2009 Men's Convention General Meeting Minutes


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2009 AVCA Convention Men's General Meeting Minutes

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



A. Welcome: AVCA Board of Director's Men's Representative John Speraw welcomed all in attendance to the Convention and to the Men's Coaches General Meeting.


B. Old Business Updates

  • NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball has now surpassed 50 teams, therefore making it eligible for an NCAA postseason championship. The fist Division III Men's Volleyball Championship will take place in the spring of 2012.
  • Votes were collected for the Matriculation Rule.
  • There continues to be ongoing work to get NCAA legislation passed that would permit competition dates after May 1st.
  • The discussion continues about the possibility of pursuing NCAA legislation that would allow for the redshirting of players who only compete in the fall season.
  • There have been discussions with John Sample, a member of the AVCA Board of Directors and director of Texas Advantage Club, about using the girls' clubs to help grow the boys' game. This could be done through VolleyTots, a program Sample launched that teaches skills to very young children. Sample has seen many boys participate in his VolleyTots sessions, and thinks that boys' club volleyball could build and continue on where VolleyTots has left off. The AVCA featured the VolleyTots program in its December/January 2010 issue of Coaching Volleyball Magazine.
  • Brad Keller of USC is now a representative on the AVCA Assistant Coaches Committee. 
                      * Coaches in attendance of the general meeting posed the question of why there can't be a men's representative on every division's Head Coaches Committee. Leah Brock, the AVCA representative at the meeting, will take this suggestion back to the AVCA and try to move it forward for implementation.


C.  New  Business Updates

  • There is now an NCAA proposal that would limit fall competition travel to 400 miles.
  • The AVCA will facilitate a study to explore the symbolic relationship between Men's and Women's programs.
  • The Men's Committee has asked the AVCA to prepare a letter from prominent women's coaches supporting the growth of men's volleyball.
  • The men's coaches have also asked the AVCA to assist in putting together a marketing manual on how to best market a volleyball match. Some of the women's programs, such as Nebraska, have experienced great success in marketing of their matches. 
                      * The suggestion was made that something similar be made for high school boys' programs as well.
  • There has been initial talk and exploration of hosting an All-Star Men's Event in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship. This possibly would bring in players from across the country to a tryout for USAV, with the players ultimately engaging in a match that could be viewed by the public.
  • The AVCA launched a new program during the fall called the Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week. Schools were allowed to submit video clips of a great play each week and the top five plays were posted on the AVCA web site and voted on by the public. Each week's winner was then eligible for the Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Year, which was also a vote decided by the public, and the overall winner was announced at the AVCA Convention in Tampa. The AVCA plans on also running this program throughout the duration of the men's season. The AVCA Awards staff will be sending out further instruction to AVCA Men's Coaches and SIDs, and information will also be available on the AVCA web site.
  • There are talks of creating a sort of documentary film for the sport of men's volleyball. John Speraw asked coaches in attendance to think of any prominent alumni that could be featured in this film. Please think this over and let John know of any suggestions you may have.
  • The AVCA, with the help of the newly formed Coaches-4-Coaches Committee, awarded six scholarships to college seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in coaching. The scholarship covered the students' hotel accommodation, convention registration and travel. The recipients were also required to participate in several convention events. 
                      * The coaches in attendance at the men's meeting want to make sure this opportunity is available to prospective men's coaches, as well. Leah Brock will make sure to have the AVCA awards staff include men's coaches on the information emails when they become available.
  • Keeping true to the AVCA's mission of providing education, recognition and innovation to it's members, the organization now has a product development facilitator, Sandy Vong. Sandy has already created a portable electronic scoreboard, that is controlled via remote, that would be idea for wash drills, etc. He has also created an electronic whistle. These items are available for order. Please contact the AVCA for more information and watch for other new concepts engineered by Sandy in the future.
  • The AVCA Board of Directors has approved a membership dues increase of all divisions across the board. It has been three years since the last increase, and the men's membership price will increase by an amount of $20.
  • Please be sure to take some time and stop by the Exhibitor booths while at the Convention.


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