This past weekend, the University of Akron was host to 12 other squads including THREE JV squads! This was the largest tournament of the 2017-2018 season so far, and might be the largest until Akron hosts the second annual WAR sometime in the spring. During the tournament we saw some great match-ups, some nail biting inducing overtime points, some squash matches, but all in all, it was a great weekend of dodgeball. Adam Hynes and I take a look.
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The 2017-2018 NCDA season is in full force midway through the first semester. With well over 50 matches played so far during the year, this has arguably been the most exciting (certainly most active) season the NCDA has seen to date. With that in mind, it should be no surprise to see even more activity taking place this weekend at Bowling Green State University (otherwise known as BSGU) (no, unfortunately that isn’t a typo). The following six varsity teams will be in attendance: BGSU, OU, OSU, CSU, Towson, and UK. Although primarily an Ohio tournament, the introduction of a couple competitive out of state opponents gives this tournament a bit of flare. In the paragraphs to come, I will give a brief summary of each team, their upcoming opponents, a few interview questions, and end it with my own personal predictions of how things will shake out.
From the office of the President:
All policies and the bylaws of this organization were updated in early September 2017 prior to the season’s beginning. Final touches were recently added to the bylaws during the first week of October 2017. All policies and bylaws are up-to-date and officially published. Enjoy the read!
Cornhusker Clash Recap- By: Erik Zander & Ryan Atz
Over the weekend of September 30th, three teams competed at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL), in the Cornhusker Clash. Based on the scores of participating teams, there was no huge upset in Lincoln this year, but not everything went to people’s expectations. The scores go as follows:
DePaul def UNL 3-2
UWP def DePaul 6-1
UWP def UNL 7-0
Continue reading “Cornhusker Clash Recap”
This Sunday, a handful of historically strong college dodgeball teams will congregate at GVSU Fieldhouse Arena on the campus of Grand Valley State University for the ‘Gauntlet’ dodgeball tournament. As has become the norm, GVSU will be hosting a fall tournament that will provide much more clarity to where each Michigan school stands at this point in the year, because all four Michigan teams will be in attendance. Along with these four squads from the state of Michigan, we also will see Kent State University in the building on Sunday. Before I get into my preview, the schedule for this weekend’s clash in Allendale, Michigan is listed below:
|Main Court||East Court||West Court||Ref|
|11:15||GVSU v Kent||CMU v MSU||SVSU|
|12:30||GVSU v CMU||SVSU v Kent||Comb-JV v GV-JV||MSU|
|1:45||CMU v SVSU||Kent v MSU||GVSU|
|3:00||GVSU v SVSU||GV-JV v MSU||CMU|
Michael Riley – Central Michigan
The Baller of the Month for September goes to one of the most well known players in the league: Michael Riley. Taking over as captain for Central Michigan University this year, Riley has had a very successful start to his tenure. The Chippewas currently are undefeated with a 6-0 record. Not only that, but they have avenged their title game loss to Grand Valley State with an early season 4-2 win over the defending champs.
Riley has made a name for himself over the years both for his impressive on court skills, as well as for his abundance of confidence. He has developed into an all-around star player for the Chippewas, and is one of my early favorites to take home league MVP at the end of the season.
I had the privilege of interviewing one of dodgeball’s most talented (and outspoken) stars. My conversation with Michael hit on many topics, including his take on CMU’s early season success, his leadership style, what his go-to pregame meal is, who he would least want to fist fight in the NCDA, and how much money he lost thanks to an ill-advised preseason bet that he made… Check out our interview below: Continue reading “BOTM: September 2017”
We are one month into a new year of collegiate dodgeball competition, so I felt it would be fitting to put together a “power rankings” so we can see where each team stands at this point in the season. Below is my list of the top 15 teams in the country as of the start of October (my plan is to provide this list at the start of each month throughout the entire dodgeball season).
Please note, this list is my own opinion on where teams stand right now, and it has no effect on the actual NCDA standings, or Nationals seeding. Also note, I have only ranked teams that have competed in a game so far this season. Those teams who have yet to play a match are not listed. This list is based on merit (what you’ve done this year), so if you’re offended with where your team stands, do something about it and win more games! Enjoy…
Easy choice at number one. Central Michigan is sitting pretty at 6-0. They already hold wins over three of the other top five teams in my power rankings. Very impressive start to the year. Continue reading “Power Rankings – October 2017”
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As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we would like to invite all of our organizational members to look over the Fiscal Year 2017 finances to see where the money that you all have donated or paid to us is going.
The NCDA started the year off with a cash balance of $3,553.42 in the bank.
Over the course of the 2016/2017 dodgeball season, our total income was $10,075.18.
- $2,831.87 from annual membership dues.
- $7,193.31 from Nationals 2017 registration fees.
- $50.00 from various other sources.
Over the course of the 2016/2017 dodgeball season, our total expenses were $9,839.10.
- Total Nationals 2017 Expense was $8,780.44
- $649.07 in General & Administrative Expenses (postage, web hosting costs, bank fees, etc.)
- $409.59 for a League-owned GoPro to lend out to member teams for tournaments.
