The University of Akron hosted their second annual Pink Out Tournament this Saturday which featured Akron, BGSU, Kent State, UK, OU, VCU, and WKU. Needless to say, it was an exciting tournament overall and a chance to see a ton of competitive dodgeball. After taking a 7.5 hour drive back to Richmond, it gave me time to think about the tournament, and the key takeaways from this weekend. Here are my biggest observations.
It is only fair that we post this promo picture twice, and just like the poster, this should certainly be an exciting tournament. There will be 7 teams representing 3 states in a tournament that could create major changes in the league rankings. I will be taking a look at each team and going over some expectations and things to watch out for over the weekend. So with that being said, I’ll get started. Continue reading “Previewing Pink Out 2”
As the saying goes, “if you’re not growing, you’re dying.” This past offseason, there were 5 total rule/policy changes and 1 bylaw change, each of which with their own positives and negatives. However, two of those changes have been both significant and controversial; Executive Board veto power on member team’s votes for rule changes, and the new “clean-blocking” rule change. Since most teams have gotten a couple games under their belts we have been able to see the effect the blocking rule has had on games, and had a chance to form reasonable opinions about the change. Alternatively, the Executive Board veto power has only been used once thus far in order to pass the newest blocking proposal. Either way, people around the league still have their opinions on the changes, and I had a chance to talk with some individuals from across the league about these changes.
Overall, views are mixed, but I want to start with some of the issues I have heard with these two new changes. Continue reading “Investigating New Changes”
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) will be hosting their first tournament in program history this Saturday, October 1st. This is the second East Coast region tournament, following the Towson Throwdown hosted by Towson University on September 25th. Teams that will be attending include Towson, Maryland, and of course VCU.
What to Expect
More or less, we should expect results similar to the Towson Throwdown. The only team not playing in this tournament that was present last weekend is Stevenson, and given only a one week difference, it is hard to imagine much changing. That being said, VCU will have a unique opportunity to play on their home court, giving them a slight advantage over the two traveling teams. Continue reading “Previewing the Virginia Commonwealth Cup”
Towson University hosted the first East Coast tournament of the season at Burdick Hall which featured Towson, Maryland, Stevenson, and VCU. For the very first tournament for every team, there were a lot of positives to take away, but also a lot of things to improve on for each team. I will be analyzing each team and highlighting some of the key takeaways from the tournament. Continue reading “Recap: Towson Throwdown”
The East Coast region will finally see its first set of games this weekend on Sunday at Towson University. All of the teams participating are from Maryland and Virginia, which includes Towson, Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth, and Stevenson. This tournament should prove to be tightly contested, and great opener for the East Coast.
As the saying goes, “money makes the world go ’round” and when trying to run your dodgeball empire this is no exception. One of the things that hinders teams year-in and year-out is having the finances to properly run the team. This can range from having problems with buying uniforms, being able to travel to tournaments, and even being able to buy dodgeballs for the season. So what are some solutions if your team doesn’t get the proper funding it needs? Fundraising? Raising dues? Make the rich kid on the team pay for everything?
All of those are legitimate options, but they can require a lot of time and effort, and generally aren’t fun to do. So what’s another option? Sponsorships. Almost every kid grows up dreaming of being in commercials and getting endorsements from big name companies, but now you can actually make that a reality (aside from the commercial part, probably). Here are some of my top tips for how you can get your team sponsors for the year, and ultimately ease the financial burden that comes with dodgeball. Continue reading “Dodgeball 101: Finding Sponsors”