BOTM: 2018 March

Evan Eschenburg – JMU

After a series of matchups and polls on Twitter, JMU’s Evan Eschenburg was the people’s choice, coming out on top over seven other talented and well-qualified dodgeballers.  Throughout his career, Eschenburg has embodied what it means to be a true JMU dodgeballer, which lead to him being one of the captains for this season.  Without a doubt, he has made a bigger name for himself this season and could even be placed in the league MVP discussion.  I had a chance to talk to him to congratulate him and pick his thoughts on dodgeball, JMU, and Fortnite.

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The NCDA Hall of Fame: Who Might Make the Cut

About a year ago Jacob Leski asked me the following question: “If we had an inductee class for the Hall of Fame for the NCDA, who would be your 6?” I thought about it for a second, and then said I don’t know because I only really have a good judge of the people from my era. I then moved on and didn’t think about the question for a while. But it came up again by Kevin Bailey in his write-up for the 2017 All-Americans list, referencing both myself and MSU Dodgeball founder Aleks Bomis as potential first ballot nominees. So once again I thought back to Leski’s question, but then time passed and I didn’t think about it for a while. With the announcement of the newest inductees to the National Baseball Hall of Fame back in January, the thought of an NCDA Hall returned once more. So as another semester has passed and Nationals 2018 is fastly approaching, I thought I’d finally answer Leski’s question: Who do I think has earned a spot in the hypothetical NCDA Hall of Fame inaugural class.

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Chicago Dodgeball Open Preview

This Saturday, March 17, 2018 marks another battle in the Midway Conference with the top heavyweights: DePaul University (DePaul), University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL), and University of Wisconsin-Platteville (UWP). It is going to be a fun one and the league will be in for some good games.  Let’s take a look at the schedule.  The games will be played at the Ray Meyer Fitness Center ( 2235 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60614) Continue reading “Chicago Dodgeball Open Preview”

Future Stars of the Michigan Region

The Michigan Region has historically been the best in college dodgeball, and this year looks to be no different.  In the past, the state of Michigan has earned up to 9 of the 15 1st-Team All-American spots, showing how good the top level of talent is in the region.  But unfortunately, as is often the case, the veterans on these teams seem to steal the headlines, making it difficult to learn enough about the up-and-coming talent in the region.  Well, time to give some of those young players the recognition they deserve.  I had the chance to ask a captain on each team who their young star are.  Below are the responses I received: Continue reading “Future Stars of the Michigan Region”

Women’s March Madness Baller of the Month Bracket

We are happy to announce that this month, along with our Men’s Baller of the Month bracket, we have put together a bracket with 8 of the top female ballers in college dodgeball for you to vote on.

The voting will take place on Twitter, and will begin later this week (Thursday afternoon) following the conclusion of the men’s bracket.  Below is the list of finalists, along with the official bracket showing each first round matchup.  Check our Twitter later this week for the first poll! Continue reading “Women’s March Madness Baller of the Month Bracket”

March Madness Baller of the Month Bracket

Happy March everyone.  As we have done in the past, the Baller of the Month for March will be determined through a “March Madness” bracket.  We have narrowed our list of candidates for BOTM down to the 8 most deserving, and will now leave it up to you to determine the winner!  Before we get into the matchups and voting procedure, here are your 8 finalists:

  • Nick Hazergian (SVSU)
  • Evan Eschenburg (JMU)
  • Jordan Watt (Towson)
  • Tyler Paalman (Kent)
  • Wayne Shortt (VCU)
  • Reid Manger (BGSU)
  • Alex Jonauskas (GVSU)
  • Ethan Kraus (UCF)

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Nationals 2018 – Hypothetical Brackets

  • The following article was co-authored by Kevin Bailey and Hunter Ford.

