September 5, 2006
Chair: Brenda Williams, Olivet Nazarene
Absent on the call: Paul Swanson, American Mideast Conference; Jim Smoot, Golden State Athletic Conference
Excused Absences: Mary Penrod, Heart of America Athletic Conference; Mike Gibson, Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference; Susan Clements, Mid-South Conference; Brianne Smedley, Southern States Athletic Conference
Committee Chair: Brenda Williams
1. Committee members need to gather a list of coaches for each of their respective regions in order to put together a directory of NAIA coaches for use during the 2006-07 season. Make sure AVCA has an updated list of new coaches, and be sure to push AVCA membership.
This directory can be used to remind coaches in your region to renew their AVCA membership, as well as to encourage new coaches to join. The NAIA goal is to have 85% membership; this has not yet been achieved, but is an attainable goal.
Reminder to talk to High School and club coaches in your area about AVCA membership. Tell the High School coaches about the new High School All-American program beginning in the 2006-07 season. For more information on that program, check out the AVCA website, www.avca.org, or contact Kelly Stumph in the AVCA office.
Be sure and register early for the 2006 AVCA Annual Convention. Currently, registration is up from 40 this time last year to 103 who have already registered. You can register on the AVCA website at www.avca.org/convention.asp.
Legislative Rep: Israel Negron, NAIA Headquarters
In regards to the Competitive Experience rule, there is a power point on the NAIA website about competitive experience which can be beneficial for learning more about the rule. Be aware the competitive experience and "amateurism" are separate rules; whether professional or amateur, the Competitive Experience rule applies. The rule of Competitive Experience can be found on page 38 of the 2006-07 NAIA Handbook, in Article 5, Section B.
If a member coach discovers a violation of Competitive Experience or any other rule, it is that's coach's responsibility to go to his or her athletic director to report to the NAIA regarding the violation. Any reported violation to the NAIA office must be reported also to that school's conference eligibility chair. There were some objections to this reporting method, as it is believed that the coach is put into a tough position and will possibly "burn bridges" by reporting violations of fellow coaches. The Committee wondered if it is possible to have anonymous reporting. Israel replied that this is the NAIA process, and any change to that would have to be a bylaw change, and go through the process of bylaw changes. The idea of a Clearinghouse was also brought forth, such as the one used by the NCAA; Israel stated that a Clearinghouse is incredibly expensive to run, and the NAIA may not have the resources to run one.
There was also some talk about the NAIA rule that a former professional can regain athletic eligibility within the NAIA. Israel said that Article 7, Section E of the NAIA Handbook should explain further this rule, and that it is ruled on in a case-by-case fashion.
Region 1 Rep: Chris Duenow
Chris Duenow reported that he is waiting on one more person's feedback, and the survey will be ready to be sent to the AVCA for compilation. The wishes of the Committee are to get the survey out to every coach, not just the members; the AVCA would send the survey to the Committee to disseminate to all coaches.
Chris Duenow reminded the Committee that the NAIA has a new online reporting system for statistics; be sure and push your coaches to the NAIA webpage, and to report the correct scores. Also, the Regional Raters need the information to do the regional rankings. Brenda asked the Committee to keep giving feedback on statistics and which stats work for whom.
Men's Volleyball Update
Men's Rep: Josh Crosier
Josh had no report as the season is yet underway. Brenda asked Josh to let the Committee know when things come up that need to be discussed.
Get updated directory of new coaches and membership status of all coaches to the AVCA, NAIA and to the HCC.
Remind coaches to renew their membership and register early for the 2006 AVCA Annual Convention.
Get AVCA information to prospective members, both collegiate and high school.
Good luck on the upcoming season!
Next NAIA HCC conference call scheduled for Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 11 a.m. ET.
Call adjourned at 11:50 a.m.