I’ve been making maps. As a national organization we have an obligation to think beyond state lines because these boundaries don’t prevent teams from traveling across them. Our organization is based on travel to specific points for the purpose of playing dodgeball. Dodgeball centers may exist for other Leagues, but it really is different for the NCDA.
Just like in this article from the New York Times, there are corridors of teams which facilitate and focus matches played over any given season. Certain Member Teams function as regional terminals for events, anchoring a corridor by being able to lend their facilities to host collegiate dodgeball. This is a mix of chance and gumption. Since 2005, we’ve grown from team-to-team matchups to an organized multi-team events, though the tournament model has been nurtured from the start.
For example, since hosting the Michigan Dodgeball Cup in 2005, MSU has developed as an early regional hub. This is true not only for it’s neighboring schools within the state of Michigan, but MSU is a proven bridge for schools outside the state. Historically, schools west of the Great Lakes are able to connect and play with nearby Ohio teams at the Spartan Invite, MSU playing the anchor.
How do we use the geography of North America to expand our list of member teams? How can a school become a regional center for these competition corridors?