February 11, 2008


< back

Present: Jeanne Hess (Chair), Jen Bowman (NESCAC), Paul Dill (NEWMAC), Chad Braegelmann (Commonwealth Coast), Jamie Marcoux for Amanda Cuiffo (Great Northeast), Dave Hildebrandt (Independents), Steve Pike (SUNYAC), Roger Worsley (Empire 8), Lisa Gallagher (Independents & Skyline), Jonathan Penn (Liberty), Bridget White (NJAC), Alexa Keckler (Centennial), Sue DuMars for Margie Knight (Capital), Randall Kreider (Commonwealth), Michele Zabinski (Freedom), Phil Pisano (AMCC), Robin Pietryk (USA South), Andrea Hoover (ODAC), Sam Lambert (SCAC), Tom Ackerman (SLIAC), Deb Zellers (Independents), Bridget Sheehan (NCAC), Vicki Brault (OAC), David Kwan (Heartland), Becky Schmidt (MIAA), Tammy Swearingen (President's), Deb Schulman (WIAC), Deb Kiick (CCIW), Jennifer Saylor (Midwest), Kathy Gebhardt (NAC), Mark Massey (Northwest), Kerry Carr (Rules Committee Chair), Jason Jones (AVCA)


Not Present: Jolie Ward (Little East ), Cathy Markowski (North Atlantic), David Shumaker (NEAC), Deana Jespersen (Pennsylvania), Kandis Schram (GSAC), Jason McAden (ASC), Michelle Blaeser (MIAC), Jennifer Walker (IIAC), Rick Swan (Independents), Dianna Graves (SCIAC)

I. Rules Committee Update

Kerry Carr, Chair of the Rules Committee, reviewed the new rules-change proposals that are currently on the table. The proposals include the following:

. Terminology change from "game" to "set" to be more consistent with the terminology used in the Olympics
· Change from 30 to 25 on the number of points required to win sets 1 - 4. The fifth set will still be played to 15 points. A couple of reasons for this change are that the committee felt the intensity of the match dropped during 30 point sets and the change would generate better television coverage for the sport.

· Due to the reduction of a set being played to 25 points, substitutions would be reduced from 15 to 12.

· Officials will be given a ball handling directive on the double hit call. Currently, there is little consistency on this call among officials from different levels and regions. Officials will be given a directive to make the call only on the most obvious violations and to be less severe when judging an extremely athletic play. This should result in more consistency match-to-match and official-to-official.

· The position of a coach on the court during play is now defined as 1.75 meters from the dash line.

· Different net systems are being considered for approval.

· Relocating the first referee to the other side has been tabled.


These proposals are currently in the comment period for the membership to review before they are finalized. Any comments should be sent to Leslie Danehy with the NCAA at ldanehy@ncaa.org or Kerry Carr at kmajor@pobox.upenn.edu within the next two weeks. The rules changes would be implemented beginning in 2008.


II. Membership Report and Announcements

AVCA membership among DIII coaches is currently at about 71%. This is down from about 78% in December. Jeanne reminded the committee that part of their job is to go back to their conference coaches and encourage membership with the AVCA as the more DIII coaches who join the stronger the voice will be for DIII.


Jeanne also mentioned that her term as DIII representative will end in December 2008 and she encouraged all committee members to consider running for her seat. Anyone who is interested in being the DIII representative should contact AVCA Assistant Executive Director Todd Hamilton at todd.hamilton@avca.org.


III. AVCA Report

Jason reviewed the Sacramento convention survey results and said the event received a 7.9 rating on a 10-point scale. The goal for the AVCA is always to get an 8.0 or above but the staff was pleased with the results. Some of the positives mentioned were the casino event, the Tachikara Party, the overall schedule and use of time, and the number of educational sessions and variety of topics. Some of the areas for improvement mentioned were the size of classrooms, quantity and quality of demonstrators, the need for labeling the level of educational sessions and allowing the All-Americans to speak at the banquet.


The audio recordings, PowerPoint presentations and handouts from the classroom sessions at the convention are now posted on the AVCA Web site. These resources can be accessed by going to www.avca.org and clicking on the Coaching Education tab. This tab has a convention seminars link that will access the index of seminar titles.


The 2008 AVCA Convention will be held December 17 - 20 in Omaha, Nebraska. Please mark these dates on your calendar and make plans to attend.


The DIII Salary Survey results were e-mailed to all participating coaches in early January. Anyone who participated in the survey and did not receive the results should contact Jason at jason.jones@avca.org.


Shay Ferguson, who was the AVCA Awards Coordinator, is no longer with the AVCA staff. A new person should be hired for this position by the end of February. Anyone with an awards question at this time can contact AVCA headquarters and we will distribute the question to the appropriate person.


The DIII men's season is going strong and Jason noted that the AVCA produces a poll each week of the DIII men's season. The DIII Men's Championships will be held April 11 - 12 at Springfield College.


IV. New Business

Jeanne encouraged the committee members to get with the other schools in their conferences and discuss participating in a "Dig for the Cure" campaign in the fall. This campaign has raised a lot of money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for cancer research. Ideas for how to get started with a "Dig for the Cure" event can be found at www.digforthecure.org. Will Engle will be the AVCA staff contact for this project and he will post information on the AVCA Web site later in the year.


Membership alliances with high school associations in Michigan and Ohio have been very successful for the AVCA in reaching more coaches and increasing membership. The AVCA would like to continue to expand this program by recruiting more states to become involved. Anyone with a contact in a state high school association who you think might be interested in this program is asked to contact Kathy DeBoer at kathy.deboer@avca.org or Mark McCloskey at mark.mccloskey@avca.org.


Kathy DeBoer discussed the collegiate beach initiative and gave an update on the progress that has been made. She noted that to have beach volleyball declared as an emerging sport for women it must get the approval of the Committee on Women's Athletics. In order to get this approval there must be 10 NCAA schools who say they will add the sport if the Committee on Women's Athletics declares it as an emerging sport. Any school can then add beach volleyball to their athletic department once it is given the emerging sport label. Kathy said that beach volleyball still has a way to go before becoming an emerging sport but she encouraged DIII coaches to begin discussing the possibility.


Becky Schmidt thanked everyone who participated in the Game Management Survey and reported that the survey results are being tabulated. She will let the committee know when the results are available.


Jason reported that the AVCA is again willing to support the DIII Web Cast Match of the Week program that was started in 2007. The AVCA is willing to continue the current program or amend the program as the committee decides is appropriate. Jeanne felt this topic needed further discussion and she will add Web casting as an agenda item for the April meeting.



The meeting was adjourned at 12:05 p.m. ET. The next Division III Head Coaches Committee conference call will be held at 11 a.m. ET on Monday, April 14.



< back