Wednesday, May 2, 2007


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Roll Call: Absent - Big 12 Conference

The meeting was called to order at 11:30 a.m. ET by Chair Beth Launiere. Beth noted that there will not be a June call. She indicated that she would work to get the committee together in person during JO's.


1. CSTV Collegiate Beach Championship


Kathy reported on the Collegiate Beach Championship that was held in San Diego on April 22. She noted that Sarah Pavan and Jordan Larson from the University of Nebraska won the Championship. Pavan and Larson defeated Cynthia Barboza and Bryn Kehoe from Stanford University in a very tight three-set match to take the title.


Kathy urged the committee to contact her with any ideas and suggestions on where we'd like for beach volleyball as a collegiate sport to go. She noted that she thought that this was an emerging sport for the NCAA and may provide for more women participating in athletics.

2. Rule Changes for Upcoming Season


Beth called on Kelly Sheffield to report on upcoming rule changes. Kelly reviewed the changes for the upcoming season. It was noted that proposals for rule changes had to be signed by two other coaches and they can be submitted anytime. Kelly also reminded the committee that the rules survey is distributed in October and that it is very important to take the time to complete it. He encouraged any coach to call with questions on the following changes.


The following rules-change proposals have been approved by the NCAA Women's Volleyball Rules Committee and by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel.


Major Rules Changes


Center Line. (Rule of the solid 2-inch line currently required by the rules, a shadow-bordered 2-inch wide line (1/4-inch borders) is permissible. The center line may also be an interrupted line, with a series of 4-inch lines separated by 2-inch spaces.

Comment: The center line often is not a solid line when logos are present. This rule change will incorporate language similar to that in the NCAA Basketball Rules book, allowing a less "obtrusive" center line.


Net Pole Location. (Rule 2.3.1)-For facilities constructed after 2008, the net pole (including padding) shall be at least 1 meter from the sideline.

Comment: There is no minimum specification in the rules, only a recommendation. This will provide current guidelines and future requirements for safer net pole placement.


Communication with Officials. (Rule one coach per team may address the referee at a time.

Comment: The head coach or an assistant coach may address the referees during a dead ball; it does not have to be the same coach throughout the game. However, only one coach at a time may address the referees, and then only under the guidelines already in existence.


Improper Request. (Rule request for entry of an illegal player (illegal number/uniform, disqualified or expelled player, etc.) results in an improper request (unless acknowledged (whistled) by the referee).

Comment: The current penalty requires a team delay. This is more consistent with the rules regarding other improper substitution requests and is the same as USAV rules.


Timeout Request. (Rule page xx)-The result of a request for a third timeout will be an improper request, unless acknowledged (whistled) by the referee.

Comment: The current penalty is a team delay. This is more consistent with rules regarding other improper requests, and is the same as USAV rules.


Improper Request. (Rule first improper request in a game should be assessed as an improper request, even if a team delay has already been assessed to that team in that game.

Comment: The previous rule required a team delay red card in this situation, which the rules committee believes to be excessive. This also aligns NCAA rules with USAV rules.


Improper/Illegal Substitution. (Rule and improper substitution or timeout request results in a team delay sanction if the request is acknowledged (whistled) by a referee.

Comment: The current rule calls for an improper request to be assessed, even if the referee stops the game because of the request (a team delay was only assessed if a substitute entered the playing area). Since the game has actually been delayed once the referee whistles, a team delay is the more appropriate result. If the request is not whistled by the referee, but is prevented, only an improper request will result.


Uniform Numbers. (Rule, page xx)-Beginning with the 2009 season, if numbers are worn on the shorts, the number on each player's shorts shall match the number on the jersey.

Comment: This eliminates some confusion for officials and scorekeepers.


Media Timeouts. (Rule recommended length of a media timeout is 75 seconds. The maximum length shall be 90 seconds. The extended time is applied uniformly to all timeouts taken in the broadcast match.

Comment: The length of timeouts in televised matches was not addressed in the previous rule. This language will attempt to unify the practices during a televised match.


Substitution Procedure. (Rule a team is making multiple substitutions, only one incoming substitute can be in the substitution zone at a time.

Comment: This will make it easier for the scorekeeper to record substitutions. Multiple substitutions are still allowed during a dead ball, but the substitutions must enter the zone one at a time, just as USAV play has required for the last two years.


Interruptions of Play. (Rule 11.3.1)-A team delay penalty will not be assessed if the game is stopped because necessary player equipment is lost on the court.

Comment: There currently is no direction on whether or not a penalty should be assessed when glasses, contacts, hair bands, etc. cause the game to be stopped. In addition, the previous ruling regarding a towel worn by a player that falls to the floor during play will be reversed, as the towel is now considered necessary equipment. If any necessary equipment (including towels) falls to the court during play and creates a safety hazard, play will be stopped and a play-over.


