Custom Photographic Settings for Capturing Dodgeball Magic

The following is a little writeup/tutorial from Nicki Bailey [CMU #5] detailing some fancy photo settings that should help you get the most out of your dodgeball pictures. Just like the variety of our sport, the best settings will also be complemented to adjustments based on available lighting, your crazy speed of the dodgeballers you are photographing, and whether or not you need a flash. (personally, as an Official, I say no flash!) Take a read and try it out for yourself! Let us know how it works. Continue reading

Nationals 2014: Hotels

Good People,

Jude DuPart, Nationals 2014 Coordinator, has secured a contract at a hotel for Nationals. The Red Roof Inn will be our official hotel for the event. We chose it based on price, proximity to things, and availability for the Nationals weekend. ($55 per night)

Red Roof Inn Columbus East – Reynoldsburg
2449 Brice Road
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Email: i0033@redroof.com
Phone: (614) 864.3683
Fax: (614) 864.4296

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Ultimate Dodgeball: Bourbon Ballers Victorious

What a night.

We shouldn’t have won. Really, we were dead in the water. But once again, my resilient group of misfits found a way to snatch victory from the small intestine of defeat.

The misfits in question are the Bourbon Ballers, an ultimate dodgeball team comprised of former and current WKU Dodgeball players. For those unfamiliar with ultimate dodgeball, it’s a 5 v 5 variation of our beloved sport played on a trampoline court. It is incredibly fun and completely exhausting.  Continue reading

NCDA Alumni Podcast: February 2014

In the latest episode of the soon-to-be-renamed NCDA Alumni Podcast, the Aluminati discuss the Michigan Dodgeball Cup, Nationals 2014, and dodgeball outside the NCDA. Big questions are raised – Will Nationals ever get too big? Do the results of the MDC affect your view of the favorites heading into Nationals? – and everyone revels in the chance to make fun of McCarthy’s black eye.

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Job Titles in the NCDA

My day job beyond the NCDA involves being a designer for a human resources application. They specialize in job titles, and I also have a giant list of things to do for the NCDA. The following is a rough list of all the job positions of the League. This isn’t so much of declaration that we need additions to our small staff. (I don’t think that’s a big secret.) I do however think it’s useful to see the wide range of Jobs the current administrative backbone of the NCDA fulfills. We all wear many hats, and there’s always room for more help.

Normally I’d make this a static page. But I wasn’t feeling like being too rigorous about this, and this is mostly for the perusal of the unwashed masses. Continue reading

Dodgeball Outside of the NCDA: Elite Dodgeball

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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.

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Predicting the 2014 MDC

Written by Grand Valley’s Kevin Bailey.

The Michigan Dodgeball Cup (MDC) has consistently been one of the premier tournaments in the NCDA’s regular season.  That won’t change this year with five of the six participating teams ranked in the top 12 of the current national standings.  The winner of this event, hosted by Michigan State University, is generally looked at as the favorite to win the national title a few months later.  Here are my predictions for how this important tournament will transpire: Continue reading

State of the Association: Jan 2014

Hello Good People!

The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association is busy. Let’s just start with that. We had a smash opening Autumn to the 2014 Season, with 90 matches played and 17 events hosted. We saw the Inducting Matches of three teams: St Ambrose of Iowa, Davenport U and Siena Heights of Michigan.

With the efforts of Interim Treasurer Felix Perrone [WKU], we’ve even registered as a non-profit in the State of Kentucky, bringing us on a road to official IRS tax exempt status. On the administrative side we are writing the Constitution, Bylaws, Policy needed to maintain a national organization.  Continue reading

Spring Semester Regional Preview & Predictions: Ohio

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The Ohio conference is the most curious conference the league has this year in my eyes. Coming into the season, a lot was expected of the top two teams, Kent and Ohio State, but not much was expected from the other two schools, Bowling Green and Miami. Though this seems like a top heavy region, BG and Miami do have talent, but not enough to compete with Kent and OSU. Sticking with my theme of of comparing our regions to current NCAA football conferences, I’m stuck between the Big Ten and the Pac-12; for geographical purposes I’ll choose the Big Ten. Here’s my shakedown on how I think the second half of the season will go for these four teams. Continue reading

BOTM: 2014 January

Andy Lieblich [MSU-20]

Andy is a student at Michigan State, a longtime member of MSU Dodgeball, and for the past few months he’s been a regular staff member of the NCDA. Starting his work with a short Python script for one of his class projects, Andy has since expanded his talents. He’s part of the development team working on the Ratings Percentage Index application for the League. One of the formulas we use in the RPI, similar to the NCAA Basketball formula, carries his namesake.  Continue reading

The 2014 Chicago Dodgeball Open

We all know what time of the year it is. It’s time to go back to school and get back in the books. More importantly, it’s time to get rid of that Holiday season fat and get ready for the second half of the season. There’s still three months of quality dodgeball to be played before everyone heads to Ohio State for Nationals. A week in to the semester and we already have one of the league’s classic tournaments going down this Sunday, the Chicago Dodgeball Open.
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