Nationals 2017 came to a close just over a week ago, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start looking forward to next season. As we enter the off-season, I figured I might as well begin the discussion on the 2017-18 version of NCDA Dodgeball. Listed below is my way-too-early top 25 rankings for next year, with some brief explanations for each team.
Another year of college dodgeball is in the books. While we continue to recover from what was another exciting year playing the best sport on earth, we do have some big news to share.
Listed below are the 15 individuals selected as 2017 College Dodgeball All-Americans. Each of these players did an outstanding job on the court this season, and are more than deserving of this recognition.
Along with each name on this list is a brief description, written by a member of the NCDA Content team. Congratulations to each of these athletes for etching their name into the NCDA history books as College Dodgeball All-Americans!
Also, please note that we will be releasing the second team (players ranked 16-30) later this week. Stay on the lookout for that.
Without further ado… here are your 2017 All-Americans:
Well folks, another season of NCDA Dodgeball has come and gone. Another year of this amazing thing we call college dodgeball.
Nationals 2017, hosted by University of Kentucky, was one of the best final tournaments in our league’s history. Listed below are some initial takeaways that I had (starting with the top finishing teams, and wandering around from there). Also here are the results from the tournament: Continue reading “Nationals 2017 Review”
Well folks, as we gear up for Nationals 2017, I have some great news. The NCDA Content Team has been working hard to integrate more social media channels into our overall media plan. The NCDA will be very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the season’s final tournament.
But here is the big news for today:
Thanks to the designing skills of new content team member Brett Hadwin (CMU Alumni), the NCDA is proud to announce our first ever tournament Snapchat Geofilters:
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The following is the first in a series of articles that will be published on the topic of the future of collegiate dodgeball. NCDA Chief of Content Kevin Bailey and NCDA Director of League Expansion and Retention Jacob Leski will discuss a variety of topics, from league improvement and expansion, to the future of Nationals, the NCDA ruleset and how it will evolve overtime. We even discuss the likelihood of the NCDA eventually becoming a D1 sport with games on national television, etc.
THE FOllowing was written by brandon meisel, with kevin bailey as a co-author:
Brandon Meisel: Rule changes are meant to spark conversation, it is good for the league. However, what is not good for the league is when people start attacking one another in the comments section, just because they have opposing viewpoints. If after reading this article you still do not agree with our logic, that is fine. Not everyone will always have the same opinion on things. This article is meant to open your eyes on a few topics of a rule change that you may have not thought about otherwise. The rule I am referring to is of course the reducing of roster sizes down to 12 v 12. Before you close this article out, give it a chance. It may change your mind on a few things that Kevin Bailey and I would like you to consider.
The team receiving all balls after a balls over must make 3 (I’m flexibile to making this just 2) legitimate throws on the ensuing shot clock unless said team is on a 10 second shot clock in its own right.
If at any time a player has blood on their clothes or person, they will receive 30 seconds to remove any and all traces of blood from their clothes and/or person. If the player cannot remove the blood in the allotted time, the team will be forced to take a time out, and sub the player out. If the team doesn’t have any timeouts left, the player will be taken out of the game, and will ineligible for the remainder of the point (not match). The clocks will then be reset according to the team timeouts rule. (The team that has the player with the blood will act as the team that is calling the timeout.) However, if the team with the bloodied player has a throw clock that is above 10 (for the 15 count) or above 5 (for the 10 count) their shot clock will be reset down to that number (10 or 5) in order to allow them enough time to throw.
Teams are allowed a combination of 4 captains & assistant captains (any combination you’d like). Ex – 1C, 3A. Or 2C, 2A
Rationale: We’ve had 2C & 2A for a while at CMU, starting my 2nd to last year there, and at MSU we’ve had 1C, 3A this year and 4A last year (lol). And I know many teams also have more than 3 captains though 7 is too many (shout out to SVSU 😄).
I believe having 4 captains allows for promotion of more younger players to prominent roles within the “on-court” portion of teams and furthers their development as leaders greatly. This also encourages more active involvement and makes more players feel like they have an active voice within their organization on and off the court.
Alright everyone, pay attention. This is important:
What is the biggest issue with the NCDA’s current gameplay format? Simple. It’s too slow-paced. Not enough points are scored, and teams often decide to play “stall-ball” because it is strategically their best option in certain situations. So, as we go through all of the rule proposals for the upcoming year, we need to keep in mind that this aspect of the game needs to be fixed.
We need to put rules in place that will make our game more fast-paced and exciting. Sure, there are countless ways to go about fixing the slow-paced style that plagues our league right now, but in my opinion, no rule change will be as beneficial as this one: The throw line (attack line) needs to decrease from 30 ft. to 27 ft. in the rulebook.
*Note: I’d prefer it go all the way down to 25 ft., but 27 is a less drastic change that more people will be on board with. If it works well, we can consider moving it to 25 the following season!
Anyway, in the current NCDA ruleset, the throw line is designated as 30 ft. from the back line:
(188.8.131.52 Attack Line – A line clearly marked 30′ from each baseline. Players may cross Halfcourt and move up to the opposite Attack Line. Blue painters tape may be used to mark as it is least likely to ruin the finish on the court.)
After leading Grand Valley State University to yet another Michigan Dodgeball Cup title, along with a strong showing at GVSU’s Blast from the Past tournament, Ben Tubergen earned himself “Baller of the Month”. Ben has emerged this year as one of the most dangerous players in the league with a strong and accurate throw, to go along with good catching skills. He has been a catalyst for GVSU’s offense so far this season, and will be a key to their success in a few weeks when they compete at Nationals 2017 in Lexington, KY.
I had the chance to chat with Ben after he won Baller of the Month. Our conversation touches on a number of topics, from his mindset heading into Nationals, to his dodgeball career outside of the NCDA, to the controversy over what grade he is actually in. I even ask him the ever-important question: “Chipotle or Qdoba?”. Here is my interview with GVSU’s Ben Tubergen. Continue reading “BOTM: March 2017”
It’s almost that time of year again. The transition from winter to spring means more than just warm weather. It means College Dodgeball Nationals is just around the corner. Dodgeball teams across the nation transition from the regular season grind to a post-season mindset. In a matter of weeks, the entire National Collegiate Dodgeball Association will convene for the annual national tournament that decides which club team is crowned NCDA National Champions.
The atmosphere inside of the Seaton Center on the campus of University of Kentucky will be electric, as it always is when UK hosts the season’s final tourney. 24 teams will make their way to Lexington, KY for what promises to be a tournament to remember.
Below, I will kick off the Nationals Preview articles (you will see a lot of these in the coming weeks) with a brief early look at the big tourney. The second weekend of April is quickly approaching, and while there are still a few dodgeball events yet to be played, I will take this opportunity to give my thoughts on what I expect from Nationals 2017: