For the 5th year in a row, I am proposing reducing the active player count on the court from 15v15 to 12v12. Before you blow this off, and have the mentality of “change isn’t good”, I urge you to just take a few minutes to read my rationale below:
Currently, we play a VERY large scale game with roster sizes ranging from 10-20 players with 10-15 active players on the court at the beginning of each point.
Get ready y’all. This is going to be a HUGE event. Nationals 2017 will have roughly 460 players representing 24 schools from 10 different states. With so many dodgeball players from all over flocking to Lexington on April 8 & 9, its bound to be a good time!
Nationals 2017 will feature 59 ranked games, in addition to the NCDA Alumni Match, NCDA Ladies’ Match, and the NCDA All Star Game presented by SAVAGE apparel.
This is INSANE and I couldn’t be happier! This will be the largest Nationals the NCDA has ever hosted. This year’s attendance will break last year’s (which set the current record) 18 team tournament by 33%.
Entry fees are due March 15 and can be paid via check or through PayPal.
These 24 teams have registered for Nationals:
Akron, BGSU, BW, CMU, CSU, DePaul, GVSU, JMU, Kent, Miami, MSU, NSULA, Ohio, OSU, PSU, SVSU, Towson, UK, UMD, UNG, UVA, UWP, VCU, WKU
All Stars have been submitted for these 26 teams:
Akron, BGSU, BW, CMU, CSU, DePaul, GSU, GVSU, JMU, Kent, Miami, MSU, NSULA, Ohio, OSU, PSU, SU, SVSU, Towson, UK, UMD, UNG, UVA, UWP, VCU, WKU
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57 ladies have registered for the ladies match. At least one lady has registered from these 18 teams (including alumni ladies):
Akron, BGSU, CMU, CSU, DePaul, GVSU, JMU, Kent, Miami, MSU, NSULA, Ohio, OSU, PSU, SVSU, Towson, UK, UNG.
The winning team will receive shirts with the logo below printed on the chest.
Okay friends, here is the stuff you’ve been waiting for. As you know, the official apparel sponsor of Nationals 2017 is SAVAGE Apparel. We need to have our shirt order turned into them no later than March 1st, which means we also need your team’s information.
There are four tasks to complete before March 1st concerning Nationals:
Captains:Register your team for Nationals 2017 in Lexington, KY at University of Kentucky.
Captains:Submit your team’s all stars for the 7th Annual NCDA All Star Game presented by SAVAGE. Each attending team is eligible to submit two all stars to compete in this year’s ASG. Each all star will receive a complimentary jersey from SAVAGE. This year’s format will be a draft. All Star coaches for this year’s event are Kevin Bailey and Jacob Leski.
(Teams not competing at Nationals, but sending representatives, can still participate in the All Star Game. Submit your All Stars!
(Teams not attending Nationals can also submit All Stars and will have the option to purchase a jersey at a cost TBD).
Lady Dodgeballers, register for the 6th Annual NCDA Ladies’ Match. There is no limit to the amount of participants each team can have in the match. Each team is entitled to two ladies match shirts each for free, if they have ladies interested in playing (teams with no ladies cannot submit requests for shirts; they cost money). Additional Ladies’ Match shirts can be purchased for $10/shirt, but they MUST register in order to receive a shirt. We will NOT be purchasing any extras.
Alumni, if you would like to officiate at any point during the weekend, register here. There are benefits for officials including: receiving a free event shirt once you’ve officiated 3 full games, receiving a hotel stipend for officiating 60% of the total rounds, and getting paid per game (see registration form for additional details).
ALL OF THESE FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN MARCH 1ST IN ORDER TO RECEIVE SHIRTS. If your team is not registered by March 1st, you will NOT receive event, ladies’ match, or all star shirts/jerseys.
Nationals fees are also due no later than March 15, 2017. You should have received an invoice last week in your email. If you did NOT, please let us know ASAP. Registration fees are $300 this year and will go toward paying for: Officials, tshirts, balls, court tape, and camera equipment.
Let your favorite Board member know what questions you have, because I know you have some.
From the Office of the President for Immediate Release:
First off I would like to say how happy I am with the current state of our organization. By membership, we are the largest dodgeball league in the United States. I don’t know of a way to even check this, but I can say with confidence that we are also one of, if not THE, largest dodgeball organizations in the world. As of 1/1/2017, we have 628 registered members in the NCDA from 25 different states; and that number will only go up from here. Our unique style of play and our dedicated members are what keep this organization moving and expanding. We are growing, we are influencing, and we are thriving. Continue reading “NCDA President’s Announcement – Looking Forward”
Hunter Ford asks: Who has had the most miles traveled?
