It’s that time of the year again folks, where we travel to Northeast Ohio to the University of Akron for their fourth annual Pinkout Tournament. There will be 12 teams in attendance on Saturday and I have decided to do something different with my preview this time. This time I asked one captain from each attending team to write about their own team and match-ups. This gave me the opportunity to really see what each team was thinking and how they believe they will fare this weekend in Akron, Ohio.
THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WAS CO-AUTHORED BY:
COLBY BRICELAND (AKRON) AND TOM MORAND (MIAMI)
This Saturday, Miami University will host the Redhawk Invite. In attendance will be 4th ranked BGSU, 7th ranked Kent, 10th ranked Miami, 12th ranked OU, 13th ranked Arkon, and 36th ranked BSU. This tournament will be an early look into which team will be the top ranked team in Ohio. Among the previously mentioned teams BGSU, Akron, and OU will be playing in their first tournaments. While Kent, Miami, and BSU already have one underneath them.
What will be the goal of this tournament for every team? Does each respective captain value getting their rookies experience or going undefeated or can they do both?
Below, Tom Morand and Colby Briceland will discuss each official matchup at the Redhawk Invite, and will provide predictions as well:
For the seasons in the past, the Michigan Region has stood tall against all others. While that still stands true, one region is quickly gaining on their northern counterparts. The Ohio Region is quickly expanding and boasts the most teams currently active in a state, with 9 member teams. With so many teams, it isn’t a surprise that the state has plenty of top tier talent to offer.
Here is your 2018 All-Ohio Team:
1. Jeff Starr (OSU) MVP
I hope this one doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but Jeff Starr is once again your All-Ohio team Most Valuable Player. Jeff is one of those once in a lifetime talents that comes around once in a generation, his unrivaled skill and experience made him one of the best players that OSU and the league have ever seen. This man can do it all, his catching is only bested by his canon that we call his arm. Jeff has seen the Buckeyes at their best, and their worse in his tenure as their captain these past few seasons. When the chips are down, the one player that I would trust on the court is Jeff Starr. One of the most well known and loved players to ever step foot on an NCDA court. Jeff, here’s to you. I hope the rest of your life is GLORIOUS.
2. Tyler Paalman (Kent)
Tyler Paalman is one of the most dangerous players that I have ever seen, and he’s just getting started. This guy really does have all that it takes to be the best. He is the only player in the league that I won’t solo throw, and/or try to catch. His catching and throwing abilities are second to non that I have ever seen. He is truly one of the best players that I have ever had the honor of playing against. Tyler has a few years left ahead of him and I am excited to see how his career unfolds as he helps to lead Kent State to the next level. In his short time in the league and at Kent, Tyler has had a great impact in both regards. I truly believe that he will go down as one of the best to play the game. It is a shame that more don’t know who he is, because he is my frontrunner for Ohio MVP and one of my favorites for league MVP come next season.
3. Adam Hynes (OU)
Coming in at #3 is Adam Hynes who is named All-Ohio a second straight year (#5 last year). Representing the Ohio Bobcats, who enjoyed their most successful season in program history, Adam put together his best season out of his six-year career as well. It’s hard to find players who can gun it at over 70 miles per hour. It’s hard to find players who have a deep appreciation for strategy and the small details on the court. It’s extremely hard to find players who fit both bills, but Adam is just that. Adam is more than just a strong thrower, he has a deep understanding of the game and features respectable hands on top of that. Too many times hard throwers in the league rely on nothing but their arm and fail to grow to their full potential, Adam has showed us in his past two years at OU that there are exceptions to the rule. Being the final year of his career, Adam can walk away from the league knowing that he gave everything he had as player, teammate, and friend to all those he touched. He’ll be missed at OU, but big things are to come for that squad. Farewell to one of the long-time greats of the region.
This month we had not one but TWO Baller of the Month winners. I had the pleasure of interviewing the winner of the Women’s bracket, Rebecca Shappell. Continue reading “March Madness Baller of the Month Women’s Bracket Winner”
The following was written by Jeremy Shaw of UVA
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.
Last year we saw Ohio University walk out with the coveted prize. Who will step up to the challenge this season, and leave Columbus, Ohio as the 2018 Ohio Dodgeball Cup Winners? Continue reading “THE 2018 Ohio Dodgeball Cup Preview”
October’s Baller of the Month has been earned by Damon Gwi of the University of Minnesota, who flew across the border to help represent the NCDA in Toronto, Canada for the World Dodgeball Championship Toronto Collegiate Invitational. I had the honor of conducting the interview. Continue reading “BOTM: 2017 October”
Written by Kevin Frye
Hello, my name is Kevin Frye and I am the captain of the Dodgeball Club at Ball State University. Just to give some background information on myself, I was a transfer student from The University of Kentucky to Ball State at the beginning of my sophomore year due to changing majors and other decisions. Playing that single year at UK inspired me to find some way to start a team at Ball State since dodgeball became my life and I couldn’t lose that, and I had no idea where to start. So, going in chronological order from forming the idea to achieving university recognition, I will lead you through what I did to provide you with an idea of what I did if you are a contemplating starting a team. Continue reading “Starting a Team Part 1 – From an Idea to University Recognition”
This past weekend, the University of Akron was host to 12 other squads including THREE JV squads! This was the largest tournament of the 2017-2018 season so far, and might be the largest until Akron hosts the second annual WAR sometime in the spring. During the tournament we saw some great match-ups, some nail biting inducing overtime points, some squash matches, but all in all, it was a great weekend of dodgeball. Adam Hynes and I take a look.
