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NAIA Bowl

July 2010 Meeting Minutes

Attendees:

Gary White              McKendree University                   Larry Secrist            Indiana Tech

George Miller           Davenport                                   Kevin Joseph           Robert Morris-Peoria

Dale Lehman           Robert Morris-Chicago                  Jeff Robinson           Notre Dame College

Chad Hardin             Marian University                         Clay Boyd               Bethel University

Lou Marquez(Rebecca Keegan)   Monroe Comm. Coll.            Brian Swanson                   Ashford University

Charles Cain             Siena Heights University                Kyle Wilson             Pikeville College

Matt Mahony           Union College                               John Rausch            Campbellsville Univ.

Mike Kubaiki            Calumet Coll. of St. Joseph             Ron Damron            Pikeville College

Phil Vida                  Lindenwood University                    Joe Slowinski           Webber International

Gary Brown             USBC Collegiate                             Elizabeth Brents        USBC Collegiate

Karl Nickolai             collegebowling.com

 

 

Ron Damron called the meeting to order at 750pm.  Everyone introduced themselves. 

 

The minutes from the November 27, 2009 meeting were reviewed.  Gary White motioned to approve, there was a second and the minutes were approved. 

 

NAIA Showcase Post-Season Tournament-Gary Brown

Gary provided details for the tournament that is scheduled in Indianapolis April 1-3, 2011 at Western Bowl (or Expo if the field is smaller).  All NAIA teams, including club teams, would be invited.  The format would include 24 games of baker play on Friday from approximately 9:15am to 3:15pm.  The top 24 teams would make it to double elimination, best of 5 baker match play beginning on Saturday with the top 8 receiving a first round bye. Any 2.5-2.5 ties would be broken with a 9th and 10th frame roll-off.  The men’s and women’s finals would take place at the same time with conclusion between 3p and 430p Sunday.  A practice session should be available on Thursday, but lineage fees and a schedule would still need to be determined.

 

The entry fee will be $280 per team, which will help provide non-monetary awards and fund a proposed awards banquet.  The USBC Collegiate is funding the lineage for event in 2011 only and will help organize it.  Marion College has agreed to serve as the host school for the tournament.  Bowler eligibility will be established with the February 1st eligibility form and USBC Collegiate rules will apply.

 

NAIA Bowling Web Site-Joe Slowinski

Joe introduced a new NAIA Bowling web site that was created at www.naiabowling.info and handed out hard copies of what the site looks like.  It talks about the history of bowling in the NAIA and highlights the success of NAIA teams at the USBC ITC’s.  It will include the latest polls and other information and will serve as a communication too.  The reason for the site is to create identity for NAIA Bowling.  Joe asked that each coach visit the site and sign up as a member of the portal making sure to include an e-mail address. 

 

Ron noted that bowling is officially an emerging sport with 29 women’s and 27 men’s declared programs.  The sport must reach 50 teams to attain championship sport status in the NAIA.

 

NAIA Team Rankings-Phil Vida

Phil proposed a top 10 poll for men’s and women’s NAIA schools that included a listing of up to five additional schools that received votes.  A pre-season poll would be announced in mid-September with votes collected by the end of August.  There would be three in-season polls:  the first announced in early November with votes collected by November 1st or 8th, the second announced the first part of January with votes collected by January 5th and the third announced the first week of March with votes collected shortly after completion of the Hoosier.

 

The ranking would include both varsity and club level NAIA teams and voting would be open to any NAIA coaches that wanted to participate.  The ranking would be determined by a simple reverse rank point structure. Joe noted that Survey Monkey could be set up to receive and calculate the poll.

 

NAIA Eligibility-Ron Damron

Ron discussed some of the differences between USBC Collegiate and NAIA rules, handing out a 17 point summary of NAIA eligibility regulations.  The NAIA has established an eligibility center at www.playnaia.org that will certify eligibility for student-athletes participating in NAIA varsity sports beginning for the 2011-12 season. Emerging sports (like bowling) don’t have to follow NAIA rules, but coaches are encouraged to work towards ensuring that their bowlers would be eligible.  Even with the growth of bowling within the NAIA, reaching championship status and falling under NAIA rules is still at least 3 to 4 years away. 

