King of the Mountain Recap

This weekend Central Michigan University hosted the King of the Mountain dodgeball tournament.  At this event we saw schools from Michigan, Ohio, and even Wisconsin in attendance.  There were a lot of questions heading into the event, and I came away with quite a bit of insight on the teams that made the trip to Mt. Pleasant for a great tournament.  Below I have the scores from the tournament and some of my takeaways from the event as a whole: Continue reading

Top Ten Midseason East Coast Players

The following was written by Jonathan Shaw of Towson:

 

Doug Schilling - JMU

Doug Schilling – JMU

  1. Doug Schilling – JMU – I really don’t want to boost Mr. Schilling’s ego any more. Unfortunately in my opinion he is the best player on the East Coast. The things I don’t like about Doug’s game: The Money sign he gives after he makes a play. The things I like about Doug’s game: Literally everything else. This man is comparable to Kevin Bailey in terms of his all-around game being exceptional. His arm is easily the most hard to pick up on the east coast. First off his southpaw throw is something that most players just aren’t accustomed to seeing, secondly and most importantly once he releases his throw the ball tends to veer in multiple directions. The closest thing I could compare it to would be when a pitcher throws a really good knuckleball from the mound, and you see it from the batter’s box move both ways laterally. It’s literally almost impossible to pick up. To sum it up: Doug is a stud on the court, and when he is in his team is always in it.

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King of the Mountain Dodgeball Tournament Preview

On February 6th, Central Michigan University will host their second home tournament in as many weeks with the “King of the Mountain” Tournament.  In attendance will be a good variety of schools from around the Midwest.  CMU will welcome Saginaw Valley State and Grand Valley State from Michigan, Kent State, Ohio, and Akron from the state of Ohio, and Wisconsin Platteville will also be making the trip to Mt. Pleasant for this event.

All in all, this will be a great mix of teams both in terms of the NCDA region they represent, and they level of talent which they possess.  There should be some very entertaining games during this event.  Here is a brief team-by-team preview: Continue reading

CMU Round Robin Recap

Three Michigan schools competed in Mount Pleasant this weekend for a round robin tournament. The 2nd ranked Chippewas played host to the 3rd ranked Spartans and 7th ranked Cardinals. Central Michigan had been riding a 9 game winning streak and looked to continue their run into the spring semester, whereas both MSU and SVSU looked to rebound from disappointing performances in each of their respective last tournaments of the fall semester. Both teams went 0-2 against Michigan schools in their final tournament of 2015.

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CMU Invite Preview

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On January 31st, Central Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University and Michigan State University square off at the Student Activity Center in Mount Pleasant, MI. This is the first tournament of the new year for either squad and whichever team comes out on top will carry that momentum with them until February 27th, which is the date of the infamous Michigan Dodgeball Cup. With that here’s a look at each of the respective teams attending…

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2015 Spartan Invite Film

We had MSU’s journalism/broadcast program come out and do a live production for the Spartan Invite. What ended up is four fine games caught on film. A big thanks to that program for their work and effort, and another special thanks to MSU Dodgeball. Please make sure you check out the credits at the end..

MSU def Kent 3-0 [YouTube]
MSU def DePaul 4-0 [YouTube]
CMU def GVSU 2-1 OT [YouTube]
CMU def Kent 3-0 [YouTube]

Check out the full results if you don’t remember what happened at IM West in November.

 

Most-Improved Team (Michigan Region Players)

Cetral Michigan's Zach Bachner and Joe Kobus cracked my list of 15 most-improved players in the state of Michigan.

Central Michigan’s Zach Bachner and Joe Kobus cracked my list of 15 most-improved players in the state of Michigan.

At the halfway point in the 2015-16 season I have unfortunately only had the opportunity to see a few out-of-state schools in action.  Due to this lack of knowledge on those teams I decided to keep my “most-improved team” comprised solely of players from the state of Michigan.  This list is not necessarily the top 15 players this year, or the most popular players in the state (in fact many of these players are not very well known at all), but more importantly, these are the 15 guys from the Michigan Region that have shown the most improvement over the last year in my opinion.  In alphabetical order, here is my state of Michigan “Most-Improved Team”: Continue reading

Nationals Update

ncda_logo_squareOn April 16th and 17th, teams from all over the country will be in Bowling Green, Ohio for a weekend of Dodgeball to determine who the best team in the country is and for many, just to play the sport they love. I had the opportunity to speak with Tyrell Smith,
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Mid-Season Review

ncda_logo_squareThe NCDA’s 2015-16 season is currently at its halfway point, and it has been quite the first half to the season!  There have been more close matches / overtime games than I can ever remember for the first half of the year.  No one team is too dominant for the rest, and many of the new up and coming teams are making serious progress.  The stage is set for a very interesting second semester of dodgeball!  Here is a brief overview of the situation in each region at the midway point in the 2015-16 NCDA season: Continue reading

Scheduled remainder of 2016

Date Venue Event Name
2016-01-09 DePaul Chicago Dodgeball Open
2016-01-30 UK UK Invite
2016-02-06 CMU Event
2016-02-13 JMU BEAST
2016-02-20 UWP Event
2016-02-21 SVSU Event
2016-02-27 MSU Michigan Dodgeball Cup
2016-03-19 WKU Event
2016-03-26 Towson Event
Ohio Dodgeball Cup
2016-04-15 BGSU Nationals 2016
2016-04-16 BGSU Nationals 2016
2016-04-17 BGSU 2016 National Championship
2016-04-19 2016 Season Ends
2016-08-01 Begin 2017 Season

If you are a host and have an event that isn’t listed here, please let us know. If you have an event name that differs, let us know. If you haven’t named your event, name it something cool and let us know.

And remember, our schedules aren’t listed in stone. Event Schedules and matchups should be posted to the League at least one week prior to an event.

BOTM: 2015 November

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November Baller of the Month: Zach Bachner (CMU)

First, the content team would like to apologize for the lack of Baller of the Month coverage. We promise to keep a more updated BOTM in the second half of the season.

But as for November’s BOTM, the Co-Captain of Central Michigan, Zach Bachner, has earned the honor. I said in the most recent Average Joe’s podcast that I believe Zach has been the most improved player in the NCDA this season. That is not to say he was not a good player last season. But I do mean to say that Zach has made the jump from good to great. Going from Assistant Captain to Co-Captain, Bachner also bears a much greater leadership role for the 2nd ranked Chippewas. Under his great play and leadership, CMU has won 10 of 11 after dropping their first game of the season. Zach is a major reason why CMU is one of the best teams in the NCDA again this season. I had the opportunity to talk to Zach about himself and his team thus far this season.

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