Officials Arrival. (Rule 18.1.2)-New rule language has been added to specify that the officials shall arrive on site 45 minutes before the start of the match and their jurisdiction will begin when they arrive on the court, at least 30 minutes before the start of the match.

Comment: There was no arrival time specified in the rules. The new language will establish the minimum arrival time; a conference may still require an earlier arrival.


Significant Editorial Changes

Secondary Surface. (Rule 1.1.1)-The word "approximately" has been added to the language regarding the ½ inch allowed for a lower secondary surface.

Comment: This is to prevent those officials who are tempted to "split hairs" because a Sport Court setup is slightly more than ½" in height.


Free Zone Area. (Rule 1.1.1)-The free zone area now reflects that it should be free of obstructions other than net supports, which is more accurate.

Comment: Since net supports can sometimes be relatively intrusive structures (barrels, wires, etc.), the committee felt that the rule should reflect the reality of what is allowed.


Designated Coaches. (Rule 5.2.4) The definition of "coach" is clarified to eliminate use of the term "designated coach," which caused confusion.

Comment: This will simplify and clarify multiple areas of the book. The interpretation will be that, unless an individual is designated as a coach on the first game line-up sheet, they are not a coach. Therefore, all rule references after that point can simply refer to the term "coach" rather than "designated coach".


Officials' Mechanics

Signals. (Officials' Mechanics, Signal No. 1)-The signal for a point is an extended arm indicating which team will serve next.

Comment: This is more consistent with the signals used in the USAV rules. However, note that the signal sequence has not changed for NCAA rules - the first signal will be the fault signal, followed by the new point signal.


Signals. (Officials' Mechanics, Signal No. 2)-The signal for the ball crossing under the net is pointing at the center line area with an extended index finger. Comment: This is consistent with the signals used in the USAV rules.

3. AVCA Business


Todd Hamilton reported that AVCA membership is continuing to grow. He noted that the AVCA has 3775 members. He urged the committee to continue to spread the word about the AVCA to everyone that could benefit from membership. Todd further noted that there are two AVCA Minority Coaches Clinics coming up in the next month. The first is May 20 at Hunter College in New York City and the other is in Durham, NC on May 21. It was also noted that the AVCA is pursuing the possibly of a web cast of the week. This would allow two programs to be highlighted each week on


Bonnie Kenny reminded the committee that the AVCA Board of Directors will be meeting in Lexington over the weekend. She urged anyone that would like to bring something before the Board to send an email or call either she or Beth in the next couple of days.

4. Legislation

T.J. Meagher noted the following results for the votes by the NCAA Board of Director's on proposed legislations:


ADOPTED FINAL 2006-37 - In women's volleyball, to specify that the observation of prospective student-athletes participating in high school volleyball competition shall be included in the permissible 80 evaluation days.


ADOPTED 2006-40 - To specify that electronically transmitted correspondence that may be sent to a prospective student-athlete is limited to electronic mail and facsimiles. 60 OVERRIDE PERIOD


ADOPTED 2006-64 - To increase the maximum permissible number of contests or dates of competition in which a student-athlete may participate in a season and remain eligible for a hardship waiver to three scheduled or completed contests or dates of competition or 30 percent of the institution's scheduled or completed contests or dates of competition. 60 OVERRIDE PERIOD


DEFEATED 2006-82 - In field hockey, women's lacrosse, soccer and volleyball, to specify that no class time or final examinations shall be missed for competition conducted during the non-championship segment; further, to specify violations of this provision shall be institutional violations; however they shall not affect the student-athlete's eligibility. 60 OVERRIDE PERIOD


ADOPTED 2007-37 - In women's volleyball, to specify that evaluations may occur at one event conducted on the Sunday immediately following the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship, provided the event occurs within a 100-mile radius of the site of the championship. OVERRIDE PERIOD


T.J. also noted that he has requested clarification from the NCAA Membership Services on (Tryout Exceptions - Activities Not Involving Institution's Staff). He explained the situation as it pertains to the sport of volleyball, and asked them to elaborate on the phrase "other than activities incidental to supervising the use of the facilities." Furthermore, he included the incidence of collegiate coaches also affiliated with clubs operating these events in the institution's facility. The goal is to obtain a comprehensive view on how the interests in question may be accomplished within the rules and achieve a uniform application of the legislation. He indicated that until (if) this clarification is submitted that schools should adhere to the interpretation provide by their compliance officer.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:35 p.m. ET.

There will be no June conference call. Further details on a meeting at JO's will be forwarded to the committee once available.

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