Wednesday, December 4, 2002


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AVCA Men's Coaches Committee Conference Call
Dec. 4, 2002 - 1:30 p.m. ET


Present: Joe Wortmann, Sean Byron, John Hutton, Joel Walton, Ron Larsen, Bill Kauffman
Not Present: Jack Coberly, Doug Beal, Charlie Sullivan

Joe calls the meeting to order at 1:35p.m. ET.

I. Follow-ups from the last call

Joe contacted the NCAA regarding whether it was possible to have Spalding send balls to the schools prior to the tournament to get used to playing with that brand. Joe said the NCAA would not allow that and it would be up to each school to purchase the balls at their own expense.

Joe did some checking on the non-traditional season legislation. Discussion followed saying there was a difference with the legislation regarding men's and women's volleyball as the men's season as not even started for the non-traditional segment.

Joe wrote a letter to Patrick Feely at the NCAA requesting that the YES Clinic be added to the agenda for the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship. He is awaiting a response.

Joe mentioned that he sent the letter regarding men's volleyball issues and Title IX to Stephanie Schleuder with very little modification from the original letter. Stephanie sent back a response letter to Joe, and that letter has been forwarded to the AVCA Men's Committee. Doug Beal came up with a list of topics for the AVCA to become more involved in the men's game. A meeting is being arranged at the AVCA convention involving Doug, Stephanie, Joe, Joe Sagula (incoming AVCA president) and Katherine McConnell (AVCA executive director) to talk about the men's game and men's membership.

II. Agenda for Convention
The following items are agenda topics received for the AVCA Men's Meeting at the AVCA Convention: Membership survey; NCAA Practice & Playing Season Proposal; Ideas for Increasing Men's Membership; Division III Expansion and Change in Leagues. Joe mentioned if there are any other agenda items, please forward them immediately.

III. New Stat Boxscore

Discussion ensued on two proposals and the ability to maybe implement it starting this upcoming season. It was decided to take a straw poll of coaches and SIDs asking the following questions: 1. Do you want to eliminate block assists (all blocks are recorded as solos picking one person only) and adding total points to the boxscore; 2.) Do you want to pay the cost for updates to the computerized stat programs; 3.) Do you want to add reception attempts as a mandatory boxscore column? Bill will send a memo to coaches and SIDs that schools should add reception attempts as part of the print-out boxscores for all matches. Schools not in compliance will hamper AVCA All-America chances for their players.

IV. Additional Comments

Comments were made that Stephanie's letter in response to the men's committee letter brushed aside the concerns of men's coaches.
Joel Walton mentioned that the women's collegiate game is saturated with little room for growth, while the men's side as lots of room for growth and this should be a targeted area of the AVCA.
The next conference call was scheduled for Jan. 15 at 1:30 p.m. ET

The call adjourned at 2:45 p.m. ET.


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