Standings as of 2017-04-11

Nationals 2017 was the NCDA’s 199th ranked event since we began accurate records in the 2011 season. We had 57 matches at Nationals 2017, in a 286 ranked match season.  There were 304 event items in all, and 32 active member teams this year. After the Championship, this is where the League stands at the end of the 2017 Season:  Continue reading “Standings as of 2017-04-11”

2017 Club Executive of the Year: Erik Zander (UWP)

The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s 2017 Executive of the Year is awarded to Erik Zander from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Since its inception in 2015, this award is meant to showcase the outstanding officership of an individual over the course of the season. As administrators, we interact with Member Team representatives and follow their work with a different kind of attention. These individuals have made our lives easier, in addition to making exceptional improvements with their respective teams.

2015 – William Deutsch [PSU]
2016 – Caleb Arnold [Ohio]
2017 – Erik Zander [UWP]

This honor is bestowed upon Erik after a vote of the entire NCDA Executive Board, and we presented it at the 2017 Captains’ Meeting. Erik was nominated last year for the 2016 Exec of the Year Award which went to Caleb Arnold [Ohio]. There were a lot of great choices this year, and additional nominations for 2017 went to: Hunter Ford (VCU), Kyle Shaw (Miami), Zachary Parise (UK), Nick Johnson (WKU), Kyle Dattelbaum (UNG), Adam Pfeifer (Akron), Logan Rohloff (GVSU).

Here’s a short interview with Erik.

Continue reading “2017 Club Executive of the Year: Erik Zander (UWP)”

2017-2018 Off Season Action Dates

2017-04-01 – Begin Nominations for open Executive Board positions (President, Treasurer, Director of Officiating)
2017-04-11 – End of 2017 Season, Begin Off Season
2017-05-01 – Begin Vote for Nationals 2017 Host
2017-05-06 – End Vote for Nationals 2017 Host (no later than)
2017-05-08 – Announce Nationals 2017 Host (no later than)
2017-05-31 – End Nominations for Executive Board
2017-06-05 – Board Nominees must accept nominations (no later than) and submit a “campaign” info paragraph
2017-06-15 – Begin Vote for open Executive Board positions (President, Treasurer, Director of Officiating)
2017-06-25 – End Vote for open Executive Board positions
2017-06-28 – Announce votes privately to the current Board, contact winners of election (no later than)
2017-06-30 – Winners accept/deny their position (no later than)
2017-06-30 – End 2016-2017 NCDA Fiscal Year
2017-07-01 – Begin 2017-2018 NCDA Fiscal Year
2017-07-01 – Announce Executive Board (no later than)
2017-07-15 – Begin Vote on Rulebook, Bylaws, and Policy
2017-07-31 – End Vote on Rulebook, Bylaws, and Policy
2017-08-01 – Begin 2017 Season
2017-08-10 – Announce results of Vote (no later than). Results take effect at publishing datetime.
2017-09-01 – Publish 2018 Rulebook, Bylaws, and Policy
2017-12-31 – Member Teams pay League Membership Fee (no later than)

2017 National Champions: GVSU


LEXINGTON – Seaton Center,
“Court 2” presented by SAVAGE Apparel, Nationals 2017: GVSU def CMU 2-1 in the 2017 Championship Match.

Grand Valley State University Club Dodgeball is the National Champion for the 2017 college dodgeball season. At the conclusion of the 57 match event, the Director of Nationals, Colin Hiatt [UK, #44-C], along with the rest of the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association Executive Board, presented the Championship trophy to Brandon Meisel, GV Captain on Sunday afternoon.

The 2017 Season included 286 ranked matches and 304 events, with 32 participating Member Teams. The NCDA has 836 registered members across 27 States as of 2017-04-11.

This is GVSU’s fifth consecutive National title, in addition to being their ninth National title overall. This was the 13th National Championship for Collegiate Dodgeball competition; the NCDA was founded April 9th, 2005.

GVSU was the top rated team (56.623) going into Nationals, and was seeded #1 in the Tournament Bracket with a 57.213. They finish the 2017 Season with 29 wins and 3 losses, including going 4-2 in overtime. Defeating #2 ranked CMU in the 2017 Championship, they also finish the season with the current highest Gonzalez rating of all time, 59.240. The past record (58.206) was set by GV at the end of the 2016 Season.

2017 Captains’ Meeting Agenda

Introduction of Administration – Felix Perrone

Felix Perrone – League President
Mike McNicholas – League Treasurer
Zigmas Maloni – Director of Officiating (and Records)
Kevin Bailey  – Chief of Content
Jacob Leski – Director of League Expansion & Retention Colin Hiatt – Director of Nationals 2017

Roll Call – Felix Perrone

Present Member Teams: DePaul, Kent, OSU, MSU, GVSU, UK, BGSU, SVSU, WKU, CMU, UWP, Miami, NSU, UMD, JMU, Towson, VCU, PSU, Akron, Ohio, UVA, UNG, CSU, and featuring UWW

Non-present Members: UNL, UNT, SU, BW, Pitt, NIU, GSU, MC  Continue reading “2017 Captains’ Meeting Agenda”

Nationals 2017 Officiating Schedule

Announcements:

  1. Every official must have a whistle.
  2. Read the Rulebook. Understand the Officiating Manual. Be good people.
  3. Please dress the part. Gray or black is a nice neutral color that most teams don’t wear.
  4. Head Referees, Assistant Referees, and also Shot Clock Timekeepers have the power to call the game. If you see a person is clearly out, and another Official didn’t call it, don’t be afraid to call them out.
  5. The 2017 Aleks Bomis Alumni/Staff Game will be first thing Sunday.
  6. For all of Saturday, matches will be 40 minutes. 20 minute halves.

