Wednesday, October 5, 2011


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Division I Head Coaches Committee Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (EST)

Call led by Kevin Hambly, Division I Representative, University of Illinois


1.  NCAA Division I President's Reform Agenda (Kathy DeBoer)  

Prior to the call a document was distributed to the committee that outlined proposals being considered as part of the President's Reform Agenda. In August NCAA President Mark Emmert asked Presidents of 45 Division I universities to meet and share their frustrations with athletics and consider ways to change the current structure. From this meeting four groups were created to examine different aspects of college athletics. Kathy reported the four working groups are Academic Performance, Student-Athlete Welfare, Resource Allocation, and Legislation Enforcement.

Kathy felt the proposals being considered by the Academic Performance group would have little impact on volleyball. The proposals being considered are targeting GPAs, core courses and test scores. Since most volleyball players typically perform well academically Kathy felt the impact on volleyball would be minimal.

The Student-Athlete Welfare group is considering a proposal to allow student-athletes receiving a scholarship to receive additional athletic aid up to the full cost of attendance or $2,000, whichever is less. Each conference would decide whether to participate. Kathy said this proposal came from the increased money coming in from rights fees going to administrator and coach salaries with no benefit to the student-athlete.  Kathy believes this proposal will likely lead to a two-tier system of scholarships.

One of the issues being examined by the Resource Allocation group is the increase in the number of non-coaching support staff. On most campuses staff is being downsized while the number of athletic support staff continues to increase. This group is considering a proposal to limit the number of these positions. Other proposals being considered are eliminating competition in the non-traditional season, eliminating foreign travel for teams and cutting scholarships in football and men's and women's basketball. The sentiment of the Resource Allocation group is that the scholarships being taken from women's basketball would stay on the women's side of athletics. Thus, the HCC felt this was an opportunity to possibly get an additional scholarship for volleyball. The other major concern of the HCC was the loss of competitions in the non-traditional season. Kathy noted that with the recent legislation of no missed class time and the 400 mile rule there was very little cost savings involved. She feels if scholarships are cut and foreign travel is eliminated it will be difficult to save the non-traditional season competition dates.

The Legislative Enforcement group is considering proposals to significantly increase the penalty structure for coaches who violate rules. These penalties would go with the coach wherever they go and would be much more severe. This group is also looking at ways to deregulate to reduce the size of the rule book. The Legislative Enforcement group is working on a slower pace and their work may take as long as a year.

Kathy noted that whatever is going to happen with these proposals is going to happen quickly with the exception of the work being done by the Legislative Enforcement group. The NCAA has asked for feedback from all coaches associations and that feedback is due back to the NCAA by the end of October. Kevin asked each committee member to get feedback from their conference coaches and report back to him or Kathy. Kathy will then write a position paper with that feedback which will be submitted to the NCAA. The priorities identified by the HCC are protecting the competition dates in the non-traditional season and presenting a case to get a 13th scholarship from the scholarships being lost by women's basketball. Kathy will include these points in the paper along with any other feedback given.   


2.  Recruiting Task Force Update  (Kevin Hambly)

Kevin updated the committee on the survey sent out to coaches regarding recruiting calendar options. The survey asked coaches if they were satisfied with the current recruiting calendar or if they thought changes needed to be made. The results were split almost 50/50 with coaches wanting to keep the same calendar versus making a change in the dates. The RTF is working on rewriting the question and will then send the revised version back out to coaches for feedback. If a consensus is reached the RTF will then seek a conference to sponsor the legislation.


3.  Marketing Sub-Committee Update

The marketing sub-committee completed their first webinar Sept. 9th on "Scheduling to Maximize Your RPI." There are two more webinars scheduled for the fall:


Optimizing Your Chances of Becoming a First or Second Round Site

Monday, October 17         1 p.m. ET

Speakers: Kristin Fasbender - NCAA Championship Lead for Volleyball


The Game Plan: Selling and Marketing Before You Know Your Status

Wednesday, October 26   Time TBD

Speaker: Mary Eiland - NCAA Marketing


Both webinars are free to AVCA member coaches. The AVCA will be sending e-mails to all DI coaches with sign-up instructions and more details.


4.  Sand Volleyball Sub-Committee Update (Nina Matthies)

Nina reported a proposal for USC to host the collegiate sand championships is going forward. The championships would be held May 3 - 5, 2012 in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Championship which will also be hosted by USC. Four teams will participate which would include the host school and three at-large teams. There will also be a doubles team champion with those matches being played on May 4 & 5. Kathy noted the only problem that could arise is if USC did not have their facility ready. However, at this point it appears that project is on track for completion prior to the championship date. 


5.  AVCA Update (Jason Jones)

Jason reminded the committee the convention early registration discount deadline is Friday, November 4. He encouraged all coaches to register prior to that date to take advantage of the $100 discount on registration fees. Convention hotels are beginning to fill as the Grand Hyatt is over 60% full and the Hilton Palacio del Rio is 95% full. Jason encouraged those attending to go ahead and make their hotel reservations now by clicking here. Registration information, a convention schedule and all of the convention details can be found on AVCA site or by clicking here.

Jason updated the committee on the Division I meetings at the convention as follows:


DI Head Coaches Committee Meeting     2:45 - 4:15 p.m.          Wednesday, Dec. 14

DI Conference Meetings                              4:30 - 7:30 p.m.          Wednesday, Dec. 14

DI General Meeting                                       8 - 10:30 a.m.             Thursday, Dec. 15

DI Head Coaches Committee Meeting     1 - 2:30 p.m.               Friday, Dec. 16


The NCAA has not yet released the semifinals and championship match times. Jason will update the committee on those times during the next call.

The AVCA is again this year hosting a Talent Showcase at the convention. This recruiting event will be for high school sophomores, juniors, seniors and two-year college players. The showcase will be held from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. Coaches planning to attend the showcase are asked to pre-register by clicking here. All coaches who pre-register will receive player profiles prior to the event.  

The Division I Salary & Program Support Survey has closed. Participation among DI head coaches was 68%. The results are being tabulated now and results will be distributed to those coaches that participated in November. 

The Coaches4Coaches Scholarship is available again this year to eight current college students who are interested in getting into the coaching profession. The scholarship allows the recipient to attend the AVCA Convention and have the registration fee and hotel accommodations covered. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. ET on Friday, October 7. For more information please click here.  

Applications are now being accepted for the Minority Coaches Scholarship. This scholarship covers up to $800 of travel costs and hotel accommodations as well as registration to the AVCA Convention. The scholarship is available to first-time convention attendees who are female minority coaches interested in pursuing coaching positions at the collegiate level. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. ET on Friday, October 7. For more information please click here.   


6.  Next committee call, Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. (ET)


7.  Roll Call                                             

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