Attendance: Jonah Mytro, Chuck, Jay Flynn, Daniel Chen, Mark Archibald, Lynn Kerr (left at 8), Jeff Sinnamon

Confirmed No: Tom Sweeny

Guests: Bruno Tramontozzi, Chet Oberhelman

Start time: 7:00pm

End time: 9:30pm

 

LOCATION: Lasell College, Athletics Center

 

Reports

 

  • Treasurer Report
    • No update from Dori
  • Registrarís Report
    • No update from Judy
    • Jonah received batch of email addresses for mailing list
  • NERVA Report
    • Board of Directors meeting 3/11/08
    • Jonah and Jay attended
    • JOís having issues with theft
    • Reviewed stipends and last yearís budgets
    • 2010 USAV Open Championships
    • Membership fees
      • Need to increase; paper sign-up more expensive than online sign up; extra monies passed on to registrar
      • Costs have increased and membership fees have not in the past 5 or so years
      • NERVA (Dave Castanon) would like our decision by end of May
      • Yankee Board Discussion
        • Credit Card fees are a factor
        • No financial reason to update one-day fee
        • Jay Flynn motions to raise the membership fee to $35 (online)/40 (paper) effective Sep 1, 2008
          • Chuck seconds
          • For: Unanimous
        • Mark Archibald will email the registrar to find out more details before the board decides how the extra fees might be appropriated
  • Ratings Report
    • Nothing to report; nobody moved since the freeze
  • Blog Report
    • Jonah has stats available for anybody that would like to review them
  • Newsletter Update
    • 1700
    • Promoting championships and nationals
    • Coming soon for picnic, nationals, summer volleyball
  • Web Editor Report
    • The ISP that supports NVC and the Yankee Tournament Roster/Registration Database moved to a new data center location. 
      • Was down for a weekend; but the move went smoothly.
    • Procedures for doing automated nightly backups of the Yankee Tournament Roster/Registration Database have been put into place by Jim Cirillo the NVC Webmaster (Thanks Jim!).
      • So worse case going forward:
        • Lose 24 hours worth of updates
        • Back up and running within a few hours after any future hardware issues are corrected
    • Yankee Accreditation tests for Second Referees and Scorekeepers were put online Friday 4/4
      • Announced on Saturday (Many thanks to Steve Webster and Carly Pariseau)
    • Due to a motherboard issue on Tomís main PC at home that's since been corrected, he is a few weeks behind in updates for Tournament Results and Players Looking for Teams.
      • Hope to wrap those up by the end of next weekend.
  • GRC Report
    • Last scramble at Regis was full
    • Next weekend is a scramble at WNA
    • Taking a $500-800 loss at each scramble
      • Thatís about a $4000 loss per year
      • We cover one-day membership
      • Next year we may need to raise the scramble fee
  • Bylaws Committee Report
    • None this week
    • Goal of December í08 to have bylaws re-worked
    • Sam is working on updating the Yankee Rules Document

 

Old Business:

 

  • Approval of past minutes
    • Jonah motions to accept
    • Daniel Seconds
      • Accepts:Jeff S, Lynn, Mark, Daniel, Chuck, Jonah, Sam
      • Abstain: Jay
  • NERVA BOD Meeting
    • See above notes
    • NERVA would like us to elect/appoint the position or board member from Yankee to be a voting member on the NERVA board.The President is one of two.
    • Will table until a later date
  • Meeting Dates
    • Choose meeting dates through August
    • May 12, 7 pm
      • Will decide the August draft
    • June 7 (at Yankee Picnic) 1:30
    • Bylaws Committee will meet in July
  • TNT Vacations
    • Will invite to next meeting for 10 minute presentation
  • Beanpot
    • Jonah wanted start times and teams by Thursday 5pm
      • It was done online
      • No email was sent promoting the updates
        • Al thinks people were registering late
      • 3-four team pools in the menís tourney Saturday
        • This tournament did not meet the point minimum
  • Minimum Points per Team is 160 for a full day tournament
    • Board cannot find this documented in old minutes or TD guide
    • If the rule was not published, its not enforceable
    • Jeff motions that the minimum amount of play is 168 points for a regular day tournament
      • Jonah seconds
      • For: Unanimous
      • (Lynn has left before this vote and all that follow)

