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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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

Opinion: State of the NCDA


Before I say anything, let me say what I’ve said in the title: this is a personal opinion piece, not to be taken any other way.
The NCDA just completed yet another edition of the annual national tournament. Of the three I’ve been to this one was my personal favorite (no offense intended to Kentucky and Ohio State intended, this is just the happiest I’ve been with my team afterwards). I’ll mention things about Towson later on, but overall I wanted to share my opinion on the how I think the league is doing as a whole in hopes of generating some conversation in debate. Here we go: Continue reading

Nationals 2016 Hosting Bids

For Nationals 2016, there are three schools placing a bid to host: U of Maryland, DePaul U, and Bowling Green State U. I asked each to write out a little bit concerning their bid:

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. The most preferred school will host Nationals 2016.

Voting will run from today, April 20th to April 26th, or until each Member Team casts a ballot.

Example Ballot:

1. Delta
2. Miami
3. Oakland

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Which Region is the Best in the NCDA?

Written by BGSU’s Adam Hynes


Even with the NCDA not having conferences or anything we still have each team placed into a category according to where the teams are located; this obviously being the regions.  In no particular order we have the Ohio, East Coast, Illinois, Michigan, and Kentucky regions.  These regions have their top teams, middle teams and low tier teams as any other league with conferences would have.  With there being so much talent spread throughout the league and schools being spread apart it can be very difficult to say who the top region truly is.  With Nationals coming this week, and the exciting pool play games on Saturday, it will be a good indication of who the true top region is.  In this article I wanted to say what each region must do in order to stack up against every one and say that their region is the true top dog. Continue reading

Nationals 2015 Schedule

Original Google Sheet


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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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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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

Nationals 2015 Preview #2 (All-Star Match)

10891568_10153061471740972_7448666028323906080_nThe 2015 National Tournament is still a long ways off, but it’s never too early to look forward to the best weekend of the season.  As mentioned in Nationals 2015 Preview #1, I have had the opportunity to discuss Nationals plans with Director of Nationals: Nick Johnson of Western Kentucky.  Listed below are a few interesting facts on this year’s All Start Match.



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Nationals 2015 Preview #1

10891568_10153061471740972_7448666028323906080_nThe National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s biggest event every season is the National Tournament.  This year’s Nationals will be held at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Nationals may still be three months away, but I have had the opportunity to talk with Nick Johnson, the Director of Nationals, and he has given some insight to what he expects to be the best Nationals in the NCDA history.

I’ll be working with Nick to present some preview post periodically the next few months, giving some interesting information about this year’s Nationals in each post.  So here is the “Nationals 2015 Preview #1”: Continue reading