August 22, 2006
Roll Call: Division II representative Melanie Nelson, Division III representative Kris Russell, NAIA representative Israel Negron, High School representative, and Legislative Chair TJ Meagher were present. Karen Guthmiller, Lee College was unable to make the call.
The meeting was called to order at 11 a.m. by Chair T.J. Meagher.
1. Opening / Getting Started - Kathy DeBoer
Kathy began by introducing two new AVCA staff members who were joining the call to learn more about the Legislative Committee. She introduced Todd Hamilton, assistant executive director; and Rick Engle, Coaching Volleyball's new editor.
Kathy explained what role that the membership would like for the committee to play. Often coaches feel that they have no real voice in upcoming legislative initiatives. This committee will be able to help with information exchange between the membership and a source of dissemination of pertinent information. It will also be a body that can go out to the membership to get their thoughts on upcoming legislation.
2. Legislative Proposals - T.J. Meagher
T.J. referred the committee's attention to the NCAA Division I - Volleyball Impactive Proposals information. He then highlighted a number of the items that will potentially have the greatest impact on the volleyball community. The Volleyball Impactive Proposals document is part of these minutes. The proposals highlighted are as follows (please note the attached document for more detailed explanation):
2006-37 - Refers to the inclusion of observation of prospective student-athletes participating in high school competitions within the permissible 80 evaluation days.
2006-40 - Disallows text messaging to prospective student-athletes.
2006-41 - Defines computer-mediated communication and sets limitations and hours for potential interaction via this method.
2006-46 - Specifies that an institution cannot provide an official visit to a high school prospect until the student registers with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse and is placed on the institutional request list.
2006-64 - Increases the maximum permissible number of contests in which a student-athlete may participate in a season and remain eligible for a hardship waiver to 40%.
2006-66 - Specifies that a transfer student from a two-year college who was not a qualifier to be eligible for financial aid, practice and competition the first academic year in resident. The student must have successfully completed a minimum of six semester or eight quarter hours of English credit and a minimum of three semester hours or four quarter hours of mathematics credit that are transferable.
2006-68 - Limits the one-time transfer exception to a student who transfers from a Division III institution to a Division I institution.
2006-77 - Permits an institution to provide expenses for a student athlete in one qualifying competition event per academic year or during the following summer for the Olympic Games, Pan American Games, World Championships, World Cup and World University Games.
2006-80 - Would eliminate the Sept. 15 through April 15 time stipulation for skill-related instruction in out-of-season countable activity with more than four student-athletes during the academic year.
2006-105 - Eliminates the once-in-four-years restriction on institution foreign tours and specifies that a student-athlete shall not participate in more than one institutional foreign tour.
2006-106 - Specifies that an institution's foreign tour may not occur during the period beginning 30-days before the first practice date until the first date for a contest or date of competition in the championship segment of the institution's playing and practice session.
2006-117 - Relates to an increase in the traveling party for which expenses shall be provided for participating in the Men's Volleyball NCAA National Collegiate Championship from 18 to 22.
The committee's attention next turned to a memorandum from the NCAA regarding the early offer of athletics scholarships. The committee discussed the issue and understood that many coaches feel the need to make early offers because so many other coaches are doing it. They're afraid that they'll miss out on good players if they don't offer early. It was also noted that the issue had caused a good deal of misinformation. For instance in many cases only verbal offers had been made with parents and student-athletes indicating that actual scholarship had already been given.
The committee's recommendation was that coaches not be allowed to offer written or verbal scholarship aid until the close of the junior year of high school.
3. Closing - T.J. Meagher
T.J. thanked everyone for participating in the call. He indicated that it was his goal to make this committee more proactive on the legislative front and a resource for the coaches.
The call concluded at 11:50 a.m.