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COVID-19 Update

September 25th, 2020

Because we have been unable to hold volleyball activities since March 2020 due to COVID-19, the Gotham Volleyball Board of Directors has passed an Membership Policy COVID Amendment from October 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021 (or, if we have a season sooner, the month we begin our next regular season).  If you already have Gotham membership for the 2019-2020 membership year (by paying the $35 fee OR paid dues for Division Play and/or an individual Power class during the Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020 seasons, your membership is automatically extended.   

Click here for the latest update to the Membership on COVID-19 and Gotham’s volleyball activities

In the meantime, we will continue to plan non-volleyball activities to keep us together and urge you to stay connected with our community by attending these Gotham events. We are also in the process of determining how best to conclude the Spring season, and expect to have an announcement about that shortly.

Gotham Volleyball League Statement of Solidarity

June 4th, 2020

Gotham Volleyball has always strived to improve the quality of life for GLBTQ+ individuals. Today, we would like to reinforce that mission, by showing our solidarity with the Black community, and to enrich the spirit of our members with hope and understanding.

As we all bear witness to the ongoing protests around the world, Gotham reflects and recognizes that our “pride” is rooted in the celebration of a rebellion and a collective struggle. We cannot ignore the connection between these current uprisings and Stonewall, the Black Cat, and other demonstrations in our GLBTQ history; we recognize champions like Marsha P. Johnson and Bayard Rustin, black heroes, that fought against police brutality to afford us the civil rights we have today. We implore that everyone reflect and memorialize this year’s Pride month by being vocal allies to our black brothers and sisters who are not only fighting for their rights, but for all of our rights. Stand up to the violence and murder against all people; “We are all in this together.”

Suggested Resources

For those in our Community wishing to learn more or become more engaged on these issues, we have compiled the suggested resources below from knowledgeable members of the Gotham Community for your consideration.  We also encourage all of you to explore other educational and informational resources as well as donate to appropriate causes.

1. Voices:

-White people and solidarity 

https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

-Black voice on Rioting:

2. Media:

black Feminism

– documentary Racial inequality on Netflix: ‘13th’by Ava DuVernay

https://www.netflix.com/title/80091741

3. Mental Health:

– NAMI: https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/Diverse-Communities/African-American-Mental-Health

– Beam Virtual Therapy: https://www.beam.community/bvtn

4.Literature:

– So You Want to Talk About Race
Book by Ijeoma Oluo

– White Fragility
Book by Robin DiAngelo

– How to Be an Antiracist
Book by Ibram X. Kendi

– The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Book by Michelle Alexander

Juneteenth — June 19, 2020

Click here to learn more about Juneteenth!

Gotham Election Results!

May 3rd, 2020

Our Gotham Board elections have now concluded! You can find the election results on the results page.

Get Involved in Gotham Leadership

April 15th, 2020

Our Nomination Period Is Now Open for Gotham Leadership Positions

For more details about the positions available and how to apply, click here.

The deadline to submit an application or to self-nominate for an elected position is Friday, May 1 at 5:00 PM.

Elections for Gotham Board positions will be held from Sunday, May 3 through Friday, May 8.

If you have any questions, please e-mail [email protected]

Introducing Gotham Trivia!

March 15th, 2020


Here’s something fun you and your team can participate in while we take a break from meeting on the court: Gotham Trivia!

Starting Monday, March 16, a new question will be posted right here on this page each day at 8:00 AM. Read the rest of this entry »

Coronavirus Status Update

March 11th, 2020

Our mission is to build community through the sport of volleyball.  The events surrounding the recent Coronavirus outbreak leads us into an uncertain and challenging time.  We have been monitoring the information being released by federal, state and city authorities regarding Coronavirus. 

Given the most recent updates from these sources and the rapidly moving state of events, the Board of Directors has voted to cancel all Gotham activities for the next two weeks.  After that time, we will reassess the situation and provide an additional update on the status of all activities. 

We will also continue to update information on the front section of our website, so please check here for further updates.

