January 19, 2011


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Division II Head Coaches Committee Conference Call Minutes

January 19, 2011 * 2:00 p.m. EST*

Roll Call:

Cody Hein, Chico State
Bren Stevens, Charleston
Randi Smart, Cal State L.A.
Jamie Skadeland, Colorado School of Mines
Lynze Roos, LynnSean Donahue, St. Edward's
Phil Shoemaker, Alaska-Fairbanks
Ashley Buckley, Augustana
Kris Naber, Grand Canyon
Jessica Rinehart, Northwest Missouri State
Stephanie Radecki, North Alabama
Chuck  Waddington, Angelo State

Deanne Scanlon, Grand Valley State
Selina Bynum-Kohn, Paine
Michael Robinson, Tusculum
Alex Koszalka, Dowling
Megan Hrbek, Caldwell
Linda Bell, Elizabeth City State
Heather Vahjen, Erskine
Bo Pagliasotti, Southwestern Oklahoma
Kelly Wengerter, American International
Katie O'Brien, Montevallo
Zach Shaver, Indiana University (Pa.)

Meeting Called to Order: 2:00 p.m. EST



I. Welcome (Cody)
Cody began the call by welcoming everyone and thanking them for their time.

II. Sand Volleyball Update (Kathy DeBoer)
Legislation was passed last weekend at the NCAA Convention for Division I Sand Volleyball. The legislation is very similar to the legislation already passed in for Division II.

Kathy wanted to remind everyone that emerging sports don't ever start in a ‘divisional' format. There will be competition between DI, DII, NAIA and JC schools when the sport first begins. She enouraged the HCC not to be hesitant to take your team to an event, regardless of whether they will be competing against DI, NAIA or JC schools.

A list of schools who are talking about beginning a Sand Volleyball program is posted on the AVCA web site and AVCA Facebook page, and is updated regularly.

Kathy also reminded coaches that an institution can't add a sport to its sports sponsorship list mid-year.

II. AVCA Update (Leah)
Leah gave a brief update on things going on at the AVCA. This included:

We'd like to thank everyone who joined us for another successful AVCA Annual Convention in December. The AVCA turned in yet another record week during the 2010 Convention. After growing by almost 15 percent in Tampa in 2009, the event grew another four percent in 2010.  Over 1,700 volleyball coaches and more than 300 vendors gathered in Kansas City. The Convention also saw a record number of international attendees, with oaches and vendors from Poland, Brazil, Italy, England, Canada, France, Uganda, Japan and China on hand. The AVCA Volleyball Marketplace was sold out for the first time, with 95 different exhibitors, occupying almost 200 booths.

Nominations for the Thirty Under 30 award will remain open through January 31, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EST. More information and the nomination link can be found here: http://www.avca.org/awards/thirtyunder30/

Registration for the 2011 AVCA Spring Conference in Anaheim, California will open February 1st. Check out the AVCA web site in the coming weeks for more information on this event and registration instructions.

Audio recordings and handouts from selected 2010 AVCA Annual Convention sessions will be available on the AVCA web site by the end of this week. To access the seminars, click the Education/Resources tab at the top of the AVCA web site, then select Coaching Education, then Events Seminars. Select sessions were also taped and will be available on DVD for purchase in the AVCA Product Store in February.

If you would like to become a mentor in the AVCA Coaches Mentoring Program, please let Leah know. Currently, the program has over 60 pairs of coaches matched, and has a waiting list of mentees who wish to be paired with a mentor.

If you aren't already, make sure to follow the the AVCA on its social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Blogger!

A vote at the NCAA Convention this past weekend has given Men's Division III Volleyball  its own Championship, beginning in 2012.

IV. Management Counil Update (Bren)
Bren reported coming out of the Management Council meeting that there will be no Phase III of the Life in the Balance Plan.

The Legislative Committee is reccommending no changes to the non-championship season.

The consensus in the Management Countil meeting was that they wanted to sit back and see how previous changes have panned out, and not plan any immediate new changes.

Some other items that were discussed:
*  Adding 2 dates for baseball, softball, and men's lacrosse, but the suggestion was left alone.
*  Adding  a one-week dead period at the end of the winter sports season (this would mainly affect winter sports).
*  The Management Council passed a two-year moratorium on the addition of any new Division II Conferences.
*  The Membership Committee is reccommending a change from a limit of 10 to 8 new Division II member schools each year.
*  There is also a strong push for Division II to be limited to 24 conferences.

III. Chair Reports (Cody)
Cody shared three issues that the committee had thoughts about on the Convention. They were:
1. Gaining a week back during the season
2. Awards program in Festival years
3. Preseason hourly limitation
Cody asked the HCC for their thoughts on the timeframe in which the HCC should get their viewpoints and ideas in front of the NCAAA

Cody thinks the HCC should wait for the right climate and time to win these battles, since the NCAA seems to be taking the stance of sitting back and seeing how already implemented changes are panning out. It might not make sense to throw other issues in their face right away.

IV. Next Meeting

The next HCC call will be February 16 at 2 p.m. EST.

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