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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Towson Continues to Roll at Home

The Towson Tigers were able to extend their winning streak and remain perfect on the season after 3 wins over familiar East Coast opponents in UMD, UVA, and VCU.  Towson continues to have a firm hold on most of the East Coast, and are in a prime position to compete for a national championship.  While the other aforementioned teams are still a step behind, there were some noteworthy performances from this past weekend that are worth recognizing, and we are starting to get a clearer picture of the East Coast as a whole.

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Battle of the Midway- Recap

Last Saturday, November 3, 2018, the Battle of the Midway took place between Southern Illinois Univeristy Edwardsville (SIUE) and Univeristy of Wisconsin Platteville (UWP).  The UWP alumni were in attendance too, but as Matt Batuch (UWP Alumni) said, they are washed up so they are not that important.  It was a exciting day, and the scores were as follows:

UWP- JV def SIUE 2-1

UWP Varsity def SIUE 4-2

UWP Alumni def UWP Varsity 3-2

UWP Varsity def SIUE 6-1

SIUE was at a higher level of play this year than they were the year before.  They worked really well as a team and were great at catching. For more than half the team, this was just their second time playing with rubber dodgeballs, as they are used to playing with foam.  That did not seem to stop them from picking up on how to throw and bringing the heat.  As the day went on, their confidence grew and their skill and understanding of the game got better. As they get more games in, and play more teams at their level they will pull out the wins.

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Grand Valley Gauntlet VI: Coach’s Reaction

Before getting into Coach Fettig’s recap, here are the results from the Grand Valley Gauntlet:

GVSU def SVSU 3-1
JMU def MSU 4-2
GVSU def JMU 5-0
CMU def BGSU 3-1
MSU def CMU 4-3
SVSU def BGSU 4-2
GVSU def MSU – 4-1
JMU def SVSU 4-2
GVSU def BGSU 5-2
JMU def CMU 4-1


the following recap was written by gvsu coach dylan fettig:


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Standings as of 2018-11-06

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

In the 2019 Season, we have 19 technical upsets in 87 ranked matches (78.16% success rate) across 14 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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Battle of the Midway- Preview

This Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the teams of the Midway Conference will go head to head in the Battle of the Midway. The teams in attendance will be Platteville (UWP), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), DePaul University, and UWP Alumni. The games will be played at the Williams Fieldhouse (350 Jay St, Platteville, WI 53818).  See the schedule below. Continue reading “Battle of the Midway- Preview”

Power Rankings: November 2018

The month of October had plenty of shakeups in the NCDA.  With tournaments in many different regions, teams started to get their legs under them as we now head into month #3 of the new season.

Below is the official November 2018 Power Rankings list produced by NCDA Executive Board members Jacob Leski (Director of Recruitment and Retention), 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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Standings as of 2018-10-30

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

In the 2019 Season, we have 14 technical upsets in 69 ranked matches (79.71% success rate) across 11 events. Additionally, there have been three 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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An Outsider’s Perspective: Eric Boehm on Akron’s Pinkout

The following was written by Eric Boehm, formerly of Cleveland State University.

*Disclaimer: Eric wrote solely on the teams that he watched during the tournament. This in no way is meant in offense to any of the other teams that competed in the Pinkout IV.*

Akron’s Pinkout IV was quite an event to witness! It was very evident that there’s a dominance shakeup within the state of Ohio. The teams of Ohio were battling one another for the top dog position in the state.

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BOTM: 2018 October

October’s Baller of the Month: Jordan Watt of Towson University

Towson University has burst onto the scene this fall, with an impressive 9-0 record to start the year.  This is in large part thanks to October’s Baller of the Month: Jordan Watt.  Watt has made himself a household name in the NCDA over the past few years, as his extremely strong arm has become a key part of Towson’s offense.  As we wrap up the month of October, I had the chance to chat with Towson’s star player: Continue reading “BOTM: 2018 October”

Final WDBF Standings for 2018

LOS ANGELES – Hangar Studios: The World Dodgeball Federation holds Worlds 2018 (WDBF Dodgeball World Championships 2018) over October 10-13, with USA Dodgeball playing host. If you missed the feature article detailing the mechanics of the ranking system, take a gander at the Complete History of the WDBF. An article detailing all types of Technical Upsets is in the works for the next week.

With the completion of Worlds 2018 and the season, the final standings have been determined:

WDBF Womens, Sorted.

Standing Nation Rating Status
1 🇺🇸 United States 49.466 (+4.712) 2018 Gold
2 🇲🇾 Malaysia 48.573 (+3.113) 2018 Silver
3 🇦🇺 Australia 46.861 (+1.674) 2018 Bronze
4 🇨🇦 Canada 40.967 (-0.995) 2018 4th
5 🇭🇰 Hong Kong 40.187 (-1.121) 2018 Attended
6 🇮🇹 Italy 34.951 (-1.966) 2018 Attended
7 🇲🇽 Mexico 33.714 (-5.418) 2018 Attended
8 🇨🇲 Cameroon 41.350* 2018 Non Attending
9 🇨🇫 Central African Republic 38.650* 2018 Non Attending

* denotes a provisional rating (< 6 matches)
Gonzalez Standings WDBF Womens

WDBF Mens, Sorted.

Standing Nation Rating Status
1 🇲🇾 Malaysia 53.086 (+4.421) 2018 Gold
2 🇺🇸 United States 50.161 (+7.388) 2018 Silver
3 🇨🇦 Canada 49.454 (+5.396) 2018 Bronze
4 🇦🇺 Australia 43.907 (-0.970) 2018 4th
5 🇲🇽 Mexico 41.212 (-0.620) 2018 Attended
6 🇳🇿 New Zealand 39.167 (-1.625) 2018 Attended
7 🇭🇰 Hong Kong 38.840 (-0.755) 2018 Attended
8 🇮🇹 Italy 35.194 (-2.605) 2018 Attended
9 🇦🇷 Argentina 29.370 (-10.630) 2018 Attended
10 🇨🇫 Central African Republic 42.135* 2018 Non Attending
11 🇨🇲 Cameroon 40.215* 2018 Non Attending
12 🇹🇩 Chad 39.000* 2018 Non Attending
13 🇬🇦 Gabon 38.650* 2018 Non Attending

* denotes a provisional rating (< 6 matches)
Gonzalez Standings WDBF Mens

Ranking Order:

  1. Inactive Member Nations are not listed
  2. Sort Worlds attendees first, then others.
  3. Sort the most recent Worlds medalist according to their placing; Gold, Silver, Bronze, 4th finishers of the last Worlds will always have a standing of 1-4.
  4. Sort by Gonzalez rating

Full details of the system can be found in the Complete History of the WDBF

Standings as of 2018-10-23

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

In the 2019 Season, we have 11 technical upsets in 59 ranked matches (81.36% success rate) across 9 events. Additionally, there have been three 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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Pinkout IV: A New Pink[out]

It’s that time of the year again folks, where we travel to Northeast Ohio to the University of Akron for their fourth annual Pinkout Tournament. There will be 12 teams in attendance on Saturday and I have decided to do something different with my preview this time. This time I asked one captain from each attending team to write about their own team and match-ups. This gave me the opportunity to really see what each team was thinking and how they believe they will fare this weekend in Akron, Ohio.

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