Top 5 Uniforms in the NCDA

This list will without a doubt spark some controversy, and I’m totally okay with that.  As we continue our top 5 series, I bring you today the top 5 uniforms in college dodgeball.  Feel free to comment if you disagree with my list.  I’m sure there are varying opinions out there.

(Next List Up: Top 5 Overall Players for 2016-17… coming July 24th)

1. DePaul

I mean really, you can’t beat DePaul in this category.  These uniforms are unique, detailed, and classic.  The triple threat.  I really had no trouble determining who got #1 on this list because it is a clear choice.  The assortment of DePaul Dodgeball uniforms is rivaled by no one in college dodgeball.

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Top 5 Breakout Stars for 2016-17

Continuing our top 5 lists is this one on the top 5 breakout stars for the upcoming season.  These are not the top 5 overall players in the league, they are just my pick for the five players that will breakout in 2016-17 and truly make a name for themselves in this league.  Feel free to comment if you have any other choices that you think deserved to make this list!

(Next List Up: Top 5 Uniforms in the NCDA… coming July 19th)

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Top 5 Matchups for 2016-17

As we inch closer to yet another season of collegiate dodgeball, I thought it would be good to start a series of top 5 lists for you all.  So, for the remainder of the off-season we will be shelling out a new top 5 list once every 5 days!  Today’s top five is on the most anticipated matchups for the upcoming season.  Stay tuned because we have a number of great lists coming your way in the future.  Next week’s list: Top 5 Breakout Stars for 2016-17.  Anyway, enjoy the first of many top 5 lists to come:

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My Dodgeball Story: Felix Perrone

As an organization, we will be starting a new series of articles titled “My Dodgeball Story”. In short, this will be reminiscent to what The Players’ Tribune is all about.

Basically the intention is to give any current or former NCDA player the chance to have his/her voice heard.  This will be an opportunity for our content to become more diverse in that we will be featuring first-person stories from a variety of players around the league.  Everyone has a unique dodgeball story.  Whether it be a specific experience, or just how the sport changed your life as a whole, this is your opportunity to share your story with the world.

gr 2So, before we can move on to the first edition of this series of articles, I want to invite any and all of you to submit your own “dodgeball story” to a member of the content team.  The goal here is to increase the amount of content on this website and grow the sport as a whole.  So get writing, we would love to hear from all of you!

It is only fitting that we start this series with Felix Perrone’s “dodgeball story”.  Felix, as most of you know, is the current President of the NCDA.  Felix’s impact on the league goes beyond everything he does right now as the main face of the organization.  During his playing days Felix was considered one of the top players in the league (and I consider him a top 10 player ever), and a great leader for the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky.

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How can we take advantage of social media for Nationals?

Word of mouth has expanded our League in the biggest way, more than any other form. As much as we’ve focused on recruiting, nothing’s as strong as getting a friend at another school to form a dodgeball team so you can school them on the court in an NCDA match. Social media has put this whole thing online, but we’re not doing nearly enough to take advantage of some free publicity.

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2017 Executive Board

CINCINNATI – Office of Director of Officiating (and Records):

With 100% of the 23 Member Team submitting a valid ballot, plus the Alumni estate ballot, 24 valid ballots and zero invalid ballots determined the winner of two open Executive Board positions. As there were only two candidates and no None of the Above votes, only one round of counting was needed to obtain a majority. Following NCDA policy, these results were confirmed by the Director of Nationals (Tyrell Smith). The winning candidates have accepted their positions and the defeated candidates have been notified of the results prior to this posting.

Director of Relations / Expansion
Jacob Leski (15)
Dylan Fettig (9)

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2015-16 NCDA All-Rookie Team

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The wait is finally over! Listed below is your 2015-16 National Collegiate Dodgeball Association All-Rookie Team.  Congrats to each of the 15 players who earned this distinction (through a league-wide vote).  It’s safe to say that the future is bright for collegiate dodgeball with these talented players emerging as stars in our league.  Here’s the list of the top 15 rookies in the nation from this past season: Continue reading

BOTM: 2016 June

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Jacob Leski – Central Michigan

The Baller of the Month for June goes to a recent graduate from Central Michigan University: Jacob Leski.  Jake was a top performer on a CMU team that finished as national runner-up for the second straight season.

Jake finished up his career at CMU with a stellar performance at Nationals (the championship game in particular).  Without a doubt he leaves behind a legacy as one of the most impactful catchers in the NCDA.

I had the pleasure to interview Jake on a number of topics, including his on-court strategy, favorite dodgeball memories, and his future plans.  Take a look at our interview below:

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2017 Executive Board Election

Following the NCDA’s voting policy, the vote will be preferential. Teams will submit their ballot by ranking each candidate in order of their preference and email this ballot to the League (ncdadodgeball@gmail.com). The most preferred candidate in each position will be offered the respective position on the Executive Board.

