January 9, 2007
I. ROLL CALL
Chair: Brenda Williams, Olivet Nazarene
Present on the call: Chris Duenow (Region 1), Jim Smoot (Region 2), Peggy Tutor (Region 4), Mary Penrod (Region 5), Kaddie Platt (Region 6), Bruce Billingsley (Region 7), Mike Gibson (Region 8), Paul Swanson (Region 9), Leo Sayles (Region 12), Brianne Smedley (Region 13), Glenn Cox (Region 14), Josh Crosier (Men's Rep), Kevin Hudson (Assistant Coach's Rep).
Absent on the call: Todd Lowery (Region 3) (excused), Katie Meyer (Region 2) (excused)
II. Chair Report
Committee Chair: Brenda Williams
AVCA Convention was a great success this year - the atmosphere in Omaha was excellent. Thanks to all of those who were able to come to the many NAIA meetings.
Reminder to coaches to keep informed on coaching changes within your regions, this will help with communication about the AVCA and its membership benefits.
Updated membership count from the AVCA:
Asst Coaches - 26
Grad Assistants - 7
Head Coaches - 144
Non-Coach Member - 2
VIP Member - 1
Total of 181
III. COMMITTEE REPLACEMENT
Due to a coaching change, we need to replace Susan Clements from Region 11 on the Head Coaches Committee. We will see who is named region chair and ask for his/her input.
IV. CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT
Competition Committee: Mike Gibson, Michigan-Dearborn
The HCC was sent a copy of the NAIA Direct Qualification Task Force Guiding Principles & Instructions to Coaches Associations. Regarding the tournament format, Mike reported that most people to whom he has talked prefer the single-site format, but that there has been some support for a qualifying round. He also noted that many of the people outside of the NAIA that he has talked to are envious of the pool play format that the NAIA uses.
Jim Smoot noted that athletic directors and university presidents will be hard to sell on more than one site, meaning more than one flight, etc. for teams raising costs.
Chris Duenow said to pay special attention to Guiding Principle #4, which states that the number of championship qualifiers in each sport will be based on the total NAIA institutions that sponsor the sport. He also noted that he didn't think one site could have more than 36 teams, unless the tournament is extended to 7-8 days.
Paul Swanson suggested that the NAIA should sell the sport/tournament as unique: able to play more matches in a day, pool play being special. He feels as though the guidelines were written with other sports in mind, and that volleyball should market itself as different.
Brenda reminded the committee that they have until January 15 to get any more ideas/suggestions to Mike. She also thanked Mike for all of his hard work on this issue.
V. men's VOLLEYBALL update
Men's Representative: Josh Crosier
1. NAIA Men's volleyball is considered an emerging sport and is not officially sanctioned by the national office.
2. www.mamvic.com is the website that will have the most information regarding men's volleyball in the NAIA.
3. Overall, there are just under 100 4-year school men's volleyball teams, and sixteen of those are in the NAIA. About 75% of those 16 are AVCA members.
4. The way to grow the number of men's volleyball programs in the NAIA is by finding athletic directors who are willing to "go to bat" for the sport.
Brenda suggested to Josh that he forward all of his information to Kathy DeBoer, AVCA Executive Director, as she would be interested in seeing his research.
VI. OTHER BUSINESS
Committee Chair: Brenda Williams
Reminder that at the 2007 Convention, we will try and hold our HCC meeting before the NAIA General Meeting. Thanks to the committee for all of your time and effort.
Mike Gibson added that NAIA coaches should begin thinking about playing a sand tournament in the spring, as the AVCA is putting together an exhibition sand tournament with NCAA players, and more of the game appears to be leaning toward the beach game.
Membership Drive - continue to recruit coaches in your region.
Get any championship format/suggestions to Mike Gibson by January 15.
If you have any suggestions for a representative from Region 11, please inform Brenda.
Next NAIA HCC conference call scheduled for Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 11 a.m. ET.
Call adjourned at 11:49 a.m. (ET)