We are currently looking for interested members who want to serve as members of the Gotham Board of Directors. We will be electing Division Representatives (one from each division) and Power Representatives. Being on the Board is a big responsibility, but a great way to give back to Gotham and help guide the league. Representatives are the voice of their divisions and classes on the board, and are the primary person in charge of managing its operation. In addition, Board members are expected to attend monthly Board meetings, help out with all Gotham-wide events (tryouts, end of season party, etc.) and serve on Board committees. In exchange, Board members get a lot of say as to how Gotham is run and, in recognition of their commitment to the league, Board members have their league or Power dues waived.
To run for a position, email [email protected] with your name, the position you’d like to run for, and an optional statement (less than 250 words), which will then appear on the ballot. Nominations will be accepted from Saturday, September 20 to Saturday September 27.
We’re calling for volunteer coaches who would be able to take a team in Divisions 5-10 under their wing and lead them to victory! We value our tight-knit Gotham community, and a great way to get more involved, give-back, and to make new friends is to coach a team.
Please email [email protected] if you are willing and able to coach a team, and indicate what times you would be available on the weekend. Divisions 5, 6, and 9 play on Saturdays from 1:00 – 5:00 PM, and Divisions 7, 8, and 10 play on Saturdays from 5:00 – 9:00 PM (in addition, most teams usually practice as well).
Our coaching coordinators will try to match up you up with a team in need. If you have any questions, you can email [email protected] as well.
Gotham is excited to announce that we are moving some of our programs to P.S. 51, the Elias Howe School in Hell’s Kitchen. We have secured weekend permits in this brand new, well-equipped school at 525 W 44th St, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Divisions 6 and 10 will start league play at the new school on September 13.
Getting into this new school is a fantastic development for our league, but it comes on the heels of some challenging news. We were recently informed that our permits at the O. Henry School on 17th Street have been severely cut back because of an expansion of their after-school programs. The new space at P.S. 51 means we do not have to cancel any Saturday league play, but the cutback at O. Henry means we currently do not have space on weeknights for our Open Plays or Power W (Women’s Power).
We know a lot of you love Open Plays, so we are doing all we can to find space on the weeknights at other schools. We are also working hard to find a time and place for Power W.
Our permits at Rustin remain unchanged.
For over 30 years Gotham has operated in after-hours permit space in New York City’s public schools. This arrangement allows our community to come together to offer a lot of great volleyball at a reasonable price, but it also means that sometimes we must be flexible with our space needs. The Gotham board of directors thanks all of our members for your understanding and flexibility as we work to fulfill our mission to improve the quality of life of GLBTQ individuals by building community through the sport of volleyball.
Expect to hear more about our progress, and let’s have a great fall season!
We are pleased to announce that tryouts for Power W will take place Sunday, September 21 at 2:00 PM at Howe. Power W classes will he held on Sundays from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at Howe as well.
We have also been able to secure space for our Open Plays. Please visit the Open Plays page for more information and a schedule.