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Proposed Practice Schedule - This becomes final on Sunday, November 30th

Team Location Day - 1 Day - 2 Day - 3
11 Blue DAC Sun, 12:30-2p Tue, 5:30-7p
12 Blue DAC Sun, 3:30-5p Thu, 5:30-7p
12 Silver DAC Sun, 3:30-5p Wed, 5:30-7p
13 White DAC Mon, 5:30-7:30p Wed, 5:30-7:30p
13 Blue DAC Sun, 12:30-2p Fri, 5:30-7p
14 Black DAC Sun, 5-7p Tue, 5:30-7:30p Thu, 5:30-7:30p
14 Red DAC Mon. 5:30-7:30p Thu, 5:30-7:30p
14 Blue DAC Mon, 7-8:30p Wed, 7-8:30p
14 Silver DAC Mon, 7-8:30p Wed, 7-8:30p
14 Mirage FLHS Mon, 7:30-9p Wed, 7:30-9p
15 Black DAC Sun, 5-7p Tue, 5:30-7:30p Wed, 5:30p-7:30p
15 Red DAC Tue, 5:30-7:30p Thu, 5:30-7:30p
15 Blue DAC Sun, 2-5:30p Mon, 5:30-7p
15 Silver DAC Sun, 2-5:30p Mon, 5:30-7p
15 Gold DAC Sun, 2-5:30p Fri, 5:30-7p
15 Raptors JJCRMS Tue, 7:30-9p Thu, 7:30-9p
15 Falcons BHHS TBD TBD
16 Black DAC Sun, 8-10p Tue, 8-10p Thu, 8-10p
16 Red DAC Mon, 8-10p Wed, 8-10p
16 Blue DAC Sun, 5:30-7p Tue, 8:30-10p
16 Silver DAC Sun, 12:30-2p Fri, 5:30-7p
16 Gold DAC Sun, 5:30-7p Tue, 7-8:30p
16 Platinum DAC Sun, 12:30-2p Fri, 5:30-7p
16 Mirage FLHS Mon, 7:30-9p Wed, 7:30-9p
16 Nova AHS Tue, 8-9:30 Thu, 8-9:30
17 Black DAC Sun, 8-10p Tue, 8-10p Thu, 8-10p
17 Red DAC Mon, 8-10p Wed, 8-10p
17 Blue DAC Mon, 8:30-10p Wed, 8:30-10p
17 Silver DAC Sun, 2-3:30p Mon, 8:30-10p
17 Falcons BHHS TBD TBD
18 Black DAC Sun, 8-10p Tue, 8-10p Thu, 8-10p
18 Red DAC Sun, 8-10p Thu, 8-10p

Downstate and Aspire Team Information

2014-2015 Season Cost

11/20/2014, 6:45pm EST
By Staff

The cost break down for each team is as follows:
 
Aspire Teams
11s: $500 member fee
12s: $800 member fee
13s: $1,200 member fee
14-18s: $1,500 member fee
13 White: $1,200 member fee plus $640 travel fees
 
National Teams:
All Red Teams (Except 18 Red): $2,000 member fee plus $1,550 travel fees
14 Black: $2,000 member fee plus $1,550 travel fees
15-17 Black: $2,000 member fee plus $2,500 travel fees
18 Red: $2,000 member fee plus $1,545 travel fees
18 Black: $2,000 member fee plus $4000 travel fees
 

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. 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).

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 $2,600 - the total travel expense varies based on the exact schedule for each team.

This year National payments will work differently than it has in previous years. There will be a $2,000 member fee and we will ask for all travel fees up front. The total amount you see when committing your daughter to a team includes both the member fee as well as the travel costs for the season. Theses travel costs include hotel rooms for players, coaches, and chaperones, parking, tournament entry fees, etc. There will be a cost breakdown for each tournament available on the website closer to the tournament dates. To look at past tournament costs, visit our travel payments tab on the home page. National team athletes will also need to purchase their uniform upon acceptance. For convenience, we offer the ability to split the fee into multiple payments (other payment plans are available on a need basis).

National, Aspire or VolleyBees?

10/08/2013, 2:45pm EDT
By Joel Stanford

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!

2013-2014 Season Cost

10/08/2013, 12:00pm EDT
By Joel Stanford

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.


The Role of a Team's Parent Liaison

Describes the role and responsibilities of a Team's Parent Liaison.

Chaperone Guidelines for Overnight Trips

Helpful tips and guidelines to help with the responsibilities of being a chaperone on a multi-day, overnight tournament trip.

Chaperone Guidelines for Day Trips

Helpful tips and guidelines to help with the responsibilities of being a chaperone for a 1-day tournament with no overnight travel involved.