

    15 Blue Wins 15 Club at Cherry Hill!

    By staff 03/29/2017, 1:00pm EDT

    2nd Tournament Championship for 15 Blue

    Congratulations to Aspire 15 Blue as the won their 2nd tournament of the year, on 3/25, at Cherry Hill, NJ. They battled through tough, hard fought semi-finals and finals matches to prevail in the championship.  Coach Young said "The outcome is the result of playing together as a team, fighting for every point, perseverance, and not giving up."

    Congratulations to Downstate 17 Red as they win the GEVA Power League Championship in the Red Open 2 division!

    Why I Won't Pay For Club Volleyball

    By Jeffrey Kerns, Ed.D. 03/06/2017, 9:30am EST

    To My Daughter Allie,

    Why I don’t Pay for Club Volleyball:

    One of my friends asked, "Why do you pay so much for club volleyball?, Below is a summary of my answer, I wanted you to know what I really “pay” for and what I hope you gain from these experiences. The truth is I never intended to pay for club volleyball.

    I pay to assure that you are pushed beyond your perceived limits. I pay coaches to challenge you at every practice and match. I pay them to push and challenge you to the point where you might want to quit because it is so tough. I pay them to build up your confidence at the same time so you don’t. I pay them to coach you in volleyball because I understand that your self-assurance on the court transcends to your everyday life. I pay for you to learn how to set goals and chase down dreams. I pay your coaches to help install a high level of self-confidence that you can and will accomplish the goals you set for yourself. I pay so you have more caring and responsible adults involved in your life. I pay for the days when you arrive at home exhausted from school and you are not psyched to attend position training/weights/plyo-metics, but you do it anyway because it will make you better. I pay for the life lessons that losses, frustrations, and disappointment from competition can provide. I pay for life lessons, victories, and personal/team accomplishments that competition can provide. I pay for these opportunities because I do not have to push or force you to play volleyball, rather your desire to play is unequivocally intrinsic.

    I pay for you to have opportunities to take pride in your actions on and off the court. I pay for you to be accountable to others (coaches, teammates, club directors) and to help you understand that you are not the center of the universe. I pay for the opportunity for you to honor your teammates and coaches by always giving your best effort on and off the court. I pay for you to have the leadership opportunities volleyball offers. I pay to provide opportunities for you to help everyone around you improve as a person and teammate. I pay for you to understand that you will forever be surrounded by more talented people and less talented people, and that a true leader has the humility and patience to work with both. I pay for you, my daughter, to learn that it is the accumulation of hours upon hours of practice combined with numerous personal sacrifices to be an overnight success.

    No it is not club volleyball that I am paying for, I am paying for the time and conversation with a teenage girl on the way to and from practice. I pay for the smiles and sense of purpose that playing club volleyball provides you. I pay to provide lifelong memories from traveling and going to new places with me. I pay for you to experience new cultures, foods, and cities that we experience by traveling to tournaments. I pay because its clear that volleyball sparks your life, passion, and sense of pride. I pay for help in guiding you down the right path. I pay because club volleyball reinforces the life lessons about hope, compassion, hard work, and commitment to yourself and others, that your mom and I have taught you, and continue to model for you.

    Most importantly I pay for the bridge of understanding that volleyball provides a father and daughter.

    Love always,

     Dad

    - inspired by posting from Shad Martin

    For full article, click here.

    Nicole Frascati Commits to Keystone College!

    By Staff 03/01/2017, 4:15pm EST

    Nicole plays on Downstate 18 Black.

    Congratulations to Downstate 18 Black OH Nicole Frascati, as she commits to play for Keystone College!