Those formulas were rather difficult to figure out utilizing Google Sheets (Google’s version of Microsoft Excel), but after well over a year of testing, I finally did it. This sheet takes all of our active teams and finds the distance between them using a complex formula which mimics the functionality of a web-crawler. It will then generate a report which will show the total unique distance traveled to and from an Event for each team. Meaning, Kent will not get credit for traveling to BGSU four times last year for each game they played at Nationals, it will only give them one credit for travel to and from BGSU for Nationals.
The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association, alongside partners from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Dodgeball Club, will be hosting this inaugural event which will be the first of four in this series of 6v6 pinch rubber collegiate dodgeball tournaments this year.
The purpose of the 6v6 division of the NCDA is to act as a recruitment campaign geared at sparking the interest of students at universities closer to our geographically disadvantaged Member Teams in an effort to expand the reach of the NCDA.
It is with great pleasure and excitement that on behalf of the NCDA Executive Board, we are pleased to announce the official partnership between the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association and SAVAGE Apparel.
This marks the first corporate partnership between the NCDA and an outside vendor. NCDA Member Teams will receive excellent deals on handsome jerseys and Event gear from SAVAGE. SAVAGE is also the official apparel sponsor for Nationals 2017, hosted by University of Kentucky, and Nationals 2018, host TBD.
Team leaders will receive informational packets for ordering through SAVAGE in the very near future.
The NCDA Executive Board met on August 10, 2016, called by the President, to discuss change in the NCDA. This change consideration is allowed by Article 10.1.1 of the NCDA Bylaws. In accordance to Article 10.18.1 of the NCDA Bylaws, all five voting members of the Board agreed to consider change to be made prior to the three year provisions timeline outlined in article 10.18 of the NCDA Bylaws.
During this meeting, a BILL to amend the Organization’s voting process on preseason (e.g. this July vote) rulebook/policy was proposed:
Section 1. To provide the Board the ability to overturn any measure affirmed by the Member Teams in the preseason election, but only through a supermajority of three fourths of the elected Board.
Section 2. To provide the Member Teams the ability to veto the Board’s passed override measure, but only through a supermajority of three fourths of the casted ballots after achieving quorum.
– Reference NCDA Bylaws, §6 and 6.5 Proposal Voting, 7.7 Member Team Obligation to vote. This does not apply to elections for Board positions, which is a separate clause.
Vote Result: 4 of 5 Board members vote to change. Non-voting member Director of Nationals dissents. The measure succeeds in accordance to Article 10.1.1 of the NCDA Bylaws.
tl/dr: The Board can overturn the initial voting results with a 3/4 agreement of the Board, Member Teams can veto the Board’s decision with a 3/4 vote.
From the Office of the President for Immediate Release:
It has come to my attention the LiveStream Broadcast of the NCDA’s Nationals 2016 Championship Game between Grand Valley State University and Central Michigan University on Sunday April 17th in Bowling Green, OH was not fairly commentated.
Due to an issue with an inadequate number of available staff at the end of the tournament, the LiveStream Broadcast was commentated and recorded by one of the members of the twenty-player roster of Grand Valley State University who volunteered for the responsibility.
The commentary was admittedly biased toward the GVSU side in both coverage and opinions about the match. This is no excuse though, it is the responsibility of the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association, the Executive Board, and the Nationals Committee to ensure adequate staffing and coverage for large events, especially the Championship Match.
The LiveStream Broadcasts of these games are an extreme luxury for the NCDA since the organization relies on personal mobile devices and volunteers to film/commentate these games. Some games this weekend were recorded by members of the NCDA who are very dedicated and excited to filming the games, while others were simply recorded in silence to make sure at least the game footage was visually captured. There were many games that were not filmed due to this same type of staffing issue.
Unlike some organizations, the Championship Game is not the most watched live event, this is due to the long drive some players have to make back home on Sunday to get ready for their classes on Monday morning. With most players leaving after their team loses in the single elimination bracket to start their journey home, this leaves the organization low on member-volunteers for things such as recording and commentating games. Staffing for officiating always takes the highest priority over the live broadcast of the games.
I wholeheartedly apologize on behalf of the NCDA, the Executive Board, and the Nationals Committee to the club members of the Central Michigan University Dodgeball organization, their friends, and families who felt the game was not fairly commentated. It was never the intention of the NCDA to misrepresent or purposefully upset any club or member of the organization with this action.
Any further questions or comments can be directed to me personally by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
In the 40th Episode of the Average Joes Podcast, your hosts Kevin Bailey, Jacob Leski, Colin O’Brien, and Felix Perrone discuss the current standings, upsets and surprises, highlights of the Fall semester, give shoutouts to the recipients of their unofficial midseason rewards, and talk about upcoming tournaments (including Nationals), and finish off with their bold predictions for the rest of the season.