March 24, 2010
Division II Head Coaches Committee Conference Call Minutes
March 24, 2010 * 2 p.m. EST*
Cody Hein, Chico State
Bren Stevens, Charleston
Phil Shoemaker, Alaska-Fairbanks
Sean Donahue, St. Edward's
Carlos Chia, Northern Kentucky
Karla Decker, Lander
Lynze Roos, Lynn
Megan Hrbek, Caldwell
Ashley Buckley, Augustana
Kris Naber, Grand Canyon
Bo Pagliasotti, Southwestern Oklahoma
Randi Smart, Cal State L.A.
Ibraheem Suberu, Pittsburg State
Debbie Hendricks, Metropolitan State
Michael Robinson, Tusculum
Selina Bynum-Kohn, Paine
Stephanie Radecki, North Alabama
Heather Vahjen, Erskine
Tom Justice, Lock Haven
Alex Koszalka, Dowling
Karen McNulty, UMass-Lowell
Deanne Scanlon, Grand Valley State
Meeting Called to Order: 2 p.m. EST
I. Welcome (Cody)
Cody began the call by welcoming everyone back from the summer recess and thanked the HCC for taking the time out of their busy schedules to participate in the call. He then gave his report.
II. AVCA Update (Leah)
Leah gave a brief update on things going on at the AVCA. This included:
* Pre-registration for coaches to attend the New Orleans Spring Talent Showcase is now open. Visit the AVCA Web site, Events tab - Talent Showcase, to register for free and receive ALL information on the participants prior to the start of the event. The showcase is slated for April 1, 2010 and will be open to graduates in the classes of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and also Junior College athletes.
* The AVCA Spring Conference is scheduled for May 6-8 on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and is held in conjunction with the 2010 NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship. John Dunning, the decorated women's head volleyball coach at Stanford, headlines the impressive list of presenters, along with U.S. Men's National Team head coach Alan Knipe, and Sue Woodstra, whose Olympic medalist performances span three decades.
Early-Bird Rate (Feb. 8 - April 2): $225 (member & non-member)
Standard Rate (April 2 - May 8): $275 (member & non-member)
* If you are interested in being a speaker at the 2010 AVCA Convention in Kansas City, information is now available on the AVCA Web site, including speaker requirements and a proposal form that should be submitted with presentation suggestions. Please submit the speaker application form and other requested materials to AVCA headquarters by April 9, 2010. Members of the AVCA Education and Publications Committee will review all applications and convention speakers will be selected and notified no later than July 15, 2010.
*In an effort to engage collegiate assistants and grow AVCA membership within this group, the AVCA is offering a limited-time 2-for-1 collegiate assistant coach membership offer! This membership campaign isdesigned to provide volleyball programs with an affordable option to allow more of your coaches to receive the benefits of an AVCA membership at a lower cost to your institution.
How Does It Work? Renew or sign up one of your assistant coaches for AVCA membership between now and July 1, 2010 and you will receive a complimentary one-year AVCA membership for one additional assistant on your coaching staff!
Why Should You Take Advantage Now? On July 1, 2010 AVCA membership dues will increase. Renew or sign up your assistants for AVCA membership NOW and not only receive the lower membership rate, but also take advantage of receiving a second membership for FREE!
In order to redeem this offer, please fill out the membership form and return to the AVCA Office forprocessing. For every one assistant who joins or renews their membership between now and July 1, 2010, you will receive one complimentary AVCA membership for another assistant on your coaching staff.
This offer is not available through the AVCA Web site.
*Please Note - At the end of each assistant's one-year AVCA membership both coaches will receive an invoice for renewal.
*Restrictions - In order for this offer to be used toward renewing or signing up graduate
assistants, the graduate assistant must be the complimentary membership, or both coaches must be graduate assistants.
* Leah suggested to the HCC, the idea of contributing educational pieces that would be included as a rotating column in Coaching Volleyball magazine. The Assistant Coaches Committee currently runs a column in every issue, and other HCC groups have expressed interest. Leah encouraged the DII HCC members to participate in the column.
III. Chair Reports (Cody)
"Life in the Balance Issues" and Survey:
The HCC has received the results of the "Life in the Balance" survey that the HCC sub-committee created. There were 166 total survey responses. Some regions and conferences did not have as many respondants has others, however the HCC feels like some very significant and important data was collected.
- Cody: Gathered from the survey results that it doesn't make sense to eliminate competition dates.
- Kathy: 87% of the survey respondants are spending under $500 in the spring. 33% are raising the money for spring play.
- Cody: Thinks SAAC is on our side
- Cody: Posed this question concerning the 8 hour rule to the HCC: Should we increase the limit of what are "volleyball" hours?
- Tom: Student-athletes sign a year-long contract, in theory, not a one-semester contract. You can't work at McDonald's for 8 hours a week and expect that to pay for your tuition.
- Ibraheem: If they limit hours, they might end up scaling down scholarships down the road. We need to poll the student-athletes, not just the caoches. The students don't want less.
- Tom: High school athletes are practicing and competing more than collegiate athletes. They go straight from high school season to club season and play almost year-around.
- Lynze & Cody: Keep the 8 hours, but break down the time allotments differently, in a way to get more volleyball "gym" time.
- Kathy: Be proactive within your individual institutions. If the NCAA Management Council doesn't sponsor legislation, it would need to be sponsored by at least two leagues.
- Lynze: Will get the Sunshine State Conference to put a proposal together.
- Bren: The sponsored legislation would need to go to the Championships and Legislative committees, as well.
- Cody: Moving on to exemptions...not a lot of us use more than one exemption
- Carlos: Finds it interesting that team GPA's are higher in the spring than fall
- Tom: Particularly with incoming athletes, they generally have a lower GPA in the fall than the spring. The data can be misleading sometimes.
- Kathy: Glanced at the percentage of teams who had over a 3.0 GPA; there is no data to say the GPA's were significantly worse in the fall than in the spring.
- Phil: Has the NCAA ever said what they really think is out of balance with volleyball?
- Cody: Not sure if they will ever specifically tell us.
- Kathy: What's out of balance is the budget.
- Bren: Agrees with Kathy.
IV. Next Meeting
The next HCC call will be Wednesday, April 21 at 2 p.m. EST.