February 6, 2008


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Chair: Brenda Williams, Olivet Nazarene

Present on the call: Kim Norman (Region 1), Jim Smoot (Region 2), Katy Meyer (Region 2), Todd Lowery (Region 3), Christy Clawson (Region 6), Bob Heersema (Region 7), Mike Gibson (Region 8), Todd Humphry (Region 11), Brianne Smedley (Region 13), Glenn Cox (Region 14), Kevin Hudson (Assistant Coaches), Jon Campbell (Gulf Coast Athletic Conf.), Ryan DeLong (Midwest Collegiate Conf.), Kyle Van Den Bosch (Great Plains Athletic Conf.), John Yehling (American Midwest Conf.), Will Engle (AVCA liaison), Ruth Stein (NAIA headquarters), Josh Crosier (Men's Rep)

Absent on the call: Excused: Peggy Tuter (Region 4), Mary Penrod (Region 5), Paul Swanson (Region 9), Leo Sayles (Region 12), Israel Negron (Legislative Rep)

Committee Chair: Brenda Williams

Brenda introduced the new committee members on the call - Jon Campbell (University of Mobile), Ryan DeLong (Viterbo College), Kyle Van Den Bosch (Northwestern College) and John Yehling (Missouri Baptist College). She reiterated that she hopes to eventually have all conferences represented on the committee. There are still several conferences who lack representation.


Committee Chair: Brenda Williams

Had a record setting convention with nearly 1,700 attendees in December. Next year's convention will again be in Omaha, Neb. - sign up early (4,455 current AVCA members) NAIA coaches percentage has dropped from 58.15% to 57.71%. It has been at 63.44% at one time. There are 227 possible members and right now there are 131 head coaches, 28 first assistants and five grad assistants for a total of 164. The committee wants the majority of NAIA head coaches as members of the AVCA. Reminder: all members of the HCC have to be members in good standing with the AVCA.



Committee Chair: Brenda Williams

All conference reps of the HCC are responsible for getting their conference coaches to become members of the AVCA. Check the AVCA Web site or ask Will Engle for information pertaining to cost and benefits.


Men's Rep: Josh Crosier

Men's season is about one-third of the way finished. As always, there have been schools adding and dropping teams. One difference from years past is that the teams are more spread out geographically than they ever have been. Check out www.mamvic.com for up-to-date information on NAIA men's volleyball.



NAIA National Office: Ruth Stein

Ruth reported that the Implementation Committee is now getting into sport-specific details of the new direct qualification model. Most of the coaches at the convention were in favor of six pools of four, advancing to single elimination over a five-day period.

Another discussion point with direct qualification is the recognition process. With the new direct qualification, coaches see a need for an "intermediate" recognition, and one consideration is doing it through an outside source, such as the AVCA. One concern is that if the intermediate recognition is done through the AVCA, a member-funded organization, a deserving athlete whose coach is not a member could be kept from advancing for NAIA national recognition.

Another issue that should be addressed is stat crunching, and whether it can be implemented at the conference level. There was also discussion on at-large berths, including unaffiliateds, and how they would have access to the national championships. The ranking system was part of this discussion. There was a desire for a uniform ranking system.

Two more issues Ruth mentioned were whether to re-seed after the opening round, and how to address first-round byes.

Mike Gibson's Competition Committee is going to look over many of the above issues, and give their recommendations to the Implementation Committee.



NAIA National Office: Ruth Stein

Ruth told the committee that the national championship site for 2008 and 2009 will be Sioux City, Iowa. A host institution has yet to be named.



Tachikara wants input from coaches on how to better the sport.



AVCA staff: Will Engle

The Webcasting Survey is complete, and the results came in late the day before. Seventy people responded to the survey, and the overall impression is that most schools would love to begin webcasting, but either don't know enough about it, or don't have the money to fund it. AVCA staff will continue to work with Kim Norman to work towards an AVCA Match of the Week schedule for the 2008 season.



Committee Chair: Brenda Williams

Region 8-14 reps were up for re-election in 2008, Regions 1-7 were up in 2009 - a representative can be re-elected to a second term.

The committee wants the conferences to elect their representative on the HCC - that rep would have to be an AVCA member and it would be very helpful if that person can attend the business meetings at the AVCA Annual Convention. There would now be 24 conference reps and an independent rep, along with an assistant coach and men's volleyball coach rep - committee calls would be changed to the first Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. ET.


AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer informed the committee of a few issues: an NCAA Committee has passed a recommendation to change the points from 30 to 25 next season in games 1-4, as well as change the number of substitutions, and modifying the second-contact rule. Kathy also noted that 6-8 events will be happening this spring regarding Collegiate Beach, and the possibility of it becoming an emerging sport in the NCAA. Finally, she informed the committee of the events surrounding the NCAA Men's Championship. There will be an educational clinic and two talent showcases, one for men and one for women, complementing the matches.


1. AVCA membership drive - have a report of your conference AVCA membership for next call.


2. Total representation for conferences, independents, men's volleyball and assistant coaches - complete directory for your former region - get names to Brenda.


3. Gather information for Conference Best Practices for direct qualification - a) how will your conference (or independents) select your automatic qualifier; b) how will you separate your conference standings from national rankings; C) will your conference chair be your conference rater? d) what type of criteria will you use to rank and how much will strength of schedule be used?


4. Share information from your conference about your selection process for all conference players, is there criteria set up for it, how do you rank them, is it by vote or consensus?


Next NAIA HCC conference call scheduled for Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. ET.


Call adjourned at 1:03 p.m. (ET)

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