 

New Business:

 

  • JO Ratings
    • JO membership versus adult membership with rating
    • Jonah motions that anybody that plays Yankee should have a Published Yankee Rating and are subject to all standard Yankee rules and regulations
      • Sam seconds
      • For: Unanimous
    • Discussion of instant re-rates regarding men rating women and women rating men
      • Jeff motions to amend the rules so that the decision to instantly re-rate a player must not need to be a joint decision by TD and rater; sole discretion is at the hands of the rater
        • Jonah Seconds
        • For: Chuck, Jay, Dan, Jonah, Jeff
        • Against: Sam
        • Abstain: Mark
      • Motion passes
  • Yankee Tournament Skeleton Modification
    • Daniel Chen/Bruno
      • Have more high level tournaments on Saturdays
      • Is it possible to adjust skeleton to incorporate the day of the weekend as a factor?
      • Jeff recommends that it be announced pre-draft that TDs should keep in mind that many high level players coach JOs which have tournaments on Sunday
    • Judyís thoughts (via email)
      • Find an equation for the draft that benefits the legit longtime tournament directors.
        • Per Jonah, new TDs are on a probationary period for the first draft period they are in
      • Perhaps allowing TDs that have been successfully running tournament for 5+ years the opportunity to draft 100 team spots, 3+ years running60 team spots, newbies only 30....or something like this OR get rid of the draft completely like we used to.
        • The draft was started to get more TDs; maybe it's time for free enterprise.
        • Per Jonah Ė should not be free enterprise or give long term TDs any more benefits
      • Jeff is examining options to include a geographical factor into the skeleton system
    • Will continue to discuss at future meetings
  • Uniforms
    • Bruno is concerned about referee consistency regarding libero uniforms
    • Chet has requested Steve Webster get the information out to BAVP again regarding the rules and the interpretation
    • The tournament head referee has the final decision on all uniforms
  • Nationals Mappings
    • Per David Castanon (email)
      • The minimum for regional BB should be right after the maximum for regional B. In the past, we never worried about minimums for National ratings; minimums were introduced only for Yankee-championships, when you had 9 levels of championships. This should be corrected immediately.
      • Somehow, we seem to have extended those to the USAV regionals.
      • Jay motions that the minimums be lowered so that the ranges are contiguous, effective immediately
        • Sam seconds
          • For: Mark, Jeff, Chuck, Daniel, Jay, Sam
          • Against: Jonah
        • Motion Passes
    • Per Krissy Norman (via email)
      • I think it should be brought to the board attentions they keep an eye out on the different levels at Nationals and think about the current mappings especially the B and BB. I think the B level should be allowed 3 B women as the competition seems to be getting stronger. Same with the BB
        • Per Jonah: Womenís B mapping should be adjusted for next year and will work with Dave for next year to adjust.
  • Ratings (per Don Cohen via email)
    • Why can you only have 4 Bs if youíre going to B nationals. Is it time to try again to address the nomenclature of ratings?
      • First change
        • D becomes D
        • C- become DD
        • C becomes C
        • C+ become CC
        • B- becomes B
        • B  becomes BB
        • B+ becomes A
        • becomes AA
        • A/A+ become AAA or Open
      • Second Step
        • Change tournament mappings to match nationals mappings CC and below stay the same old +3. That way, teams can play all year together and prepare for nationals.
    • Discussion ensues
      • Our largest membership rating is C+ and so the Yankee ratings system works for the majority of our members
  • Nationals
    • 55 down from 67 last year
    • Only 1 UVolley
    • Coed is down
    • Using championship results to rank teams
    • Need an OPEN 2010 update at next meeting
  • Championships
    • Chet needs help getting teams for championships at some of the lower level
    • Requests GRC gets scramble players involved with championships
    • Chet wants to then have GRC push on different levels to get teams organized
  • Picnic
    • June 7
    • Same food as last year
    • DJ Ė taking recommendations - $500 stipend; 9-4; including emcee responsibilities
    • Chet getting shirts for picnic staff/volunteers to wear
    • Chet will work with Tom Sweeney to create online picnic registration
    • Will contact BSSC
  • Mileage reimbursement
    • Board has not received this yet