Greetings Downstate Family, We were just able to confirm access to the two(2) sand volleyball courts at Putnam Valley Town Park, so we’re going to host three weeks worth of skills clinics in the sand!  The clinics will be held similar to the indoor clinics, with 4 consecutive days each week (Mon thru Thu), and…

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Hi Downstate Family, This is just a friendly reminder that registration for the July Skills Camps will open to the public on Tuesday.  Sessions are limited in capacity to 8 athletes per court and right now ONLY athletes from Downstate teams this past season (including VolleyBees and VolleyStars), may register. Remember, to allow all Downstate…

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Greetings Downstate family! I hope that you’re enjoying the summer weather, yet maintaining safe social distancing and safety practices. Finally, it’s looking like we’ll be able to resume some carefully controlled volleyball sessions and return to the gym! We have finalized our July day camp schedule and it is posted on the website at downstatevolleyball.com.…

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Congratulations to our own Joe and Ashley Felipe for their new addition to the world: Bryson Cole Felipe, born at 5:44AM, June 3, 2020, weighing in at 6lbs 9oz, 20 inches. Welcome Bryson to the Downstate family! Some videos for today include: Strength and Conditioning for Volleyball https://youtu.be/3DAOzpoqyjA A volleyball related 25 minute workout. No equipment…

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Body Weight Conditioning This 7 minute Tabata Workout incorporates body weight conditioning for upper and lower body. You will need a chair or something you can step on and off.   Simple Ball Handling Drills You can do this with a partner or solo. During the clapping challenges, go up the ladder until you lose control. Challenge your teammates…

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Greetings Downstate Family We hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather even during these strange times. Hopefully, you and your families are safe and well. We wanted to share some news and updates on our end: USA Volleyball recently lifted sanctions for play throughout the country. Now, although our local governing body is GEVA, USA…

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The Directors would like to provide our Downstate family with the final update, as promised, regarding our conclusion of the 2019-2020 volleyball season. As our previous email stated, we have decided to officially cancel this year’s season. With this message, we’d like to provide a little more insight as to the decisions we have come…

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To the Downstate Family, Greetings from the Board of Downstate Juniors. We hope this email finds you all safe and well. This will be a brief message we felt the need to send today in order to provide an unfortunate update. Based on NY State Governor Cuomo’s May 4, 2020, phased plan to re-open the…

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Greetings Downstate coaches, athletes, and parents, I hope this finds all of you safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. I know that everyone has been struggling with the difficulties of the new, and hopefully temporary, Shelter in Place order that has been forced upon on us by the deadly Corona Virus. It has impacted our…

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Hello Downstate! I hope this finds all of you healthy and well! Who would have believed that we would be out of the gym for this long!  WOW this has been an interesting past few week.    I hope that everyone is taking care of themselves and staying healthy. It has been a while since we…

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The following message was sent to all GEVA Club Directors from the GEVA Junior Competition Director: USA Volleyball has now removed all sanctions and authorizations through the April 15th.  I have sent each of you the exact wording from their announcements (two today).  If and when USAV reinstates sanctions the Executive Committee will convene and consider all…

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USA Volleyball Extends Shut-down Through March 31 Per a posting, today, on USAVolleyball.org, no USA Volleyball sanctioned activities can take place through the end of March.  Here’s the a link to the posting on their website: https://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/features/usa-volleyball-response-on-coronavirus As a result, all Downstate activities will be cancelled through the end of the month.  We’ll post another…

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Practices and Tournaments Cancelled Dear parents, athletes, and coaches, As I’m sure all of you are aware, the instances of COVID-19 have been on the increase in New York, and specifically in our area of Westchester County.  Many schools, both public and private, at all levels are closing for a period of time.  In order…

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COVID-19 Precautions Dear Downstate Family, We have been following the news and information in regards to COVID-19, very closely.  I know that we all have concerns and want to do everything we can to keep our families safe! With this in mind, I recently read an article, by a well known doctor, that covered precautions…

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