A way to recognize the shining players of the League!
NCDA Baller of the Month is chosen near the middle of the month, and it is referred to as the BOTM of the same month he or she was chosen. For example, a player is chosen on January 15. That player is BOTM for January, which stays up from about Jan 15 – Feb 14.
GVSU won their 6th-straight National Title a few weeks ago. Junior Aaron Krafft has his best performance of the year at Nationals, and it was enough to earn him Baller of the Month! I chatted with Aaron about everything from his mindset, to his favorite dodgeball memories, to which Disney movies he thinks are the best. Read our interview below:
Kevin Bailey: First off, congratulations on wining Baller of the Month. How does it feel to cap off the season with a National Title and a well-deserved BOTM distinction?
Aaron Krafft: Thanks, Kevin. Winning the National Title this year was unlike any other year because of what we went through this season to get there. Outside of MDC, we never played to our potential but at Nationals we played better than I thought was possible. As far as BOTM goes, I’m honored to be chosen because I know there are lots of others worthy of the distinction.
It is that time of the month again to look at the performances of players throughout the league and determine who is the Baller of the Month. The board looked at various criteria and a number of deserving players and the content team decided on University of Wisconsin- Platteville’s very own Will Martin. Continue reading “BOTM: 2018 April”
After a series of matchups and polls on Twitter, JMU’s Evan Eschenburg was the people’s choice, coming out on top over seven other talented and well-qualified dodgeballers. Throughout his career, Eschenburg has embodied what it means to be a true JMU dodgeballer, which lead to him being one of the captains for this season. Without a doubt, he has made a bigger name for himself this season and could even be placed in the league MVP discussion. I had a chance to talk to him to congratulate him and pick his thoughts on dodgeball, JMU, and Fortnite.
We are happy to announce that this month, along with our Men’s Baller of the Month bracket, we have put together a bracket with 8 of the top female ballers in college dodgeball for you to vote on.
The voting will take place on Twitter, and will begin later this week (Thursday afternoon) following the conclusion of the men’s bracket. Below is the list of finalists, along with the official bracket showing each first round matchup. Check our Twitter later this week for the first poll! Continue reading “Women’s March Madness Baller of the Month Bracket”
Happy March everyone. As we have done in the past, the Baller of the Month for March will be determined through a “March Madness” bracket. We have narrowed our list of candidates for BOTM down to the 8 most deserving, and will now leave it up to you to determine the winner! Before we get into the matchups and voting procedure, here are your 8 finalists:
Sorry for the delay, but I am happy to finally announce that our Baller of the Month for February is Colby Briceland from University of Akron. Colby had a very eventful month of February. Here’s a quick recap:
On Feb. 10, Colby hosted the largest collegiate tournament of the season at his school, Akron University. “The War” lived up to the hype as one of the most significant tournaments of the NCDA’s regular season and Colby played a major role in making sure this two-day event took place.
Just one week later, Colby put together a team of college dodgeballers from various teams throughout Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan to travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the GR Open. They played under the team name “Ohio Legacy” despite only a few of the players being regulars on that team. Colby did a great job introducing these players to a new format of dodgeball with a new community of players.
December may seem like it was a year ago, but the NCDA’s Baller of the Month for December is JMU’s Doug Schilling. This award is long over due for Doug, who has been a key player for them since the day he stepped on the court his freshman year. Take a gander at my conversation with this year’s potential MVP: Continue reading “BOTM: 2017 December”
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.
The Baller of the Month for September goes to one of the most well known players in the league: Michael Riley. Taking over as captain for Central Michigan University this year, Riley has had a very successful start to his tenure. The Chippewas currently are undefeated with a 6-0 record. Not only that, but they have avenged their title game loss to Grand Valley State with an early season 4-2 win over the defending champs.
Riley has made a name for himself over the years both for his impressive on court skills, as well as for his abundance of confidence. He has developed into an all-around star player for the Chippewas, and is one of my early favorites to take home league MVP at the end of the season.
I had the privilege of interviewing one of dodgeball’s most talented (and outspoken) stars. My conversation with Michael hit on many topics, including his take on CMU’s early season success, his leadership style, what his go-to pregame meal is, who he would least want to fist fight in the NCDA, and how much money he lost thanks to an ill-advised preseason bet that he made… Check out our interview below: Continue reading “BOTM: 2017 September”
After leading Grand Valley State University to yet another Michigan Dodgeball Cup title, along with a strong showing at GVSU’s Blast from the Past tournament, Ben Tubergen earned himself “Baller of the Month”. Ben has emerged this year as one of the most dangerous players in the league with a strong and accurate throw, to go along with good catching skills. He has been a catalyst for GVSU’s offense so far this season, and will be a key to their success in a few weeks when they compete at Nationals 2017 in Lexington, KY.
I had the chance to chat with Ben after he won Baller of the Month. Our conversation touches on a number of topics, from his mindset heading into Nationals, to his dodgeball career outside of the NCDA, to the controversy over what grade he is actually in. I even ask him the ever-important question: “Chipotle or Qdoba?”. Here is my interview with GVSU’s Ben Tubergen. Continue reading “BOTM: 2017 March”
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: