Jonathan Shaw’s 2016 Preseason All American Team

Before I reveal my list I just want to let everyone know that this list is in no way in order of how these players rank against one another, rather it is just a numbered list. Also after reading this if you have issues with it, don’t complain, and most important don’t text/message me whining and complaining. Write your own list with your own opinions. Thank You. Continue reading

Season Preview: James Madison

Location: Harrisonburg, VA

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NCDA Region: East Coast

2014-15 Record: 22-3

National Tournament Finish: Lost to CMU in OT in the Final Four

2015-16 Captains:  Derek Pierce – C, Joe Bringuier – A, Tanner Weaver – A

Returning Varsity Players: 10-13

Players to Watch: Doug Schilling, Tanner Weaver

 

Overview: When it comes to JMU I normally know exactly what to say and what to expect out of them this season. I’m not so sure this season and consider the Dukes as a bit of an enigma heading into the 2015-16 season. Coming off an overtime loss to the eventual runners up in Central Michigan, the team looks to avoid the rebuilding label early in the season. Continue reading

Season Preview: Grand Valley State University

Location: Allendale, Mich.

NCDA Region: Michigan

2014-15 Record: 37-1

National Tournament Finish: NCDA Champions

2014-15 Captains: Kevin Bailey-C, Aaron Terenzi-A and Austin Morley-A

Returning Varsity Players: 13-15

Players to Watch: Austin Morley, Kurtis DeYoung, Anthony Incrocci


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The Three-Time Defending Champs are looking for another title for a record-tying fourth straight championship, but without a couple of their better known players.  Continue reading

Season Preview: Central Michigan

Location: Mount Pleasant, Mich.cmu-logo

NCDA Region: Michigan

2014-15 Record: 31-9

National Tournament Finish: Lost to GVSU in Championship Game

2014-15 Captains: Shane Willette-C, Zach Bachner-C, Tyler Prill-A and Ian Ryan-A

Returning Varsity Players: 17

Players to Watch: Everyone… but to name a few: Brett Hadwin, Michael Riley, Michael Heller, Alex Holzgen and Ian Ryan


Overview:  
The National Runner-Ups from 2014-15 are back and likely better than they were a year ago.   Continue reading

NCDA Constitution, Bylaws, and Policies Discussion

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The NCDA Constitution, Bylaws, and Policies defines our brand of dodgeball. Each Member has the opportunity to voice their opinion about these documents and issues. Hopefully we can get all 24 full Member Teams to provide their input on this. The first round of feedback gave some suggestions in which edits were made to the following documents.

Here, you will find a document comprising of all of the updated NCDA Policies, as well as the Constitution and Bylaws. Each policy within this attachment is separated by a blank page.

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Rulebook Vote Results

CHICAGO – August 10th, 2015. Office of the Director of Officiating.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Below are the results of the preferential election for the 2015/2016 NCDA Rulebook. The Rulebook will be published soon, prior to the Opening Match of the 2016 Season. Extra special thanks to the 17 Member Teams that submitted ballots.

1. How is our roster size and active players on the court?
C. Roster size is 10-20. Active players are up 10-15. 10 balls. [Current]

2. Should there be a limit on the number of seasons a player can participate?
D. No, as long as they are an active student enrolled in classes pursuing a degree they should be allowed to play. [Current]

3. Should we change the scoring mechanic?
C. No, it should be kept as it is now. [Current]

4. Should we change the Early Halftime rule? 
C. No, keep the Early Halftime at 4 minutes. [Current]

5. Substitutions can only be made during a timeout. Should Team A be allowed to substitute during Team B’s timeout?
A. Yes, a substitution should be allowed when a timeout is called by either your team, the opponent’s, or the officials.

6. Should we limit the number of substitutions to occur per timeout?
E. No, a team should be allowed to substitute all 5 bench members if they choose. [Current]

7. Once a player is substituted off the court, they cannot be substituted back on the court during that same point.
A. Agreed, a player should not be allowed back on the court if substituted off during that same point.

