Wednesday, February 6, 2008


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Roll Call: Absent: Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Big South, Mid-Eastern Athletic, Missouri Valley, Southeastern, Southwestern Athletic, Sunbelt and Western Athletic Conferences.

The meeting was called to order at 11:35 a.m. (EST) by Chair Mark Rosen. He welcomed everyone and thanked them for being on the call. He urged the new members of the HCC to be involved with the calls and to remember to take back the information discussed to the other coaches in their conference.


· Rules Committee


Kerry Carr, Chair of the NCAA Volleyball Rules Committee discussed the proposed upcoming changes which must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP). They will review all recommendations at the next meeting on February 27. Kerry indicated that a press release would be distributed tomorrow that would highlight each of the changes. The release follows:


INDIANAPOLIS---The NCAA Women's Volleyball Rules Committee proposed a scoring format that will change the winning score for games one through four from 30 points to 25 points, which will be more consistent with national and international match formats.

All rules change proposals must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP), which will review all recommendations at its next meeting February 27. The 25-point format is used in all rule codes, including the National Federation of State High Schools. The fifth set, if necessary, will still be to 15 points.

"The 25-point sets will add an intensity and excitement level to our matches that has been missing," said Marcia Alterman, the committee's secretary-rules editor. "I believe that players, coaches and fans will agree that the critical nature of every point will emphasize the need for focus and consistency to every play."

In addition, the committee recommended changing the term game to set and reducing substitutions from 15 to 12, primarily because of the change to 25-point sets. The format for media timeouts will remain the same.

Additionally, a new ball handling directive, which guides officials to be less severe when judging second team contacts, was proposed. The committee envisions that this directive will not only increase consistency in officiating calls, but also assist the growth of the game by no longer punishing extraordinary and highly athletic plays.

"There has been a demand for more consistency regarding the referees' ball handling decisions for several years across all divisions as well as regions of the country," said Kerry Carr, chair of the committee and head women's volleyball coach at the University of Pennsylvania. "I think the game will benefit from a decrease in the whistles that stop a rally due to a marginal infraction on ball handling, especially when there's been a great athletic attempt to keep the ball alive."

The committee, comprised of Divisions I, II and III coaches and administrators, gave the topic of event management and facility expectations serious consideration. After much discussion, the group recommended adding preferred facility specifications to the NCAA WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL RULES AND INTERPRETATIONS. In addition, Rule 1.1 was changed to state that all playable areas must be visible to team members and officials.

The committee also reviewed various types of net systems available, which are becoming more diverse, as manufacturers seek alternatives for facilities that cannot accommodate the traditional sleeve system. The committee will continue to research minimal net and pole requirements that maintain the integrity of the game while providing choices for various facilities.

As technology continues to impact volleyball, the committee is monitoring methods used to gather data during a match and broadcast matches to the public. The committee began discussions on the use of instant replay and its impact on volleyball.

A recommendation from the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Committee was reviewed to amend Rule 18 to include an option for relocating the first referee to the bench side of the net for the NCAA championships. ESPN has made this request to enhance the television production of the championship. No action was taken on the request at this time, but continued research and consideration are planned in the near future.

The volleyball rules book was slated to move to a two-year cycle starting with the 2009 publication. The committee is forwarding a request to PROP to start its two-year cycle with the 2010 book. This will provide a better cycle to consider those rule changes made by Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) after the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


Recruiting Task Force Update & Proposed Operating Code Procedures


Pete Waite noted that the coaches had a good discussion at the convention about the issues that the Recruiting Task Force (RTF) had brought before the group. Since that time the RTF with assistance from TJ Meagher, AVCA legislative board director, has rewritten the proposals into Legislative Issues Forms which have been sent out to the HCC. Pete asked TJ to discuss each of the issues.


Issue 1 - Matriculation Time Limit


Proposed Change - To maintain a level playing field among collegiate athletics participants in the sport of women's volleyball as specified

After the high school graduation date of the student-athlete's class (as determined by the first year of high school enrollment or the international equivalent as specified in the NCAA Guide to International Academic Standards for Athletics Eligibility), a student-athlete shall have one year in order to be immediately eligible and retain the opportunity for four seasons of competition upon initial, full-time collegiate enrollment. Graduation from high school or secondary school shall be based on the student-athlete's prescribed educational path in his or her country. The student also must meet all applicable NCAA, institutional and conference eligibility requirements. A student who does not enroll in a collegiate institution as a full-time student during that one-year time period shall be subject to the following: (Adopted: 1/9/96 effective 8/1/97 for those student-athletes first entering a collegiate institution on or after 8/1/97; Revised: 4/29/04 effective 8/1/04 for competition occurring on or after 8/1/04)

