With the 2019-20 season still several months away, let’s take an early look at the way-too-early power rankings. This coming season looks to be a special one, with so many teams in the hunt for a national title!
1. Michigan State
2019 Finish: #5 in Power Rankings, T-3 at Nationals
2020 is the Spartans’ year! Youth and inexperience will no longer plague Michigan State in 2020, as they will be not only one of the most talented teams in the country, but one of the most experienced.
Starting at the top, Junior Captain Payton Schuster is poised to have an MVP caliber season in 2020, after finishing as an All-American in 2019 as just a sophomore. Schuster is far from the only weapon on this roster though. Fellow juniors Dennis Sullivan, Max Antilla, and Brent Weakland will all be veteran leaders next year. Each of which can be counted on to hold his own if he is the last man standing. On top of that, MSU had a loaded rookie class in 2018-19, so they will bring back a talented, battle-tested sophomore class that will have a major impact on the team’s success. Jack Hilt and Jacob Georges were two of the top rookies in the country last year, and will only be better in 2019-20. Hunter Broski, Evan Bara, Jake Lico, and Ben Traub all made some plays last year for the Spartans, but each will have breakout seasons during their second year on the roster.
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1. Michigan State
The Spartans brought in a loaded
rookie class in 2018-19, with both top-end talent, and depth. The headliners
for MSU were Jack Hilt and Jacob Georges. Hilt turned heads in the winter
semester, with some clutch performances in big moments (most notably at WAR).
Georges had his breakout tournament at Nationals where he was a massive part of
the Michigan State offensive attack. Hunter Broski showed a lot of promise in
2018-19, and is poised for a breakout season in 2020. Evan Bara burst onto the
scene at MDC as one of the top playmakers on the MSU roster. Jake Lico already
is putting together highlight play after highlight play thanks to his great
hands and impressive anticipation as a thrower. One last Spartan rookie worth
mentioning is Ben Traub, who will become a much more well-known name in 2019-20
as his role continues to increase on this squad. Overall, this rookie class for
MSU is exactly what they needed, and will be the foundation for success in East
Lansing for years to come.
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As some of you may or may not be aware, the 2020 fiscal year officially begins today. With this comes a change in leadership for the NCDA. Keeping consistent with the expectations set forth for nonprofit organizations in the US, our Member Teams have voted in new board members as others will be making their way out. For me, my second two-year term as President of the NCDA came to a close last night at midnight. Though I would have loved to stay in the position for many more years, the bylaws of the NCDA state a president cannot hold the position for more than two consecutive terms. When I authored the bylaws, policies, and constitution in 2015, I specifically put this clause in place to make sure the NCDA doesn’t get stale. With new leadership comes new ideas, methodologies, and opportunities. Selfishly, I would love to keep the title, but in the best interest of the organization I’ve been so intimately involved with since 2008 I know this is the correct thing to do. I have full confidence in Hunter Ford who will be a great president and continue to lead the NCDA into new and exciting ventures. Over the next two years Hunter will become frustrated, overworked, and underappreciated, but if his experience as president was anything like mine, getting to see the joy, friendships, and game highlights that college dodgeball brings will all be worth it.
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Learning to play dodgeball in the NCDA is one of the toughest learning curves for many competitors. Whether it’s learning strategy or even how to pinch, the game can make many feel like a complete novice early on. However, there are those who learn the ropes quickly and emerge as players with immediate impact on their respective teams. The All-Rookie list is a way to recognize those individuals. Congrats to our first team selections!
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Below are the results of the preferential election for the 2019/2020 NCDA Rulebook, select Policies, and 2020 Executive Board. The Rulebook is scheduled to be released prior to the start of the 2020 Season.
Extra special thanks to the 29 Member Teams that submitted ballots. There are 32 active Member Teams. Overall there were 24 Member Teams with voting rights that submitted ballots, with 5 non-voting teams submitting ballots for the record.
Nationals 2020 Selection
Special thanks to Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Ohio University for their time and effort in putting together bids to host Nationals 2020. Here were the final results for Nationals 2020 selection:
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Since 2017, the NCDA has honored the female competitors who have dedicated time and effort to their craft. The individuals on our list have excelled throughout the past year and made major contributions to their respective teams. Many of the NCDA’s female athletes also support their organizations through leadership roles, and this list is a way to recognize those outstanding individuals.
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The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association had another fantastic season full of exciting moments. Today, we will further highlight the success of our athletes who showed outstanding achievements on the court during the 2018-19 season. This is your list for those who made the 2nd Team All-American list.
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The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association continues to expand at a rapid pace. As the number of teams and players in the league increases, so does the competition to make the All-American Team. As we have reached the end of the 15th season of College Dodgeball, it is time to announce the players who have earned a spot on this year’s list. Congrats to all the fantastic players who made the cut!
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Next on our release of top regional performers is the the All-East Coast team for the 2018-19 season. This year’s eligible teams under consideration were Towson, James Madison, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth, Penn State, and West Virginia. This list consists of the top performers within the East Coast region, as selected by their peers.
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The following was co-authored by Tom Morand, Adam Pfeifer, Reid Manger, Noah Ourant, and Colby Briceland.
The Ohio made big waves this season and had undoubtedly the best season overall by the ever growing state. Ohio was able to add another team to the mix in the University of Cincinnati, and have several teams in contention for the National title with many teams finishing top 10, not to mention a 5 team overtime tie breaker for the Ohio Dodgeball Cup. The sky is the limit for Ohio, and the following players are largely responsible for how prominent the State has become to College Dodgeball.
Next on our release of top regional performers is the the All-Michigan team for the 2018-19 season. This year’s eligible teams under consideration were Grand Valley State, Saginaw Valley State, Central Michigan, Michigan State, and first year member Western Michigan. This list consists of the top performers within the Michigan region, as selected by their peers.
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What a season! After months and months of battling it out on the hardwood, we finally crowned our National Champion this April, at Nationals 2019. Congratulations to Towson University on winning their first College Dodgeball National Championship in school history! While this season may be over, keep an eye out for our way-too-early 2019-20 rankings coming soon…
Below is the official Postseason Power Rankings list produced by NCDA Executive Board members Jacob Leski (Director of Recruitment and Retention) and Kevin Bailey (Chief of Content). Please keep in mind: these power rankings have no impact on the actual NCDA Standings.
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The 2018- 2019 season comes to an end and it is time to announce the Midway Conference selection team. This year’s conference consisted of: University of Lincoln Nebraska (UNL), DePaul University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, (SIUE), Ball State University (BSU) and the University of Wisconsin Platteville (UWP). This list consists of the top twelve in the conference which was voted on by their peers. A special thanks to the capatain’s that help me out with this. Let’s take a look at the results and see who impressed this year!
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I had the pleasure of interviewing one of Towson’s Captains, as well as 2019 National Champ, David Guare for his much deserved Baller of the Month award. We talked about this past season, what’s on the horizon for him personally as well as Towson dodgeball, and got answers to some of the content team’s most pressing questions.
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3-26. My career record against Grand Valley State University is 3-26. So I know pretty well how easy it is to lose to GVSU. And I also know just how hard it is to beat them. That’s why I am so impressed with what Towson was able to accomplish last Sunday. To beat GV is no small feat. To beat a previously undefeated GV in the National Championship on their home court is almost unfathomable. Towson was able to take home the championship trophy with an outstanding gameplan, incredible execution, and a little bit of luck.
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