8. Should there be a constant 10 second shotclock?
B. No, the clock should be 15 seconds until there are 5 or less active players on the court to which point it is lowered to 10. [Current]

9. What should be the parameters of the Legitimate Attempt Zone for resetting the shotclock?
A. Keep it as is, the LAZ is a 3-D bubble around a player that is within a step and a lunge of the player’s current position. [Current]

10. Should a direct catch reset the shotclock when a team has five or fewer players and has a shotclock of 10?
A. Yes.

11. Should multiple shotclock violations in the same point result in a penalty?
B. No, balls over is a sufficient penalty. [Current]

12. What should happen to the teams’ shotclocks during an Officials’ Timeout?
A. Both teams are reset to zero.

13. Should Trapping be redefined?
B. No. [Current]

14. What should be considered a block?
A. If a ball comes in contact with another ball or any part of the environment prior to touching an active player, the ball is ruled dead. [Current]

See a more extensive report after the jump.

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Most Anticipated (Possible) Matchups for 2015-16

The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s schedule is a bit different from that of most club sports leagues.  With school gym space always up in the air, teams are unable to have set schedules early in the season.  Since we don’t have a complete schedule of matchups set for next season, I will base my list of “most anticipated matchups” on the premise that any match could happen during the year at some point.  Without further ado, here is my list of the (possible) matchups that I am most excited to see take place next season. Continue reading

NCDA Giving Back: VCU

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Imagine this: you and your family plan a set of trips throughout the year, with one blowout trip at to cap it all off. You can afford a few small ones along the way, usually just for one day, leading up to the final one; there’s one problem. You realize after those day trips that you don’t have the budget for the final trip! You and your family must now face the disappointment of not being able to take that big vacation.

Virginia Commonwealth’s dodgeball team has suffered with this problem since they joined the NCDA in 2012. The Rams were able to attend a few regional tournaments each year, but were never able to raise to funds to attend Nationals. The club has always wanted to attend, a few factors, primarily the money, always got in the way. With the help of a few donations and a deal with the NCDA, VCU’s fortunes would finally change.

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2015 Nationals Survey Results

Year by year the NCDA strives to further its legitimacy. At the beginning of May we went out a satisfaction survey about 2015 Nationals. Nationals is, in my opinion, the most important aspect of our organization because of what it stands for. It is a time for everyone to come together to show off their team, enjoy each others’ company, and have some fun. So it is our hope to continue to help create an atmosphere that is most desirable and satisfactory to all whom attend. We asked a series of questions assessing the satisfaction of different elements of Nationals to which we had 43 responses. The results can be found below.

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2016 Executive Board

CHICAGO – July 9th, 2015. Office of the President.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL COLLEGIATE DODGEBALL ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE BOARD OF 2016. THESE Seven HAVE VOTING RIGHTS.

Felix Perrone [WKU Alum], President
Mike McNicholas [DePaul Alum], Treasurer
Kevin Bailey [GVSU Current], Chief of Content
Dylan Fettig [GVSU Alum], Director of League Expansion
Tyrell Smith [BGSU Current], Director of Nationals
Chris Hess [JMU Alum], Director of Relations
Zigmas Maloni [DePaul Alum], Director of Officiating

OTHER APPOINTED POSITIONS THAT ARE WORTH MENTIONING AT THIS MOMENT:

Josh Raymer [WKU Alum], Big Giant Head of Alumni Relations
Vanswa Garbutt [DePaul Alum], Lead Developer

For the full results, check out the spreadsheet. If you are lazy, you many see the breakdown after the jump.  Continue reading

Top 10 Rookie Classes in the NCDA (2014-15 Season)

ncda_logo_squareOne aspect of Division 1 college sports that is not as prominent in the NCDA is recruiting.  Unlike college football, you won’t see collegiate dodgeball teams flying private jets around the country to visit high school athletes and try to persuade them to attend their school.  You won’t see ESPN setting aside an entire day of broadcasting to cover college dodgeball’s “National Signing Day”.  Maybe someday dodgeball will be that large of a scale, but for now recruiting consists of way less than that.

While recruiting is not as noticeable in this club sport that we all know and love, it is still an extremely important part of what we do.  In fact, recruiting is the lifeblood of our club teams.  Without new members, a team will eventually die off.  Bottom line is this: Having a strong recruiting class bodes very well for the future of your program.

Below I have listed the top 10 recruiting classes in the NCDA for this past season.  I ranked these taking into account both the overall quality and the quantity of the groups.

**If a player’s name is in italics upon first reference, that indicates they were one of the top five rookies in the entire nation last season in my opinion. Continue reading