This past weekend I traveled to Rochester, New York to play in Elite Dodgeball’s Throwdown tournament. 16 teams from all over the United States invaded the campus of Rochester Institution of Technology to see who could claim bragging rights for their team, and for their region. At the end of the day the winner of both the non-pinch and the pinch division, was DOOM a team from Los Angeles, California.
Yes. It’s time for the long (but not long enough!) haul of the NCAA Basketball season to soon start. The big story this year is insane amount of incredibly talented recruits, including already consensus #1 pick Andrew Wiggins (Kansas), the next great player out of Chicago in Jabari Parker (Duke), and Kentucky’s five top ten recruits, what is being hailed as the “best recruiting class ever” (take that Fab Five) by none other than Louisville coach Rick Pitino. The big name coaches occupy the top four spots in mostly everyone’s preseason picks, with Coach Calipari (UK), Pitino (Louisville), Izzo (MSU), and Krzyzewski (Duke), with others such as Roy Williams (UNC), Jim Boehiem (Syracuse), and Bill Self (KU) not far behind.
Arguably six NCDA schools could be preseason Top 25 this year depending on how you feel about Maryland, but almost certainly VCU will be in the high teens/lows twenties, OSU around #10, and MSU, Louisville, and UK will be top three.
I was recently asked on twitter by Spencer Jardine (formerly of SVSU):
“@NCDASam So we just had two full seasons of the new opening rush. Any thoughts on one of the biggest changes in the past few years? Success?” -@Jardine77
There are 14 FBS schools in the NCDA, and here’s a look at how their season is going to go (or at least how I think it will go!)
We here at ncdadodgeball.com have come up with some recruiting tips for you, one in the form of a slideshow and one in video form!
We’ll start with the obvious ones:
- Battle of the Valleys: GVSU vs SVSU, last two MDC and National Champions, eternal rivals looking to one up the other one. Besides the probable one at the MDC, hopefully we’ll get two more of these bad boys in this year.
- Title Rematch: MSU has never beaten GVSU in the long history of this showdown, and GVSU would love to keep it that way. A rematch of a lopsided Championship Game would be fun to watch, so long as it’s more like the epic December 2012 battle these two teams put on.
- Battle for Ohio: Kent State and Ohio State may be two title contenders this season, so this would be a huge game. These guys’ll likely meet multiple times in 2013-2014, getting good experience and fueling an old rivalry.
- East Coast Throwdown: JMU, in the short history of East Coast schools, has dominated their territory. Towson looks like they might have something to say about it this year, after a good showing at Nationals despite being down some major pieces to their puzzle. A couple of these games could help show who’s the boss out East.
- Battle of the Bluegrass: UK vs WKU has gone from Topper dominated to Wildcat dominated, but this is a very underrated classic that sometimes get overlooked.
This past weekend the NCDA held its National Tournament at the University of Kentucky. This was not only my first Nationals, but Towson’s first as well. As a second year team we had wanted to attend last year’s Nationals at Saginaw Valley, but we did not have the funding available to go. This past weekend was a spectacle in my mind that can only ever be imitated, but never duplicated. Continue reading
Regions are fluid and flexible. They are designed to group teams together based on who teams play the most. For example, MSU, GV, SV, and CMU played each other a total of 19 matches in the 2013 Season. They are grouped in the MI region because they play each other, not because of any special geographical significance. Although distance may play a part in how teams play each other more regularly, the important thing is the end result. Regions are based on statistics.
Here are three potential pool setups and a possible bracket (if everything goes chalk on Saturday) if we end up with 18 teams at Nationals:
Using the standings and breaking teams up by region, here is what my guess is for the Nationals Saturday Pools Continue reading
So with everyone’s favorite international competition, the World Baseball Classic, starting this weekend, and me watching the gamecast on my computer at work, I thought “How cool would it be if dodgeball had a World Cup!”
1. Kent State (21-7) 42 points
2. Kentucky (13-1) 26 points
3. JMU (12-4-2) 26 points
4. SVSU (10-5-3) 23 points
5. MSU (10-5-2) 22 points
6. GVSU (10-1) 20 points
7. Maryland (4-5) 8 points
8. Ohio State (4-7) 8 points
9. Towson (4-9) 8 points
T10. WKU (3-6) 6 points
T10. CMU (3-6) 6 points
12. Miami (3-12) 6 points
13. Moody (2-3) 4 points
14. DePaul (2-6) 4 points
15 BGSU (2-9) 4 points
16. RIT (1-3) 2 points
17. VCU (0-11) 0 points
18. Nebraska (0-4) 0 points
Dodgeball means many things to different people. Apparently it means two different words to Microsoft’s spell-check. As I enter the second semester of my fourth year playing in the NCDA, I have to take a step back and consider how this sport has impacted me so profoundly and why I have chosen to give so much of my time and energy to it.