EXAMPLE BALLOT

Director of Relations / Expansion
1. Vibius Minucius Pius
2. Quintus Laelius Lucanus

Chief of Content
1. Decimus Iuventius Paetus
2. Marcus Hostilius Regulus

In accordance with our Constitution, Voting will run from 2016-06-15 until 2016-06-25. The new board will be announced no later than 2016-07-01, with the start of the NCDA fiscal year.


Candidates

Director of Relations / Expansion
– Dylan Fettig
– Jacob Leski

Chief of Content
– Kevin Bailey
– Jonathan Shaw

Candidate CAMPAIGN Paragraphs

The following contains paragraphs from each candidate seeking a position on the Executive Board. If you have any questions for the candidates, let them know or post them here!

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Changes to League Dues for 2016-2017 Season

DALLAS, TX – Office of the Treasurer: In a 5-0 vote of the Executive Board (two voting members abstaining), the Board has decided to increase the annual league dues for each Member Team. Commencing July 1, 2016, the membership dues per team will increase $10, from $100 to $110 per annum.

December 31, 2016 will remain the deadline for member dues submission to the NCDA.

There were many reasons supporting this increase that the Board considered, which ultimately drove the Board to approve this increase in dues. The first is the standard inflation of the USD. The League has not adjusted dues to concur with inflation for several years, and the Board feels it is time to catch up with past inflation, as well as get ahead on the continual inflation going forward.

The slight increase in league dues will also help the Executive Board facilitate league expansion through methods of minimalistic travel stipends for members of the NCDA Ambassadors to assist the organization in its growth and development campaign.

Per section 7.1.1 of the NCDA bylaws, membership dues are subject to change with an adequate notice to the Member Teams of at least six months from the due date. At the time of this release, dues are to be submitted to the NCDA more than six months in the future. The bylaw will also be updated to reflect the new amount of $110 annually at the start of the new fiscal year. The current bylaw can be found here.

Please reach out to Mike McNicholas, Treasurer, at ncdadodgeball@gmail.com, or another member of the Executive Board with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Nationals 2017 Host Vote Results

LOS ANGELES – Office of the Director of Officiating (and Records): The University of Kentucky Dodgeball Club will play host for Nationals 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. They have two potential weekends available, of April 1st or April 8th.

This was a preferential election. Each Member Team submitted a ballot ranking the candidates by preference. The votes were transferred in a STV format until the most preferred candidate won a majority. 12 votes dictated a quorum for our current total of 23 teams. Tyrell Smith, Director of Nationals 2016, was auditor of the ballots as per the election oversight duties of the position.

An election note, there was a tiebreaker between VCU and JMU in the first round since they had the same total of first preferences in the election. The tiebreaker went to the Candidate with more second preferences: VCU with 11 over JMU with 3.

Candidate 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
JMU 3 3 9 7
VCU 3 11 4 4
UK 10 4 3 4
BW 6 4 6 6

Please view the original ballot.in and election.out file for the preferential counts.

AJP 2016-05-04: Of Schedules and Nationals Hosts

Our first recorded podcast after Nationals. As Mario has headed back “weast”, we use the four prospective National 2017 hosts as springboards for cerebral road tripping, voting rights rambles, and Eastern team travel restrictions. Not to be underdone after discussing the four bids, we launch into a small preview of the proto-scheduled events of the fall. Name your events cool stuff so we may be entertained!

We go over my 30 minute limit, and it really kills me because of the rendering time. We’ll have to cut our existential rants in the future. Enjoy!

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Thinking on Competition Groups

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The current Member Teams, Upcoming Schools, and some Known Orgs laid out on a map from the NYT Sunday Review. Sources: Joel Kotkin (boundaries and names of 7 mega-regions); Forbes Magazine; Regional Plan Association; Census Bureau; United States High Speed Rail Association; Clare Trainor/University of Wisconsin-Madison Cartography Laboratory;Zigmas Maloni (overlaid NCDA teams).

I’ve been making maps. As a national organization we have an obligation to think beyond state lines because these boundaries don’t prevent teams from traveling across them. Our organization is based on travel to specific points for the purpose of playing dodgeball. Dodgeball centers may exist for other Leagues, but it really is different for the NCDA. 

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Nationals 2017 Hosting Bids

Following the NCDA’s voting policy, the vote will be preferential. Teams will submit their ballot by ranking each school in order of their preference and email this ballot to the League. The most preferred school will host Nationals 2017. For Nationals 2017, there are four schools placing a bid to host: JMU, VCU, and UK, BW. See after the jump for each team’s bid information. Please make any questions you have known.

Voting will run from May 1st to May 6th, or will end early if each Member Team casts a ballot by email to ncdadodgeball@gmail.com

Example Ballot

1. Delta
2. Marshall
3. Oakland

Member Player Representation

Member Teams are left to their own devices to determine their preferences. However, some teams in the past like to run their own mini-preferential election within the team. Some may have each officer submit a preferential ballot. Some have their entire club membership vote. Let me me know if you would like this. I can count those in our voting program and deliver your team’s preferential ballot through that process.

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