October 17, 2007


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Roll Call:


Kim Sudbeck, Augustana (S.D.)

Todd Caughlin, St. Mary's (Texas)

Theresa Garlacy, Bryant

Cody Hein, Chico State

Debbie Hendricks, Metropolitan State

Tom Justice, Lock Haven

Alex Koszalka, Dowling

Patricia Mickow, St. Cloud State

Shannon Mincey, Carson-Newman

Bo Pagliasotti, Southwestern Oklahoma.

Stephanie Radecki, North Alabama

Tracy Rietzke, Rockhurst University

Michael Sinesi, Univ. of Science in Philadelphia

Jill Stevens, Florida Southern

Bren Stevens, Charleston

Ibraheem Suberu, Pittsburg State



Tia Brandel, Ferris State

Nedra Brown, Kentucky State

Kris Naber, Grand Canyon

Amber Glass, Augusta

Phil Shoemaker, Alaska Fairbanks




Meeting Called to Order: 2:02 p.m.



I. Welcome.

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:


* Convention Registration: Leah reminded everyone to continue registering for the AVCA Convention, held in Sacramento, CA December 12-15. Registration can be done online at the AVCA's website, with the early bird deadline being November 2. Registrations will be accepted online until November 30 and then will also be taken on-site beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 11.

Leah also advised that two convention hotels - the Sheraton Grand (AVCA headquarters hotel) and the Hyatt Regency - were booked. There are still three other AVCA hotels remaining, and information could be found on the convention website.

Leah then went over some other features available at this year's convention. Included was:

More Education - The AVCA has nearly doubled its educational offerings this year with a schedule that includes more than 60 on-court and classroom sessions. Some of the top coaches in the country have agreed to be speakers including Mary Wise, John Cook, Mike Hebert, Debbie Brown, Jerritt Elliott, Mick Haley, Dave Shoji, Russ Rose, Beth Launiere, Al Scates and numerous top high school and club coaches.

Enhanced Volleyball Marketplace - The AVCA Exhibit Show is now the Volleyball Marketplace! This is your opportunity to learn about the newest products and services developed specifically for volleyball and volleyball coaches. More than 100 vendors will be on hand to inform you of the newest innovations in the sport.

Coaches Career Center - This new feature located in the Volleyball Marketplace is your location to post job openings and search for new jobs. Interview rooms will be available as well in the Sacramento Convention Center.

AVCA Talent Showcase - The AVCA Talent Showcase is a new recruiting event developed for coaches attending the AVCA Convention. Volleyball players who are uncommitted and unsigned will be invited to this event as an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of volleyball coaches from around the country. The event will be held in the Sacramento Convention Center from 9 a.m. - Noon on Sunday, December 16. The NCAA has granted an exemption for coaches to participate, so make plans to stay over on Sunday for this new event. For more information contact Mark McCloskey at mark.mccloskey@avca.org. A tentative schedule of the Talent Showcase will be as follows:

8 a.m. - 9 a.m.: Registration/Warm-Up

9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Physical Testing

9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Position Work

11 a.m. - noon: Competitive Games

Molten Opening Night Reception featuring Casino night presented by 1st Place Volleyball - Wednesday night's Molten Opening night Reception will have a new look this year - Casino Night presented by 1st Place Volleyball will give attendees the chance to play poker, black jack, and various other casino games throughout the night. There will be food/beverages provided, as well as a raffle for various prizes.


B: AVCA Awards
Leah gave an update, courtesy of Shay Ferguson, the AVCA Awards coordinator. Below is a list of important deadlines for coaches to remember:

Nov. 7 - Region Coach of the Year nominations are due

Nov. 9 - Division II Student Athlete online nominations open at 9 a.m. Eastern Time

Nov. 9 - Victory Club forms are due

Nov. 12 - Division II Student Athlete nominations are due by 6 p.m. Eastern Time

Nov. 26 - Minority Coaches registration forms due

Also, Leah passed along information about the AVCA Minority Coaches Clinic that will be held in conjunction with the AVCA Annual Convention, on Tues. and Wed. December 11-12. The workshop was made possible thanks to a grant provided by the NCAA. Everyone is welcome to attend, but due to the restrictions of the grant provided by the NCAA, only first-time, female, non-head coaches will be offered the discounted rate on the convention. For more information, visit the AVCA Convention website and look for the Minority Coaches Clinic section, or contact Shay Ferguson at 859-219-3556.


