Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Division I Head Coaches Committee Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (EST)
Call led by Kirsten Bernthal Booth, Division I Representative, Creighton University
1. NCAA Volleyball Committee Meeting Update (Kevin Hambly & Kirsten Bernthal Booth)
Kevin and Kirsten gave an update on a meeting they had with the NCAA Volleyball Committee in February. One of the topics of discussion was the use of the Pablo rankings and AVCA poll by the committee when making selections. The selection committee does have the Pablo rankings and AVCA poll in the room as a resource. However, NCAA bylaws say only the RPI can be used in making selections so the selection committee can't say publicly that Pablo or the AVCA poll are considered.
The relationship volleyball has with ESPN was also discussed. Coaches in the tournament did a better job with giving ESPN access to themselves and their locker rooms which resulted in a better broadcast. More accessibility will be a point of emphasis going forward as greater access helps in promoting the sport.
In addition, there were several legislative issues that were covered. A volleyball NIT is still a possibility but the NCAA will not get involved so it would need to be managed by an outside group. The NCAA also has no current interest in being involved with college coaches and their relationships with youth clubs. The challenge the AVCA has with getting quality demonstrators at the convention was also discussed. Currently the AVCA can't use prospect age athletes as demonstrators because the convention dates (except the Sunday after the championship match) fall within a dead period. Kevin and Kirsten asked for consideration of having that dead period lifted specifically for the demonstrators at the convention but the NCAA is not willing to make that exception at this time.
The NCAA is currently in a holding pattern on the possible restructuring of the championships until the financial impact has been investigated.
2. Sand Volleyball Championships Update (Kathy DeBoer)
Kathy updated the committee that 40 schools are sponsoring a sand team this spring. The NCAA requires 40 schools to sponsor a sport for two years before that sport will be considered by the NCAA for championship status. The Committee on Women's Athletics is putting together a proposal to include sand volleyball as a championship sport in the next NCAA budget cycle. If approved the NCAA would take over sand volleyball beginning with the 2016 season.
3. Marketing Sub-Committee Update (Jaime Gordon)
Jaime mentioned he had been contacted by someone in DIII seeking marketing assistance for the DIII Championships. Jaime is going to work with the DII and DIII Head Coaches Committees to set-up their own marketing groups to assist with the individual needs of each division. In addition, he is going to share marketing ideas and best practices to help them get started.
Kathy reported the AVCA had a call with the marketing staff at the NCAA regarding marketing the championships in Oklahoma City. Kathy said there are only about 90 high school volleyball programs in Oklahoma and the state also has a very small club community so there aren't as many juniors in the area that will buy tickets. Part of the marketing strategy for the 2014 championships will be centered on Micha Hancock from Penn St. and Inky Ajanaku of Stanford who are the most well-known volleyball players from Oklahoma. They would be featured in several of the championship promotions used in the area.
4. AVCA Update (Jason Jones)
Jason reminded the committee that the AVCA Spring Conference early registration discount deadline is Friday, March 21. Coaches attending the spring conference are encouraged to register by this date in order to save money on their Full or Saturday Only registration package. The spring conference will be held May 1 - 3 in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championships in Chicago. 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 AVCA Minority Coaches Committee is currently accepting applications for a Minority Coaches Workshop that will be held at the AVCA Spring Conference in Chicago. Those coaches selected for the scholarship will receive financial support for attending the workshop. Applications will be accepted until Saturday, March 15. For more information on the scholarship program and application process please click here.
Coaches are encouraged to visit the Volleyball Performance Index (VPI) database at http://avcavpi.com/. Each AVCA member coach has access to this database with their membership login information. The database is searchable by name, position, graduation year, VPI score or any individual metric that is tested. The VPI measures arm swing speed, height of attack, block jump, lateral quickness, and acceleration. Along with a player's height and reach these six physical metrics make up the VPI. 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 600 - 700 additional athletes this spring at combines held throughout the country. The AVCA will also be testing several Division I teams on April 5th at the College Showcase in Houston that is part of the JVA World Challenge. The results gathered from DI athletes will provide a benchmark on the physical tools needed to compete at the DI level.
5. Next committee call Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. EST
6. Roll Call