Baller of the Month – November 2017 Kristofer DeJesus
Kris DeJesus is November’s BOTM, and I’ve gotta say, this was very well deserved. Everyone loves a good underdog story, and for many years that has been the Stevenson Mustang’s reputation. However, with all the blood, sweat, and (maybe?) tears that Kris has put into this program, we are seeing the fruits of that labor. He has lead this team to their first wins in program history, and has also demonstrated that his talent level is above and beyond the average NCDA baller.
The kid can do it all. Catch, throw, block, you name it. More or less, the dodgeball version of Boobie Miles. Kris has a big presence on the court as both a player and leader for this team, that much has been easy to see this year. I had a chance to chat with Kris to talk about his success and congratulate him on being our November BOTM.
We have reached a point in the season where we have started to get an idea of where teams stand and what they’re potentially capable of. Sean Smith, former Towson University dodgeballer, and I have teamed up to give our takes and grades from what we’ve seen so far out of the East Coast. For some teams, they will love their grades. For some teams, they will hate them. But at the end of the day, these are just some not-so-scientifically assigned grade based on early observations this season. For the overachiever students out there it may be hard to accept the grade you get, but fear not, there will be more chances to bump your grade up later this season.
The 2017-2018 NCDA season is in full force midway through the first semester. With well over 50 matches played so far during the year, this has arguably been the most exciting (certainly most active) season the NCDA has seen to date. With that in mind, it should be no surprise to see even more activity taking place this weekend at Bowling Green State University (otherwise known as BSGU) (no, unfortunately that isn’t a typo). The following six varsity teams will be in attendance: BGSU, OU, OSU, CSU, Towson, and UK. Although primarily an Ohio tournament, the introduction of a couple competitive out of state opponents gives this tournament a bit of flare. In the paragraphs to come, I will give a brief summary of each team, their upcoming opponents, a few interview questions, and end it with my own personal predictions of how things will shake out.
This weekend, Maryland will be hosting the first full-scale tournament on the East Coast this season. This tournament is going to be pretty big in seeing where teams stand to start the season, particularly Towson facing JMU with East Coast supremacy on the line. But before I get into all the drama this upcoming weekend, let me first recap the tournament hosted by Towson this past weekend.
This past weekend MSU opened up the 2017-18 NCDA season with the EA tournament in East Lansing, MI. There were certainly some interesting surprises, but the main point is that dodgeball is back! Now, it is the first chance for some East Coast schools to show what they’re all about.
This Saturday, Towson University has the pleasure of hosting the first event of the season which will also include Stevenson University and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Towson comes in as the top rated team after having their best season ever last year followed by VCU and Stevenson. This will be their opportunity to flex their muscle against some familiar opponents and start the year strong. That being said, Stevenson and VCU won’t make it easy, and are each looking for a statement win. Let’s take a look at some things to watch with each team, from the good to the bad, and even the ugly.
Next on our region by region previews is the East Coast. There were a lot of headlines coming out of the East last year, and this year should prove to be no different. In Kevin Bailey-esque fashion, let’s take a look at our teams to watch out for in the 2017-18 season, and who is likely to emerge as the top team out of the East Coast.
WASHINGTON – Office of the Director of Officiating (and Records): 27 of the 32 Member Teams have submitted valid ballots for the Election of the 2018 Executive Board. Additionally, non-voting ballots were submitted by upcoming member teams Gonzaga and the University of Central Florida, we thank them for their contribution. A number of alumni voted, however did not reach the required number of votes (14) to be included as an Alumni Ballot.
The open positions on this year’s ballot included: President, Treasurer, and three Directorships under the recent Board expansion. These three directors will be titled as one of their first actions of business. The positions of President and Treasurer were unopposed, so only one round of voting was required for each. There were four eligible candidates for the three Directorships, and required three rounds of voting under our preferential Single Transferable Vote system.
Member Team ballots were confirmed and preferential election counted by the upcoming Director of Nationals (Hunter Ford). The winning candidates have accepted their positions and the defeated candidates have been notified of the results prior to this posting.
As we continue to count down the days until the 2017-18 season, I wanted to take the time to provide updates on the progress made towards Nationals 2018. As Director of Nationals for next season I will put forth the best effort in ensuring we have an event that runs well and continues to improve what is the staple event of the NCDA.
One of the first things I wanted to accomplish was securing group rates at some of the hotels in the area for players, alumni, and fans. This will help guarantee high quality rooms for the NCDA at affordable prices. Below are the details for hotels where we currently have. This list will continue to be updated as more deals are finished. Continue reading “Nationals 2018 Updates: Hotels”
The long awaited All-East Coast list has finally arrived. Member teams of the East Coast include JMU, PSU, Stevenson, Towson, UMD, UVA, and VCU. Representatives from each team submitted one ballot each in order to help pick this team. There was at least one representative per team on this list, and it certainly highlights the special leaders and players from this past season. While heavy on upperclassmen, plenty of these players will also be returning for the 2017-18 season as well.
While everyone is preparing for Summer internships and finishing finals, it’s never too early to start thinking about the next season. The biggest key to improving from one season to the next is understanding weaknesses from the past year. For many teams, how they handle the offseason is a key indicator of what to expect from them in the following season. Here, I will highlight some of the biggest things that I feel each team needs to accomplish either during Summer or early portions of next season. While some teams will need to center their focus around recruiting, for others there are very specific goals in mind.
This year we will be doing something that we’ve never done before, the women of the NCDA are finally getting the recognition they deserve. There are many talented ladies in the league, as showcased in the Lady’s match at nationals the past couple of years. Every season the match grows in number and talent. The women on this list are not to be taken lightly and are dedicated members of the squads that they represent. Without further delay, the 2016-2017 Women’s All-American Team!
Over a week has passed since Nationals and the dust has had a little bit of time to settle. Congratulations to the Lakers of Grand Valley State once again on their tremendous season. With that being said, no on else in the league cares anymore, we’re ready to move onto the next season. There are a lot of things to look forward to even before the start of next year including All-American and MVP voting coming soon, voting on rule changes, and selecting the next host for Nationals in 2018.
I wanted to take the time to present some interesting thoughts for next season as a nice buffer for what will be some intense discussion tomorrow.
Let’s take a look at some interesting predictions.
With Nationals around the corner also comes one of the fan favorite events, the All-Star Game presented by SAVAGE Apparel Co. This year the game will be larger than ever before, both figuratively, and quite literally. As Colin mentioned in his article, there are definitely members of each team that don’t get selected who are more than worthy of being called All-Stars for their team. As such, I wanted to take the time as well to highlight some of the East Coast players that I believe could be All-East Coast athletes from this season. This is not organized in any type of first team or top-15 group, but just giving recognition to players who have worked hard and performed well all season.
No this was not Co-authored by Colin O’Brien, it was however inspired by him.
It’s time to take a break from the craziness that has been the Captain’s Page and all of the rule proposals popping up. Let’s make dodgeball great again! This weekend the University of Akron will be hosting The War, which is the largest and last tournament of the 2016-2017 regular season.
11 teams from 5 different states will come to Akron, OH to compete in The War. Needless to say, it’s a pretty big deal, with a lot of implications on seeding heading into Nationals, take a look at an article by our VP Zigmas Maloni, Status Quo Ante Bellum, on the possible exchanges. There has also been a lot of talk off the court heading into this weekend, which I’m sure will translate into some exciting on court performances.