October BOTM: Damon Gwi

October’s Baller of the Month has been earned by Damon Gwi of the University of Minnesota, who flew across the border to help represent the NCDA in Toronto, Canada for the World Dodgeball Championship Toronto Collegiate Invitational. I had the honor of conducting the interview.  Continue reading “October BOTM: Damon Gwi”

Midterm Report Card: Grading the East Coast

We have reached a point in the season where we have started to get an idea of where teams stand and what they’re potentially capable of.  Sean Smith, former Towson University dodgeballer, and I have teamed up to give our takes and grades from what we’ve seen so far out of the East Coast.  For some teams, they will love their grades.  For some teams, they will hate them.  But at the end of the day, these are just some not-so-scientifically assigned grade based on early observations this season.  For the overachiever students out there it may be hard to accept the grade you get, but fear not, there will be more chances to bump your grade up later this season.

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Standings as of 2017-11-14

In the 2018 Season, we have 29 technical upsets in 118 ranked matches. This past Saturday, we had two technical upsets in nine ranked matches, one of which was an Overtime upset.

Since our League was founded in April of 2005, to present we’ve seen thousands of matches between schools. All 50 schools that have played in the NCDA have been campus recognized club sports and/or student organizations. Over the eight seasons of reliably recorded matches, starting with the 2011 Season on 2010-09-25, we’ve played 1368 ranked matches. 265 of those are considered technical upsets in the Gonzalez System (success rate of 80.63%). A technical upset is when a lower rated team defeats a higher rated team.

Roughly 220 box scores from Seasons 2005 to 2010 are recorded, but we know there are more unrecorded matches, roughly estimated to be about 300 matches played in the statistical dark ages from Seasons 2005 to 2010.

The Gonzalez System is a computer ranking model similar to Elo and is a rating exchange system based on research performed by World Rugby. It has been adapted by the NCDA to the demands of College Dodgeball, but can be tuned and customized endlessly to incorporate accurate data. It has been used to help determine seeds for the Nationals bracket since Nationals 2014, and was used exclusively for the Nationals 2017 bracket. Continue reading “Standings as of 2017-11-14”

Weekend Recap

Last weekend featured three separate National Collegiate Dodgeball Association events.  Each one had some telling results.  Miami (Ohio) had a head turning performance when they went undefeated at their home tournament, including a win over Ohio.  Central Michigan went undefeated at the home tournament as well, then followed it up the next day with another undefeated day at MSU.

Below, a number of individuals react to what went down last weekend:

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Fiscal Year 2018 Q1 Financial Update

Chicago, IL – Office of the Treasurer

The purpose of this post is to provide you an update on the financials of the NCDA, as well as announce some treasury department news.

To begin, starting for FY18, the NCDA began using a new accounting software provider, WaveApps, to keep track of our finances, invoices, bills, etc. all in one place. This allows us to automatically generate & send out invoices, keep track of who has paid and who hasn’t, and generate financial statements. We currently are looking into additional services WaveApps provides, including making payments directly to the NCDA online, avoiding having to mail checks or pay through PayPal and have to pay additional fees to third party providers.  Additionally, for FY18, the NCDA switched to the accrual basis of accounting from the cash basis, so going forward our financials will include items including net assets, payables, and receivables.

In other news, all 2017-2018 season invoices have been sent out, to the emails provided to us during team registration. You should have received these by now. Please let the e-board know immediately if your team did not receive this invoice. These annual membership dues are to be received by the NCDA by 11:59 pm PST on December 31, 2017. If they are 1-31 days late, there will be a $25 late fee assessed. Late payments without the late fee will not be accepted. No payments will be accepted after January 31, 2017, and you will not be allowed to participate in NCDA events including Nationals for the 2017-18 season. No exceptions without first clearing it with the full executive board prior to December 31. If you have any questions, please reach out to the E-board. Continue reading “Fiscal Year 2018 Q1 Financial Update”

Midland Mayhem Invitational

If you have not guessed it, another weekend is upon us and that means tournament time. This time the new kids on the block, Midland University will be hosting their first ever home tournament, The Midland Mayhem Invitational at the Wikert Event Center/ Hopkins Arena, (900 North Clarkson St. Fremont, Nebraska 68025) on Saturday, November 11, 2017.  The teams in attendance will be: the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL), University of Wisconsin- Platteville (UWP), and Midland University (MU).  It’s a battle in the Midway Conference and the question is, who will reign supreme?  Will it be the Warriors who are just getting the hang of things, the Cornhuskers who are coming off a win against Midland or the Pioneers who took a beat down at the King of the Mountain ( According to Anthony Goetz, there is a plaque for the winners, Midland really goes all out).  Let’s take a look at the schedule and a preview of the matches.      Continue reading “Midland Mayhem Invitational”

Standings as of 2017-11-07

We are well developed into the season, with 22 ranked matches coming out of this weekend and bringing us to a staggering 1359 ranked matches with 109 ranked matches in the 2018 Season so far. There are few organizations out there that can claim these kinds of records, and if any of you have leads on any please forward them over. Record keeping really sets us apart. Dodgeball play is worth keeping track of, and accuracy is important.

Technical Upset Spotlight

We had some close games this weekend across our three events, and we registered three technical upsets in our 22 ranked matches. The Gonzalez system marks 263 technical upsets in 1359 ranked matches (80.65% success rate). One team claimed all three of our technical upsets: Miami on their home court. Continue reading “Standings as of 2017-11-07”

Spartan Invite- NCDA

This Sunday, November 5, 2017, Michigan State University will be hosting the Spartan Invite. It is a tradition to host this event on a Sunday and it should be a good one (marks the ninth in MSU history). The teams in attendance are: Central Michigan University (CMU), Michigan State University (MSU), DePaul University (DePaul), and Bowling Green State University (BGSU). The rankings of these teams currently stand at: CMU #1, MSU #9, DePaul #27, and BGSU #5.  The games will be played at the IM West at Michgan State (393 Chestnut Road, East Lansing, MI)  Here is the schedule for the day: Continue reading “Spartan Invite- NCDA”