February 11, 2014


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Division III Head Coaches Committee Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (EST)

Present: Emily Andrews (AVCA), Tammy Swearingen (Chair), Shelley Bauder, Jon Bennett, Annie Doman, Tim Walenga, Mark Massey, Jonathan Penn, Mika Robinson, Becky Schmidt, Bridget Sheehan, Alesia Vacari, Deb Zellers

I. Roll Call Question: Since you can't make your out of season conditioning mandatory what you do you to motivate and challenge your players in the off season?
II. AVCA Update (Emily Andrews):
a. The AVCA Spring Conference registration 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.
b. 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 this Friday, February 14. For more information please click here.
c. Don't forget to visit the VPI database - 
http://avcavpi.com/. 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.
d. The Minority Coaches Committee is now accepting applications for scholarships to the Spring Conference. The deadline for applications is March 14. Scholarship will include registration and hotel cost.

III. Scheduling - Discussion from Convention
a. In your emails for scheduling please put "Scheduling" in the subject line.

IV. Growing the Game (Becky Schmidt):
a. How do we continue making volleyball a premiere sport, and not just DI volleyball? There are so many schools in DIII - there are people each school can connect with to promote the game in their area.
b. Promoting the D3 experience and finding new ways to market the value and experience athletes will have
a. Find new ways to educate fans in the game.
b. Deb (DePauw) - challenge: we have to grow our own market in our own gyms before we can expect the larger market to grow. Our responsibilities as coaches are growing, BUT staffing is not growing. If there was a specific D3 piece that a marketing committee could put together that would be very beneficial for fans.
c. Create a marketing sub-committee. Also having a D3 rep to sit on the D1 marketing committee.
d. Resource on AVCA site that SID's could go to and cut and paste info into sports programs.
e. Jon (Mt. St. Joe's) - ownership back on athletes. Also have students who are in journalism work in developing sports program.

V. Rules Discussion (Sarah Davis, College of Wooster - NCAA Rules Committee D-III Rep):
a. Feb 3rd - proposed bylaw rule changes was emailed out. Not official yet. You still have a few more days to add your comments before committee meets again. Summary of changes:
b. Talk about the pursuit rule during spring season and send feedback to Sarah and committee.

VI. New/Old Business:
VII. Next committee call Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. EST

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