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Practice Times and Days

11/26/2013, 7:00pm EST
By Daniel Altro

Practice Times and Days for ALL Downstate Teams

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

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 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!

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.