In the event that the DAC, a practice facility, or a tournament site, is closed due to weather, we'll post that information on the front page of the website (by 3pm for practices or 5:30am for tournaments). Unless posted otherwise, assume all practices and tournaments will occur as scheduled!
Please note that one of the advantages of having our own facility is that we can remain open and offer practices and tournaments; even, when local schools are closing due to the weather. In general, if the club directors and staff can make it to the gym, we'll be open and run practices as scheduled.
It goes without saying that safety should be everyone's first priority! Please do not drive if you feel the conditions are dangerous or unsafe. As always, if you will miss practice, for any reason, be sure to notify your coach.
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; 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, North Rockland High School, John Jay Middle 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!