February 27, 2007
Kim Sudbeck, Augustana (S.D.)
Tia Brandel-Wilhelm, Ferris State
Todd Caughlin, St. Mary's (Tx.)
Debbie Hendricks, Metropolitan State
Tom Justice, Lock Haven
Patricia Mickow, St. Cloud State
Shannon Mincey, Carson-Newman
Kris Naber, Grand Canyon
Bo Pagliasotti, Southwestern Oklahoma.
Stephanie Radecki, North Alabama
Tracy Rietzke, Rockhurst University
Phil Shoemaker, Alaska Fairbanks
Jill Stephens, Florida Southern
Bren Stevens, Charleston
Ibraheem Suberu, Pittsburg State
Heidi Sunderland, University of Mary
Alex Koszalka, Dowling
Theresa Garlacy, Bryant
Amber Glass, Augusta
Cody Hein, Chico State
Meeting Called to Order: 1:21 p.m.
Kim welcomed everyone to the meeting.
A. AVCA Update (Leah)
Kim began the meeting with an AVCA update. Leah then gave a short update on things going on at the AVCA. This included:
* Men's Championship Weekend: Whether you coach men or women, with Educational Sessions from elite presenters, social opportunities for networking and a chance to watch championship-level play, the 2008 AVCA Men's Volleyball Championship Weekend is an investment in making yourself a better volleyball coach. For the first time ever, there will be several new attractions offered during the championship weekend, including a championship tailgate party, top-notch seminars and a boy's talent showcase.
* Collegiate Beach: AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer then gave a briefing on the Collegiate Beach volleyball movement.
The third-annual Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship sponsored by the CBS College Sports Network will be joined by five new collegiate beach events in 2008. A total of 44 teams will be competing on the beach this spring. The following is a list of the collegiate beach events that have been planned thus far:
March 29 Sunshine State Collegiate Beach Volleyball Tournament
April 12 SEC Conference Coaches Beach Volleyball Championships
April 19 Big West Collegiate Beach Volleyball Tournament
April 19 Division I Florida Invitational Beach Volleyball Tournament
April 20 Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship
April 26 Rochester Indoor Beach Volleyball Tournament
Kathy also answered questions that were posed concerning practice and play dates that collegiate beach may interfere with. Kathy explained to the HCC that competing in a collegiate beach even counts as an indoor practice date, so most events are utilizing more teams so as not to burn a practice date for only two or three players that are competing. Kathy also commented that the ongoing idea now is to start playing beach volleyball more as a team event, taking less of an individual stance, to allow more student athletes from participating programs to be included.
Kim asked Jill Stephens if her team would be playing in the Sunshine State Collegiate Beach Volleyball Tournament, the first ever held by Division II programs, and Jill's response was "yes." According to Jill, there has been an excitement throughout the SSC about the event and a rejuvenated energy for the sport.
Kim then asked Kathy what the Division III response to the collegiate beach uprising was. Kathy answered that there is no serious conversation about collegiate beach volleyball amongst the Division III coaching ranks because Division III does not have a spring season or practice dates in the spring. The only way there would be talk in Division III, is if collegiate beach volleyball was declared an emerging sport by the NCAA.
II. New Business (Kim)
A. NCAA Rules Changes Update
Kim invited Kerry Major Carr of the NCAA to be a guest on the call to explain the rules committee meeting.
Kerry informed the HCC that the NCAA rules committee had proposed a few rules changes. The first suggestion was shortening games from 30 points to 25 points, with the fifth game still being played to 15 points. She explained the reasoning for this to be: increased fan and player focus and television purposes. She also mentioned that the substitutions have been lowered to correspond with the shorter games, however the substitution ratios were nearly equal with 12 subs being allotted each team for a 25 point game. Also, the term "game" was now going to be replaced with "sets".
Another major recommendation by the rules committee was a ball handling directive focusing on double-hit calls. The objective for this change is to create consistency throughout the country and all divisions about when a double-hit should be called. Kerry also said this directive will state that the official must actually see the double-hit to make the call, therefore not relying on guesses or the sound the ball makes upon contact with the player.
One final note mentioned by Kerry was that a coach now has to be more near the bench than the sideline while play is actually being carried out.
Kim asked Kerry what the feedback from coaches and administrators has been.