 

Some highlights from the NAIA eligibility regulations list:

Can’t retake a class with a D and have it count again for total hours.

A student-athlete has 10 full time semesters to bowl four years, but they don’t have to be continuous.

Amateur status is still being determined.

Gary White believes that SMART money should be OK as long as it doesn’t count for more than a full scholarship.  The NAIA does allow students to bring other scholarships earned like Optimists, etc. 

NAIA teams have to declare their varsity team at the beginning of the year to determine scholarship totals. 

Many eligibility rules and how it will look for the sport of bowling can’t be answered yet.

 

There was a consensus among NAIA coaches in attendance that they want to continue to bowl within the USBC Collegiate and not split into a totally separate group.

 

Of note, several current NAIA schools have applied for NCAA D2 status, which could affect future possibility of varsity status for bowling in the NAIA.  

 

Editors note: As of this writing, Lindenwood University and McKendree University have been approved for membership within division 2 of the NCAA.

 

There was no new business.

The meeting adjourned at 918pm.

 

 

DISCUSSED ADDING OUR LOGO TO THE WEB SITE AND OFFICERS CONTACT INFORMATION.

 

RECRUITING RULES AND ETHICS PROPOSAL WAS DISTRIBUTED, DISCUSSION ON VARIOUS PARTS OF THE RULES ENDED WITH A MOTION BROUGHT FROM RON DAMRON TO ACCEPT THE RECRUITING RULES AS WRITTEN, WITH A SECOND FROM GLEN HEALY. A VOTE WAS CALLED AND ALL WERE IN FAVOR. MOTION PASSED.

 

MORE DISCUSSION FOLLOWED ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT SIGNING THE RECRUITING RULES SHEET AND WHEN IT HAD TO BE SIGNED BY. A MOTION WAS BROUGHT BY KYLE WILSON TO REQUIRE COACHES TO SIGN BY SEPTEMBER 21ST OR BE INELIGIBLE FOR THE NAIA INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT AND POST SEASON AWARDS, SECOND BY CHRIS HUFFMAN. A VOTE WAS CALLED AND ALL WERE IN FAVOR. MOTION PASSED.

 

DISCUSSION OF THE NAIA INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT. LOCATIONS TO HOST THE TOURNAMENT WERE DISCUSSED AND IT WAS DECIDED TO NOT LIMIT THE FIELD SIZE THIS YEAR. INDIANAPOLIS WILL AGAIN BE THE HOST CITY FOR OUR NAIA INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT. DISCUSSED REDUCING COSTS BY GOING TO A BUFFET LINE AND POSSIBLE KICK BACK FROM A HOST HOTEL. DISCUSSED KEEPING THE FORMAT THE SAME. DISCUSSED LIMITING THE FIELD TO THE TOP 20 MENS AND TOP 20 WOMENS TEAMS IN 2014. DISCUSSED HAVING 17 AT LARGE BIDS AND 3 AUTOMATIC BIDS  GRANTED TO CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS IN 2014. THE WHAC CONFERENCE, THE MID SOUTH CONFERENCE, AND THE MIDWEST COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE. DISCUSSION ABOUT ADDING SINGLES AND DOUBLES FORMAT WAS TABLED.

A MOTION WAS BROUGHT BY KYLE WILSON TO HAVE 17 AT LARGE BIDS AND 3 AUTOMATIC CONFERENCE CHAMPION BIDS, THE WHAC, MID SOUTH, AND MIDWEST COLLEGIATE CONFERENCES. SECOND BY JOHN RAUSCH. A VOTE WAS CALLED AND ALL WERE IN FAVOR. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS BROUGHT BY RANDY STOUGHTON TO ADJOURN. SECOND BY DALE LEHMAN. A VOTE WAS CALLED AND ALL WERE IN FAVOR. MOTION PASSED.

 

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY,

DALE LEHMAN, SECRETARY OF NAIA BOWLING COACHES ASSOCIATION