Michigan Region First Impressions

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):

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Top 5 Most Underrated Players in the NCDA (2016-17)

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:

 

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Top 5 Current Players in the NCDA (2016-17)

This is another list that is going to initiate some debate.  No explanation necessary, this is my list of the top 5 overall players in the country for the 2016-17 season.

(Next List Up: Top 5 Most Underrated Players… coming July 29th)

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Top 5 Uniforms in the NCDA

This list will without a doubt spark some controversy, and I’m totally okay with that.  As we continue our top 5 series, I bring you today the top 5 uniforms in college dodgeball.  Feel free to comment if you disagree with my list.  I’m sure there are varying opinions out there.

(Next List Up: Top 5 Overall Players for 2016-17… coming July 24th)

1. DePaul

I mean really, you can’t beat DePaul in this category.  These uniforms are unique, detailed, and classic.  The triple threat.  I really had no trouble determining who got #1 on this list because it is a clear choice.  The assortment of DePaul Dodgeball uniforms is rivaled by no one in college dodgeball.

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Top 5 Breakout Stars for 2016-17

Continuing our top 5 lists is this one on the top 5 breakout stars for the upcoming season.  These are not the top 5 overall players in the league, they are just my pick for the five players that will breakout in 2016-17 and truly make a name for themselves in this league.  Feel free to comment if you have any other choices that you think deserved to make this list!

(Next List Up: Top 5 Uniforms in the NCDA… coming July 19th)

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Top 5 Matchups for 2016-17

As we inch closer to yet another season of collegiate dodgeball, I thought it would be good to start a series of top 5 lists for you all.  So, for the remainder of the off-season we will be shelling out a new top 5 list once every 5 days!  Today’s top five is on the most anticipated matchups for the upcoming season.  Stay tuned because we have a number of great lists coming your way in the future.  Next week’s list: Top 5 Breakout Stars for 2016-17.  Anyway, enjoy the first of many top 5 lists to come:

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My Dodgeball Story: Felix Perrone

As an organization, we will be starting a new series of articles titled “My Dodgeball Story”. In short, this will be reminiscent to what The Players’ Tribune is all about.

Basically the intention is to give any current or former NCDA player the chance to have his/her voice heard.  This will be an opportunity for our content to become more diverse in that we will be featuring first-person stories from a variety of players around the league.  Everyone has a unique dodgeball story.  Whether it be a specific experience, or just how the sport changed your life as a whole, this is your opportunity to share your story with the world.

gr 2So, before we can move on to the first edition of this series of articles, I want to invite any and all of you to submit your own “dodgeball story” to a member of the content team.  The goal here is to increase the amount of content on this website and grow the sport as a whole.  So get writing, we would love to hear from all of you!

It is only fitting that we start this series with Felix Perrone’s “dodgeball story”.  Felix, as most of you know, is the current President of the NCDA.  Felix’s impact on the league goes beyond everything he does right now as the main face of the organization.  During his playing days Felix was considered one of the top players in the league (and I consider him a top 10 player ever), and a great leader for the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky.

While I could talk about this man all day, it might be better if we heard his story in his words.  Enjoy: Continue reading “My Dodgeball Story: Felix Perrone”

2015-16 NCDA All-Rookie Team

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The wait is finally over! Listed below is your 2015-16 National Collegiate Dodgeball Association All-Rookie Team.  Congrats to each of the 15 players who earned this distinction (through a league-wide vote).  It’s safe to say that the future is bright for collegiate dodgeball with these talented players emerging as stars in our league.  Here’s the list of the top 15 rookies in the nation from this past season: Continue reading “2015-16 NCDA All-Rookie Team”

BOTM: 2016 June

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Jacob Leski – Central Michigan

The Baller of the Month for June goes to a recent graduate from Central Michigan University: Jacob Leski.  Jake was a top performer on a CMU team that finished as national runner-up for the second straight season.

Jake finished up his career at CMU with a stellar performance at Nationals (the championship game in particular).  Without a doubt he leaves behind a legacy as one of the most impactful catchers in the NCDA.

I had the pleasure to interview Jake on a number of topics, including his on-court strategy, favorite dodgeball memories, and his future plans.  Take a look at our interview below:

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2016 College Dodgeball All-American Team

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It is that time of year again!  The 2015-16 National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s season came to a close just a few short weeks ago.

All of the votes are finally in, so we can now present to you the 2016 All-American Team.  Congratulations to these 15 gentlemen for their incredible individual performances this year.  Becoming an All-American is no small accomplishment.

Listed below are the 15 All-Americans determined by a league wide vote.  This list is in preferential order with #1 being the 2016 MVP.  Below each name is a small description of the player and his successes this year.  These brief descriptions were written by a few different members of the NCDA Content Team.

Without further ado, here is your 2016 All-American Team:

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Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 15

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Nationals 2016 was just over a week ago, but that doesn’t stop the content team from producing some articles.  This will be the first in a series of Way-Too-Early Top 15 rankings for next season.  Below is my personal opinion on who the tops teams will be heading into next year.  If you are interested in making a top 15 list of your own, feel free to contact any member of the content team and we will make it happen.  If you disagree with my list I expect to see your own top 15 written up! Continue reading “Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 15”

All-American Voting

Attention Club Officers,

Your team should be receiving an email with the following information:

It is that time of year again. The season ended this past weekend, and now we need to begin the voting for our All-American Team. The process is pretty simple. Each team is required to send in a list of their top 15 players in the country listed preferential order 1 through 15. Continue reading “All-American Voting”

Towson Dodgeball: No Longer an Afterthought

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It was April 12, 2015, and inside the Preston Center at Western Kentucky University, it had never been louder.  A building full of collegiate dodgeball players looked on in confusion trying to figure out why there was so much yelling and screaming going on.  As it turns out, Towson University’s dodgeball team was responsible for this ruckus, as they were celebrating an upset victory over Ohio State University in the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s final tournament.  This moment in time will not soon be forgotten by anyone in attendance, as it will go down as one of the most memorable upsets in NCDA Nationals history.

Rewind the clock just a few years and the thought of Towson making it to the NCDA’s “Elite Eight” was absolutely absurd.  Truth is, the dodgeball club that formed at Towson University never seemed destined for success, but thanks to the incredible commitment of the club’s leaders, the Tigers are finally making noise in the NCDA.  A program that limped its way through the larger part of their first four seasons as an NCDA team, Towson Dodgeball is no longer an afterthought in the college dodgeball universe.

This is the story of how Towson’s dodgeball team slowly but surely clawed their way to national relevance. Continue reading “Towson Dodgeball: No Longer an Afterthought”

Proposed Rule Change: Throw Line Distance

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It’s pretty simple: What is the biggest issue with the current NCDA ruleset?  Most people would argue it is often too slow paced, or that there are not enough points scored each game.  People often complain about stall-ball, and I concur that this is a major concern for our league.

There have been many proposed rule changes that are intended to combat this issue, attempting to make games faster and more 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 25 ft. in the rulebook. Continue reading “Proposed Rule Change: Throw Line Distance”