2017-18 Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25

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Nationals 2017 came to a close just over a week ago, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start looking forward to next season.  As we enter the off-season, I figured I might as well begin the discussion on the 2017-18 version of NCDA Dodgeball.  Listed below is my way-too-early top 25 rankings for next year, with some brief explanations for each team.

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2017-2018 Off Season Action Dates

2017-04-01 – Begin Nominations for open Executive Board positions (President, Treasurer, Director of Officiating)
2017-04-11 – End of 2017 Season, Begin Off Season
2017-05-01 – Begin Vote for Nationals 2017 Host
2017-05-06 – End Vote for Nationals 2017 Host (no later than)
2017-05-08 – Announce Nationals 2017 Host (no later than)
2017-05-31 – End Nominations for Executive Board
2017-06-05 – Board Nominees must accept nominations (no later than) and submit a “campaign” info paragraph
2017-06-15 – Begin Vote for open Executive Board positions (President, Treasurer, Director of Officiating)
2017-06-25 – End Vote for open Executive Board positions
2017-06-28 – Announce votes privately to the current Board, contact winners of election (no later than)
2017-06-30 – Winners accept/deny their position (no later than)
2017-06-30 – End 2016-2017 NCDA Fiscal Year
2017-07-01 – Begin 2017-2018 NCDA Fiscal Year
2017-07-01 – Announce Executive Board (no later than)
2017-07-15 – Begin Vote on Rulebook, Bylaws, and Policy
2017-07-31 – End Vote on Rulebook, Bylaws, and Policy
2017-08-01 – Begin 2017 Season
2017-08-10 – Announce results of Vote (no later than). Results take effect at publishing datetime.
2017-09-01 – Publish 2018 Rulebook, Bylaws, and Policy
2017-12-31 – Member Teams pay League Membership Fee (no later than)

2017 College Dodgeball All-American Team

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Another year of college dodgeball is in the books.  While we continue to recover from what was another exciting year playing the best sport on earth, we do have some big news to share.

Listed below are the 15 individuals selected as 2017 College Dodgeball All-Americans.  Each of these players did an outstanding job on the court this season, and are more than deserving of this recognition.

Along with each name on this list is a brief description, written by a member of the NCDA Content team.  Congratulations to each of these athletes for etching their name into the NCDA history books as College Dodgeball All-Americans!

Also, please note that we will be releasing the second team (players ranked 16-30) later this week.  Stay on the lookout for that.

Without further ado… here are your 2017 All-Americans:

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Bold Predictions for the 2017-2018 Season

Over a week has passed since Nationals and the dust has had a little bit of time to settle.  Congratulations to the Lakers of Grand Valley State once again on their tremendous season.  With that being said, no on else in the league cares anymore, we’re ready to move onto the next season.  There are a lot of things to look forward to even before the start of next year including All-American and MVP voting coming soon, voting on rule changes, and selecting the next host for Nationals in 2018.

I wanted to take the time to present some interesting thoughts for next season as a nice buffer for what will be some intense discussion tomorrow.

Let’s take a look at some interesting predictions.

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Nationals 2017 Review

Well folks, another season of NCDA Dodgeball has come and gone.  Another year of this amazing thing we call college dodgeball.

Nationals 2017, hosted by University of Kentucky, was one of the best final tournaments in our league’s history.  Listed below are some initial takeaways that I had (starting with the top finishing teams, and wandering around from there).  Also here are the results from the tournament: Continue reading “Nationals 2017 Review”

Outside Reaction to Nationals

So I heard the NCDA had a tournament this weekend. I also heard that Grand Valley won… again. I can’t say that is a surprising result to hear, but congratulations to the Lakers… again. That being said, there are a few other takeaways we can gather from this weekend. Here’s my take from everything I heard and saw from this year in the NCDA: Continue reading “Outside Reaction to Nationals”

2017 National Champions: GVSU


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“Court 2” presented by SAVAGE Apparel, Nationals 2017: GVSU def CMU 2-1 in the 2017 Championship Match.

