February 9, 2011


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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
1:00 p.m. EDT

I. Welcome and Introduction of new member- Katy Meyer, HCC Chair

a. Samantha Harvey from College of Saint Mary (replacing Trish Siedlik)



Chair: Katy Meyer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (AZ)


Present on the call: Katy Meyer (Chair, AVCA-NAIA Representative), Reed Duffus (California Pacific Conference),  John Yehling (American Midwest Conference, Men's Representative - 2009), Marissa Booker (Golden State Athletic Conference), Nathalea Stephenson (Kansas Collegiate Conference), Jamie Adams (NAIA - Volleyball Administrator), Christy Mooberry (Appalachian Athletic Conference), Ryan DeLong (Midwest Collegiate Conference), Christy Clawson (Red River Athletic Conference), Stew McDole (Recognition Committee), Jill Rokosik (Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference), Leah Brock (AVCA Representative),  Jennifer Weitzel (Dakota Athletic Conference), Yolanda Brown (Gulf Coast Athletic Conference), Matt Buttermore (Assistant Coach Representative), Todd Humphry (TranSouth Athletic Conference), Melissa Batie (The Sun Conference), Samantha Harvey (Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference).


Absent from the call:   Trent Herman (Association of Independent Institutions), Anna Monsen Howle (Sooner Athletic Conference), Mike Gibson (Competition Committee), Mark Perisi (American Mideast Conference), Kim Norman (Frontier Conference), Andria Harshman (Mid-Central College Conference), TBA (Cascade Collegiate Conference), Rick Pruett (Great Plaines Athletic Conference), Kathy Allen (Heart of America Athletic Conference), TBA (Kentucky Intercollegiate Conference), Tori Bartels (Southern States Athletic Conference), Kirsta Solberg (Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference), Kristy Kamer (Mid South Conference)



AVCA Staff:  Leah Brock

  • We'd like to thank everyone who joined us for another successful AVCA Annual Convention in December. The AVCA turned in yet another record week during the 2010 Convention. After growing by almost 15 percent in Tampa in 2009, the event grew another four percent in 2010. Over 1,700 volleyball coaches and more than 300 vendors gathered in Kansas City. The Convention also saw a record number of international attendees, with oaches and vendors from Poland, Brazil, Italy, England, Canada, France, Uganda, Japan and China on hand. The AVCA Volleyball Marketplace was sold out for the first time, with 95 different exhibitors, occupying almost 200 booths.
  • 2011 AVCA Spring Conference: 21st Century Coaching Skills
    The 2011 AVCA Spring Conference, now in its fourth year, is scheduled for May 12-14 at the American Sports Centers and the Doubletree Hotel Anaheim/Orange County, both in Anaheim, California.

Coming off the record-breaking 2010 Kansas City Convention, the AVCA is heading to the USA National Team Training Center with their second most popular event.  "Volleyball coaches love to debate about training," said AVCA Executive Director, Kathy DeBoer, "What better venue for this debate than the ASC with our National Team coaches practicing the players who will compete for roster spots in London?  Come spend a couple of days with Hugh McCutcheon, Alan Knipe, their staffs and players, in exploring the best ways to train.  The athletes will be very high level, but the coaching principles will be applicable to any gym."

  • The players may have left the gym, but now is the time for YOU to start your Spring Training! The Off-Season is your opportunity to add to your coaching toolbox by developing your "CEO skills". This webinar series will guide you through the necessary steps to tackle your off-season "To-Do" list. Well-rounded coaches don't only get it done on the court, but succeed off the court by promoting their program to their administration, community, and campus. Don't miss your chance to learn from the coaches who do this best!

Terry Liskevych "Developing Relationships with Key Administrators: Make them Want to Help You" -- February 10th

Kelly Sheffield "Strategies for Getting Your Student Body Engaged with Your program" -- February 16th

Anne Kordes "Growing Your Fan Base" -- February 23rd

Mary Wise "Get Outside Your Comfort Zone: Using Your Selling Skills Beyond Recruiting" -- March 2nd

Mark Drosos "Social Media: Tools for Building Awareness and Interest in Your Matches, Players, Camps, and Clinics" -- March 8th

Webinar Pricing:
Single Webinar:    $9.99/member       $19.99/non-member
Entire Series:     $39.99/member     $79.99/non-member


  • 2011 NCSA/AVCA Spring Girls' Talent Showcase
    Thursday, April 21, 2011 | Kentucky Exposition Center
    When: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 21, 2011
    Where: Kentucky Exposition Center (Lousville, KY)
    Who: Uncommitted and unsigned girls' volleyball players who will graduate from high school in 2011, 2012, 2013 or 2014 as well as junior college players.
    Information for Coaches
    All coaches can pre-register for the Talent Showcase through Thursday, April 14. Coaches who pre-register will receive information on all athletes who pre-register prior to the beginning of the event. Visit http://www.avca.org/events/talent-showcases/ to register.


