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Downstate and Aspire Team Information

2016-2017 Season Costs

By Staff 11/01/2016, 4:00pm EDT

The cost break down for each team is as follows:
$200 member fee
$100 sibling discount
Aspire Teams
10s: $500 member fee
11s: $700 member fee
12s: $1,000 member fee
13s: $1,400 member fee
14-18s: $1,800 member fee
National Teams:
All 14-17 National Teams: $2,500 member fee plus travel fees
18 Black: $1,900 member fee plus travel fees
(Travel fees will be posted for each tournament and payment will be due when invoiced)
For Aspire teams, the 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 member 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 an as need basis).
For National teams, in addition to the base member cost, athletes must purchase their uniform (4 long sleeve jerseys, warmups, a Downstate bag, and they must have black shoes) and pay for 3-6 travel tournaments.  The uniform kit will be approximately $325 - if the same uniform is being used, 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 $1,800 to $3,800 - the total travel expense varies based on the exact schedule for each team.
All National member fees are due up front when you commit to the team. Travel costs will be invoiced for each tournament. These 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 date. 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 an as need basis).

Inclement Weather Policy

By Joel Stanford 12/14/2015, 9:45am EST

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.

National, Aspire or VolleyBees?

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

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!

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.