Wednesday, August 17, 2011


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Division I Head Coaches Committee Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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

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


1.  Updates on Legislation (TJ Meagher)  

Prior to the call the committee was sent a list of legislative proposals submitted for the 2011 cycle that could potentially have an impact on the sport of volleyball. TJ reviewed the proposals that he felt would have the most significant impact which are as follows:

  • 2011-30: To deregulate the restrictions on telephone calls and electronically transmitted correspondence. TJ believes this proposal is likely to be passed due to the cost and time it takes for compliance offices to track this correspondence. The committee discussed the proposal and the feedback was split 50/50 on whether to support. The majority of coaches supported deregulation of text communication but wanted to keep restrictions on telephone calls. Kevin asked the committee to send the summary of proposals to the coaches in their conference for feedback. If a majority of coaches or conferences strongly support one side of the proposal then that feedback will be given to the rules committee.
  • 2011-33: In women's basketball, women's sand volleyball and women's volleyball, to eliminate the limitation on the number of evaluations per prospective student/athlete. The committee had no opposition to this proposal.
  • 2011-37: To specify that electronic correspondence (e.g., email, instant messages, facsimiles, text messages) may be sent to a prospective student-athlete (or the prospective student-athlete's parents or legal guardians), provided the correspondence is sent directly to the prospective student-athlete (or his or her parents or legal guardians) and is private between only the sender and recipient (e.g., no use of chat rooms, message boards, posts to "walls"). The committee had no opposition to this proposal.
  • 2011-41: To specify that a prospective student/athlete may not make an athletically related unofficial visit (e.g., no contact with coaching staff, no athletics-specific tour) before June 15th at the conclusion of the prospective student-athlete's freshman year of high school. TJ felt this proposal had little chance to pass as it would be very difficult to regulate. The majority of the committee was opposed to this proposal but since it has very little chance of passing it was decided no action was required at this time.
  • 2011-50: In sports other than basketball and football, to specify that an institution may subscribe to a recruiting or scouting service involving prospective student/athletes, provided the service is made available to all institutions desiring to subscribe and at the same fee rate for all subscribers; further, to specify that an institution is permitted to subscribe to a service that provides scholastic and/or non-scholastic video. In basketball and football, to eliminate the restriction on subscribing to a service that includes access to non-scholastic video. TJ recommended this proposal be endorsed by the coaches as this is the legislation that was submitted as a result of the University Athlete issue. The committee was in agreement to support this proposal.


2.  Recruiting Task Force Update (Tonya Johnson)

Kevin briefly discussed the recruiting calendar options that were sent out to coaches. He reported that most coaches support either extending the quiet period through President's Day in February and/or extending the May quiet period into part of June. The results have not yet been examined to the point of being able to make a recommendation. No one from the Recruiting Task Force was available for the call so further discussion will take place during the September meeting.


3.  Marketing Sub-Committee Update (Alma Kovaci)

Alma reported she recently had a call with Mary Eiland with the NCAA and others about increasing attendance at first and second round tournament matches. The most significant marketing challenges are the short time frame for marketing to fans of the participating teams and a lack of education on how to market these types of events. The subcommittee is putting together a series of three webinars to assist with the educational concerns. Kathy DeBoer will be sending out an e-mail to coaches asking for help in getting the marketing people at each school to participate in the webinars.

Alma also noted that the marketing around the softball championships is well done and that was being used as a template for generating ideas that can be applied to volleyball.     


4.  Sand Volleyball Sub-Committee Update (Todd Dagenais)

Todd reported that 16 - 19 teams will officially have sand volleyball as a sport this spring. Another 8 - 10 teams will be participating unofficially.

Todd also reviewed the tentative plan for how the Sand National Championships would be played during the first year. The championships will likely be held the first week of May and there is a possibility they will take place in conjunction with the NCAA Men's National Championship which will be hosted by USC. Ideally the sand championships would also take place on a collegiate campus. The sand championship would be held over one or two days and would consist of 4 total teams - 3 at large teams and the host school. The #1 seed would play the #4 seed and #2 would play #3. The winners would play for the championship. Each school would have five doubles teams. There would be a university champion and a doubles champion awarded. The primary goal is to get the sport started and have a championship so sand volleyball can start growing.

Todd mentioned the next charge for the sub-committee is to support schools that want to add sand programs. The NCAA requires 40 schools to participate in order for the NCAA to manage the championship.


5.  AVCA Update (Jason Jones)

Jason reported that AVCA Convention registration is now open. The convention will be held Dec. 14 - 18 in San Antonio. The headquarters hotel will be the Grand Hyatt located on the Riverwalk. Registration information, hotel reservation links, a convention schedule and all of the convention details can be found on AVCA site or by clicking here.

All AVCA member head coaches should receive the annual salary survey during the last week of August or first week of September. This year the salary survey has been combined with the programs benefits survey. This will make the salary survey a few questions longer but will require coaches to only complete one survey. Jason asked the committee to please encourage their conference coaches to participate.

August is AVCA member appreciation month. Coaches who renew their AVCA membership or join as a new member in August will have a chance to win a variety of prizes including a convention registration, four nights of hotel accommodations in San Antonio for the convention as well as an eSCORE. All coaches are reminded to make sure their AVCA membership is active so they will continue to receive member benefits throughout the season.  


6.   Next committee call, Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. (ET)


7.   Roll Call                                                                     

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