Nationals 2015 – Presidential Reflection

Now, before I start this off, you must know that in all my “Presidential” monikers (and in our many “Intern” allusions), I’m having fun. This is how I was raised by DePaul Dodgeball, but I’ve always considered titles arbitrary to the reason I need to do my duty. But in the end, I like calling my lowly Nationals hotel room the Presidential Suite. It sounds magnificent.

Let’s begin. Nationals 2015! WKU! Nick Johnson! My favorite Nationals shirt ever has been the Nationals 2011 shirt, from the first time WKU hosted Nationals. In fact, that was the first time the event was hosted outside Ohio or Michigan, and really, it was one of the very, very few times Nationals was hosted outside the state of Michigan. Coming up to the event, I was concerned if we would ever live up to that event held so long ago. But the League is in so much better straights nowadays. Everyone. Do NOT underestimate the family that consists of the League in the present day.  Continue reading

NCDA 2015 All-American Team

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What a year of Dodgeball we had. The regular season was full of massive tournaments with turnouts from all over the nation, upsets left and right and a very even field of competition that has not happened in a long time. As usual, the most anticipated event of the year was Nationals, hosted by the fine members of Western Kentucky University. As expected, they did a fantastic job of filming and keeping to the schedule. Along with that, Nationals was full of close games and upsets that shocked many members throughout the league, thus making it a very exciting weekend. After we all had some time to gather our thoughts and get caught up with school, each member team and 3 primary officials were given a weeks time to send in a roster of 15 players that they believe should be on this year’s first ever “All-American” team. A total of 10 teams and 2 of the 3 officials selected sent in their list to comprise our All-American team.

Congratulations to the following individuals:

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Jonathan Shaw’s “Nationals Winners and Losers”

Winners:

Nick Johnson ran a very successful NCDA National s.

Nick Johnson ran a very successful Nationals.

Nick Johnson WKU – Simply put, he ran the smoothest Nationals I’ve seen since Towson joined the NCDA in 2011. Nick, all of the NCDA owes you a big thanks, well done buddy.

Central Michigan University – Central players might still be getting over the Finals loss to GVSU, but when you look back at the fact that exactly 2 years before Central had only brought 10 players to Nationals, and 1 year before got eliminated by University of Kentucky in the first round, you must come to the realization that a Finals appearance is a monumental step in the right direction for this program. Continue reading

Nationals 2015 Schedule

Original Google Sheet

SATURDAY

8:00 AM Doors Open Preston Center
8:00 AM Teams Check-In Front Lobby
8:45 AM Officials Meeting Meeting Room
8:45 AM Teams Cued for Pics Court 4
9:00 AM League Picture Court 4
9:15 AM ASG Pictures/Intro Court 4
9:30 AM All Star Game Begins Court 4
10:00 AM 1st Round of Games
Court 2 PSU vs DePaul
Court 3 UK vs VCU
Court 4 UMD vs OSU
Court 6 GVSU vs UWP
11:15 AM 2nd Round of Games
Court 2 CMU vs Kent
Court 3 JMU vs BGSU
Court 4 SVSU vs WKU
Court 6 MSU vs TU
1:00 PM 3rd Round of Games
Court 2 OSU vs DePaul
Court 3 UWP vs PSU
Court 4 Lunch Break
Court 6 Lunch Break
1:40 PM 4th Round of Games
Court 2 Lunch Break
Court 3 Lunch Break
Court 4 WKU vs VCU
Court 6 GVSU vs UK
3:00 PM 5th Round of Games
Court 2 TU vs BGSU
Court 3 JMU vs SVSU
Court 4 CMU vs UMD
Court 6 MSU vs Kent
4:45 PM 6th Round of Games
Court 2 GVSU vs PSU
Court 3 UWP vs BGSU
Court 4 JMU vs OSU
Court 6 WKU vs DePaul
6:00 PM 7th Round of Games
Court 2 CMU vs VCU
Court 3 SVSU vs TU
Court 4 MSU vs UK
Court 6 UMD vs Kent
7:30 PM Captains’ Meeting Meeting Room
8:30 PM End Meeting Meeting Room
8:45 PM Exec Board Meets Meeting Room
9:15 PM Leave Gym Preston Center

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BOTM: 2015 March

11130689_10205595605624561_577289346_nThe Baller of the Month for March goes to one of Central Michigan’s captains: Brett Hadwin.  Brett is competing in his final season with CMU, and he has had a stellar final year.  Brett most recently led Central to a tournament title at the CMU Showdown with wins over MSU, SVSU, JMU, and GVSU.

