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:
For the month of March, there will be a different process in place for determining the Baller of the Month. The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s Content team has narrowed the list down to 8 candidates. Those 8 finalists are as follows (in no particular order):
February’s Baller of the Month was all but decided four days into the month when JMU’s BEAST VI tournament concluded. It was clearly time to recognize the efforts of Virginia Commonwealth’s team, more specifically, their captain: Hunter Ford.
I had the chance to have a discussion with Hunter, and it was a very telling one. We chat about a variety of topics, ranging from his role on VCU’s team, to his thoughts on the ranking system, to his talent as a ‘Twitter Jockey’, and much more. Congratulation Hunter on being VCU’s first ever BOTM. Here is my talk with the leader for VCU Dodgeball:
Well now that one ODC preview is up, why not have more? I mean, MDC basically had ESPN, CNN, FOX, CBS, Facebook, VCU’s Twitter jockeys and everyone in Michigan cover their games so another article for ODC can’t hurt at all. As most of you know, ODC will be held at a neutral location this year in my hometown of Newark OH. No homecourt advantage for any team should make for an interesting day of dodgeball, and on top of that, I was able to get a trophy back into the mix this year as well. Teams will be playing for that along with bragging rights for the year so I am more than excited for the 25th to come. Below I give some of my predictions for ODC this weekend along with a small team write up. I will go team by team against their match up for each prediction. In no particular order we start with:
In case you haven’t paid attention to anything the past few days, the Michigan Dodgeball Cup takes place this Sunday at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. #3 Michigan State will host #1 Grand Valley State, #2 Central Michigan, and #7 Saginaw Valley State in an epic late-winter showdown.
In case you’ve been living under a rock the past few days, James Madison University played host to a number of schools from across the country in the 6th annual Big East Appalachian Super Tournament, aka BEAST this weekend.
To put it simply, this was one for the ages. Before I dig in on my “reaction” (or should I say: overreaction), here are the results from the tourney:
JAMES MADISON – UREC
JMU def OSU 4-1
UK def Towson 3-2 OT
JMU def UK 3-1
MSU def VCU 3-2 OT
Towson def MSU 3-1
VCU def OSU 3-2
JMU def MSU 3-1
UK def OSU 3-0
Towson def JMU 2-0
VCU def UK 2-1 OT
MSU def OSU 3-0
NCDA President Felix Perrone recently provided me with an interesting set of data. He compiled the records for each team in the league against each of the opponents that they have played from fall of 2010 (when the NCDA’s official records begin) to present day. Note, there are game results available prior to 2010, but not all scores were accurately recorded until that fall of 2010, so the “official” records begin then. Feel free to visit the “Standings” tab on this website and explore for yourself.
Anyway, listed below are the top 50 ‘win totals’ for one team over a single opponent. Basically these are all the matchups where one team has at least 6 wins over their opponent.
Keep in mind this is only from 2010 to present. Obviously I would like to point out that while GVSU is 29-3 over MSU since 2010, the actual all-time series total is 43-3! For those of you that can’t do math, this means GV had a 14-0 record over MSU prior to 2010 when official records began. So, while examining the stats, be cognizant of the fact that other matchup totals may be off a bit due to the fact that this is 2010-present.
I will give the rest of my thoughts below the table:
As we start out this new year, I thought it would be cool to take a look at what NCDA Nationals 2017 would look like if it happened right now.
Listed below is the bracket for Nationals if it were to take place today. In this scenario I am assuming that every team that has played an NCDA game this season will make the trip to University of Kentucky for the season’s final tournament. Note that the seeding is based off the NCDA’s current standings.
Now, lets take a look at what the results may look like if this were the case…
Happy New Year to all of you dodgeballers. As we approach 2017, I am reminded of one of the most well-known traditions that comes with changing years: New Year’s Resolutions.
While I no longer play for any college dodgeball team, I still have an idea on what some of the teams in this league should do with their “fresh start” in 2017. So, I present to you my New Year’s Resolution suggestions for some of your favorite NCDA teams: Continue reading “NCDA New Year’s Resolutions”
Well folks, we are at the halfway point in the NCDA season. Schools are off for the holidays, and no NCDA matches will be played until mid January. This is one of the many constants in college dodgeball, a time at mid-season for teams to reflect on what transpired in the fall semester, and what is still to come in the winter/spring.
Following up on a fantastic article by Hunter Ford on his bold predictions, I will briefly reflect on the fall semester and give some predictions for the rest of the season. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to attend as many tournaments as I would have liked in the fall, so maybe you will trust Hunter’s predictions over mine. But I have seen enough to be confident in the statements I am about to make. Here are some of my thoughts at the halfway point in yet another exciting season of collegiate dodgeball:
On October 16th, DePaul will host two schools in the annual DUI Tournament. In attendance will be NCDA mainstay Wisconsin Platteville, along with first-year team Northern Illinois (NIU). Below is a brief preview of this tournament:
ALLENDALE- Grand Valley State University played host to three Michigan schools for the 2016 Grand Valley Gauntlet. In attendance were Central Michigan, Michigan State, and Saginaw Valley State. The scores from the gauntlet are listed below along with a brief recap of each: Continue reading “Grand Valley Gauntlet Recap”
The college dodgeball season is now well underway, and each of the Michigan Region teams has stepped on the court at least once. I have only had the pleasure to attend two games so far this year, but thanks to Facebook Live I have seen my fair share of Michigan Region teams through the first few weeks of the season. Here are my very brief first impressions on each of the four Michigan schools (listed in the order of their current position in the NCDA Standings):
Here is my top 5 list of the most underrated players in the league. Please note, player #1 isn’t necessarily better than player #2, and player #2 better than player #3, etc. This list is ordered by who is I think is underrated to the highest degree. I hope you all enjoy: