October 2, 2006


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Present: Jeanne Hess (Chair), Jen Bowman (NESCAC), Paul Dill (NEWMAC), Chad Braegelmann (Commonwealth Coast), Jamie Marcoux (Great Northeast), Roger Worsley (Empire 8, EAA, ECAC), Bridget White (NJAC), Randall Kreider (Commonwealth), Michele Ide (Freedom), Robin Pietryk (Dixie), Sam Lambert (SCAC), Kandis Schram (Independents), Hugh Hernesman (Soutwest), Gretchen Hunt (MIAC), Jennifer Walker (IIAC), Merry Graf (St. Louis), Pam Briggs (OAC), Wayne Chadwick (Heartland), Becky Schmidt (MIAA), Tammy Swearingen (President's), Deb Schulman (WIAC), Deb Kiick (CCIW), Jennifer Saylor (Midwest), Jerry Angle (NIIC), Rick Swan (Independents), Dianna Graves (SCIAC), Mark Massey (Northwest), Chad Schreiber (NCAA Championship Committee), Kris Russell (DIII Legislative Rep.), Jason Jones (AVCA)


Not Present: Jolie Ward (Little East), Cathy Markowski (North Atlantic), Dave Hildebrandt (Independents), Steve Pike (SUNYAC), JJ O'Connell (Skyline), Lisa Gallagher (Independents), Jonathan Penn (UCAA), David Shumaker (NEAC), Mark Birtwistle (Pennsylvania), Harleigh Leach (Centennial), Margie Knight (Capital), Bill Rogers (ODAC), Deb Zellers (Independents), Ellen Dempsey (NCAC)

I. AVCA Report and Convention Update

Jason Jones reported that head coaches should have received a Salary Survey via e-mail in mid-September. He reminded all head coaches to please complete the survey prior to the October 6 deadline. Also, the AVCA will be sending out a Member Needs Survey via e-mail in late October. This survey will be sent to all members and will provide an opportunity for members to give the AVCA feedback on which programs and services they like and don't like as well as any new programs or services that members feel should be offered.


During the August meeting it was suggested that coaches needed a purchase order or invoice option when renewing their membership online. This option has now been added to the membership renewal process.


AVCA convention registration began on August 30 and so far registration has been very strong. As of October 2 the AVCA had received 345 convention registrations compared to 180 on October 6, 2005. The AVCA has also sold just over 500 match tickets as of October 2. Coaches will be receiving another convention reminder postcard in the middle of October and several reminder e-mails will be sent out as well. All coaches are encouraged to register for the convention by the November 3 early registration deadline to save money on their convention registration and to make sure they get an NCAA match ticket.


The AVCA has developed two new commercials that will be shown on CSTV. One of the commercials is a 30 second spot promoting the sport of volleyball. The other commercial is a 15 second message about membership to the AVCA. The association is working to get these commercials shown on other networks as well.


The AVCA held it's first minority coaches clinic of the 2006-2007 school year on Saturday, September 30 in Washington D.C. The clinic drew 55 attendees which was the largest number of people to ever participate in one of these clinics.


Coaching Volleyball magazine will have a new look starting with the November/December 2006 issue. The magazine has been redesigned and all coaches are encouraged to review the publication and let the AVCA know your comments.

II. NCAA Championship Committee Report

Chad Schreiber gave a report on the progress of the NCAA Championship Committee. The committee is currently in the non-published ranking stage for the tournament where they are ranking teams but not releasing those rankings to the public.


The championship for 2006 will be held in Salem, Virginia. The 2007 and 2008 championships will be held at Illinois Wesleyan. Chad encouraged more schools to submit bid packets for the regionals and championships as more locations for the committee to choose from will result in a better tournament. Many bids are often late or incomplete and are not considered. Those who want like to submit a bid can find information on the NCAA Web site (www.ncaa.org) at the following address by clicking here.


Chad also discussed ways to increase attendance at the Division III championship. One idea was to host clinics and meetings at the championship to attract area coaches to the event. A possible cause of low attendance could be having the championship at a convention center instead of a college town. Chad reiterated that schools must put in a bid to be considered as a host for the tournament. Getting more schools to submit bids will help keep the tournament in college towns. One way the AVCA can help is to brainstorm on ways to increase attendance at Illinois Wesleyan for 2007 and 2008.


III. Legislative Issues

Kris Russell updated the committee on the legislative issues that had recently been discussed. The issue of expanding the club radius can likely be passed because it is something that has already been done for Division II. The reason this rule was not passed with the Division II request is that Division III didn't ask for it. Kris felt the Division III legislative representatives were not aware of the Division II proposal on the expanded club radius rule and thus did not ask for it at the same time. The new legislative committee structure will help to solve these types of issues in the future.


Earlier starting dates and campus tryouts will be more difficult legislation to change. Rule changes must go through a process which typically involves getting a group of coaches active on a topic and then convincing Athletic Directors, Conference Commissioners and Presidents the rule should change.


The committee will discuss the campus tryout issue further at the AVCA Convention. Those who wish to discuss an issue with Kris Russell or would like more information can contact her at russellk@uww.edu.


The meeting was adjourned at 11:55 a.m. ET. The next call is scheduled for Monday, November 6 at 11 a.m. ET.

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