Top 5 Uniforms in the NCDA

This list will without a doubt spark some controversy, and I’m totally okay with that.  As we continue our top 5 series, I bring you today the top 5 uniforms in college dodgeball.  Feel free to comment if you disagree with my list.  I’m sure there are varying opinions out there.

(Next List Up: Top 5 Overall Players for 2016-17… coming July 24th)

1. DePaul

I mean really, you can’t beat DePaul in this category.  These uniforms are unique, detailed, and classic.  The triple threat.  I really had no trouble determining who got #1 on this list because it is a clear choice.  The assortment of DePaul Dodgeball uniforms is rivaled by no one in college dodgeball.

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Top 5 Breakout Stars for 2016-17

Continuing our top 5 lists is this one on the top 5 breakout stars for the upcoming season.  These are not the top 5 overall players in the league, they are just my pick for the five players that will breakout in 2016-17 and truly make a name for themselves in this league.  Feel free to comment if you have any other choices that you think deserved to make this list!

(Next List Up: Top 5 Uniforms in the NCDA… coming July 19th)

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Top 5 Matchups for 2016-17

As we inch closer to yet another season of collegiate dodgeball, I thought it would be good to start a series of top 5 lists for you all.  So, for the remainder of the off-season we will be shelling out a new top 5 list once every 5 days!  Today’s top five is on the most anticipated matchups for the upcoming season.  Stay tuned because we have a number of great lists coming your way in the future.  Next week’s list: Top 5 Breakout Stars for 2016-17.  Anyway, enjoy the first of many top 5 lists to come:

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How can we take advantage of social media for Nationals?

Word of mouth has expanded our League in the biggest way, more than any other form. As much as we’ve focused on recruiting, nothing’s as strong as getting a friend at another school to form a dodgeball team so you can school them on the court in an NCDA match. Social media has put this whole thing online, but we’re not doing nearly enough to take advantage of some free publicity.

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2017 Executive Board

CINCINNATI – Office of Director of Officiating (and Records):

With 100% of the 23 Member Team submitting a valid ballot, plus the Alumni estate ballot, 24 valid ballots and zero invalid ballots determined the winner of two open Executive Board positions. As there were only two candidates and no None of the Above votes, only one round of counting was needed to obtain a majority. Following NCDA policy, these results were confirmed by the Director of Nationals (Tyrell Smith). The winning candidates have accepted their positions and the defeated candidates have been notified of the results prior to this posting.

Director of Relations / Expansion
Jacob Leski (15)
Dylan Fettig (9)

Chief of Content
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Jonathan Shaw (8) Continue reading

2015-16 NCDA All-Rookie Team

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The wait is finally over! Listed below is your 2015-16 National Collegiate Dodgeball Association All-Rookie Team.  Congrats to each of the 15 players who earned this distinction (through a league-wide vote).  It’s safe to say that the future is bright for collegiate dodgeball with these talented players emerging as stars in our league.  Here’s the list of the top 15 rookies in the nation from this past season: Continue reading

BOTM: 2016 June

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Jacob Leski – Central Michigan

The Baller of the Month for June goes to a recent graduate from Central Michigan University: Jacob Leski.  Jake was a top performer on a CMU team that finished as national runner-up for the second straight season.

Jake finished up his career at CMU with a stellar performance at Nationals (the championship game in particular).  Without a doubt he leaves behind a legacy as one of the most impactful catchers in the NCDA.

I had the pleasure to interview Jake on a number of topics, including his on-court strategy, favorite dodgeball memories, and his future plans.  Take a look at our interview below:

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2017 Executive Board Election

Following the NCDA’s voting policy, the vote will be preferential. Teams will submit their ballot by ranking each candidate in order of their preference and email this ballot to the League (ncdadodgeball@gmail.com). The most preferred candidate in each position will be offered the respective position on the Executive Board.

EXAMPLE BALLOT

Director of Relations / Expansion
1. Vibius Minucius Pius
2. Quintus Laelius Lucanus

Chief of Content
1. Decimus Iuventius Paetus
2. Marcus Hostilius Regulus

In accordance with our Constitution, Voting will run from 2016-06-15 until 2016-06-25. The new board will be announced no later than 2016-07-01, with the start of the NCDA fiscal year.


Candidates

Director of Relations / Expansion
– Dylan Fettig
– Jacob Leski

Chief of Content
– Kevin Bailey
– Jonathan Shaw

Candidate CAMPAIGN Paragraphs

The following contains paragraphs from each candidate seeking a position on the Executive Board. If you have any questions for the candidates, let them know or post them here!

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Changes to League Dues for 2016-2017 Season

DALLAS, TX – Office of the Treasurer: In a 5-0 vote of the Executive Board (two voting members abstaining), the Board has decided to increase the annual league dues for each Member Team. Commencing July 1, 2016, the membership dues per team will increase $10, from $100 to $110 per annum.

December 31, 2016 will remain the deadline for member dues submission to the NCDA.

There were many reasons supporting this increase that the Board considered, which ultimately drove the Board to approve this increase in dues. The first is the standard inflation of the USD. The League has not adjusted dues to concur with inflation for several years, and the Board feels it is time to catch up with past inflation, as well as get ahead on the continual inflation going forward.

The slight increase in league dues will also help the Executive Board facilitate league expansion through methods of minimalistic travel stipends for members of the NCDA Ambassadors to assist the organization in its growth and development campaign.

