April 3, 2007


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Chair: Brenda Williams, Olivet Nazarene

Present on the call: Chris Duenow (Region 1), Jim Smoot (Region 2), Katy Meyer (Region 2), Todd Lowery (Region 3), Mary Penrod (Region 5), Christy Clawson (Region 6), 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), Israel Negron (Legislative Rep), Will Engle (AVCA liaison)

Absent on the call: Excused: Peggy Tutor (Region 4), Bruce Billingsley (Region 7)

Wendy Payne, AVCA Director of Membership & Sales, has sent the Committee a list of the NAIA coaches that are current members, expired members and some of the ones they have contacted personally to join or renew. If you know these people please give them a call to help recruit.


The AVCA Board and staff need to know how they can provide coaches more education and want to know how you are currently getting your coaching education. Find out from coaches in your region and get back to Brenda with results to share at the AVCA Board of Directors meeting in May.

Also, be sure and check out the new Education page on the AVCA Web site by clicking the red tab marked "Coaching Eduation".



Legislative Rep: Israel Negron

Israel updated the Committee on Bylaw amendment proposals that passed and failed at the NAIA National Convention.


Israel also reminded the Committee that any practice or play involving the use of volleyball equipment between Aug. 1 and May 15 counts toward the 24 week maximum.

Go to naia.com for more information, or contact Israel at the NAIA National Office. During the summer, any practice or competition (e.g., mission trip, foreign tour) that occurs prior to August 1, may not include incoming freshmen or transfer students. These students, even those that have "signed" with your institution, are still prospective students and do not become a members of your team until pre-season practice begins. Pre-season practice may not begin before August 1.


An institution may not contact a junior college athlete until that student has begun her/his second season of competition. This rule change is effective immediately.


The Council of Athletics Administrators revised its forfeit policies to permit an institution to request a forfeit if its contracted opponent chooses to drop the sport during the season. Previously, once an institution dropped a sport, its opponents could not request a forfeit.


Competition Committee: Mike Gibson

Three models have been proposed for the NAIA National Tournament. The task force is continuing to work on a format; ideally somewhere in the Midwest region with four courts at one site. Coaches encouraged to e-mail Mike Gibson so he can get information to the NAIA.



Men's Rep: Josh Crosier

The NAIA is losing two teams over the next couple of years. The NAIA National Men's Tournament is the weekend of April 12-14 at California Baptist University in Riverside, California.



Brenda asked Kevin Hudson (Assistant Coaches Rep) to be thinking about whether the NAIA needs to get involved with the AVCA Assistant Coaches Committee. Currently, the Assistant Coaches Committee consists of primarily NCAA Division I representatives, but they are willing and wanting to include other groups.


As Direct Qualification goes into effect, the NAIA awards system will change (2008). The Committee suggested keeping regions for regional awards.


Brenda will speak with the AVCA Board of Directors at their May meeting in Lexington, Ky., regarding trying to get plaques for the Third Team All-Americans.


Get anything to Brenda by April 12 that she may need for the AVCA Board of Directors Meeting in May.


The NAIA Committee will not have their regularly scheduled calls in June and July, unless it is deemed necessary through e-mail communication prior to those dates. The Committee will stay updated through that period via e-mail.




Next NAIA HCC conference call scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 11 a.m. ET.


Call adjourned at 11:54 a.m. (ET)


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