February 18, 2009


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Division II Head Coaches Committee Conference Call Minutes

February 18, 2009 * 1 p.m. CT *


Roll Call:

Cody Hein, Chico State

Alex Koszalka, Dowling

Megan Hrbek, Caldwell

Deanne Scanlon, Grand Valley State

Tracy Rietzke, Rockhurst University

Jared Sliger, Northwest Nazarene

Sean Donahue, St. Edwards

Bo Pagliasotti, Southwestern Oklahoma

Patricia Mickow, St. Cloud State

Tom Justice, Lock Haven

Debbie Hendricks, Metropolitan State

Shannon Mincey, Carson-Newman

Selina Bynum-Kohn, Paine

Lynze Roos, Lynn

Bren Stevens, Charleston



Ibraheem Suberu, Pittsburg State

Tim Loesch, Limestone

Karen McNulty, UMass-Lowell

Karla Decker, Lander

Kris Naber, Grand Canyon

Stephanie Radecki, North Alabama



Meeting Called to Order: 1 p.m. CT



I. Welcome.  (Cody)

Cody began the call by welcoming everyone and thanked the HCC for taking the time out of their busy schedules to participate in the call. He then gave his report.


II. AVCA Update (Leah)

Leah gave a brief update on things going on at the AVCA. This included:


1.)           The NCAA announced the host sites for its Division I Women's Volleyball Championship for 2010 & 2012 on Friday.  The sites, which will also be the location of the AVCA Annual Convention, are Kansas City, Mo. in 2010 and Louisville, Ky. in 2012.  The NCAA previously released that the event will be in San Antonio, Texas in 2011, as part of its new Championship City Program.

2.)           Registration is now open for the 2009 AVCA Spring Conference: 21st Century Coaching Skills!!

 Dates: May 7-9, 2009
 Site: Provo, Utah

21st Century Coaching Skills will help make you into the well-rounded coach that is necessary to survive in today's competitive coaching environment, including  

  • Marketing your team
  • How to engage your fan base and media
  • Scouting & Match Analysis&n bsp;
  • On-Court Coaching Strategy
  • and sessions specific for High School & Club coaches

  Headline Presenters: Carl McGown, Terry Pettit, Mary Wise & Beth Launiere

3.)              The American Volleyball Coaches Association has renewed its agreement with Runza® Restaurants as title sponsor of its College Volleyball Showcase, the organization announced Thursday.  The 2009 Showcase will be played August 28-29 at Qwest Center Omaha, Neb., in the second of a three-year deal with the arena.
4.)              Make your plans now for the JVDA 2009 National Championships, which will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. on June 27-30.
5.                The AVCA is starting a new Camp Affiliation membership.  Collegiate camps can build in an AVCA membership into their camp for club or high school coaches working the camps.  The membership fee will be $50, which is a $15 discount.  Any collegiate coaches interested in adding the membership option to their camps, can contact the AVCA. Currently, the University of Florida, Texas Tech University, Hope College and Olivet Nazarene University have agreed to incorporate the membership into their camp. The AVCA would love to have representation from Division II as well. If you are interested, please contact Ashley Beil (Ashley.beil@avca.org) or Amanda Brungs (Amanda.brungs@avca.org).


III. NCAA One-Year Non-Participation Issue

Jenn Fraser from the NCAA was present on the call to advise the committee about one of the NCAA bylaws that has seemed to confuse come coaches.


NCAA Bylaw (participation in organized competition or training prior to initial collegiate enrollment).


An individual who does not enroll in a collegiate institution as a full-time student during the regular academic term that is immediately following the date that the individual's high school class normally graduates from high school (or the international equivalent as specified in the NCAA Guide to International Academic Standards for Athletics Eligibility) shall use a season of intercollegiate competition for each calendar year or sports season (following that date) in which the individual has participated in activities that meet the criteria set forth in Bylaw 


The activities that constitute a use of a season can be found in Bylaw (activities constituting use of a season).


An individual shall use a season of competition per Bylaw if the individual participates in activities that meet any of the following criteria:


(a) Any competition or training with a team that declares itself to be professional;

(b) Any competition or training with a team in which compensation is provided to any of the participants (including actual and necessary expenses);

(c) Any individual competition or training in which any of the participants receive compensation (including actual and necessary expenses); 

(d) Any competition pursuant to the signing of a contract for athletics participation;

(e) Any competition pursuant to involvement in a professional draft;

(f) Any competition funded by a professional sports organization, excluding not-for-profit organizations affiliated with professional sports organizations;

(g) Any competition funded by a representative of an institution's athletics interest that is not an open event; or

(h) Any practice with a professional athletics team (excluding a 48-hour tryout).


* During her discussion, Jenn noticed that some institutions didn't seem to understand the legislation, which can be seen in the 400% increase of infractions concerning the bylaw.

Some challenges are a sheer lack of understanding of the application of the rule. Here are some courses of action being considered by the NCAA:

  • Concept: Whether or not the NCAA should expand the grace period
  • Concept: Eliminate the year in residence requirement, which some feel is double-penalizing the athlete in question
  • Concept: Looking at exceptions of transfer students


*Jenn has offered that anyone with any questions or concerns can email her at any time (jfraser@ncaa.org)



IV. Sand Volleyball

Kathy DeBoer, the Executive Director of the AVCA, and TJ Meagher, the Legislative Representative on the AVCA Board of Directors, were present on the call to review a draft proposal of sand volleyball playing seasons, financial aid and competitive rules using the NCAA D-II legislative parameters document that was sent to the HCC members prior to the call.


* TJ advised the committee that the challenges of the draft were daunting on many levels.

* The draft is a suggestion of "what it could be and why."

* A HCC member inquired about when the date of the sand championships would be. According to TJ, this is completely speculative at the current time.

* Several concerns were voiced by the committee members. The largest concern seemed to be that of scholarships, with several members feeling that scholarships and equivalency was biased against the northern schools. Others feared the sport could end up regionalized because of climate issues.

* Another concern brought up by committee members was the number of playing dates, with the draft proposal setting the minimum at 10. Some members felt that 10 was too many for budgetary and travel concerns, while others felt that at least 10 were needed to make the sport seem legitimate and not just an extension of the current indoor spring season.

* It was decided for each committee member to consult with the other coaches in their respective conferences and come prepared on the next call with items they would like to see adjusted or changed in the draft.



Cody wrapped up the meeting by again thanking the HCC members for taking the time to be on the call.


Meeting adjourned: 2:24 p.m.


VII. Next Meeting

The next meeting will be March 4, 2009 at 1 p.m. Central Time.


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