(a) The student-athlete shall be charged with a season of intercollegiate volleyball eligibility for each calendar year after the one-year time period (the next opportunity to enroll after one calendar year has elapsed) and prior to full-time collegiate enrollment during which the student-athlete has participated in organized tennis, swimming & diving or volleyball events per Bylaw (Revised: 4/29/04 effective 8/1/04 for competition occurring on or after 8/1/04)

(b) After the one-year time period, if the student-athlete has engaged in organized tennis, swimming & diving, or volleyball events per Bylaw, upon matriculation at the certifying institution, the student-athlete must fulfill an academic year in residence before being eligible to represent the institution in volleyball. (Revised: 4/29/04 effective 8/1/04 for competition occurring on or after 8/1/04)


Issue 2 - Quiet Period Ban for Camp/Clinic


Proposed Change - To prevent coaches from being involved with off-campus institutional camps/clinics and privately owned camps/clinics during quiet periods within the recruiting calendar


Issue 3 - June, July, August Restriction for Camp/Clinic


Proposed Change - To restrict the area, time period, and frequency of hosting institutional camps/clinics and participation in privately owned camps/clinics for departmental staff members with specific responsibility in the sport of volleyball as specified:


· Area

o On an institution's campus,

o Within the states of the institution's campus, or

o Within a 50 miles radius of the institution's campus, if the 50 miles radius extends into another state

· Time Period - Conducted in the months of June, July or August or any calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) that includes days of those months

· Frequency - Limited to two 15 consecutive day periods (on file in the Athletics Director's Office

· Participation in privately owned camps/clinics is limited to the two declared 15 day periods


Issue 4 - Recruiting Calendar Adjustment - Plan A


Proposed Change - To adjust the women's volleyball recruiting calendar as specified

(Dates are relative to 2008 calendar)

* Jan 1-18 (Quiet) 2 weekends
* ML King Day - President's Day (Evaluation) 5 weekends
* Feb 19-March 13 (Quiet) 3 weekends
* March 14-April 21 (Evaluation) 6 weekends
* April 22-May 31 (Quiet) 6 weekends
* June 1-August (Evaluation) 9 weekends

82 total quiet period days,
131 evaluation days (not counting fall evaluation days)

The Legislative Issues Forms are attached to these minutes. TJ noted that if Issue 3 gets a majority of yes votes it would make Issue 2 moot. He also noted that the votes will be on each issue separately. Coaches should vote "yes" or "no" on each issue based on that issue's merit. It was also noted that a change had been made to the AVCA Operating Code at the convention. Go forward all votes will be one school, one vote.


Beth Launiere, AVCA president-elect, described the next steps of the AVCA Operating Code timeline as follows:


Feb. 6th - Legislative Issues Form sent to HCC Reps to be dispersed to conference coaches


Feb. 18th - HCC Reps send rationale (for or against) collected from conference coaches to AVCA Office (


This rationale will then be posted on the AVCA website and emailed to HCC Reps to be dispersed back to coaches for education and lobbying purposes.


Feb. 29th - HCC Reps email PRELIMINARY votes (taken within their conference via email) to Todd at AVCA office. Remember, it is ONE VOTE PER SCHOOL for each Legislative Issue (majority needed to move forward)


Feb. 29th - March 28th - 30-Day Comment Period to educate and lobby coaches


March 28th - HCC Reps email FINAL votes (taken within their conference via email) to Todd at AVCA office. Remember, it is ONE VOTE PER SCHOOL for each Legislative Issue (2/3 vote in favor needed to for any action to take place on behalf of AVCA membership)


Convention Update


Todd Hamilton thanked everyone for coming and reported that the convention had been a great success with more than 1650 attendees. He urged coaches to send their ideas and suggestions to headquarters for the 2008 convention in Omaha.


Beach Volleyball


Todd noted that several conferences had submitted comments about the future of beach volleyball. Those comments have been posted to the AVCA bulletin board and can be accessed by clicking here. He urged other schools to post their comments so that we can have a better feel of the coach's opinions about this topic.




Mark thanked everyone for participating and urged the coaches to engage their conference coaches in the operating code process over the next couple of months.


The meeting adjourned at 12:38 p.m. (EST)


The next Conference Call will be held on March 5, 2008 at 11:30 a.m.


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