The long awaited All-East Coast list has finally arrived. Member teams of the East Coast include JMU, PSU, Stevenson, Towson, UMD, UVA, and VCU. Representatives from each team submitted one ballot each in order to help pick this team. There was at least one representative per team on this list, and it certainly highlights the special leaders and players from this past season. While heavy on upperclassmen, plenty of these players will also be returning for the 2017-18 season as well.
Next year should be a great for our region of the league. Just two years ago there were only three teams: DePaul, Platteville, and Nebraska. Now we have eight teams in our area (UW- Eau Claire, UW-Whitewater, UW-Platteville, DePaul, Northern Illinois, North Park, Nebraska, and Minnesota) and it won’t take long for these teams to be competitive. I interviewed each team and here is what they had to say. Continue reading “A Closer Look at the Region”
While everyone is preparing for Summer internships and finishing finals, it’s never too early to start thinking about the next season. The biggest key to improving from one season to the next is understanding weaknesses from the past year. For many teams, how they handle the offseason is a key indicator of what to expect from them in the following season. Here, I will highlight some of the biggest things that I feel each team needs to accomplish either during Summer or early portions of next season. While some teams will need to center their focus around recruiting, for others there are very specific goals in mind.
This year we will be revealing the first All-Ohio Team EVER. This is a pretty big deal for the Ohio region, and it is well deserved, as the region begins to strengthen and grow with every season. Now, not all Ohio teams are represented on the list, as some haven’t gotten as much exposure in the league as others, this will change next year as the Ohio region continues to expand.
As my numerous rule and policy proposals illustrate, I often have opinions on what I think is best for the NCDA. These opinions are rooted in what I believe to be the best for the health and growth of the league as a whole. It is for this reason that present to you all now my opinion on where Nationals 2018 should be held.
We’ve got a special treat for all of those in the Michigan Region today! Just as each team throughout the nation voted in their All-American list a few weeks ago, each team in the Michigan Region also sent in a list for the (first ever) All-Michigan Team. Well, the votes are in, and here are your results (including a tie for 1st on the list!): Continue reading “2017 All-Michigan Team”
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 2018. For Nationals 2018, there are five schools placing a bid to host: Akron, NIU, VCU, JMU, PSU.
Voting will run from May 1st to May 6th, or will end early if each Member Team casts a ballot by email to email@example.com
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.
This year we will be doing something that we’ve never done before, the women of the NCDA are finally getting the recognition they deserve. There are many talented ladies in the league, as showcased in the Lady’s match at nationals the past couple of years. Every season the match grows in number and talent. The women on this list are not to be taken lightly and are dedicated members of the squads that they represent. Without further delay, the 2016-2017 Women’s All-American Team!
After the intensity and discussion that resulted from the First Team All-American list, the NCDA will now present the Second Team All-American list for the first time since the 2012-2013 season. There were certainly a lot of great options in a year with more talent than ever before. Listed below are this years Second Team members as selected by their peers.
Nationals 2017 was the NCDA’s 199th ranked event since we began accurate records in the 2011 season. We had 57 matches at Nationals 2017, in a 286 ranked match season. There were 304 event items in all, and 32 active member teams this year. After the Championship, this is where the League stands at the end of the 2017 Season: Continue reading “Standings as of 2017-04-11”
The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s 2017 Executive of the Year is awarded to Erik Zander from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Since its inception in 2015, this award is meant to showcase the outstanding officership of an individual over the course of the season. As administrators, we interact with Member Team representatives and follow their work with a different kind of attention. These individuals have made our lives easier, in addition to making exceptional improvements with their respective teams.
2015 – William Deutsch [PSU]
2016 – Caleb Arnold [Ohio]
2017 – Erik Zander [UWP]
This honor is bestowed upon Erik after a vote of the entire NCDA Executive Board, and we presented it at the 2017 Captains’ Meeting. Erik was nominated last year for the 2016 Exec of the Year Award which went to Caleb Arnold [Ohio]. There were a lot of great choices this year, and additional nominations for 2017 went to: Hunter Ford (VCU), Kyle Shaw (Miami), Zachary Parise (UK), Nick Johnson (WKU), Kyle Dattelbaum (UNG), Adam Pfeifer (Akron), Logan Rohloff (GVSU).
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.
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)
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.
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”