About Zigmister

DePaul Dodgeball #68 & NCDA President

Perrone Point Awards from the Gauntlet

To elaborate on our evaluation of the Gonzalez results from earlier in the week, this article will focus on the Perrone System. The System has a quality win component that uses the opponent’s Win Percentage to dictate how much Perrone Points a team receives.

I’m throwing a lot of numbers at you, but that’s just the exact thing that happens. Think of it this way: if one defeats an undefeated team, the most points are awarded. If you defeat a team with 0 wins, you get a tinier amount of points. Flip that around for the loser: losing against an undefeated team won’t be so bad. Giving a team their first win will hurt the losing team.  Continue reading

Gonzalez Rating Exchanges

Since the Rugby World Cup is going on, i’d thought we’d highlight the Gonzalez exchanges for yesterday’s matches. The Gonzalez System uses the same rating exchange system that the International Rugby Board (IRB) uses to determine rankings for its teams. World Cup games are worth double just like our Nationals games are.

First, the initial ratings before the day’s first match:

  • GVSU = 59.202, a historically strong team and top rank at #1.
  • MSU = 51.009, still up there at #5 in Gonzalez Standings.

With home court advantage, GVSU gains 3 rating points to bring them to a hefty rating of 62.202 versus MSU’s initial rating of 51.009.  Continue reading

Opening Match 2015: Pioneer Classic

PLATTEVILLE – Bo Ryan Court: UWP def DePaul 3-0 in the Pioneer Classic, the Opening Match of the 2016 Season. -zm

The team arrived in Platteville at about two in the afternoon. After warming up, we took our sides. In the first game DePaul lost players quickly, with only a few members holding on until losing. The second game was more evenly matched. Eventually, Bryan Hymel was the last man remaining on the DePaul side, holding them off until half-time. In the second half, DePaul fought hard. Tyler Hamilton was the last man remaining, then making some great catches to bring some teammates back in. After losing that game, DePaul came surging back in the final Point, getting Platteville down to only one player in the last 10 seconds left in play. Despite dropping two games to Platteville, DePaul played well and had fun in the first match of the year. – Jake Binder [DePaul 1st Year]

Previewing the Pioneer Classic

2015 UWP All Star Matt Bautch previews this weekends opening match! -zm

This weekend at the University of Wisconsin Platteville, the Pioneer Classic is taking place to test the abilities of the new 2015-2016 Platteville and DePaul dodgeball teams. Platteville has been thinking about hosting games and/or tournaments for some time now, and this year we made it happen. It’s tough to get teams to come and play when it’s quite an adventure to get here. We’re ecstatic that DePaul is making the trip to come compete with us. It’s going to be an all-out battle between the two Illinois region teams to see who comes out victorious. It will be very interesting to see how both teams are going to strategize this year. All new members of the clubs will now get a taste of how the NCDA tournaments work, and also how an opposing team may play and strategize differently than ourselves. Whenever Platteville and DePaul meet, no matter which team wins or loses, there is so much respect and enthusiasm for each team when playing.

After throwing wrenches at our new freshman recruits to teach them how to dodge, we feel that we are ready for anything, except maybe dodging traffic. When we do start dodging traffic, we will start here in Platteville, hopefully working up to Chicago-level traffic so we will be just as good as DePaul. We will get there eventually. After workouts, we drink our own urine because it is sterile and we like the taste. The nutritional value is still being researched. In addition to the physical game, we have been trying to instill the five D’s of dodgeball into every players mind. We even have them on the backs of our shirts as reminders. After all this hard work and nutritional supplements, we feel that this will be the match of the century.

2016 Rulebook Release

CHICAGO – September 17, 2015. Office of the Director of Officiating.


The Rulebook for the 2015-2016 Season is released. We don’t have much new stuff this year, the entirety of “Gameplay” has not been changed. See the Rulebook Vote Results post on what we voted on in the off season. However there are some “timing” events that have been updated. Changes are represented in highlighted text.  Continue reading

