Wednesday, April 6, 2011


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Division I Head Coaches Committee Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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

Call led by Kevin Hambly, Division I Representative, University of Illinois


1.  NCAA Survey

The committee was sent results from a survey conducted by the NCAA that gathered feedback from student-athletes on a variety of issues related to their college experience. The survey collected data on the student-athlete's athletics experience, academic experience, social experience, recruitment, health and well-being, time commitments and finances. The survey results were released at the NCAA Convention in January and does include data that is specific to women's volleyball. Kathy noted there were not any huge surprises in the findings but she thought coaches would find the results interesting. The AVCA will include a short summary of the survey results in a future issue of Coaching Volleyball.      


2.  Recruiting Task Force Update

Kevin distributed to the committee a document developed by the NCAA Division I Recruiting and Athletics Personnel Issues Cabinet that outlined a possible recruiting model in which the cabinet is seeking feedback. Based on feedback and additional discussions this model could potentially be submitted as sponsored legislation during the 2011-12 legislative cycle. Kevin asked the RTF to examine the model and decide if a call to action needs to be implemented. The RTF will review the document during their next call.

Anne Kordes mentioned the RTF is in the process of making educational videos of 1 -2 minutes in length that will cover topics such as recruiting calendars and things to know in the recruiting process. The RTF is making one video per month and has a 4 - 5 month schedule in place.


3.  Sub-committee Updates

Marketing Sub-committee:  Alma Kovaci (chair) reported the sub-committee had their first call on March 8. During the call they decided to focus their efforts on two primary areas in the first few months. One area of focus will be on increasing attendance on campuses first and then at the championship second. The other area of focus will be on providing coaches with education on marketing their programs and the sport.

Alma is going to meet with the NCAA in April to discuss ways to generate more excitement around volleyball. This could include a rivalry week or pack the house events during the season. In addition, the sub-committee is going to put together webinars to educate schools on how to host regional events.


Sand Volleyball Sub-committee: Todd Dagenais (chair) reported they now have the sand sub-committee together and have 5 total members. The sub-committee plans to meet for the first time at the end of April or first part of May. Their first task will be to develop a list of issues such as scheduling and recruiting that need to be addressed and then the group will go to work on each issue.


4.  IMG Sale of Association Management Division to Associations International

Kathy reported that IMG has sold their association management division to Associations International (AI). AVCA was a client of the IMG association management division so with the sell the AVCA will now be in a management agreement with AI. Kathy believes this will be a positive change for the AVCA as AI only manages associations and doesn't have other business divisions as was the case with IMG. Thus, the focus of AI will be on how to make each association stronger. AVCA members shouldn't notice any difference in the programs and services provided.


5.  AVCA Update

Jason noted the AVCA Spring Conference will be held May 12 - 14 in Anaheim, California. Registration for the spring conference is open and the early registration discount rate is available until April 8th. More information on the spring conference including a schedule of activities is available by clicking here.

The AVCA will be conducting a talent showcase from 5 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 that is held in conjunction with the JVA World Challenge in Louisville beginning on April 22. Coaches who plan to attend the talent showcase should pre-register by clicking here so they can receive the information on each participant.   

The nomination period is open for the AVCA Hall of Fame. Nominations will be accepted now through May 13. The AVCA would like to increase the number of nominations submitted this year so coaches are encouraged to nominate anyone they feel is deserving. Click here for more information and to download the nomination form.

The AVCA is also accepting nominations for the Grant Burger Media Award. Coaches are encouraged to submit a nomination for any member of the media who goes above and beyond to promote the sport of volleyball. Nominations are being accepted now through May 2. Click here  for more information and to download the nomination form.


6.  Next committee call, Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. (ET)


7.  Roll Call                                                         

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