As of year end, June 30, 2017, the NCDA has a total of $3,789.50 in cash assets, with no significant upcoming expenses as of October 3, 2017. During Fiscal Year 2017, the NCDA closed our existing checking account, transferring all assets into another account with the same financial institution, as a safety precaution due to a stolen checkbook during the year. No unauthorized activity took place with NCDA account before it was closed.
As of the date of this posting, October 3, 2017, the NCDA has a total of $3,608.38 in cash assets.
Some upcoming treasury items to note: The NCDA will be moving from the cash basis of accounting to the accrual basis, effective for Fiscal Year 2018.
Keep an eye out in your team’s inbox for the 2017-18 season league dues. Also don’t forget to choose the NCDA as your Amazon Smile beneficiary!
If you have any questions, comments, concerns about the financial position of the NCDA, or how our funds will be used going forward, please reach out to Mike McNicholas, NCDA Treasurer, at email@example.com, or contact any other member of the Executive Board.
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This weekend, Maryland will be hosting the first full-scale tournament on the East Coast this season. This tournament is going to be pretty big in seeing where teams stand to start the season, particularly Towson facing JMU with East Coast supremacy on the line. But before I get into all the drama this upcoming weekend, let me first recap the tournament hosted by Towson this past weekend.
By: Erik Zander (UWP) & Ryan Atz (DePaul)
It’s another year and the University of Lincoln Nebraska is holding the Cornhusker Clash on September 30, 2017. It will involve three teams: Nebraska, DePaul and Platteville. The games will start at 9:00a.m. with a JV match for the first year players followed by the varsity games. Here is the schedule for Saturday.
|JV Game (New players)||9:00a to 10:00a||Miscellaneous|
|UNL vs DePaul||10:15a to 11:15a||UWP|
|UWP vs DePaul||11:30a to 12:30p||UNL|
|UNL vs UWP||12:45p to 1:45p||DePaul|
|Scrimmage against Midland University||2:00p to 3:00p||Miscellaneous|
In order to get a little more background on the teams, Ryan and I interviewed the captains of each squad. Let’s take a look at what each captain had to say about this tournament and what they are expecting. Continue reading “Cornhusker Clash”
This past weekend MSU opened up the 2017-18 NCDA season with the EA tournament in East Lansing, MI. There were certainly some interesting surprises, but the main point is that dodgeball is back! Now, it is the first chance for some East Coast schools to show what they’re all about.
This Saturday, Towson University has the pleasure of hosting the first event of the season which will also include Stevenson University and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Towson comes in as the top rated team after having their best season ever last year followed by VCU and Stevenson. This will be their opportunity to flex their muscle against some familiar opponents and start the year strong. That being said, Stevenson and VCU won’t make it easy, and are each looking for a statement win. Let’s take a look at some things to watch with each team, from the good to the bad, and even the ugly.
It is another season with your favorite content writer, from your favorite region, and it is time to preview the teams in the Midway Conference. It will be interesting to see how these teams do this year and who will reign top dog. The teams in this region are Platteville, DePaul, Whitewater, Northern Illinois, North Park, Nebraska, Minnesota, Eau Claire, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Let’s look at the teams playing this year. Continue reading “Midway Conference- Preview”
This past weekend, 5 teams made their way to East Lansing, Michigan to take part in the first tournament of the 2017-2018 season, the “Early Access Tournament” hosted by Michigan State University. The results from the tournament were a mixture of surprises and expectations.
Below is a breakdown of how each team looked at this tournament, written by Kevin Bailey and Colby Briceland. Sections written by Colby will include a “CB”, while sections written by Kevin will have a “KB”.
First, here are the results:
SVSU vs MSU: 5-1 SV
GVSU vs CMU: 4-2 CMU
MSU vs BGSU: 4-2 BG
Akron vs CMU: 4-2 CMU
SVSU vs BGSU: 4-2 SVSU
GVSU vs Akron: 4-0 GVSU
MSU vs Akron: 3-1 MSU
GVSU vs BGSU: 2-1 GV
CMU vs SVSU: 3-2 CMU
I’ll continue my goal of producing standings post every Tuesday of the Season! Working with records and our statistics is a nice, enjoyable hobby for me. I’m happy to continue this. Please keep in mind that there is a Exec Board vote scheduled on the NCDA Ranking Algorithm; so the Gonzalez system as it appears before you today may or may not be the single system we use for Nationals 2018 at VCU. We’ll release information on the vote as soon as it comes up.
This weekend saw 9 matches in a pool play tournament format, with CMU nabbing the title in the Opening Event of the 2018 Season. This event marked the 200th ranked event in the complete records, with accurate records starting 2010-09-25 in the 2011 Season. In the current Gonzalez System, there are now 239 technical upsets in 1259 ranked matches. Continue reading “Standings as of 2017-09-19”
Tomorrow in East Lansing, Michigan, two of the Ohio teams will begin their 2017-2018 season with Michigan State’s home tournament. This is no small task, as the four Michigan teams in attendance are the same who filled the final four at last years Nationals. Let’s take a look at the Ohio Region. Continue reading “Ohio Preview: A Short Look at Each Team”