Schedule below for Saturday. Sunday heavily depends on the results of Saturday. Continue reading “Nationals 2017 Officiating Schedule”

Gonzalez Exchanges for Nationals 2017

Here we have a very long table for Day 1 of Nationals 2017. We will be playing 35 matches on Saturday. For many long reasons, the following table includes the pre-Nationals ratings for each exchange. The ratings are not updated round to round like they would be in reality.

For example, NSULA’s pre-rating is 40.640 and is for each of their matches. In reality their first match vs OSU will naturally raise or lower their rating, which in turn will affect the exchange against their second opponent, DePaul.

I guess to summarize, the purpose of this is to show you a close, potential weight each match has on each team’s rating. Exchanges are doubled for Nationals, so an even match will have an Exchange around 2. Most matches will fall within 0-2, while upset exchanges will be 2-4.  Continue reading “Gonzalez Exchanges for Nationals 2017”

Policy Proposal – Min Games Required for Nationals Participation

Policy Proposal (defined by NCDA Policy, but not Constitutionally defined)

I propose a minimum of 3 games to be eligible to participate at Nationals.

I’ve debated proposing this but I have considered it seriously over the past four years. In one point, I wanted to wait until we were geographically ready to implement something like this. And on the other, I didn’t want to prevent teams from joining at any point in the season. We’ve had a few teams who’s induction matches have happened at a Nationals (8-9 of our 46 schools). Now, the NCDA is becoming so large and active that a team that hasn’t played much that season is a hindrance to scheduling fairly for Nationals.  Continue reading “Policy Proposal – Min Games Required for Nationals Participation”

Rule Proposal – Team Catching

Rule Proposal by Jeff Starr

Slight modification of the team catch rule.

I think this is best explained with an example. Right now lets say its me on team 1 and Colin and Wes on team 2. There are a couple of scenarios where a team catch can be made. I hit Wes, Colin catches it clean. I throw at Wes, he blocks into himself, ball bounces off, Colin catches it. It should be noted that once my ball has hit Wes that it can hit any number of possessed balls and/or live players and still be eligible for a team catch. The wording used in the rule book is that a team catch can be made whenever a player is at risk of being out. Here’s where my proposal comes in. If Wes and Colin are grouped together and one of them blocks the ball, the ball hits Wes, and is caught (by either), it becomes the refs decision whether the ball hit Colin or Wes’ ball to determine if it was a team catch or a dead ball. I propose that any ball that has hit a teammate or a teammate’s ball is eligible for a team catch. I believe this would be easier to ref. Sorry if this was confusing, I wasn’t sure how to go about this proposal.

Standings as of 2017-03-28

As no events are scheduled for the remainder of the eligible season, this will be the last Standings posted going into Nationals! We’ve had an incredible 245 recorded entry 2017 Season, with 229 ranked matches in 39 events. When I started recording complete records for the 2011 season, we had only 116 ranked matches in 26 regular season events. In seven years, that’s a 97% increase.  Continue reading “Standings as of 2017-03-28”

The War

AKRON – The War: Finals results from both days.

Akron def CSU 5-0
MSU def VCU 3-0
GVSU def Ohio 5-1
DePaul def CSU 5-1
MSU def Akron 5-0
VCU def Ohio 5-0
Akron def DePaul 4-1
GVSU def MSU 3-2 OT
Ohio def CSU 3-1
GVSU def VCU 2-0
CSU def BW 0-0 (F)
DePaul def BW 0-0 (F)
Akron def BW 0-0 (F)

Kent def Ohio 3-0
BGSU def VCU 2-1
Ohio def Akron 3-2
PSU def DePaul 4-0
Kent def VCU 2-0
PSU def BGSU 2-1
BGSU def DePaul 4-0
Kent def PSU 3-1

Status Quo Ante Bellum

The state existing before the war

Rank Rating Team
1 56.593 GVSU
7 45.474 MSU
8 43.786 Kent
10 42.489 VCU
11 42.484 PSU
13 41.547 BGSU
16 38.704 Ohio
17 38.078 DePaul
19 37.893 CSU
22 37.459 BW
26 36.737 Akron

I’ve marked this as opinion, as I include stuff we don’t track statistically.

A technical upset is when a lower rated team defeats a higher rated team. The first day of the War includes so many closely rated opponents that it is incredibly unlikely we will see every match predicted correctly. In our Gonzalez system’s current, straight success rate, the higher seeded team will win four of five games. However, this is less likely to apply as the rating gap between teams increases. Any of GVSU’s scheduled games are unlikely to result in a technical upset. CSU vs Akron is much fuzzier; each team has near identical ratings, being only 0.157 difference.

That said, these are the kinds of matches that are a test to the system. The wins and losses and overtimes (8.19% chance of occurrence) at the end of the day will better determine each team’s rating going into Nationals. We’ve never had this many great, even match games for Nationals before. I’m excited to see the results.  Continue reading “Status Quo Ante Bellum”