Grand Valley State University Club Dodgeball is the National Champion for the 2017 college dodgeball season. At the conclusion of the 57 match event, the Director of Nationals, Colin Hiatt [UK, #44-C], along with the rest of the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association Executive Board, presented the Championship trophy to Brandon Meisel, GV Captain on Sunday afternoon.

The 2017 Season included 286 ranked matches and 304 events, with 32 participating Member Teams. The NCDA has 836 registered members across 27 States as of 2017-04-11.

This is GVSU’s fifth consecutive National title, in addition to being their ninth National title overall. This was the 13th National Championship for Collegiate Dodgeball competition; the NCDA was founded April 9th, 2005.

GVSU was the top rated team (56.623) going into Nationals, and was seeded #1 in the Tournament Bracket with a 57.213. They finish the 2017 Season with 29 wins and 3 losses, including going 4-2 in overtime. Defeating #2 ranked CMU in the 2017 Championship, they also finish the season with the current highest Gonzalez rating of all time, 59.240. The past record (58.206) was set by GV at the end of the 2016 Season.

Final Power Rankings for the 2016-17 Season

Disclaimer: These rankings have zero impact on seeding for the National Tournament or actual ranking. They provide insight into where teams are currently performing during a given part of the season.

Here it is. The final power rankings of the season. Hope you all enjoy it on your ride down to Lexington and get a kick out of it as much as I did writing it. I tried to insert as many “Dodgeball” quotes as I could, comment how many you think you found. First to guess it correctly gets “Two expired movie passes and a free body massage from Peter LaFleur.” But for real, see how many you can find.

For those easily offended, please do not read any further…

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2017 Captains’ Meeting Agenda

Introduction of Administration – Felix Perrone

Felix Perrone – League President
Mike McNicholas – League Treasurer
Zigmas Maloni – Director of Officiating (and Records)
Kevin Bailey  – Chief of Content
Jacob Leski – Director of League Expansion & Retention Colin Hiatt – Director of Nationals 2017

Roll Call – Felix Perrone

Present Member Teams: DePaul, Kent, OSU, MSU, GVSU, UK, BGSU, SVSU, WKU, CMU, UWP, Miami, NSU, UMD, JMU, Towson, VCU, PSU, Akron, Ohio, UVA, UNG, CSU, and featuring UWW

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Nationals Bracket Predictions

This post is taken from the content discussed on the Live Nationals Preview Show.

I suggest you watch the show if you haven’t already. Or don’t. My feelings won’t be hurt.

Here are the Sunday brackets based on Kevin Bailey’s, Colin O’Brien’s, and Jacob Leski’s predictions for the Saturday slate of games at Nationals 2017, along with the “chalk” bracket based on every higher ranked Gonzalez team winning based on their current ranking. Analysis of each game for both days was discussed on the show.

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Nationals 2017 Officiating Schedule

Announcements:

  1. Every official must have a whistle.
  2. Read the Rulebook. Understand the Officiating Manual. Be good people.
  3. Please dress the part. Gray or black is a nice neutral color that most teams don’t wear.
  4. Head Referees, Assistant Referees, and also Shot Clock Timekeepers have the power to call the game. If you see a person is clearly out, and another Official didn’t call it, don’t be afraid to call them out.
  5. The 2017 Aleks Bomis Alumni/Staff Game will be first thing Sunday.
  6. For all of Saturday, matches will be 40 minutes. 20 minute halves.

Schedule below for Saturday. Sunday heavily depends on the results of Saturday. Continue reading “Nationals 2017 Officiating Schedule”

Gonzalez Exchanges for Nationals 2017

Here we have a very long table for Day 1 of Nationals 2017. We will be playing 35 matches on Saturday. For many long reasons, the following table includes the pre-Nationals ratings for each exchange. The ratings are not updated round to round like they would be in reality.

For example, NSULA’s pre-rating is 40.640 and is for each of their matches. In reality their first match vs OSU will naturally raise or lower their rating, which in turn will affect the exchange against their second opponent, DePaul.

I guess to summarize, the purpose of this is to show you a close, potential weight each match has on each team’s rating. Exchanges are doubled for Nationals, so an even match will have an Exchange around 2. Most matches will fall within 0-2, while upset exchanges will be 2-4.  Continue reading “Gonzalez Exchanges for Nationals 2017”