Below, Chief of Content Kevin Bailey and Director of Nationals Hunter Ford take a stab at what the bracket will look like for Nationals.  The two will dive into this discussion from two different angles.  Kevin will take a look at what the bracket would look like if Nationals happened today, while Hunter is giving a projection on what the bracket will look like on the day of Nationals.  Take a look below for the two brackets, and feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts or predictions:

*To be clear, neither of these brackets are official, people.  This is just our projection.  The official Nationals Bracket is determined after pool-play on day one of the event…

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Future Stars of the East Coast

There are a lot of big names that have come out of the East Coast over the years, but today we’re giving you a preview of those who are on their way.  Each of these young players have shown the talent and drive to eventually become leaders of their team, and prominent dodgeballers in the NCDA for years to come.  Let’s take a look at some of these prospects.

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Standings as of 2018-03-06

Standings are aimed to be released by the end of every Tuesday. 

There was one event this weekend: the Gold Rush. Check out the recap by Hunter.

In the 2018 Season, we have 50 technical upsets in 203 ranked matches (75.31% success rate) across 31 events.

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 2018-03-06”

BOTM: 2018 February

Akron’s Colby Briceland is your February BOTM.

Sorry for the delay, but I am happy to finally announce that our Baller of the Month for February is Colby Briceland from University of Akron.  Colby had a very eventful month of February.  Here’s a quick recap:

On Feb. 10, Colby hosted the largest collegiate tournament of the season at his school, Akron University.  “The War” lived up to the hype as one of the most significant tournaments of the NCDA’s regular season and Colby played a major role in making sure this two-day event took place.

Just one week later, Colby put together a team of college dodgeballers from various teams throughout Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan to travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the GR Open.  They played under the team name “Ohio Legacy” despite only a few of the players being regulars on that team.  Colby did a great job introducing these players to a new format of dodgeball with a new community of players.

The following week Colby was again in action on the dodgeball court as he led his Akron team to a very solid showing at the annual Ohio Dodgeball Cup.  Continue reading “BOTM: 2018 February”

North Georgia Takes Home the Gold…Rush

The University of North Georgia hosted Georgia Southern University and the University of Central Florida this past weekend at the UNG Gold Rush.  For UNG, it was a chance to flex their muscles and prove once again they are the top contenders in the South.  GSU looked to add to their win total for the year, and prove they could compete with their in-state competition.  As for UCF, this was a great opportunity for them to get their feet wet, as it was their first match in program history.  Overall, it was a fun and simple event which gave us some insight on the younger programs in the country.

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Power Rankings: March 2018

Less than two months left in the 2017-18 College Dodgeball season, and things are really starting to heat up.  The month of February was the most chaotic of the season, and teams continue to jostle for positions in the rankings.

Below is the official Power Rankings list produced by NCDA Executive Board members Jacob Leski (Director of Recruitment and Retention), and Kevin Bailey (Chief of Content).  Along with giving our opinions on each team, this month we have added some extra team info to provide readers with a better idea of how each school fared over the course of the last month.  Please keep in mind: these power rankings have no impact on the actual NCDA Standings.

1) Grand Valley State

Kevin Bailey: After an underwhelming first half to the season, GVSU finally showed us a glimpse of what they’re capable of at the Michigan Dodgeball Cup, where they dismantled previously unbeaten Central Michigan to take home the title.  They then traveled to JMU to win the BEAST (thanks to some late-game heroics by Alex Jonauskas).  This team is the hottest in the country at the moment, but will be tested a lot over the final two months of the season.  They will host CMU, SVSU, MSU, and many more top-level teams on March 25th.  That will be a great preview for Nationals.

Jacob Leski: I highly doubt KB or myself was surprised to see GVSU come back in style as they seem to always do after winter break. They deserve the #1 spot in this month’s power rankings without question. Does that mean they deserve to be the #1 team in the nation? I am not yet convinced, but I am sure that will be answered very soon. Shout-out to Coach Dylan Fettig for instilling an incredible work ethic for this program, which is why I believe they are playing so well. Continue reading “Power Rankings: March 2018”

Zanderthon Throw-Down Recap

Zanderthon Throw-Down Recap 3.0

On Saturday February 24, one of the great tournaments of the semester occurred between two teams, University of Wisconsin- Platteville and University Nebraska- Lincoln.  It was another matchup between the Cornhuskers and the Pioneers and UWP got the best of UNL.  Here is how the games went overall this weekend.

Another fine group picture from the Midway Conference!

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