December 13, 2007
Present: Jeanne Hess (Chair), Jen Bowman (NESCAC), Jolie Ward (Little East ), Paul Dill (NEWMAC), Amanda Cuiffo (Great Northeast), Roger Worsley (Empire 8), Jonathan Penn (Liberty), Alexa Keckler (Centennial), Margie Knight (Capital), Lindsay Birch (USA South), Andrea Hoover (ODAC), Sam Lambert (SCAC), Jason McAden (ASC), Lana Smith (IIAC), Tom Ackerman (SLIAC), Vicki Brault (OAC), David Kwan (Heartland), Becky Schmidt (MIAA), Tammy Swearingen (President's), Deb Schulman (WIAC), Deb Kiick (CCIW), Jennifer Saylor (Midwest), Rick Swan (Independents), Dianna Graves (SCIAC), Mark Massey (Northwest), Don Flora (SCIAC), Jason Jones (AVCA), TJ Meagher (AVCA Legislative Representative)
Not Present: Chad Braegelmann (Commonwealth Coast), Cathy Markowski (North Atlantic), Dave Hildebrandt (Independents), Steve Pike (SUNYAC), Lisa Gallagher (Independents & Skyline), David Shumaker (NEAC), Bridget White (NJAC), Deana Jespersen (Pennsylvania), Randall Kreider (Commonwealth), Michele Zabinski (Freedom), Phil Pisano (AMCC), Kandis Schram (GSAC), Michelle Blaeser (MIAC), Deb Zellers (Independents), Bridget Sheehan (NCAC), Kathy Gebhardt (NAC)
I. AVCA Board Report
Jeanne reported that the Junior Volleyball Directors Association (JVDA) and USAV are working together on qualifiers. The two groups will be meeting during the convention to discuss this issue and several others. The JVDA is looking to take the lead on mini volleyball for kids ages 3 and up. The goal is to grow the sport so that more kids will get involved at a younger age.
The AVCA is in the process of building membership alliances with state high school associations. Currently, the AVCA has an affiliate agreement with Ohio and Michigan to offer memberships to coaches in those states as part of the registration process when these coaches register for their coaching clinic. The AVCA is looking to expand this program into other states. For more information on this program please click here.
IMG Worldwide, the largest sports marketing company in the world, purchased HOST Communications (the parent company of the AVCA) in November. This deal will open up many more opportunities for the AVCA as the association can use IMG resources to reach new sponsors and tap into new markets.
Beach volleyball is currently being discussed as a possible replacement for dropped sports on the college level. The AVCA is working with the NCAA and several DI schools on making beach volleyball a spring sport. A variety of playing formats are being considered. The AVCA is exploring the interest in starting a spring beach volleyball season and the cost that would be involved.
October is breast cancer awareness month and several schools participated in the "Dig for the Cure" campaign as part of the efforts to raise money for this cause. Some conferences picked a date where all conference schools participated in the event while other schools participated individually. The committee discussed DIII taking this on as an initiative for 2008. The "Dig for the Cure" campaign was developed to help raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Ideas for how to get started with a "Dig for the Cure" event can be found at www.digforthecure.org. In addition, the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association has a similar program called "Volley for the Cure." This program was also developed to raise money for cancer research and their Web site has a lot of great marketing information that can also be used for the "Dig for the Cure" campaign. To visit the OHSVCA Web site click on the following link http://www.ohsvca.org/volleyforcure/index.php.
II. Old Business
Dianna Graves discussed the DIII Web Cast Match of the Week initiative for the 2007 season. The AVCA promoted two DIII matches as a "Match of the Week." Dianna mentioned that getting the equipment needed to do a Web cast is a challenge for many DIII schools as well as having the staff to do a broadcast. The Web Casting subcommittee will start researching matches for the 2008 season in the spring. Also, the committee discussed changing the name to "DIII Featured Match" instead of "Match of the Week." It was also mentioned that a grant exists that conferences can apply for that would provide funding for conference schools to Web cast conference games. The grant is a Strategic Initiative Grant and has a technology section that provides the funding. Only conferences can apply.
AVCA membership for DIII head coaches is currently at about 78%. The committee set a goal of 80% for the year. Jason encouraged committee members to help promote AVCA membership among their conference coaches as peer promotion works best in attracting members. Each person on the committee was given membership brochures to pass out to other coaches. Coaches who need additional brochures can contact Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Results for the Rules Survey were distributed at the DIII General Meeting on Friday, December 14. The committee discussed several of the possible rule changes. The results will be posted in the DIII General Meeting minutes.
TJ Meagher, AVCA Legislative Representative, discussed Bylaw 13.11.2 regarding use of an institutions facilities and staff involvement in hosting a juniors tournament. TJ stated that this issue must be worked out with each institutions compliance people. Thus, if a school hosts a junior's event on campus and the coach can convince their compliance people it falls under an exemption then the coach can work the event. One of the exceptions to this rule must exist in order for the coach to participate. This decision is up to the discretion of the individual school's compliance people.
III. New Business
The committee discussed the value of having everyone who is named to a first-team All-Region team automatically become an Honorable Mention All-American. Some on the committee thought this diminished the value of being named an Honorable Mention All-American while others thought it was good to recognize more kids and help promote the sport. The committee will discuss this issue again at future meetings.
The committee was encouraged to spread the word to conference coaches about participating in the Game Management Survey. The survey will help compile data that will be used to increase the professionalism of officials and game management staff as well as how teams market themselves and ways to move the game forward. All coaches are asked to participate in this survey.
The committee discussed the need for a 5 - 10 minute promotional video of volleyball highlights that would help get people excited about the sport. The NCAA played some good volleyball promotional videos during the semifinal matches and might be able to help in this regard.
Other items to be discussed moving forward are uses for the minority coaches grant, becoming more involved with coaching education and grassroots growth.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:35 a.m. PT. The next Division III Head Coaches Committee Meeting will be held via conference call at 11 a.m. ET on Monday, February 11.