This past weekend, 5 teams made their way to East Lansing, Michigan to take part in the first tournament of the 2017-2018 season, the “Early Access Tournament” hosted by Michigan State University. The results from the tournament were a mixture of surprises and expectations.
Below is a breakdown of how each team looked at this tournament, written by Kevin Bailey and Colby Briceland. Sections written by Colby will include a “CB”, while sections written by Kevin will have a “KB”.
First, here are the results:
SVSU vs MSU: 5-1 SV
GVSU vs CMU: 4-2 CMU
MSU vs BGSU: 4-2 BG
Akron vs CMU: 4-2 CMU
SVSU vs BGSU: 4-2 SVSU
GVSU vs Akron: 4-0 GVSU
MSU vs Akron: 3-1 MSU
GVSU vs BGSU: 2-1 GV
CMU vs SVSU: 3-2 CMU
Tomorrow in East Lansing, Michigan, two of the Ohio teams will begin their 2017-2018 season with Michigan State’s home tournament. This is no small task, as the four Michigan teams in attendance are the same who filled the final four at last years Nationals. Let’s take a look at the Ohio Region. Continue reading “Ohio Preview: A Short Look at Each Team”
This year we will be revealing the first All-Ohio Team EVER. This is a pretty big deal for the Ohio region, and it is well deserved, as the region begins to strengthen and grow with every season. Now, not all Ohio teams are represented on the list, as some haven’t gotten as much exposure in the league as others, this will change next year as the Ohio region continues to expand.
After the intensity and discussion that resulted from the First Team All-American list, the NCDA will now present the Second Team All-American list for the first time since the 2012-2013 season. There were certainly a lot of great options in a year with more talent than ever before. Listed below are this years Second Team members as selected by their peers.
Written by: Wesley Peters
Rule Proposal: When a stoppage of play is called (of any variety), balls which are in the air remain live until they are either caught, team caught, or hit a surface/object/etc that renders them dead, regardless of whether they have hit a live player or not at the time of the timeout being granted. (AKA they remain live until they are dead, not instantly ruled dead) Further, if a referee is GENUINELY UNABLE to determine whether or not balls were airborne before or after the timeout is called, the balls will be considered to have never been thrown, and given back to the team that threw them in the first place.
Rationale: The rule is currently broken, and can be exploited in the following way: Team A throws (any number of balls, the more you throw the worse it gets) at Team B. Team B calls timeout as soon as Team A throws and the balls have entered Team B’s zone, but not close enough for them to be near anyone on Team B’s LAZ. Therefore, Team B is awarded those balls (Because they are dead upon timeout since they have been throw but not made contact with anyone on Team B, and Team A’s shot clock resets down to the lowest increment of 5.
So to summarize, Team B get’s Team A’s balls for the cost of their timeout, and Team A still needs to throw to reset their initial shot clock because even though Team B gets those balls that they threw, their throws legally do not count. The way the rule is currently written not only hurts Team A tremendously, but that effect is exacerbated if it happens on the throws immediately following a balls over call, thus effectively nullifying the effects of the balls over altogether.
I don’t recall why we initially changed this rule to balls in the air are dead off the official’s whistle, but I think it was because it was difficult for the official to rule whether they had been thrown before the timeout call. I think personally it is not that difficult to tell as an official if you are paying attention, so the pros should vastly outweigh the cons by changing this rule.
Also, I would like for this to be voted upon and changed ASAP so that any matches that may happen next weekend or at nationals are not subject to this possibly happening.
I hope that you all are recovered from a hopefully fun Saint Patrick’s day! While this past weekend did not hold any sanctioned NCDA bouts, I was privileged enough to be able to participate in the Matthew Kelsey Fundraiser 6v6 Tournament held by Kent State on Saturday March 18th. Matt “Kelso” Kelsey was one of Kent State’s original club members and has been recently diagnosed with Leukemia and the proceeds of the tournament went to help Matt with any costs he might have. The tournament was a great success and raised 776 dollars for Matthew with the 10 teams that showed up and the other donations that were made in his honor. Continue reading “Review for Kent State’s Matthew Kelsey Fundraiser Tournament”