Fall 2015 Schedule

Date Venue Event Name W Team
2015-09-19 UWP UWP, UNL, DePaul, CMU
2015-09-20 MSU MSU, CMU, GVSU
2015-09-26 GVSU Grand Valley Gauntlet Part 1 GVSU, CMU
2015-10-04 GVSU Grand Valley Gauntlet Part 2 GVSU, MSU, CMU, OSU
2015-10-10 UK UK, BGSU, OSU
2015-10-11 GVSU Battle of the Valleys GVSU, SVSU
2015-10-11 Kent Kent, open for others
2015-10-17 JMU Pumpkinfest II JMU, PSU, TU, VCU, UMD, SU
2015-10-25 GVSU Grand Valley Gauntlet Part 3 GVSU, MSU, CMU, UK, DePaul
2015-11-14 Towson Towson Open TU, SU, UNT, VCU,
2015-11-15 MSU Spartan Invite MSU, CMU, GVSU, DePaul, BGSU, SVSU, Kent

If you are a host and have an event that isn’t listed here, please let us know. If you have an event name that differs, let us know. If you haven’t named your event, name it something cool and let us know.

And remember, our schedules aren’t listed in stone. Event Schedules and matchups should be posted to the League at least one week prior to an event.

Signed Approval of our Constitution

Good people,

We’ve come a long, long way. We now have a set of bylaws under our Constitution, which was indeed a long time coming. I have great pride in how our organization functions, fond memories of past fun, and I’m excited for the future. Check out the Constitution as well as the rest of our Policies.

Signed and Approved September 2nd, 2015:

2015-2016 Executive Board – Felix Perrone, Mike McNicholas, Tyrell Smith, Chris Hess, Kevin Bailey, Zigmas Maloni, Dylan Fettig

Founding Member Teams – DePaul Dodgeball Society, Kent State Dodgeball Family, The Ohio State Dodgeball Syndicate, Michigan State Dodgeball Club



Rulebook Vote Results

CHICAGO – August 10th, 2015. Office of the Director of Officiating.


Below are the results of the preferential election for the 2015/2016 NCDA Rulebook. The Rulebook will be published soon, prior to the Opening Match of the 2016 Season. Extra special thanks to the 17 Member Teams that submitted ballots.

1. How is our roster size and active players on the court?
C. Roster size is 10-20. Active players are up 10-15. 10 balls. [Current]

2. Should there be a limit on the number of seasons a player can participate?
D. No, as long as they are an active student enrolled in classes pursuing a degree they should be allowed to play. [Current]

3. Should we change the scoring mechanic?
C. No, it should be kept as it is now. [Current]

4. Should we change the Early Halftime rule? 
C. No, keep the Early Halftime at 4 minutes. [Current]

5. Substitutions can only be made during a timeout. Should Team A be allowed to substitute during Team B’s timeout?
A. Yes, a substitution should be allowed when a timeout is called by either your team, the opponent’s, or the officials.

6. Should we limit the number of substitutions to occur per timeout?
E. No, a team should be allowed to substitute all 5 bench members if they choose. [Current]

7. Once a player is substituted off the court, they cannot be substituted back on the court during that same point.
A. Agreed, a player should not be allowed back on the court if substituted off during that same point.

8. Should there be a constant 10 second shotclock?
B. No, the clock should be 15 seconds until there are 5 or less active players on the court to which point it is lowered to 10. [Current]

9. What should be the parameters of the Legitimate Attempt Zone for resetting the shotclock?
A. Keep it as is, the LAZ is a 3-D bubble around a player that is within a step and a lunge of the player’s current position. [Current]

10. Should a direct catch reset the shotclock when a team has five or fewer players and has a shotclock of 10?
A. Yes.

11. Should multiple shotclock violations in the same point result in a penalty?
B. No, balls over is a sufficient penalty. [Current]

12. What should happen to the teams’ shotclocks during an Officials’ Timeout?
A. Both teams are reset to zero.

13. Should Trapping be redefined?
B. No. [Current]

14. What should be considered a block?
A. If a ball comes in contact with another ball or any part of the environment prior to touching an active player, the ball is ruled dead. [Current]

See a more extensive report after the jump.

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2016 Executive Board

CHICAGO – July 9th, 2015. Office of the President.



Felix Perrone [WKU Alum], President
Mike McNicholas [DePaul Alum], Treasurer
Kevin Bailey [GVSU Current], Chief of Content
Dylan Fettig [GVSU Alum], Director of League Expansion
Tyrell Smith [BGSU Current], Director of Nationals
Chris Hess [JMU Alum], Director of Relations
Zigmas Maloni [DePaul Alum], Director of Officiating


Josh Raymer [WKU Alum], Big Giant Head of Alumni Relations
Vanswa Garbutt [DePaul Alum], Lead Developer

For the full results, check out the spreadsheet. If you are lazy, you many see the breakdown after the jump.  Continue reading