April 11, 2007


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April 11, 2007, 12 NOON EST


1. Updates from the Chair-Karen Weatherington


Bonnie Kenney and Beth Laniuere recently met with NCAA representatives about the DI Championships. Assistant Coaches are encourages to converse with your coaching staff to get more details. The AVCA Newsletter has new format. If you have any suggestions contact Rick Capone at rcapone@avca.org


The Assistant Coaches Committee is seeking interested individuals to participate in a Roundtable Discussion on the life and duties of an assistant coach. We would like to convene an Assistant Coaches Round Table at Convention in Sacramento, CA. We are looking for a minimum of five volunteers.


The AVCA had broken the 3725 member mark this month. Jason Jones encouraged coaches to talk about the AVCA with everyone they come in contact with. It was also noted that invitations to present at the convention are now due and need to be turned in to Jason Jones at Jason.jones@avca.org if interested.


2. Legislative Updates-Jill Stuckey, Kalani Mahi et al.


There was discussion about Bylaw - There was discussion on the use of regulation regarding the number of allowable recruiters at an event. The ACC will ask for information on number of staff recruiting and the baton rule when changes are being made to staff members at tournaments. It was suggested that coaches talk with their compliance officer or conference office for interpretations and forward that info to ACC for comparison and a consensus on its use.


It was also Programs need to be careful when hosting junior club volleyball tournaments. It was discussed about the inability of collegiate coaches, staff, teams, etc to be involved in junior events at their schools. It was noted that coaches, members of the staff, members of the team, etc should not be involved in any events involving prospects in a paid or unpaid capacity. This same rule is in effect for all sports.


TJ noted on the HCC call that the comment period for legislation closed on March 9. The NCAA Management Council is slated to meet on April 9 and 10 with a board meeting to follow on April 26. The two issues before the Council of importance to volleyball are 2006-40 (the elimination of text messaging) and 2006-82 (no missed class time during a non-championship segment). The results of these meeting will be disseminated to the membership as soon as possible.


3. Professional Development-ACC


The ACC has received requests from several assistant coaches to inquire about bringing back the Professional Development Series. Karen will be in contact with the AVCA and will likely seek the help of volunteers in the future.


4. Asst. Coaches Survey Committee-Sarah Bernson


Sarah will email list of potential questions for the formulation stages of the survey. Her email has been down and it will be forwarded by the end of week.


5. New Business


Karen brought attention to the situation involving the comments by made by Don Imus regarding women's basketball student athletes. Please be actively aware of what is going on in college sports. These are our athletes and any actions affect all of us.


Karen introduced several new representatives and apologized for any oversight in missing new additions to the group. She also announced Tonya Johnson of University of Texas as the new Associate Chair. She replaces Rob Beam, who was recently named the head coach at Oakland University.


6. Roll Call: Conferences not represented American East, Big East, Ohio Valley, Southwestern, and WCC. The call ended at 12:42 pm.

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