Season Preview: Grand Valley State University

Location: Allendale, Mich.

NCDA Region: Michigan

2014-15 Record: 37-1

National Tournament Finish: NCDA Champions

2014-15 Captains: Kevin Bailey-C, Aaron Terenzi-A and Austin Morley-A

Returning Varsity Players: 13-15

Players to Watch: Austin Morley, Kurtis DeYoung, Anthony Incrocci


Overview:  
The Three-Time Defending Champs are looking for another title for a record-tying fourth straight championship, but without a couple of their better known players.  Continue reading

Season Preview: Central Michigan

Location: Mount Pleasant, Mich.cmu-logo

NCDA Region: Michigan

2014-15 Record: 31-9

National Tournament Finish: Lost to GVSU in Championship Game

2014-15 Captains: Shane Willette-C, Zach Bachner-C, Tyler Prill-A and Ian Ryan-A

Returning Varsity Players: 17

Players to Watch: Everyone… but to name a few: Brett Hadwin, Michael Riley, Michael Heller, Alex Holzgen and Ian Ryan


Overview:  
The National Runner-Ups from 2014-15 are back and likely better than they were a year ago.   Continue reading

NCDA Constitution, Bylaws, and Policies Discussion

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The NCDA Constitution, Bylaws, and Policies defines our brand of dodgeball. Each Member has the opportunity to voice their opinion about these documents and issues. Hopefully we can get all 24 full Member Teams to provide their input on this. The first round of feedback gave some suggestions in which edits were made to the following documents.

Here, you will find a document comprising of all of the updated NCDA Policies, as well as the Constitution and Bylaws. Each policy within this attachment is separated by a blank page.

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Rulebook Vote Results

CHICAGO – August 10th, 2015. Office of the Director of Officiating.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Below are the results of the preferential election for the 2015/2016 NCDA Rulebook. The Rulebook will be published soon, prior to the Opening Match of the 2016 Season. Extra special thanks to the 17 Member Teams that submitted ballots.

1. How is our roster size and active players on the court?
C. Roster size is 10-20. Active players are up 10-15. 10 balls. [Current]

2. Should there be a limit on the number of seasons a player can participate?
D. No, as long as they are an active student enrolled in classes pursuing a degree they should be allowed to play. [Current]

3. Should we change the scoring mechanic?
C. No, it should be kept as it is now. [Current]

4. Should we change the Early Halftime rule? 
C. No, keep the Early Halftime at 4 minutes. [Current]

5. Substitutions can only be made during a timeout. Should Team A be allowed to substitute during Team B’s timeout?
A. Yes, a substitution should be allowed when a timeout is called by either your team, the opponent’s, or the officials.

6. Should we limit the number of substitutions to occur per timeout?
E. No, a team should be allowed to substitute all 5 bench members if they choose. [Current]

7. Once a player is substituted off the court, they cannot be substituted back on the court during that same point.
A. Agreed, a player should not be allowed back on the court if substituted off during that same point.

8. Should there be a constant 10 second shotclock?
B. No, the clock should be 15 seconds until there are 5 or less active players on the court to which point it is lowered to 10. [Current]

9. What should be the parameters of the Legitimate Attempt Zone for resetting the shotclock?
A. Keep it as is, the LAZ is a 3-D bubble around a player that is within a step and a lunge of the player’s current position. [Current]

10. Should a direct catch reset the shotclock when a team has five or fewer players and has a shotclock of 10?
A. Yes.

11. Should multiple shotclock violations in the same point result in a penalty?
B. No, balls over is a sufficient penalty. [Current]

12. What should happen to the teams’ shotclocks during an Officials’ Timeout?
A. Both teams are reset to zero.

13. Should Trapping be redefined?
B. No. [Current]

14. What should be considered a block?
A. If a ball comes in contact with another ball or any part of the environment prior to touching an active player, the ball is ruled dead. [Current]

See a more extensive report after the jump.

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Most Anticipated (Possible) Matchups for 2015-16

The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s schedule is a bit different from that of most club sports leagues.  With school gym space always up in the air, teams are unable to have set schedules early in the season.  Since we don’t have a complete schedule of matchups set for next season, I will base my list of “most anticipated matchups” on the premise that any match could happen during the year at some point.  Without further ado, here is my list of the (possible) matchups that I am most excited to see take place next season. Continue reading

2015 Nationals Survey Results

Year by year the NCDA strives to further its legitimacy. At the beginning of May we went out a satisfaction survey about 2015 Nationals. Nationals is, in my opinion, the most important aspect of our organization because of what it stands for. It is a time for everyone to come together to show off their team, enjoy each others’ company, and have some fun. So it is our hope to continue to help create an atmosphere that is most desirable and satisfactory to all whom attend. We asked a series of questions assessing the satisfaction of different elements of Nationals to which we had 43 responses. The results can be found below.

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Top 10 Rookie Classes in the NCDA (2014-15 Season)

ncda_logo_squareOne aspect of Division 1 college sports that is not as prominent in the NCDA is recruiting.  Unlike college football, you won’t see collegiate dodgeball teams flying private jets around the country to visit high school athletes and try to persuade them to attend their school.  You won’t see ESPN setting aside an entire day of broadcasting to cover college dodgeball’s “National Signing Day”.  Maybe someday dodgeball will be that large of a scale, but for now recruiting consists of way less than that.

While recruiting is not as noticeable in this club sport that we all know and love, it is still an extremely important part of what we do.  In fact, recruiting is the lifeblood of our club teams.  Without new members, a team will eventually die off.  Bottom line is this: Having a strong recruiting class bodes very well for the future of your program.

Below I have listed the top 10 recruiting classes in the NCDA for this past season.  I ranked these taking into account both the overall quality and the quantity of the groups.

**If a player’s name is in italics upon first reference, that indicates they were one of the top five rookies in the entire nation last season in my opinion. Continue reading

Wes Peters’ Way Too Early Top 20

DISCLAIMER: For the 100th time, if you haven’t already please check the forums and look at the new rules that are being proposed that will be voted on for THIS UPCOMING SEASON! There are some massive changes that could be approved that will drastically change the way our beautiful (yet in big need of improvements!) game will be played!

Without further ado, here’s my painfully early, and blatantly biased top 20 for the NCDA as of this second. Continue reading

Sean Smith’s Way Too Early Predictions

Kevin Bailey and Jon Shaw have already given their takes on where they think each team belongs in the rankings for the 2015-16 season. While I have some similar views as to where some teams belong, I have some bold thoughts for what will come up this season.

Along with my “way too early” preseason rankings I will also give a ranking of where I expect each club to end up at the end of the season. Now obviously that is much too early, and there are a lot of factors that go into it, but I think I have a good idea of how next season will play out. I apologize for any misspelled names along the way

Note: If you have a ranking you’d like to post please get in contact with someone from the content team. We love getting more submissions and more activity from people around the league (Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois regions I’m looking at you). Continue reading