Volleybees (Grades 1-5): Downstate's VolleyBees program is designed to introduce the game of volleyball to young athletes ages 4 to 10. The primary focus of VolleyBees is to have fun, while participating in a challenging 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 this program!
VolleyStars (Grades 6-8): Downstate's VolleyStars program is designed to introduce the game of volleyball to young athletes ages 10 to 14. The primary focus of VolleyStars is to have fun, while participating in a challenging 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 this program!
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 on their team. Aspire teams practice two days a week for 1.5 hours each and compete in up to 8 single days "club" level tournaments in our region (exact number of tournaments varies by age and availability). 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, Fox Lane High School, in Bedford, Somers Sports & Fitness Center, in Somers and The Masters School, in Dobbs Ferry (limited teams and age groups at the high schools).
Downstate's Regional program is designed for those players wanting to play at a high level but with a limited and localized travel schedule. These teams practice 2 nights a week for 2 hours each session. The team will also play in the GEVA Play-In Tournament for acceptance into the power league if the team qualifies, they will then play for OPEN Regionals at the end of the season. The team is expected to compete in 6-8 tournaments depending on schedule and tournament availability, with 3 of them being overnight drivable tournaments. These programs are offered out of the Downstate Athletic Center (DAC), in Peekskill.
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 6 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 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.