The Beast 428 at JMU is looking to be another spectacular spectacle for spectators to spectate! With the #1, #4, #7, #11, #28, & #33 ranked teams (out of 37) in attendance. It’s safe to say every game will certainly be a nail biter. However, if you don’t have any nails to bite, don’t worry, JMU always packs the house for their home tournaments so you should find plenty there. With that being said, let’s examine some of the match-ups from an exciting East Coast Cup (minus PSU & UMD, plus GV).
On Saturday February 24th, the 2018 Ohio Dodgeball Cup will be hosted at none other than THE Ohio State University. We will be seeing eight of the teams from the Ohio region battling out for the best prize that Ohio has to offer. THE Ohio Dodgeball Cup.
It’s tournament weekend and although there is the ODC and the Beast we cannot forgot about the Zanderthon Throw-Down 3.0
The most anticipated tournament of the weekend, of course
On Saturday February 24, 2018, two of the top teams in the Midway Conference will go head to head in a double header. This will be the third time that University Wisconsin-Platteville (UWP) and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) will have played each other and Platteville has got the better of the Cornhuskers each time. The games will be played at the Williams Fieldhouse (350 Jay St Platteville, Wisconsin 53818). We will also be featuring an alumni game against the current UWP varsity crew. The following is the schedule below (UNL vs Alumni if time available). Continue reading “Zanderthon Throw-Down”
District 5 has partnered with the NCDA to help sponsor Nationals 2018 in Richmond, VA. The local restaurant has been a popular spot in the Richmond area for years and will be an excellent place for teams to gather Friday and Saturday night. They will also be sponsoring a court and be the official sponsors for the annual Fastest Arm Competition. All current and former NCDA members will be welcome to attend anytime throughout the weekend. You can find their website here to learn more details about their restaurant.
The Treasurer of the NCDA, Mike McNicholas, was able attend a dodgeball night while in Lincoln, NE while there on business. Whenever we get an League officer out to a club’s dodgeball practice, we try to get a little article coverage on the experience. We invited in Tanner Obermeier, Captain of UNL in for a little interview.
Standings are aimed to be released by the end of every Tuesday.
We had one small but important event this weekend, Mardi Gras Madness hosted by Northwestern State. NSU (sometimes NSULA) hosted our two Georgian teams, GSU and UNG, where five ranked matches were played, including one technical upset.
In the 2018 Season, we have 44 technical upsets in 174 ranked matches (74.71% success rate) across 27 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 2018-02-20”
The following was written by North Georgia’s Kyle Dattelbaum:
This past Saturday, the University of North Georgia and Georgia Southern University took long voyages to Northwestern State University of Louisiana for NSULA’s Mardi Gras Madness Tournament. In result, the league found some answers about the unknown South Region of the NCDA. Five matches were played between the three squads validating each school to become eligible to compete at Nationals come April. The day began with in-state rivals UNG and GSU going head-to-head, and concluded with NSULA playing two matches against the traveling teams each. Below will be my takeaways along with captain’s opinions on how their squads performed: Continue reading “Mardi Gras Madness Recap”
Akron hosted the second installment of The War on the 10th and 11th, and the name could not have been more appropriate. The tournament featured 8 of the top 14 schools, a brand new team in West Virginia, and some hungry teams looking to climb the ranks in Miami and Akron. There were a total of 21 matches played and 10(!) of them were technical upsets. On top of that, coming into the weekend there was almost a perfect flip in teams ranked 3-7. We have described “tiers” in the past to describe the placement of teams, and the 3-7 ranked teams have established a tier that is nearly impossible to make heads or tails of at this point in the season. Let’s take a look at the specifics of what went down in the state of Ohio.
This Saturday, Northwestern State University of Louisiana will host the Mardi Gras Madness tournament. Georgia Southern and North Georgia will make the trip for this three-team clash in the NCDA’s young and exciting South Region. There is quite a bit of unknown when it comes to the south region. These three teams will certainly answer some of our questions this weekend when we see how each of them fare on the court. Below is a quick preview for this tournament held at Northwestern State University: Continue reading “Mardi Gras Madness Tournament Preview”
This past Sunday, Michigan State University hosted the annual Michigan Dodgeball Cup (MDC). #1 Central Michigan and #2 Grand Valley State joined #10 Michigan State in East Lansing for the tourney to determine bragging rights in the state of Michigan.
Only 3 official matches were played on Sunday at MDC, but those games did draw quite a bit of attention. Below are the results from the three matches, along with my reactions of each game and each team at MDC: Continue reading “2018 Michigan Dodgeball Cup Recap”
This past weekend featured two highly anticipated tournaments that were bound to have a massive impact on the college dodgeball landscape this season. On both Saturday and Sunday, Akron University hosted “The War”, bringing in teams from three different regions to play in a two day tournament filled with exciting matchups. Also last weekend (on Sunday), Michigan State University hosted the Michigan Dodgeball Cup, a historic tournament that always has a huge effect on the league’s standings.
This weekend did not disappoint! There were a number of very surprising results from the two tournaments, which is why I am dubbing it “Upset Weekend”.
A few crazy stats from this past weekend’s events, before we dive into the results:
All 10 teams in the top 10 of the current Power Rankings were in action at one of the two tournaments!
There were 9 total upsets on the weekend, out of 24 total games. 9 upsets is the most for any weekend in at least the past four seasons, and a 37.5% upset rate for the weekend is absolutely staggering.
Standings are aimed to be released by the end of every Tuesday.
With a massive two day event in Akron (The War II) and the oldest continual running event of collegiate dodgeball (the Michigan Dodgeball Cup), we had enough games played to rival an early Nationals weekend.
In the 2018 Season, we have 43 technical upsets in 169 ranked matches (74.56% success rate) across 26 events. This past weekend, we had 15 Member Teams play 24 ranked matches, 9 of which were technical upsets.
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 2018-02-13”