Ranking the Regions

The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association is not yet to the point where participating schools can be categorized into “conferences” like what the NCAA has done with college athletics.  For now, every team can identify with a certain region, instead of claiming membership to a “division” or “conference”.  As it stands in the NCDA right now, there are five regions: Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and East Coast.  Here is my power rankings of the NCDA’s five regions: Continue reading “Ranking the Regions”

Ultimate Dodgeball: Local Qualifier Results

1557493_667346349970264_1598301668_nSky Zone Indoor Trampoline Parks holds an annual dodgeball tournament titled the “Ultimate Dodgeball Championship”.  Sky Zone parks around the country hold “Local Qualifier” tournaments over the summer, with the winning team from each qualifier becoming eligible to compete in the “Championship Tournament” held in Las Vegas in mid-August. Continue reading “Ultimate Dodgeball: Local Qualifier Results”

BOTM: 2014 June

Brent Gromer [JMU-00]

The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s June Baller of the Month is James Madison’s Brent Gromer.  Brent had a strong performance at Nationals 2014 in April, after recovering from an injury to his ACL and medial meniscus that kept him on the sidelines for most of the season.  In his three seasons in this league, Brent has transitioned from an unknown player, to one of the best all-around dodgeball players in the NCDA.  His strong performance at the end of last season earned him 1st-Team All-NCDA honors (Brent was the #6 player on the list, and the top selection from the East Coast Region).  Brent Gromer is very deserving of the honor of “Baller of the Month”.  Here is my interview with the star player from James Madison: Continue reading “BOTM: 2014 June”

“Way-Too-Early Top 20” for the 2014-15 Season

ncda_logoThe 2014-15 College Dodgeball season is still many months away, but if you are like me, you are already looking forward to the coming season.  Much like espn.com makes annual “Way-Too-Early Top 25” lists for college football and basketball; I will be giving my list of the top 20 teams in the NCDA for next year.

I know for a fact that not everyone will agree with my rankings, so feel free to post your own opinions in the comment section below.  Here is my Way-Too-Early Top 20 for the NCDA’s 2014-15 season: Continue reading ““Way-Too-Early Top 20” for the 2014-15 Season”

Best Rivalries in College Dodgeball

After writing an article recently that highlighted the most anticipated matchups for next year, I decided to give my list of the best rivalries in the NCDA.  I divided this list into two sections: Tradition Rivalries and Emerging/New Rivalries.  Which NCDA rivalry is your favorite?  Let me know what you all think in the comment section! Continue reading “Best Rivalries in College Dodgeball”

Most Anticipated (Possible) Matchups of 2014-15

The 2014-15 NCDA season is still several months away, but with the scheduling process in full swing, I am beginning to think about the many exciting matchups that will occur next year.  Here is my list (in no particular order) of the top 10 matchups that I hope to witness next season: Continue reading “Most Anticipated (Possible) Matchups of 2014-15”

Remembering Derrick Ammons

A few weeks ago we lost a member of the NCDA Dodgeball family. Derrick Ammons was a member of Saginaw Valley State’s dodgeball team, and a great friend to many of their players.  I never had the privilege of meeting Derrick, but many members of SVSU’s team knew him well.  Here are a few brief comments by Saginaw Valley players remembering Derrick Ammons: Continue reading “Remembering Derrick Ammons”

Season Recap “Illinois Region”

Wisconsin Platteville cam close to upsetting Michigan State at Nationals 2014.
Wisconsin Platteville came close to upsetting Michigan State at Nationals 2014.

Teams:

Wisconsin Platteville

DePaul

Nebraska

St. Ambrose

 

The Illinois Region has not historically been home to the NCDA’s best teams.  In fact, this season no Illinois Region team made it past the first round of Nationals.  Despite that statistic, it was not that bad of a year for this region. Continue reading “Season Recap “Illinois Region””

Season Recap “Kentucky Region”

Western Kentucky's stellar performance at Nationals 2014 surprised a lot of people around the league.
Western Kentucky’s stellar performance at Nationals 2014 surprised a lot of people around the league.

Teams:

Kentucky

Western Kentucky

Northwestern State (Louisiana)

North Texas

 

It was not a standout year for any team in the Kentucky region.  Only two of the teams made an appearance at Nationals. Continue reading “Season Recap “Kentucky Region””

Season Recap “Michigan Region”

Cold winters breed the Michigan DodgeballerTeams:

Grand Valley State

Saginaw Valley State

Michigan State

Central Michigan

Siena Heights

Davenport

 

The Michigan Region once again was the most dominant in the NCDA during the 2013-14 season.  In fact, three Michigan teams made it to the “Final Four” at Nationals 2014.  While the top tier teams in this region Continue reading “Season Recap “Michigan Region””

My Take on Nationals 2014

nationals-2014-shirt-finalNCDA Nationals 2014 took place this past weekend, and as expected, it was one of the best weekends of the year for everyone involved.  I had the privilege to play and spectate so many awesome collegiate dodgeball games this weekend, and it made me more than excited for the future of this league.  Here are some of my reactions to what took place this weekend.  Continue reading “My Take on Nationals 2014”

Captains’ Poll Results

1 Grand Valley State
2 Saginaw Valley State
3 Kent State
4 James Madison
5 Michigan State
6 Ohio State
7 Central Michigan
8 Kentucky
9 Wisconsin Platteville
10 Maryland
11 Western Kentucky
12 Towson
13 Bowling Green State
14 Penn State
15 Miami (Oh)
16 DePaul
17 Siena Heights
18 Northwestern State
19 Nebraska
20 North Texas
21 Virginia Commonwealth
22 St. Ambrose
23 Davenport

BOTM: 2014 March

Max Siler [SVSU-38]

Max Siler is in his second season as the captain for Saginaw Valley State.  Recently, Max led his team to undefeated records in the Michigan Dodgeball Cup, and DePaul University Invite.  SVSU currently boasts a 10-game win streak, thanks in large part to the efforts of their captain.  Over the past few years Max Siler has developed into a star player for SVSU, and he is a very deserving recipient of “Baller of the Month”. Continue reading “BOTM: 2014 March”