CLUB TEAM INFORMATION FOR THE 2021-2022 SEASON AT GOLD'S GYM

Downstate (N) National Teams

The goal for Downstate National Teams has always been to both train and compete at the highest level possible.

Highlights of the program include:

  • 2, 2 hour team practices a week, plus weekend position practice.
  • 6-7 months of training, beginning the week after Thanksgiving and continuing through the Memorial Day weekend, mid-June, or a season ending National Championship event.
  • Approximately 140 practice hours.
  • 2 highly trained coaches per team, many with collegiate experience and state and national championships on their resume.
  • Match statistics are tracked and recorded for every tournament.
  • All tournaments are filmed for use by the athletes during the college recruiting process and for training and review with the coaching staff.
  • 5 local tournaments (no overnight travel required).
  • 5 multi-day travel tournaments, such as MLK Kick-off Classic, Capitol Hill Classic, Boston Volleyball Festival, NorthEast Qualifier, and East Coast Championships, and Triple Crown. See Note 1 for Travel Costs.
  • The top team in each age group, from 9th grade and up, will compete in a National Championship Event.
  • Extensive college recruiting support, including a program utilizing connectvolleyball.com to expand on the resources and assistance available.

Season Pricing: $2,695 (14s-17s)
Season Pricing: $2,195 (18s only)

(18s please see note 2)
(does not include travel related expenses, uniforms, and USAV/AAU registration)

Downstate (N) Regional Teams

After a successful, albeit shortened, pilot for a regional travel program during the 2019-2020 season, Downstate has decided to expand the program this year. We are offering the program to more age groups and extending the practice times.  Also, by popular request, we are also adding our extensive support and resources for the college recruiting effort!

Highlights of the program include:

  • a 2 hour team practice each week, plus a weekend position practice.
  • 5 months of training, beginning the week after Thanksgiving and continuing through the end of April or early May
  • Approximately 80 practice hours.
  • Experience coaching staff, that has coached and/or played the game at a high level. Generally 1 coach per team.
  • All tournaments are filmed for use by the athletes during the college recruiting process and for training and review with the coaching staff.
  • 5 local tournaments (no overnight travel).
  • 2 multi-day travel tournaments, such as Winterfest, Great Nor'Easter, Rhode Island Blast, Atlantic City (see note 1).
  • Extensive college recruiting support, including a new program utilizing connectvolleyball.com to expand on the resources and assistance available.

Season Pricing: $1,295 (13s)
Season Pricing: $1,595 (14s-17s)
(does not include travel related expenses, uniforms, and USAV/AAU registration)

Downstate (N) Aspire Teams

Downstate's Aspire program is designed for those athletes that enjoy the 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. While players are still expected at practices (and tournaments), it's a more relaxed environment than our higher level National and Regional teams.

Highlights of the program include:

  • a 1.5 hour team practice each week, plus weekend position practice.
  • 5 months of training, beginning the week after Thanksgiving and continuing through the end of April.
  • Approximately 60 practice hours.
  • All coaches are IMPACT certified and undergo extensive training with Downstate, as well as work with our Aspire program Technical Director.
  • 5 "Club" level local tournaments, when available for the age group.

Season Pricing: $695 (12s)
Season Pricing: $995 (13s)
Season Pricing: $1,195 (14s-17s)

Note 1: Parents are responsible for all travel for their athlete, including booking a room in the hotels designated by the club for the length of the tournament. A travel fee to cover the cost of coaches travel and tournament entry fee will also be assessed for all members of the team (estimate is approximately $300 per travel event).

Note 2: The 18s teams will play a shortened season that will end at the end of March, unless the team qualifies (or chooses) to attend a National Championship, which could extend the season.