Per section 7.1.1 of the NCDA bylaws, membership dues are subject to change with an adequate notice to the Member Teams of at least six months from the due date. At the time of this release, dues are to be submitted to the NCDA more than six months in the future. The bylaw will also be updated to reflect the new amount of $110 annually at the start of the new fiscal year. The current bylaw can be found here.

Please reach out to Mike McNicholas, Treasurer, at ncdadodgeball@gmail.com, or another member of the Executive Board with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Nationals 2017 Hosting Bids

Following the NCDA’s voting policy, the vote will be preferential. Teams will submit their ballot by ranking each school in order of their preference and email this ballot to the League. The most preferred school will host Nationals 2017. For Nationals 2017, there are four schools placing a bid to host: JMU, VCU, and UK, BW. See after the jump for each team’s bid information. Please make any questions you have known.

Voting will run from May 1st to May 6th, or will end early if each Member Team casts a ballot by email to ncdadodgeball@gmail.com

Example Ballot

1. Delta
2. Marshall
3. Oakland

Member Player Representation

Member Teams are left to their own devices to determine their preferences. However, some teams in the past like to run their own mini-preferential election within the team. Some may have each officer submit a preferential ballot. Some have their entire club membership vote. Let me me know if you would like this. I can count those in our voting program and deliver your team’s preferential ballot through that process.

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2016 College Dodgeball All-American Team

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It is that time of year again!  The 2015-16 National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s season came to a close just a few short weeks ago.

All of the votes are finally in, so we can now present to you the 2016 All-American Team.  Congratulations to these 15 gentlemen for their incredible individual performances this year.  Becoming an All-American is no small accomplishment.

Listed below are the 15 All-Americans determined by a league wide vote.  This list is in preferential order with #1 being the 2016 MVP.  Below each name is a small description of the player and his successes this year.  These brief descriptions were written by a few different members of the NCDA Content Team.

Without further ado, here is your 2016 All-American Team:

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2016-2017 Off Season Action Dates

2016-04-01 – Begin Nominations for open Executive Board positions (Director of League Expansion, Chief of Content)
2016-04-19 – End of 2016 Season, Begin Off Season
2016-05-01 – Begin Vote for Nationals 2017 Host
2016-05-06 – End Vote for Nationals 2017 Host (no later than)
2016-05-08 – Announce Nationals 2017 Host (no later than)
2016-05-31 – End Nominations for Executive Board
2016-06-05 – Board Nominees must accept nominations (no later than) and submit a “campaign” info paragraph
2016-06-15 – Begin Vote for open Executive Board positions (Director of League Expansion, Chief of Content)
2016-06-25 – End Vote for open Executive Board positions
2016-06-28 – Announce votes privately to the current Board, contact winners of election (no later than)
2016-06-30 – Winners accept/deny their position (no later than)
2016-06-30 – End 2015-2016 NCDA Fiscal Year
2016-07-01 – Begin 2016-2017 NCDA Fiscal Year
2016-07-01 – Announce Executive Board (no later than)
2016-07-15 – Begin Vote on Rulebook, Bylaws, and Policy
2016-07-31 – End Vote on Rulebook, Bylaws, and Policy
2016-08-01 – Begin 2017 Season
2016-08-10 – Announce results of Vote (no later than). Results take effect at publishing datetime.
2016-09-01 – Publish 2017 Rulebook, Bylaws, and Policy
2016-12-31 – Member Teams pay League Membership Fee (no later than)

All-American Voting

Attention Club Officers,

Your team should be receiving an email with the following information:

It is that time of year again. The season ended this past weekend, and now we need to begin the voting for our All-American Team. The process is pretty simple. Each team is required to send in a list of their top 15 players in the country listed preferential order 1 through 15. Continue reading

Issued Apology from the NCDA Executive Board

From the Office of the President for Immediate Release:

It has come to my attention the LiveStream Broadcast of the NCDA’s Nationals 2016 Championship Game between Grand Valley State University and Central Michigan University on Sunday April 17th in Bowling Green, OH was not fairly commentated.

Due to an issue with an inadequate number of available staff at the end of the tournament, the LiveStream Broadcast was commentated and recorded by one of the members of the twenty-player roster of Grand Valley State University who volunteered for the responsibility.

The commentary was admittedly biased toward the GVSU side in both coverage and opinions about the match. This is no excuse though, it is the responsibility of the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association, the Executive Board, and the Nationals Committee to ensure adequate staffing and coverage for large events, especially the Championship Match.

The LiveStream Broadcasts of these games are an extreme luxury for the NCDA since the organization relies on personal mobile devices and volunteers to film/commentate these games. Some games this weekend were recorded by members of the NCDA who are very dedicated and excited to filming the games, while others were simply recorded in silence to make sure at least the game footage was visually captured. There were many games that were not filmed due to this same type of staffing issue.

Unlike some organizations, the Championship Game is not the most watched live event, this is due to the long drive some players have to make back home on Sunday to get ready for their classes on Monday morning. With most players leaving after their team loses in the single elimination bracket to start their journey home, this leaves the organization low on member-volunteers for things such as recording and commentating games. Staffing for officiating always takes the highest priority over the live broadcast of the games.

I wholeheartedly apologize on behalf of the NCDA, the Executive Board, and the Nationals Committee to the club members of the Central Michigan University Dodgeball organization, their friends, and families who felt the game was not fairly commentated. It was never the intention of the NCDA to misrepresent or purposefully upset any club or member of the organization with this action.

Any further questions or comments can be directed to me personally by emailing ncdadodgeball@gmail.com

Thank You,

Felix Perrone
NCDA, President

4/19/2016