Spring 2022 Tryouts

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Spring 2022 Tryouts

December 31st, 2021

♫♫♫♫♫♫ IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR ♫♫♫♫♫♫

No, I’m not talking about “the Holidays”, I’m talking about Registration for the Spring 2022 Season and Tryouts. Registration for Division Play will open on Friday, December 31st @ Midnight

Like the Fall Season, we are trying to limit the amount of people in the gym due to the recent Covid surges, so if you are a long-time member of your division (3+ seasons), or are not trying to move to a higher division please do not attend tryouts.

Like the Fall Season, registration for tryouts for each division will close approximately 24 hours prior to that Division’s Tryout so that we can preassign tryout times to limit the amount of people at the gym. That being said, please initially register for ALL DIVISIONS that you are interested in playing in, and pay special attention when indicating which tryouts you are available to attend.  Keep an eye on your email inbox later this week for the finalized tryouts schedule.

Registration for the Power Training Programs and PowerPlay will go live in the coming weeks.

Updated Schedule as of January 10th

Divisions 1, 2 – January 22nd
Divisions 3, 4, 5 – January 23rd
Divisions 6, 7, 8 – January 29th
Divisions 9, 10, 11 – January 30th

Power W – January 25th
Power A, B, C, D, E – February 6th
PowerPlay – February 9th (Online registration/no tryout)
TeamPower (all) – February 14th

Editor’s Note: Due to the recent explosion of Covid Cases related to the Omicron Variant, the schedule for all of our host schools is subject to change as they learn more/adjust their policies. We will do everything in our power to effectively communicate any changes to Gotham’s Scheduling as soon as we are made aware. With that being said, please note that dates for the Spring season could be impacted due to safety concerns and facility availability.

Spring 2022 Captain Elections

December 20th, 2021

Voting for Spring 2022 Captains and Fall 2021 All Stars has closed and the votes are being tabulated.  Our Training and Division Play Leadership Groups have also been hard at work organizing the Tryout and Games Schedule for the Spring 2022 Season. Stay tuned to the newsletter in the coming weeks for all this info and more leading into next season! 

In the meantime, we are also looking for members who would be interested as serving as Division 10 Rep, as these roles are vacant following our elections earlier in the season

If you have any questions about the Spring Captains, or any of the open Div Rep Roles, feel free to email [email protected]

COVID-19 Safety Reminder

December 16th, 2021

Over the last few weeks, the amount of COVID cases in New York City are on the rise. In order to make participation in Gotham as safe as possible, we wanted to remind everyone of some important steps we all take to help stop the spread of COVID:

1) Notification to Gotham — we request all members who test positive for COVID-19 within 5 days of a Gotham Volleyball event advise the League of the positive result.  You can tell your Team Captain or Division/Power Representative  or you can e-mail the information directly to [email protected].  We rely on all of you to report in so that we can advise other members who may have been exposed so they can get tested.

 2) Notification to Members — when Gotham learns of a COVID positive result, members who may have been exposed will be notified using the team/match information vs. using names (in order to protect folks medical privacy).  If you are notified of a potential exposure, we strongly recommend that you get tested! 

3) Multiple exposures at events — Under Gotham’s safety protocols, if there are multiple positive tests reported from more than two participants in a Division/Power class, the next instances of that Division/Power class will be postponed.  Fortunately, thus far, we have not had a multiple exposure event but wanted to remind everyone of this protocol.

4) Health Screens — Members are required to fill out the DOE Health Screen before each Gotham event.  As a reminder, anyone who cannot pass the health screen is not permitted to attend Gotham events. 

Looking forward to a safe and healthy end of the season. Feel free to check out the Return to Play section for any additional COVID-19 Updates.

Registration and Tryout FAQs

September 15th, 2021

THESE FAQs ARE UPDATED AS NEEDED — CHECK BACK SOON!

Important: Update Your Credentials

Gotham has moved to a new registration system, powered by LeagueApps!
To make your experience smoother, we’ve migrated some information from your Gotham account into LeagueApps, notably the Division and/or Power Class you played in the last 3 seasons. To make sure you benefit from this migration and have no eligibility hiccups, please follow these steps when you are prompted to login for the first time:

  1. Click Create Account
  2. In the account creation prompt:
    – Enter the email address where you received this message
    – Establish a password, taking note of the password requirements
    – Enter your first and last name
    – Click Create Account
  3. On the next screen, click Log In to access your account.

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Indoor Volleyball Play Resumes in September

August 19th, 2021

Gotham will be returning to indoor play after Labor Day and will be holding its Fall 2021 season (Phase 3 of our Return to Play Plan) beginning in late September.  Details are still being finalized, but here is some preliminary information about the upcoming season:

  • We will hold a variety of pre-season events beginning after Labor Day to get everyone back on the court and shake off the rust.
  • Fall 2021 tryouts are scheduled to begin the week of September 27, 2021.  There will be some modifications to the process to reduce crowd sizes and accommodate safety protocols.  We expect to have a full schedule of tryout dates and details on how to register for the Fall season shortly.
  • We will hold our usual Divisions of Division Play and Power classes in Fall 2021. There will be 7 weeks of play for each Division and Power class in Fall 2021 (pricing will be adjusted to reflect the shorten season). We will also hold an end of season tournament for each Division if sufficient facilities are available.
  • We will hold a full slate of Open Plays and Friendship Tournaments during the Fall 2021 season.
  • Green and Golden Apple will not be held this Fall to ensure we can accommodate the season schedule for Division Play and Power.
  • In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Fall 2021 season will be played under new health and safety protocols, including limiting crowd size, masking and requiring proof of vaccination (with exceptions to the vaccination requirement considered on a case-by-case basis). 

Gotham’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

June 15th, 2021

Join us on Tuesday June 22 at 7 PM as we team up with the Center to celebrate New York City’s largest LGBTQ+ Sports league Gotham Volleyball’s 40th Anniversary on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 7-8 PM spotlighting our mission to improve the quality of life for LGBTQ+ individuals by building community through the sport of volleyball. This virtual program features Angel Martin’s Archival videos, a Panel Discussion, and a Special Performance by ‘Paulina’. 

For more information and to register for the event click here.

2021 Gotham Volleyball Annual Report

May 30th, 2021

Gotham Volleyball issued its Annual Report for 2021. You can find a copy of the Annual Report here. Thank you to Brady Ginn of the Communications Committee for his work in designing the report!

Gotham Return to Play Update Page Updated

May 29th, 2021

We updated our Return to Play page today. The Return to Play page is designed to keep everyone updated on our progress in returning to the volleyball court. In order to access the page, simply select “return to play” on the website navigation bar or click on this link to access the page. Please check back regularly for the latest return to play information.

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!

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].

 
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