2017-18 Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25

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Nationals 2017 came to a close just over a week ago, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start looking forward to next season.  As we enter the off-season, I figured I might as well begin the discussion on the 2017-18 version of NCDA Dodgeball.  Listed below is my way-too-early top 25 rankings for next year, with some brief explanations for each team.

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2017-2018 Off Season Action Dates

2017-04-01 – Begin Nominations for open Executive Board positions (President, Treasurer, Director of Officiating)
2017-04-11 – End of 2017 Season, Begin Off Season
2017-05-01 – Begin Vote for Nationals 2017 Host
2017-05-06 – End Vote for Nationals 2017 Host (no later than)
2017-05-08 – Announce Nationals 2017 Host (no later than)
2017-05-31 – End Nominations for Executive Board
2017-06-05 – Board Nominees must accept nominations (no later than) and submit a “campaign” info paragraph
2017-06-15 – Begin Vote for open Executive Board positions (President, Treasurer, Director of Officiating)
2017-06-25 – End Vote for open Executive Board positions
2017-06-28 – Announce votes privately to the current Board, contact winners of election (no later than)
2017-06-30 – Winners accept/deny their position (no later than)
2017-06-30 – End 2016-2017 NCDA Fiscal Year
2017-07-01 – Begin 2017-2018 NCDA Fiscal Year
2017-07-01 – Announce Executive Board (no later than)
2017-07-15 – Begin Vote on Rulebook, Bylaws, and Policy
2017-07-31 – End Vote on Rulebook, Bylaws, and Policy
2017-08-01 – Begin 2017 Season
2017-08-10 – Announce results of Vote (no later than). Results take effect at publishing datetime.
2017-09-01 – Publish 2018 Rulebook, Bylaws, and Policy
2017-12-31 – Member Teams pay League Membership Fee (no later than)

Bold Predictions for the 2017-2018 Season

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.

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Outside Reaction to Nationals

So I heard the NCDA had a tournament this weekend. I also heard that Grand Valley won… again. I can’t say that is a surprising result to hear, but congratulations to the Lakers… again. That being said, there are a few other takeaways we can gather from this weekend. Here’s my take from everything I heard and saw from this year in the NCDA: Continue reading “Outside Reaction to Nationals”

Final Power Rankings for the 2016-17 Season

Disclaimer: These rankings have zero impact on seeding for the National Tournament or actual ranking. They provide insight into where teams are currently performing during a given part of the season.

Here it is. The final power rankings of the season. Hope you all enjoy it on your ride down to Lexington and get a kick out of it as much as I did writing it. I tried to insert as many “Dodgeball” quotes as I could, comment how many you think you found. First to guess it correctly gets “Two expired movie passes and a free body massage from Peter LaFleur.” But for real, see how many you can find.

For those easily offended, please do not read any further…

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Nationals Bracket Predictions

This post is taken from the content discussed on the Live Nationals Preview Show.

I suggest you watch the show if you haven’t already. Or don’t. My feelings won’t be hurt.

Here are the Sunday brackets based on Kevin Bailey’s, Colin O’Brien’s, and Jacob Leski’s predictions for the Saturday slate of games at Nationals 2017, along with the “chalk” bracket based on every higher ranked Gonzalez team winning based on their current ranking. Analysis of each game for both days was discussed on the show.

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Nationals 2017: Snapchat Geofilters

Well folks, as we gear up for Nationals 2017, I have some great news.  The NCDA Content Team has been working hard to integrate more social media channels into our overall media plan.  The NCDA will be very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the season’s final tournament.

But here is the big news for today:

Thanks to the designing skills of new content team member Brett Hadwin (CMU Alumni), the NCDA is proud to announce our first ever tournament Snapchat Geofilters:

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The Future of College Dodgeball Series – Part 1: League Expansion

The following is the first in a series of articles that will be published on the topic of the future of collegiate dodgeball. NCDA Chief of Content Kevin Bailey and NCDA Director of League Expansion and Retention Jacob Leski will discuss a variety of topics, from league improvement and expansion, to the future of Nationals, the NCDA ruleset and how it will evolve overtime. We even discuss the likelihood of the NCDA eventually becoming a D1 sport with games on national television, etc.