Black History Month Spotlight: Bayard Rustin

February 25th, 2020

In honor of Black History Month we’re spotlighting Bayard Rustin, a Civil Rights Leader and LGBTQ+ pioneer who is the namesake of the school that hosts so many Gotham activities. 

Bayard Rustin was an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, pacifism and non-violence, and gay rights. He is best known for his work as adviser to Martin Luther King Jr.

Rustin taught King about Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violent resistance and advised him on the tactics of civil disobedience. He assisted King with the boycott of segregated buses in Montgomery, Alabama in 1956. Most famously, Rustin was a key figure in the organization of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at which King delivered his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963.

Rustin also influenced young activists, such as Tom Kahn and Stokely Carmichael, in organizations like the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Rustin was a gay man who had been arrested for a homosexual act in 1953. Rustin was attacked as a “pervert” or “immoral influence” by political opponents from segregationists to Black power militants, and from the 1950s through the 1970s. To avoid such attacks, Rustin served only rarely as a public spokesperson. He usually acted as an influential adviser to civil-rights leaders. 

Later in life, as the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement gained momentum, Rustin supported the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. In the 1980s, he became a public advocate on behalf of gay and lesbian causes, and testified in support of of New York State’s Gay Rights Bill in 1986.

On November 20, 2013, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

It gives our League great pride to be associated with such a notable and visionary leader and a proud member of our Community!

Biography and recap courtesy of Amy Santiago and the Gotham Volleyball Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.

Call for Volunteer Coaches

January 13th, 2020

Gotham members volunteering to coach teams in lower divisions is one of those things that makes Gotham unique and special.  Our volunteer coaches not only add a layer of skill development and a crucial pair of eyes that a captain needs, but also an important element of moral support. Most teams that play on Saturdays, and some weekday teams, have a volunteer coach working with the team.   Coaches push a player to try harder and, when the player tries and fails, offer encouragement and support.  Coaches are volunteers in Gotham, and the level of involvement with the team depends a lot on the preferences of the team captain.

Once a coach is paired with a captain, the details of the role could be helping to create a line-up, devising and implementing pre-game drills and warm-ups, in-game coaching (calling time-outs and giving feedback to players), and possibly post-game encouragement.  A coach should help players identify the skills needing focus and development.  A coach should also be able to monitor team dynamics (before, during and, possibly even, after play) and take action to remedy situations that occur during a match.  In many respects, the captain is the leader of the team; however, a good coach makes it possible for a captain to succeed.

Click on the link below to sign up to be a coach:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SP20Coaching

If you are interested in volunteering as a coach this Fall, please fill out the form using the link above.  For those interested in coaching, we will make every effort to pair you with a team at the level of your interest.  If you have any questions, e-mail [email protected].

Registration and Tryout FAQs

December 23rd, 2018

SPRING 2020 REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON DECEMBER 23!

Here’s more information on how to register:

How to Register

(1) Log into the website by entering your user name and password on the upper right-hand corner of the site. Returning members, use the same log in from last season. New members need to create an account by clicking “SIGN UP” in the upper right-hand corner of this screen.

(2) Once you log in, you will be taken to the “My Account” Page. If not, click on the “Account” link where the log in box used to be, on the upper right-hand corner of the website. Once on the “My Account” page, you will see a section that says “My Current Tryouts.” In that section of the page you will find a button that says “Register Now.” Click on the “Register Now” button.

If you do not see “My Current Tryouts”, then the registration is not currently open. Please read subscribe to our newsletter and watch our Facebook page for information on when registraiton opens.

(3) That will take you into our registration system. The first page is all information, scroll down to the bottom and click on the continue button and fill out the next few forms.

(4) Once you have filled out all the forms and completed the registration process, you will get an e-mail to confirm your registration. You will also be given a tryout number(s). Write those down and bring your confirmation e-mail with you to tryouts.

If you have any questions, click on Read More to see the Frequently Asked Questions, e-mail [email protected]., message us on Facebook (Gotham Volleyball) or Twitter (@gothamvb).

Click “read more” for answers to Frequently Asked Questions!

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