  • Audio recordings and handouts from selected 2010 AVCA Annual Convention sessions are available on the AVCA web site. To access the seminars, click the Education/Resources tab at the top of the AVCA web site, then select Coaching Education, then Events Seminars. Select sessions were also taped and will be available on DVD for purchase in the AVCA Product Store at the end of February.
  • If you would like to become a mentor in the AVCA Coaches Mentoring Program, please let Leah know. Currently, the program has over 60 pairs of coaches matched, and has a waiting list of mentees who wish to be paired with a mentor.
  • If you aren't already, make sure to follow the AVCA on its social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Blogger!


IV. AVCA Board of Directors Report (January 2011) - Katy Meyer (meyerka@erau.edu)

There is talk that IMG Associations, who manages the AVCA, will be purchased by another company. More details will be provided whenever available.


V. NAIA Update - Jamie Adams, Manager of Championship Sports (JAdams@naia.org)

A reminder regarding 2011 tournament dates: the NAIA has an Open Dates program.

B. "Direct Qualification Feedback" (2/4/2011) explained that this is our LAST OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE OUR VOICE HEARD for the three year evaluation of Direct Qualification. Please take 15 minutes to fill out the survey below. This is to help improve the experience of student-athletes at Championships. The deadline to complete this survey is February 15. Use this link to get to the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XR57T9C


VI. Committee Updates:

A. Recognition Committee - Stew McDole: The only thing to report is that Stew is making sure with Jamie Adams that the motion items from the AVCA Convention are ready

B. Competition Committee - Mike Gibson: No report

C. Membership - Christy Clawson http://www.avca.org/membership/: Nothing new to report. She only had to search AVCA database for 2 individuals at National Tournament, as opposed to around 25 a year ago, so that is good.

D. Sand Volleyball - Christy Clawson: Found out that Division II can't play sand dates in the spring because it counts towards their indoor spring dates


VII. Other Constituency Updates:

A. Men's Programs - John Yehling: The season is underway and there is a very high level of play this year. A lot of parity.

NAIA added Grandview men's program, but loses Cal Baptist and Lindenwood.

Men's programs will be playing in the Crossroads Tournament, so if you are already planning on being there, be sure to stop and watch some matches.

The Men's National Invitational will be April 14-16 in Davenport, Iowa at St. Ambrose University

B. Assistant Coaches - Matt Buttermore: The Assistant Coaches committee is working on putting together more Video Tips of the Week for the spring. If your programs is interested in putting together a 1-2 minute video tip for coaching volleyball, let Matt know.

Also, the issues the NCAA and University Athlete were having regarding potential recruiting violations have been resolved.

C. Conferences - Any Committee Members: The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference as added two volleyball programs.

The University of the Southwest has added volleyball back.

 Black Hills State will no longer be in the Dakota Athletic Conference. This will now only be a 4-team conference that won't be recognized by NAIA

Former Olympian Karen Kimner has taken the coaching position at Culver-Stockton.


VIII. NAIA Eligibility Center Web-Site (www.playnaia.org) - Katy Meyer and Jamie Adams

A. "NAIA Eligibility Center: Who must register?" (2/8/2011) which explains that recent conference and coaches meetings have prompted questions about whether students already on NAIA campuses are required to register with the NAIA Eligibility Center, even though many of these students already have been reviewed for eligibility in the current school year. Recently, the two committees charged with primary oversight of the Eligibility Center (National Eligibility, chaired by Thomas Howell, and Competitive Experience, chaired by Ron Melton) reviewed this issue. Please see the email for all the details.


IX. Recurring Business - Katy Meyer

A. Initiatives (Inner City Scholarships, Recycling Program, Sponsor a Program): If you are interested in getting involved with an initiative or have any ideas, please get in touch with Katy.

B. Establishing a Promotions and Branding Committee: This would be a helpful group for the HCC. If you are interested in being a part of this committee, let Katy know.

C. Educational Additions


Next call is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9 at 12 p.m. EDT.

Call adjourned 1:28 p.m. (EDT)


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