Wednesday, February 1, 2012


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Division I Head Coaches Committee Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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

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


1.  Volleyball NIT (Jaime Gordon)  

Jaime discussed the possibility of reorganizing a second postseason tournament for women's volleyball. In researching this idea Jaime mentioned that men's basketball has four postseason events and women's basketball has three postseason events. Currently 42% of women's basketball teams make a postseason tournament while only 19% of women's volleyball teams participate in postseason play.

Jaime has discussed the tournament with athletic directors at different levels as well as two sports commissions and so far all have been supportive of the idea. The HCC spent some time discussing the postseason tournament and the group decided to explore the idea further. Some coaches felt the expense of participating would be a barrier in getting support from their administrators. Jaime mentioned the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) is played on campus and each host school agrees to pay $10,000 of which $7,000 goes to the traveling team. The HCC was in agreement that in the initial stages of the tournament the field would need to be kept small (possibly 16 teams) to help control costs and make sure the tournament was able to attract a quality group of teams.

Jaime and Kevin are going to work together in developing a list of speaking points to explain the history, concept and benefits to implementing this tournament. These speaking points will be given to the HCC to discuss with their school administrators. If the feedback is positive a survey will be developed that will be sent to all AVCA member head coaches to help determine the interest in a second postseason event.


2.  Recruiting Task Force Update  (Tonya Johnson)

Tonya reported the RTF conducted a call on January 31. The RTF has developed a series of recruiting videos designed to assist high school coaches and student-athletes on the recruiting process. A link to these videos has been sent to high school coaches around the country. Tonya mentioned they are running out of topics to cover so she asked anyone that has a topic they would like the RTF to address to please e-mail her at Kevin is going to distribute a list of the topics that have been covered so far.

Tonya also said the RTF is monitoring potential rules changes and will develop sub-committees to address any issues that arise. She encouraged any coach that has an issue they would like the RTF to review to e-mail her with the details. Kathy noted there is currently a one year ban on new legislation until the NCAA completes work on the President's Reform Agenda.


3.  Marketing Sub-Committee Update (Alma Kovaci)

Alma reported the next call for the Marketing Sub-Committee will be the second week of February. The sub-committee is looking to add a few additional members that will bring some new ideas to the group. Anyone interested in serving on this sub-committee should contact Alma at

Alma said the webinars organized by the Marketing Sub-Committee were very helpful in assisting host schools of 1st and 2nd round NCAA tournament matches with their marketing efforts. Kathy reported that attendance was up over 13,000 in 1st and 2nd round matches and up over 10,000 in regional tournament matches from 2010 attendance numbers. Overall, the 2011 tournament was the most well attended ever attracting more than 134,000 people which was about 4,000 more than in any previous tournament.


4.  Sand Volleyball Sub-Committee Update (Kathy DeBoer)  

Kathy reported the Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championships will be held April 27 - 29 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The Sand Sub-Committee has been holding calls every couple of weeks to discuss rules, officiating and the details of the championships. The AVCA will serve as the match results hub for the sand season. There are currently 16 teams that will participate on the varsity level this spring. 


5.  AVCA Update (Jason Jones)

Jason reminded the committee that registration for the AVCA Spring Conference is now open. The spring conference will be held May 3 - 5 on the campus of USC in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championships. The early registration discount rate of $239 will be available until March 30. The Radisson Hotel on USC's campus will serve as the headquarters hotel with a rate of $129/night. The schedule will include an exhibit show, several networking events and numerous on-court and classroom educational sessions. Speakers include Kevin Hambly, Mike Sealy, Mike Hebert, Mick Haley, Anne Kordes, Cecile Reynaud, Hugh McCutcheon, Karch Kiraly and Al Scates. For more information on the spring conference schedule and registration please click here.

The AVCA will be hosting a talent showcase that will be held in conjunction with the JVA World Challenge in Houston. The talent showcase will be held from 5 - 8 p.m. on March 29 in the Reliant Center. This recruiting event will be for student-athletes graduating in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 as well as two-year college players. Coaches planning to attend the showcase are asked to pre-register by clicking here. All coaches who pre-register will receive player profiles prior to the event.  


6.  Next committee call Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. ET


7.  Roll Call                                                               

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