It is that time of year again! The 2015-16 National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s season came to a close just a few short weeks ago.
All of the votes are finally in, so we can now present to you the 2016 All-American Team. Congratulations to these 15 gentlemen for their incredible individual performances this year. Becoming an All-American is no small accomplishment.
Listed below are the 15 All-Americans determined by a league wide vote. This list is in preferential order with #1 being the 2016 MVP. Below each name is a small description of the player and his successes this year. These brief descriptions were written by a few different members of the NCDA Content Team.
Without further ado, here is your 2016 All-American Team:
The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s 2016 Executive of the Year is awarded to Caleb Arnold from Ohio University. The captain for first-year NCDA member team Ohio, Caleb demonstrated excellent leadership, scheduling his team 25 games. This honor is bestowed upon Caleb after the NCDA Executive Board vote (also nominated for this award was Erik Zander, the captain for Wisconsin Platteville).
I was able to ask a few questions of the league’s Executive of the Year, and I learned a lot about Caleb and his team. After reading through Caleb’s responses, I anticipate everyone else will have as much respect as I do for the President, Captain, and Founder of Ohio University Dodgeball:
Caleb Arnold – Executive of the Year
Kevin Bailey – What were the reasons for you starting up a team at Ohio, and what were the main struggles that you encountered during this process?
Caleb Arnold – First of all, thank you and the rest of the league for giving me this opportunity to discuss a little about my team. Anyways, I have always had a passion for dodgeball. Continue reading →
This year’s College Dodgeball All Star Game will be a bit different than in years past. In 2016, the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association has paired with Savage Apparel Co. for the event. The team uniforms for this match will be provided by this apparel brand at a discounted price. Dry-fit customization uniforms is a great new addition to one of the NCDA’s most recognizable National Tournament traditions: The All Star Game.
This year’s game will feature two players from each NCDA team, with a draft taking place before Nationals weekend. Dylan Fettig and Mike McNicholas will be the honorary captains for one side, while Felix Perrone and Zigmas Maloni will captain the other squad. These four executive board members will rotate picks during the 2016 All Star Draft as they pick their roster for the game.
Listed below are the representatives from each school for the 2016 All Star Game Presented by Savage:
*Let us know in the comment section who your top picks would be if you were an All Star Game team captain!
Thanks to a suggestion from WKU’s Nick Johnson, the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s Content Team has compiled a top-15 power rankings for the league. Each member of the content team submitted their personal power rankings and below we have the averaged out list. So, without further-ado, here are the current NCDA Power Rankings: Continue reading →
On April 16th and 17th, teams from all over the country will be in Bowling Green, Ohio for a weekend of Dodgeball to determine who the best team in the country is and for many, just to play the sport they love. I had the opportunity to speak with Tyrell Smith,
captain for Bowling Green State University and Director of Nationals about developments and changes for the big weekend coming up in a few months. Continue reading →
The National Dodgeball League is hosting the 2013 Dodgeball World Championship in Las Vegas, NV. This is the 10th tournament, and it will feature numerous individual tournaments within the Championship. It also will feature the entire regular season of the NDL. The NDL has a different ruleset than the NCDA, but it’s not too different to the point where the NCDAers will be fish out of water when they play.
Three NCDA teams sent players to the Ultimate Dodgeball Qualifiers at Skyzones across the country this past weekend, and two of them won! Grand Valley and Western Kentucky both won their local qualifiers, which means they will be waiting to hear back to see if they qualified for the Las Vegas Finals. Rochester Institute of Technology also competed, but finished second in their qualifier. You can check out my previous post on the tournament here.
Aaron Rodgers led his team to the Packers Dodgeball Tournament Championship, wrapping up their three day Mini-Camp for offseason practices. Rodgers, along with teammates such as Mason Crosby, Randall Cobb, and Johnny Jolly, were able to knock off James Jones’ squad for the title. In the championship game, it came down to a two on two (Rodgers and rookie Lane Taylor vs Jones and Jordy Nelson) and Rodgers, who has one career reception for -1 yards, made a huge catch on Nelson to make it three on one before taking down James Jones. Now Rodgers, and his pseudo-rival have something in common, as former Packer Brett Favre has also played in a dodgeball tournament this season.
Kat Takeda, formerly of DePaul Dodgeball, has been selected to Team USA for their trip to New Zealand for the World Dodgeball Federation’s World Championship. She is the first dodgeballer chosen from the NCDA, and is one of the best players to come from the NCDA, male or female, ever. There is still a little time for people to apply for Team USA, but hurry! More information is available in this post.