Wednesday, February 5, 2014


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Division I Head Coaches Committee Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (EST)

Call led by Kirsten Bernthal Booth, Division I Representative, Creighton University


I.  NCAA Division I Restructuring (Kathy DeBoer)

The NCAA Convention took place in San Diego in January. 800 people attended. 25% were athletic directors/administration. Topics covered:

The five major conferences have in the last 10 years signed agreements that say they have about 50% money in budget than the rest of conferences. They want to have more latitude to spend that money on student athletes – i.e. raising scholarship allotment, unlimited meals, and number of scholarships. They don’t want to leave the NCAA but they want the ability to do things they can afford.

Revenue distribution among sports. What’s the future of broad-based sports structuring? Time table – presidents will meet again in February to tinker more with the structure. Athletic directors want to get back in this decision-making process.


II.  NCAA Tournament Format Proposal (Jaime Gordon/Kathy DeBoer)

Feedback from Conference meetings on the format proposal:

  • SCC – meeting was cancelled. No feedback at this point.
  • Pac 12 – concern: top 16 teams having a bi-week. Will lose the rhythm with having the break? If moving forward with this format, how much more important will the RPI become and how will it affect the tournament being seated?
  • Big 12 – concern: the week of not playing during bi-week. Will this really solve getting more fans at the games? If momentum is changed will it in turn move the attendance backward? If we did have the week off is there a way to have an exhibition/scrimmage so they won’t have to sit?
  • ACC – Teams that aren’t hosting don’t want to wait around to play.
  • Atlantic sun – The idea is exciting and a boost for our tournament and moving forward. Really tough to have a “Cinderella story” in volleyball. More fans gravitate to that story.
  • Horizon League – liked the format. Could be great and could shrink the talent gap that we have.
  • Big 10 – Undecided. Curious about how it would work in the first round. 


III.  Recruiting Task Force Update (Jill Wilson)

Does evaluating a player competing on grass count as an indoor or sand day of recruiting? The legislation is not clear.


The quiet period date that begins in December is usually set based on all of the high school state championships being over by that date.  This year the California state tournament was still being played after the quiet period had started. Is it possible to make an exception for this situation or make the quite period begin at a later date?



IV.  Marketing Sub-Committee Update (Jaime Gordon) - Ed (Jaime’s Assistant)

Jaime was not able to be on the call because of travel delays. Ed, Jaime’s assistant filled in. There was record attendance numbers for the 2013 Championship.


Kathy let us know that ratings are up over 50% than last year. Championship rated a .61 on ESPN2. Still short of where we need to be but it is good progress and we’re moving in the right direction. ESPN was pleased.


V.  AVCA Update (Emily Andrews)

Emily reminded the committee that registration for the AVCA Spring Conference is now open. The spring conference will be held May 1 – 3 in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championships in Chicago. The early registration discount rate of $239 will be available until March 21. This year there is also a Saturday Only registration package for $99. The Doubletree by Hilton Chicago North Shore Conference Center 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. For more information on the spring conference schedule and registration please click here.


The nomination period for the 30 Under 30 Award is now open. This award recognizes 30 of the up and coming coaches 30 years old and younger. Coaches are encouraged to nominate anyone they think is deserving of the award. The nomination deadline is February 14. For more information please click here.


Don’t forget to visit the VPI database - Each coach has access to this database with your membership login information. The database is searchable by name, position, graduation year, VPI or any individual metric, and will include the player’s club, high school, city, state and date of birth. Currently there are 850 players in the database who participated in the 2012 AVCA Phenom College Prep Program, the 2013 AVCA/NCSA College Prep Combine and the 2013 AVCA Phenom College Prep Program.  The AVCA will be testing another 1,000 athletes this spring at 4 AVCA/NCSA College Prep Combines throughout the country.

VI.  Next committee call Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. EST


VII.  Roll Call                     

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