Your entire Board of Directors worked hard and long hours over the two full days of the February 1-3, 2018. My sincerest thanks to Cathy Coleman, Vice-president, Malissa Williams, IPP, Sandra Welch, Ex-officio, and all the District Directors. Thank you to Mike Fitch, Executive Director, Bill Theodore, Assistant Executive Director, and Mona Schultz, Executive Administrator. The TASO staff was invaluable with their time and help in preparing for this meeting and during the two days.
We welcomed two new District Directors to the board: David Harris, District 7 and Jack Zaldivar, District 11. Robert Cantu returned to the board as the District 5 Director. Also, Kevin Carlyle serviced as Proxy for David Plaisance, District 13 Director during this meeting.
We were happy to welcome Bryan Bunselmeyer, TAPPS Executive Director and Robert Huckabee, TAPPS Compliance/Athletic Director, and Lee Grisham, TGCA Assistant Executive Director to the meeting. They all praised the volleyball division on the great job done by all officials during the 2017-18 season.
Many changes were proposed by the committees during their reports. Numerous Operating Procedures proposals were passed, and an update was passed for the Dual Membership Policy, including the name change to Multi-Chapter Membership Policy. Those changes will be made and the updated Operating Procedures and Multi-Chapter Membership Policy will be posted to the TASO website soon.
The BOD will be working hard in the next few months getting ready for the 2018 Volleyball Annual State Meeting this year in Garland, Texas. The date that officials will need to attend for clinic credit is Saturday, July 14, 2018. Please put the date on your calendar. We will once again start the day at 8:30 AM with the Break-out sessions and continue after lunch with the General Session. TASO will announce when registration is open for the State Meeting. You must pre-register online to attend at the $35 fee paid during the Membership Renewal process. Don\'t wait until you get to Garland to register or you will pay an extra $10 late registration fee. Registration will close promptly at 8:30 and anyone coming in after that will not be allowed to register and will not receive credit for attending the state meeting. You must attend each of the four Break-out sessions and the General Session and be scanned following each session, to receive education credit. We will again have a raffle for the gift baskets given by each district. Also, at the end of the General Session, a drawing for the $250 gift card will be held. You must be present to win!!!
On Friday, July 13, 2018 at 12:00 PM, the Volleyball Division will hold the Annual Board of Directors meeting. We will have the Chapter Officers\' Workshop on Friday evening at 5:00 PM. The president and secretary from each chapter, along with all District Directors, are required to attend this workshop. A proxy may attend for either the president and/or secretary.
The dates for Volleyball Regional Clinics have been tentatively set. The times and locations are TBD.
July 21: McAllen
July 22: Overton
July 28: Lubbock
July 28: Houston
July 29: San Antonio
This year the District Director elections will take place for districts 2,4,6,8,10,12. You may declare your intention to run by informing the TASO office at firstname.lastname@example.org between August 1st and October 1st.
The UIL Legislative Council has approved the new travel reimbursement plan. Per UIL 1204, all chapters will use the Mileage bands or Metro plan. Each chapter should prepare a list of each school that they service with the mileage dollar amount that should be charged for that location.
Please remember to contact your District Director with any questions, concerns and more importantly, those things that our Chapters and Members have done for the sport or their community. They are your liaison to the TASO Office.
We all should know the answer to the numerous things that \'What does TASO do for you?\' But, \'What can TASO do for you?\'
See you at the 2018 Volleyball Annual State Meeting!
Shelley Witte, TASO Volleyball President