John Jay MS, Aspire Teams Practice Schedule
14 Raptors Tuesday 6:30-8p Thursday 6:30-8p
Eastchester HS, Aspire Teams Practice Schedule
15 Thunder Tuesday 8:30-10p Thursday 8:30-10p
16 Thunder Tuesday 8:30-10p Thursday 8:30-10p
Ardsley HS, Aspire Teams Practice Schedule
14 Nova Tuesday 8-9:30p Thursday 8-9:30p
15 Nova Tuesday 8-9:30p Thursday 8-9:30p
16 Nova Tuesday 8:30-10p Thursday 8:30-10p
Fox Lane HS, Aspire teams Practice Schedule
15 Mirage Monday 7:30-9p Wednesday 7:30-9p
15 Mystere Monday 7:30-9p Wednesday 7:30-9p
16 Mirage Monday 8-9:30p Wednesday 8-9:30p
DAC Aspire Teams Practice schedule:
11 Blue Sunday 4-5:30P Wednesday 5:30-7P
12 Blue Sunday 4-5:30p Wednesday 5:30-7p
13 Blue Sunday 1-2:30p Tuesday 5:30-7p
14 Blue Sunday 5:30-7p Wednesday 7-8:30p
14 Silver Monday 5:30-7p Thursday 5:30-7p
15 Blue Sunday 5:30-7p Wednesday 7-8:30p
15 Silver Monday 7-8:30p Tuesday 5:30-7p
15 Gold Sunday 4-5:30p Monday 5:30-7p
16 White Sunday 2:30-4p Friday 5:30-7:30p
16 Blue Monday 7-8:30p Wednesday 8:30-10p
16 Silver Sunday 1-2:30p Friday 5:30-7p
16 Gold Sunday 1-2:30p Friday 5:30-7p
17 Blue Monday 8:30-10p Thursday 7-8:30p
17 Silver Sunday 2:30-4p Monday 8:30-10p
17 Gold Sunday 2:30-4p Friday 5:30-7p
17 Platinum Sunday 2:30-4p Tuesday 7-8:30p
Downstate Juniors National Teams Practice Schedule:
13 Black Monday, Wednesday 5:30-7:30p
14Black Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:30-7:30p
15 Black Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:30-7:30p
15 Red Monday, Thursday 5:30-7:30p
16 Black Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 - 10p
16 Red Monday, Wednesday 8-10p
17 Black Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 - 10p
17 Red Monday, Wednesday 8-10p
18 Black Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 - 10p
18 Red Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:30-10p
Downstate offers three levels of teams and training opportunities: National, Aspire, and VolleyBees.
National Teams: Downstate's National teams are designed for those athletes that have a desire to eventually play in college; and, for those that want the highest possible level of training and competition! Our National team head coaches (generally 2 coaches per team) are some of the best coaches in the northeast, and most of them are current and former college coaches, very successful high school coaches, or have played and coached the game at the highest levels. Our National teams practice 4 to 7 hours a week at our dedicated facility, the Downstate Athletic Center, in Peekskill or at our world class training facility at HealthQuest, in Flemington, NJ; they will play in 9-12 tournaments during the season (of which 3-6 are generally multi-day events with overnight travel involved); and, the teams are among the best teams in the region across all age groups. National teams require a high level of dedication and commitment to be the best of the best! One of the primary goals of our National teams is to win the "Open" GEVA Regional Championship and to qualify for USA Volleyball's Junior National Championships. Downstate has qualified teams to compete in the National championships every year since 2005! Most athletes that play on the best teams with Downstate, throughout their club careers, end up getting offers to play at the collegiate level.
Aspire Teams: Downstate's Aspire program is designed for those athletes that enjoy the competition, training, and camaraderie of team sports. These are often athletes that are seeking to make a high school team, or want to improve their skills to be more of an impact player on their team. Aspire teams practice 3 hours a week and compete in 7-8 one-day, "club" level tournaments in our region. While players are still expected at practices and tournaments, it's a more relaxed environment than our high level National teams. We run Aspire teams from multiple locations, including the Downstate Athletic Center, in Peekskill, as well as from Fox Lane High School, Eastchester High School, and Ardsley High School (limited teams and age groups at the high schools).
VolleyBees: The Downstate's VolleyBees program is designed to introduce the game of volleyball to young athletes ages 4 to 11. The primary focus of VolleyBees is to have fun! While participating in a fun and active environment, these young athletes will be learning the game of volleyball while mastering body mechanics and motor control. Many of our current players started in the VolleyBees program!
For many years now, the majority of the players receiving Section 1 High School post-season recognition (like All Section and Super 70), have played for Downstate! If you want to be counted among the best, come play with the best at Downstate Juniors!
Downstate teams will have a base cost, as follows (10% discount for siblings):
11s - $500
12s - $800
13s - $1,200
14s-18s - $1,500
For Aspire teams, that price is all-inclusive and covers gym rental, coaching, equipment, tournament entry fees and the uniform kit (2 jerseys, spandex, kneepads, socks, and warmups). Parents are responsible for getting their daughters to and from practices and tournaments.
For National teams, in addition to the base cost, athletes must purchase their uniform (3 long sleeve jerseys, warm-ups, a Downstate backpack and they must have black shoes) and pay for 3-6 travel tournaments. The uniform kit will be approximately $270 - returning players will be able to use the uniform from the previous year, if they choose. Last season, the travel cost, per player, ranged from $1,500 to $2,200 - the total travel expense varies based on the exact schedule for each team.
The base team fee, for all teams, is due upon accepting a spot on a team. For convenience, we offer the ability to split the fee into multiple payments (other payment plans are available on a need basis). National team athletes will need to purchase their uniform upon acceptance. Travel expenses for the National teams are generally due about 1-2 weeks prior to the applicable tournament.