The Future of College Dodgeball Series will even have some guest appearances, joining Kevin and Jacob in conversation. A lot will be discussed during this series, starting with Part 1 on league expansion:
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The East Coast All-Stars

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.

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Zander’s Thoughts on the 12vs12

More thoughts on the 12vs12 Roster

Kevin Bailey and Brandon Meisel did an excellent job of coming up with negatives against this, but I felt they missed some so I decided to take it upon myself to bring them up so that when it comes time to making a  decision you’re able to consider all the factors involved. The arguments that I came up with deal with recruitment, health, and alternative solutions to help expand the league.

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Policy Proposal – Reformatting the Bracket for Nationals

This policy proposal was authored in two parts by Felix Perrone and Adam Hynes. Both parties wish to see change to the single-elimination bracket portion of Nationals, but they wish to see things change a bit differently.

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Hybrid Ranking System Proposal

(Co-authored by Kevin Bailey & Colin O’Brien)

Proposal:

We propose to adjust the current ranking system to a more balanced and fair method.

Current System:
100% Gonzalez (75% carry over)
Our Proposed System:
70/30 Hybrid: 70% Gonzalez (still 75% carry over) / 30% NHL

Listed below is the most in depth ‘rationale’ section in the history of NCDA rule/policy proposals:

Introduction:

Written by: Kevin Bailey

The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s current ranking system (Gonzalez) has some great aspects, but as a stand-alone system, it is not what we need as a league right now. Continue reading “Hybrid Ranking System Proposal”

Argument Against 12 v 12 Roster Change

THE FOllowing was written by brandon meisel, with kevin bailey as a co-author:

 

Brandon Meisel: Rule changes are meant to spark conversation, it is good for the league. However, what is not good for the league is when people start attacking one another in the comments section, just because they have opposing viewpoints. If after reading this article you still do not agree with our logic, that is fine. Not everyone will always have the same opinion on things. This article is meant to open your eyes on a few topics of a rule change that you may have not thought about otherwise. The rule I am referring to is of course the reducing of roster sizes down to 12 v 12. Before you close this article out, give it a chance.  It may change your mind on a few things that Kevin Bailey and I would like you to consider.

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Rule Proposal: Balls Live on Play Stoppage Rule.

Written by: Wesley Peters

Rule Proposal: When a stoppage of play is called (of any variety), balls which are in the air remain live until they are either caught, team caught, or hit a surface/object/etc that renders them dead, regardless of whether they have hit a live player or not at the time of the timeout being granted. (AKA they remain live until they are dead, not instantly ruled dead) Further, if a referee is GENUINELY UNABLE to determine whether or not balls were airborne before or after the timeout is called, the balls will be considered to have never been thrown, and given back to the team that threw them in the first place.

Rationale: The rule is currently broken, and can be exploited in the following way: Team A throws (any number of balls, the more you throw the worse it gets) at Team B. Team B calls timeout as soon as Team A throws and the balls have entered Team B’s zone, but not close enough for them to be near anyone on Team B’s LAZ. Therefore, Team B is awarded those balls (Because they are dead upon timeout since they have been throw but not made contact with anyone on Team B, and Team A’s shot clock resets down to the lowest increment of 5.

So to summarize, Team B get’s Team A’s balls for the cost of their timeout, and Team A still needs to throw to reset their initial shot clock because even though Team B gets those balls that they threw, their throws legally do not count. The way the rule is currently written not only hurts Team A tremendously, but that effect is exacerbated if it happens on the throws immediately following a balls over call, thus effectively nullifying the effects of the balls over altogether.
I don’t recall why we initially changed this rule to balls in the air are dead off the official’s whistle, but I think it was because it was difficult for the official to rule whether they had been thrown before the timeout call. I think personally it is not that difficult to tell as an official if you are paying attention, so the pros should vastly outweigh the cons by changing this rule.

Also, I would like for this to be voted upon and changed ASAP so that any matches that may happen next weekend or at nationals are not subject to this possibly happening.