Brett is without a doubt one of the best all-around players in the NCDA, and he has proven it time and time again throughout his career.  It is a shock to me that he had never received the honor of BOTM until now.

I had the opportunity to interview Brett after he was chosen as the Baller of the Month, and as always, he had some interesting things to say.  Here is my conversation with Brett where we talk about his goals for his team, his individual skill set, best dodgeball memories, and even his trademark headbands: Continue reading

Nationals 2015 In-Depth Preview

10891568_10153061471740972_7448666028323906080_nNCDA Nationals is always an eventful weekend, but this year in particular, the league’s season-ending tournament seems destined to be an exciting one.  There is so much to talk about when previewing what will be another great NCDA tournament.  Below is my “In-Depth” preview of Nationals which takes place April 11-12 in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  This preview will include a brief summary of the storylines to follow, round-by-round game previews (with a prediction for each individual match!), and lastly, I will have my predictions on the results of the final day’s bracket.

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CMU Showdown Recap

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This past Saturday Central Michigan University hosted perhaps the greatest regular season tournament in the history of the NCDA. It certainly was the best regular season collection of talent that I have been involved in since joining the league. Joining the Chippewas at the CMU Showdown were GVSU, JMU, SVSU, and MSU. The Dukes of James Madison made the trip from Virginia all the way to Mount Pleasant to take on the Michigan Schools that had all just played a month prior in the MDC.

The hosts of Central Michigan put on a dominant performance and left with a perfect 4-0 record. In doing so, they halted Grand Valley’s attempt to break the all-time consecutive win streak that ended at 41 games. The Lakers finished the day 3-1, with the loss to CMU coming as their first of the season. The long trip for JMU resulted in a 2-2 record. MSU improved on their poor performance at the MDC to finish with one win, one loss, and two overtime losses. SVSU was unable to come away with a win on Saturday, finishing 0-4.

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March 22nd Executive Board/Nationals Meeting Minutes

NCDA Executive Board Members in attendance: Zigmas Maloni, Felix Perrone, Nick Johnson

Notes on the Meeting:

  • Went over the Nationals Budget.
    • Added a few items we missed, updated the list of entry fees which included extra shirts and pizza ordered from JMU.
    • Addressed the Officiating payments.
    • Generally, pay will start at Minimum Wage (about 7.25 / game) with Head Referee getting more pay for each game.
  • Went over some of the Alumni and Ladies registrations.
  • Discussed potential income from business for sponsors.
  • Some discussion had in the current state of the four ranking systems, and the seeding needs for the Sunday Tournament bracket with 15 teams.
    • Standard 16 team bracket with 1 seed getting a bye.
  • Set a hard deadline for a Nationals Saturday scheduled pool release on April 9th.
    • May try to be earlier, depends on schedule.

Meeting Duration: 1:45

CMU Showdown Preview

This Saturday will involve one of the biggest regular season tournaments in recent memory.  Central Michigan University will host a 5-team tournament entitled the “CMU Showdown”.

In attendance at this event will be five of the top ten teams in the league, including the top four in the current NCDA standings.  While this tournament will be overshadowed by Nationals less than a month later, there still is quite a bit on the line this Saturday in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.  Here is an overview of each attending team’s situation heading into this weekend’s tournament: Continue reading

Return to Prominence: The Resurgence of the Central Michigan Dodgeball Program

CMU fell off the collegiate dodgeball map shortly after winning the national title in 2011, but thanks to the dedication of the leaders on their current roster, the Chippewas are once again considered an elite team.

 

cmu-logoIt was the conclusion of the final day of NCDA Nationals, held at Western Kentucky University on April 10, 2011.  Central Michigan had just won the national title over Grand Valley State University in what many still consider the most exciting college dodgeball game ever played.  The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s landscape seemed to have drastically shifted. Continue reading