Wednesday, September 1, 2010


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Division I Head Coaches Committee Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (EST)

Call led by Mark Rosen, Division I Representative, University of Michigan


1.  NCAA Legislation Proposals That Impact Volleyball (TJ Meagher and Kathy DeBoer)
TJ reviewed several NCAA legislative proposals that would potentially have an impact on women's volleyball. Click here for a summary of those proposals. It was noted these proposals are not coming from coaches and are primarily economic driven.

The committee discussed several of the proposals and the two likely to have the biggest impact were as follows:

  • 2010-88: An institution is limited to two dates of competition during the non-championship segment, of which only one date may be an away-from-home date of competition.
  • 2010-96: Reducing the number of preseason practice opportunities from 29 to 21.

The committee spent the majority of time discussing reasonable arguments that could be made for keeping the number of preseason practice opportunities at 29. Currently, women's volleyball is the only fall sport with 29 preseason practice opportunities so it has been challenging to find an argument that will be supported by athletic administrators to not reduce that number to 21. The projected cost savings for the practice reduction is about $4,000.

Some of the arguments discussed during the call included the following:

  • Title IX implications because the practice reduction didn't have an impact on men's sports.   However, it was pointed out men's soccer does receive only 21 preseason practice opportunities.
  • More preseason practice time prevents injuries in volleyball. However, it was noted volleyball is behind only swimming and diving in having the fewest injuries. Also, volleyball is the only sport to have more practice injuries than game injuries.
  • Many teams have a majority of their matches in September because of tournament play so the extra time in preseason is needed to get ready for a front loaded schedule. Kathy felt this argument would receive little support because coaches make their schedules that way so the match schedule could be easily changed by coaches to play an even number of matches over the course of the year.
  • Kathy felt the best argument to save practice opportunities was the reduction would create an unfair advantage for those teams who are able to bring their players to campus in the summer. The teams that can't bring their players to campus during the summer months would lose the extra practice time and be further behind at the beginning of the season.

Kathy will create a position paper on 2010-96 that will be shared with DI coaches.

The committee also spent time discussing 2010-88. The consensus was that getting the Student Athlete Advisory Committee behind more competition dates was the most effective way to approach this proposal.

TJ noted if the proposal came from a cabinet it will likely pass because the cabinet has a strong sense of what the membership wants and needs. If the proposal comes from a conference it is not as clear on whether it will pass as many other factors come into play.


2.  AVCA Board of Directors Elections (Kathy DeBoer)
Kathy reported there are three positions on the AVCA Board of Directors that are open to interested Division I coaches. President Elect (one year term as President Elect,  one year as President, one year as Past President), Division I Representative (three year term) and Assistant Coach Representative (three year term) are open as of December 31, 2010. Elections for these positions will be held in late September or early October. Anyone interested in serving on the board in one these positions should contact Kathy DeBoer ( or Ray Bechard (


3.  Recruiting Task Force Update (Erin Appleman)

Erin reported the RTF has been having calls but did not have any new information to report at this time. The RTF is planning to send out something in late October to get feedback from coaches.


4.  Support Coaches 4 Coaches Scholarship Program (Mark Rosen)

Mark encouraged the committee and all Division I coaches to support the Coaches 4 Coaches Scholarship Program. This program raises money that is used to provide scholarships to the AVCA Convention for student-athletes whose eligibility has expired and now want to get into coaching. The scholarship provides funding for the registration and travel costs associated with attending the convention. Six student-athletes received a scholarship to the Tampa convention last year. For more information on the scholarship program and how to make a donation please click here.  


5.  AVCA Update (Jason Jones)

AVCA Convention registration opened on August 18. The AVCA has developed a convention site that provides information on registration packages, convention hotels, a schedule of activities and many other convention details. Click here to access the convention site. Jason noted that the first DI Head Coaches Committee Meeting will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 15 prior to the Division I conference meetings. In the past this meeting has been held on Thursday morning.

The Salary Survey will be e-mailed to AVCA member head coaches during the week of September 6th. All head coaches are encouraged to participate to make the results as accurate as possible. It was noted that only participating coaches will receive a copy of the results.

Division I head coaches must have their AVCA membership active by October 15 and remain active through the remainder of the season in order for their student-athletes and the coach to be eligible for AVCA award programs.

The AVCA has developed an "Awards Nomination" section on the AVCA Web site to make it easier for coaches to access awards information. Click here or go to, click on the "Awards" tab at the top of the home page, click the "Awards Nomination" link and then select Division I. This page will provide sample videos for All-America nominees, All-America stats criteria, important dates, a link to the awards packet and much more.    

The AVCA needs the help of Division I coaches for the Under Armour High School All-American watch list. Please mention the Under Armour program to the high school coaches you are working with and encourage them to contact the AVCA for how to get their best players nominated.


6.  Next committee call, Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 11:30am (EST)


7.   Roll Call                                                               

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