Freshman Perspective on Dodgeball in the NCDA

The Following was Written  by Chad Hutson:

College can be a scary experience for any incoming freshman. Nerves and apprehension are all part of the journey in education. It’s my second semester at Ball State and I look back at the challenges that I faced in the first couple of weeks. Ball State hosted a club/organization recruitment fair that helped groups recruit new members. I went to the fair and found the Dodgeball Club, a group of guys that were just hanging out, hoping for someone to stop by their booth.

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If Bracket Play Started Today

As we transition from the first half of the year to the next, I wanted to take a look at where our teams stand at the midway point.  Some of our teams stormed out the gate to start the season, some appear to have lost a step, and others just fall somewhere in between.  While the 2018-19 season isn’t quite over, let’s pretend that everything stopped and we were preparing to hop right into 2019 Nationals bracket play tomorrow.  What would our bracket look like?  What are some of the best matchups?  Who could be our potential ‘Cinderella Story’?

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East Coast Mid-Season Recap

So far this year, we’ve learned a lot about some teams on the East Coast. For others, we’re not quite sure where they stand. Without much out-of-region play for the East, it’s hard to see how they stack up against the league as a whole. Although I won’t talk much about the upcoming second half of the season, I believe that each of these teams will come out with something to prove and some incentive to travel.

To clarify, the notable game is just my personal opinion of the most meaningful game that each team had this semester. It’s not impacted in any way by how any team feels about each game, just how I was feeling when I wrote this article. It could’ve been a score that stood out, a close game, or a win over a strong opponent. I’m also willing to admit that I’m biased towards out-of-region games because I think they prepare teams better for the long run as the season goes on. Now that I got that out of the way, let’s continue. Continue reading “East Coast Mid-Season Recap”

Power Rankings: December 2018

We have reached the half-way point in the 2018-19 National Collegiate Dodgeball Association season.  There have certainly been some unexpected results so far this season, along with many teams living up to their pre-season hype.  Overall, it was another exciting fall of collegiate dodgeball.  As we set for the winter semester, now is a great time to take a look at where each team stands through half the season with our December Power Rankings.  The College Dodgeball season always seems to heat up once the temperatures start to drop, so don’t be surprised if many of these rankings change in the coming months.

Below is the official December 2018 Power Rankings list produced by NCDA Executive Board members Jacob Leski (Director of Recruitment and Retention), Hunter Ford (Director), and Kevin Bailey (Chief of Content).  Please keep in mind: these power rankings have no impact on the actual NCDA Standings.

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Baller of the Month November: Zachary Parise

For the month of November, we awarded Zachary Parise of the University of Kentucky with the Baller of the Month title. Zach just finished his career in the NCDA with the Summit Street Slugfest in Kent, where he showed out for his last tournament. Below is the interview that I conducted with him.  Continue reading “Baller of the Month November: Zachary Parise”

December Dodgeball Dash- Recap

On December 1 2018, several teams at the December Dodgeball Dash went head to head to show case their stuff. The teams in attendance were: Grand Valley State University, Ball State University, Miami University, University of Cincinnati, and the University of Wisconsin Platteville.  Below are the scores of the games for the day. Continue reading “December Dodgeball Dash- Recap”

Standings as of 2018-12-04

Standings are aimed to be released by the end of every Tuesday. 

In the 2019 Season, we have 26 technical upsets in 128 ranked matches (79.69% success rate) across 19 events. Additionally, there have been four JV matches entered into the Records.

The Gonzalez System is a computer ranking model similar to Elo and is a rating exchange system based on research performed by World Rugby. It has been adapted by the NCDA to the demands of College Dodgeball, but can be tuned and customized endlessly to incorporate accurate data. It has been used to help determine seeds for the Nationals bracket since Nationals 2014, and was used exclusively for the Nationals 2017 and 2018 bracket. 

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Scholarship Donations

The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association exists to facilitate collegiate dodgeball. It allows for individuals to make connections and friends across the country. We are also dedicated to giving our members opportunities to enhance and hone their skills developed in college.

That is why the League is developing an internship program that will offer members real world experience to help in their future careers. Part of the internship program is to offer a scholarship to the applicant chosen. We are asking for your support in accomplishing this goal. We are asking you to give back to the League that gave you so many great memories.

Help us meet our starting goal of raising $500. Your continued support of the NCDA has always been appreciated and we look forward to your help in making this program a reality.

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#2 Towson & #3 James Madison Set to Clash in Massive East Coast Doubleheader

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the following article was co-authored by hunter ford and kevin bailey

Towson University and James Madison University decided it was time to give the people what they want!  The Tigers will be making the trip to Harrisonburg, Virginia this Sunday, to do battle with their East Coast rivals in what promises to be one of the most telling College Dodgeball events of the fall.

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December Dodgeball Dash

This Saturday, December 1, 2018, marks one of the last events of 2018 for the NCDA. It will be held at the Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation Center (1700 W Neely Ave, Muncie, IN 47304) at Ball State University. The teams in attendance will be: Michigan State University (MSU), Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Miami Ohio (Miami), University of Cincinnati (UC), Ball State University (BSU), and the University of Wisconsin Platteville (UWP). The following is the schedule for the weekend. Continue reading “December Dodgeball Dash”

Spartan Invite- Recap

On November 17, 2018  at the IM Sports East (804 E Shaw Ln, East Lansing, MI 48825) some of the top teams in the country battled it out at the Spartan Invite, hosted by Michigan State University. There were several close matches and several teams that surprised. Let’s take a look at the results for the day. Continue reading “Spartan Invite- Recap”

Standings as of 2018-11-20

Standings are aimed to be released by the end of every Tuesday. 

In the 2019 Season, we have 25 technical upsets in 120 ranked matches (79.17% success rate) across 17 events. Additionally, there have been four JV matches entered into the Records.

The Gonzalez System is a computer ranking model similar to Elo and is a rating exchange system based on research performed by World Rugby. It has been adapted by the NCDA to the demands of College Dodgeball, but can be tuned and customized endlessly to incorporate accurate data. It has been used to help determine seeds for the Nationals bracket since Nationals 2014, and was used exclusively for the Nationals 2017 and 2018 bracket. 

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Midwest’s best teams set to clash at Spartan Invite

the following preview was co-authored by kevin bailey and tom morand.

This Saturday, Michigan State University will host one of the more intriguing tournaments of the fall.  The Spartan Invite will welcome in 9 teams for a long day of dodgeball that will tel us a lot about where teams stand as we head towards Thanksgiving weekend.

In attendance will be the usual four Michigan schools (GVSU, SVSU, CMU, MSU), along with one new member of the region: Western Michigan.  All eyes will be on this team, led by former Laker/Chippewa Peter Broe.

Outside of the Michigan schools, there are a few more teams making the trip to East Lansing.  The top two teams from Ohio will be in attendance (Kent State and Miami), each of which will be tested throughout the day with multiple games against Michigan squads.  Ohio State is an up and coming team that will also be at this event.  The experience they will gain in their games this weekend will pay dividends down the road.

One last team making the trip is Wisconsin Platteville.  UWP historically has not shied away from competing with the top teams from other regions, so their choice to come to MSU for this event is no surprise.


Schedule:

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Summit Street Slugfest: A Preview

This Saturday November 10th in Kent, Ohio, 9 teams will converge to take part in the Summit Street Slugfest. The University of Akron, Ohio University, Cleveland State, Bowling Green State, University of Kentucky,  Georgia Southern, Wisconsin Platteville, and Towson will all meet at Kent State University to take part in what is shaping up to be a very interesting tournament. You can see where we predict which teams will beat the spread here:

Now, for the preview:

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