Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Division I Head Coaches Committee Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (EST)
Call led by Kevin Hambly, Division I Representative, University of Illinois
1. Discussion of New Season Start and End Date Options (Kathy DeBoer)
The committee was sent a document titled "Visioning Volleyball 2015" which outlined an alternative to the current beginning and ending dates of the volleyball season. Kathy explained the idea was to back-up the entire volleyball season by two weeks so that preseason would start in late July, the first date of competition would be played in mid August (2 weeks after preseason begins) and the national championship would be played the first or second week of December. The goal of making this change is to increase the attention given to the national championship so that it doesn't get lost in the shuffle with the end of football season and beginning of basketball season.
Kathy suggested the championship could be played with the semifinals on Sunday and the finals on Tuesday which is the format used by women's basketball. This would keep the championship off the primary college football playing days and the premier basketball weekend games.
Kathy presented this idea to the NCAA on June 4. NCAA staff is going to take the idea to ESPN and the Volleyball Committee for feedback. If this change moves forward it would take 2 - 3 years to go through the legislative cycle. Thus, the earliest it could be implemented would be in 2015.
Kerry Major Carr noted that cost would be a significant factor in getting support from many administrators. Bringing the student-athletes to campus early for preseason would increase food and housing costs for athletic programs. Kathy said the estimated cost for the additional food and housing would be between $5,000 and $10,000. She noted there is a precedent for this type of expense as many spring sports such as tennis, softball and baseball play well past the end of the typical school year. Another concern was playing the semifinals on Sunday and finals on Tuesday might result in lower attendance at the championships especially in the short term as people get used to the change.
2. AVCA College Volleyball Showcase Update (Kathy DeBoer)
Kathy said that with the AVCA losing their playing date exemption for the College Volleyball Showcase it has been harder to find college teams interested in competing in this event. This year the AVCA College Volleyball Showcase will feature a Chinese club volleyball team that will travel to the United States to play four matches in late August/early September against Pac-12 teams. The Chinese club team will play at Stanford, at USC, at UCLA and at California as well as participate in a tournament at Pepperdine. The Pac-12 network will televise all four matches. Kathy noted this is a significant investment for the Pac-12 network and will be a good promotion for the sport of volleyball. The Pac-12 wants to increase the conference's presence in Asia so that is a primary reason for their investment.
3. Recruiting Task Force Update (Tonya Johnson)
Tonya reported there are two rules changes coming soon that will have a significant impact on many volleyball coaches. She noted these changes will not go through the normal legislative process so coaches will have little input into the final version of the legislation. The changes are as follows:
1) Elimination of Quiet Periods - the current dead periods will remain in place but contact at any other time is permissible. Coaches will keep the same 80 days currently in place.
2) Elimination of College Coaches Working with Clubs - college coaches would not be allowed to work for a club in any capacity. There is a possibility an exception could be made for college coaches working with non-prospect age kids.
Tonya and Kevin are putting together an e-mail that will be sent to coaches explaining the rule changes and rationale for each change.
4. Marketing Sub-Committee Update (Alma Kovaci)
No report this month. Alma has resigned as sub-committee chair due an increase in the time commitment required at her school. Kevin is working to find a replacement and expects to have someone in place next month.
5. Sand Volleyball Sub-Committee Update (Kathy DeBoer)
Kathy reported that CBS Sports Network will televise a one hour special on the Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 6th. A second hour of coverage will be aired at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 13th.
6. AVCA Update (Jason Jones)
The nomination period for the AVCA Team Academic Award is open now through 5 p.m. ET on Friday, June 29th. To submit a nomination or learn more about the award criteria please click here.
The AVCA is currently recruiting veteran volleyball coaches to serve as mentors for the AVCA Coaches Mentoring Program. Division I coaches are primary candidates to be mentors as many mentees request Division I coaches during the sign-up process. The time commitment can be as much or as little as you want as communication is scheduled between the mentor and mentee when both are available. Anyone interested in serving as a mentor should e-mail Kali Andress (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jason Jones (email@example.com) for more information.
AVCA Convention registration will open on August 15. The convention will be held December 12 - 16 in Louisville, Kentucky. Hotel information and registration pricing can be found by clicking here.
The AVCA has developed a fundraising campaign for the Coaches4Coaches Scholarship Fund called "$1,010 by 10/10." The goal is to raise $1,010 by October 10, 2012. The AVCA will be reaching out to coaches via e-mail and social media to request donations. There will be a competition among member categories on which group (DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, Two-Year College) can raise the most money. One person from the winning member category will win a free convention registration. For more information and to donate please click here.
7. Next committee call Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. ET
8. Roll Call