C. AVCA Salary Survey

Kim reminded all of the coaches to fill out the AVCA Salary Survey that was distributed by the AVCA, and asked the coaches to remind their fellow colleagues to do the same. The due date for the survey is October 20. Leah and Kim both discussed the importance in the survey and how it will help the NCAA determine potential changes in the area balancing work/life. Leah also asked for the cooperation of the coaches because the AVCA will be sending a representative from Division II to Indianapolis on November 5 for the NCAA Work/Life Balance Summit, and this representative will be making a 20 minute presentation to the NCAA with recommendations based on the survey results.


II. New Business (Kim)

* Kim reminded everyone that the NCAA Eligibility Verification Form is due on October 20. She advised that most administrators or SWA's will have these forms already filled out. If you haven't already done so, click here for the website where you can get the information needed for your school.

* This year the NCAA Sports website will be putting on a video selection webcast for the announcement of the 64 team NCAA tournament on November 12. Kim mentioned that coaches can submit video footage of their team/athletes for usage in this webcast. She feels it is a great opportunity for teams to get recognized and get their names out there. The deadline for submitting footage is October 26. Please contact Kim for any additional details or for any questions.

* Kim reminded everyone the NCAA Rules Survey is due October 31. She stressed for the coaches to please fill it out, and mentioned that it should take less than five minutes to complete. The survey deals with items such as the protocol for pre-match warm-up and changing the length of games to 25 points, etc.

*Bren Stevens mentioned there were questions concerning the idea of eliminating double/triple hits from the game in order to minimize stoppages in play.

* Bo Pagliasotti questioned why Division I would want to change the current rule, which doesn't allow double and triple contacts. He also mentioned that fellow coaches in his conference have a general agreement amongst each other as well, that the rule should not be changed.

Kim encouraged the coaches to fill out the survey and make their opinions known, and also advised anyone to contact her with questions they may have.



Kim discussed some of the most recent Junior Volleyball Directors' Association (JVDA) concerns. *The JVDA pointed out that junior clubs make up 90% of USA Volleyball, but junior volleyball has no votes on the USA Volleyball Board of Directors. The JVDA is seeking to obtain a vote on the USA Volleyball Board.

* The JVDA is discussing shortening the junior season - the championships will be held by July 1.

* The JVDA continues to stress growth and is focusing on grassroots, such as five to ten year olds, to help the sport to grow.

* The JVDA also tentatively has its championship site slated to be in Louisville, KY with hundreds of teams said to have been committed as of now.

Leah also addressed the committee and added that anyone wanting to learn more about the JVDA or read the minutes from the recent JDVA board meeting can visit the JVDA website.


III. Old Business (Kim)
A. The first item was a Division I update. Kim mentioned that the Division I HCC has been quiet, but there were a few things to point out. The most important was that the Recruiting Taskforce was preparing sample recruiting calendars for the future to present to the NCAA. Kim also reminded coaches that the importance of discussing NCAA affairs is that they trickle down to Division II and III in time. Kim 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 next item discussed was the NCAA Division II Regionalization update. Kim advised the committee that the regionalization has passed, but she had little details at the time. She promised to get back to everyone with more specific details.

C. The final topic for discussion was the September AVCA Board Report. Kim spoke briefly about the NCAA Minority Coaches Grant that has come into effect and the clinic that will be made possible by this grant, which Leah had mentioned earlier in the meeting.

Also, AVCA Board election results were announced and are as follows:

President-Elect - Beth Launiere, University of Utah
NCAA Women's Division I Representative - Mark Rosen, University of Michigan
Two-Year Colleges Representative - Trish Knight, Missouri State University West Plains
Men's Representative - John Speraw, University of California, Irvine
Assistant Coach Representative - Karen Weatherington, Butler University


Kim wrapped up the meeting by suggesting that coaches take the time to read the Facts on File and At the Net email publications distributed by the AVCA, advising that they contained very interesting and relevant information.


VII. Next Meeting
Kim suggested having the next meeting one week earlier (the second Wednesday of the month) due to NCAA regional action that will be taking place the third week. The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 1 p.m. Central Time. (2 p.m. Eastern Time)


Meeting adjourned at 1.35 p.m.

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