Kerry responded by stating that all kinds of feedback was being received. The NCAA wants to feel that they can harness feedback earlier in the process and wants to give the opportunity for anyone to be heard, should they have any comments. She concluded by saying that most of the rationale behind the feedback that has been received has been concrete.
*Bren Stevens voiced a concern that because of the new ball handling directive, officials might not feel the need to blow their whistles as much. She hopes they are still trained to officiate the game and not making things up if they are unsure of a call.
B. Kim then reverted back to the top of the agenda to talk about a few items that she skipped ahead of to begin the call.
a.) Term rotations: Kim will be in touch with the HCC regarding term rotations on the HCC for next fall. She encouraged the HCC to give others the opportunity to get involved with the committee. There are three conferences that are due for rotations next fall: Great Lakes, Great Northwest and Heartland.
b.) The AVCA and the HCC will follow the NCAA regional alignment.
c.) Proposal for Honorable-Mention All-Americans: Kim asked if anyone was opposed to athletes that don't make the regular All-American teams automatically earning a spot as an honorable mention. Only athletes that have been put forward for All-American recognition will be considered.
* Bren Stevens agrees with the proposal as long as it doesn't water the team down.
*Ibraheem Subaru also agrees not to water down the team, but as long as athletes aren't eliminated because of perception that they don't come from a strong region.
d.) Kim then congratulated all of the High School All-Americans and their respective coaches.
C. Legislation: College Coaches/Club Coaches
*Kim turned the floor over to Heidi Sunderland, who spoke about college head coaches serving as club coaches. She feels that we are seeing inequitable balances in recruiting those club athletes who have collegiate head coaches serving as their club coach.
Kim then asked for feedback from the HCC on the matter.
*Tom Justice mentioned that it is a statement of general principle. Imagine of a college head football coach started a traveling football squad and those athletes ended up in his collegiate program...everyone would be up in arms. He felt that coaches are beginning to abuse this and compared the situation to being a ‘minor league' of the college.
*Kim asked Kathy DeBoer if she had any feedback from Division I on the matter.
*Kathy advised that there weren't a whole lot of new perspectives being discussed on the matter. It's generally perceived that the best coaches are college coaches, so why wouldn't we want them developing youth as club coaches? She commented that there are a lot of unintended consequences with this trend.
*Ibraheem Subaru commented that he really appreciated this conversation throughout the years, but expressed that problems aren't with the number of college coaches who are also coaching club. It isn't an epidemic, and programs depend on club as a salary supplement. He doesn't feel that there are rules being intentionally broken in the NCAA Division III environment and then called on the rest of the HCC to voice their opinions of whether they viewed this as a problem within their conferences.
* Heidi attested that over half of the 14 schools within her conference have coaches who are also club coaches
* Tia Brandel-Wilhelm stated that a couple of schools in her conference have college coaches also coaching club and feels that a few of those schools have definite advantages.
*Kim spoke on behalf of the NSIC in saying that she thought the issue was posing a problem within her conference.
* Bo Pagliasotti doesn't believe his conference coaches are using it as a funnel to get athletes. He instead is seeing another problem. There is volleyball where he is. He tried to start a club there, and if it wasn't for that, there wouldn't be any club volleyball in the area. He would be opposed to legislation prohibiting head college coaches from coaching club teams.
*Tom added that he felt rules are made because of the few people who have other intentions and remarked that eventually this will become a rule.
*Phil Shoemaker commented that he doesn't see it as an overbearing issue. He agrees that some interest is vested, but it is not enough.
III. Old Business (Kim)
A. The first item was a Division I update. Kim will get everyone information on the Recruiting Task Force as soon as possible. She also advised the Division II committee members and all coaches to check out the Division I HCC minutes, posted on the AVCA website.
B. The final topic for discussion was the January AVCA Board Report. Kim announced that the AVCA had grown to over 4,400 members at the time of the report. She also highlighted that the Omaha World Herald had signed a three year sponsorship of the AVCA College Showcase. Kim closed the meeting by announcing that the AVCA has added two new affiliate members - South Dakota and Massachusetts - joining previous affiliates Ohio and Michigan.
VII. Next Meeting
The next meeting will be Wednesday, March 19th, at 1 p.m. Central Time. (2 p.m. Eastern Time)
Meeting adjourned at 2:23 p.m.