We are just over half-way through the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s 2017-18 season. In the fall we were lucky enough to see some very impressive individual performances from various players spanning across many different NCDA regions. I gave my input on who might be MVP candidates at the start of the year, and now I would like to revisit that topic. There is still a long way to go before the NCDA All-American Team is voted upon, but at this point in the year, I have narrowed the list of players remaining in the race to finish #1 on that list. Here are my finalists for NCDA MVP (please note these players are grouped into a few different sections, and listed in alphabetical order within each section).
The second half of the 2017-18 season will be here in no time, and there are already plenty of tournaments on the docket. Below I have ranked the five most anticipated tournaments of the winter / spring. This list is just my opinion, so feel free to comment with your own list. Now time to preview the top 5 events I am looking forward to, listed in order of importance:
5) Oregon State Tournament @ Oregon State University – Feb. 3, 2018
We have hit the mid-season mark in the 2017-18 NCDA season. Just as was done with a few other regions, we have report cards to hand out for each team in the Michigan Region in what has been an interesting first half to the season.
Easiest grade to give out would have to be CMU. The Chippewas are sitting pretty at 15-0 right now. That’s the best first semester record they have ever had if I’m not mistaken. I would have given Central Michigan an A+, but their last few tournaments of the fall revealed the Chips are beatable. Continue reading “Midterm Report Cards: Michigan Region”
Baller of the Month – November 2017 Kristofer DeJesus
Kris DeJesus is November’s BOTM, and I’ve gotta say, this was very well deserved. Everyone loves a good underdog story, and for many years that has been the Stevenson Mustang’s reputation. However, with all the blood, sweat, and (maybe?) tears that Kris has put into this program, we are seeing the fruits of that labor. He has lead this team to their first wins in program history, and has also demonstrated that his talent level is above and beyond the average NCDA baller.
The kid can do it all. Catch, throw, block, you name it. More or less, the dodgeball version of Boobie Miles. Kris has a big presence on the court as both a player and leader for this team, that much has been easy to see this year. I had a chance to chat with Kris to talk about his success and congratulate him on being our November BOTM.
It is the end of the semester and it is time to grade the teams of the Midway Conference. This is at the request of Anthony Goetz of Midland University, ask and you shall receive, I just hope it is to your liking. The grading will be done by the yours truly, your favorite content writer. For this semester, some of the teams were very active and others were still trying to put a team together. This makes it challenging to grade these crews as I have yet to see them play. Let’s take a look at each team and the grade I feel they earned. Continue reading “Midway Conference Report Cards”
Below are the power rankings for December. This list was co-created by Kevin Bailey and Jacob Leski.
*These Power Rankings have no impact on the league’s official standings.
1) Central Michigan
The Chips took a massive risk playing 6 games in two days and it payed off, just barely. The big question I have is whether or not these captains will be able to keep their team motivated to keep working in this large gap of time where no one plays. If he can, I expect this success to continue. – Jacob Leski
Very impressive first half of the season for Central Michigan. They dodged a few bullets during their 6-game weekend a few weeks ago. Sure, they are a beatable team, but the bottom line is that the Chippewas perform when the game is on the line. Championship level teams find a way to win close games, and that is the biggest difference between CMU and GVSU so far this season. – Kevin Bailey Continue reading “Power Rankings – December 2017”
Standings are aimed to be released by the end of every Tuesday.
Note: Since the publishing of the 2017-11-14 article, three forfeits were applied to the Wahoo event for team dropping out. The following obligatory Exec Board vote result was 7 of 7 in favor. Per our SOP, the forfeits were against a Ghost Team, added after the last of the matches at Wahoo as part of that event, but before the Bobcat Bash. One of these forfeits classified as a minor technical upset (exchanging 1.056, ranking 228 of 268 technical upsets).
In the 2018 Season, we have 32 technical upsets in 130 ranked matches (75.38% success rate) across 23 events. This past weekend, we had two technical upsets in nine ranked matches. Since 2010-09-25, we’ve played 1380 ranked matches across 222 events. 268 of those are considered technical upsets in the Gonzalez System (success rate of 80.58%). A technical upset is when a lower rated team defeats a higher rated team.
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 2017-11-21”
CALIFORNIA – The Executive Board of the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association has voted 7 of 7, plus Director of Nationals assent, to join USA Dodgeball as a Founding Member Organization. NCDA President Felix Perrone is a member of the first Board of USA Dodgeball, and the NCDA will be the oldest organization of the Founding Members.
We’re proud to announce that we will be joining this new nonprofit organization, to help achieve their goal in unifying all dodgeball in the country while still keeping our freedom to operate as an independent organization. The NCDA will remain the premier governing body for collegiate dodgeball in the United States, but now we will have access to even more resources and players to help bring competitive dodgeball to every university and college in the country. We’re excited for this because it is the next step for taking our beloved sport to a new level. Continue reading “NCDA joins USA Dodgeball”
It is a little late, but here is the recap for the Midland Mayhem Invitational held back on November 11, 2017. The teams that competed were University Wisconsin- Platteville (UWP), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), and Midland University (MU). Each team came prepared to play and brought the energy. Results for the day: UWP 2-0, UNL 1-1, and MU 0-2. Let’s take a look at the matches of the day. Continue reading “Midland Mayhem Invitational- Recap”
SAGINAW – Cardinal Gym: In the Battle of the Valleys,
GVSU def SVSU 4-0
GVSU def SVSU 4-1
LINCOLN – UNL Rec: In the I-80 Rivalry, UNL def Midland 8-0
ATHENS – Ping: In the Bobcat Bash II,
Ohio def BW 6-0
Miami def MC 8-0
Ohio def Miami 5-1
BW def MC 8-0
Ohio def MC 6-0
Miami def BW 5-1
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”
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.