2017 Executive Board Election

Following the NCDA’s voting policy, the vote will be preferential. Teams will submit their ballot by ranking each candidate in order of their preference and email this ballot to the League (ncdadodgeball@gmail.com). The most preferred candidate in each position will be offered the respective position on the Executive Board.

EXAMPLE BALLOT

Director of Relations / Expansion
1. Vibius Minucius Pius
2. Quintus Laelius Lucanus

Chief of Content
1. Decimus Iuventius Paetus
2. Marcus Hostilius Regulus

In accordance with our Constitution, Voting will run from 2016-06-15 until 2016-06-25. The new board will be announced no later than 2016-07-01, with the start of the NCDA fiscal year.


Candidates

Director of Relations / Expansion
– Dylan Fettig
– Jacob Leski

Chief of Content
– Kevin Bailey
– Jonathan Shaw

Candidate CAMPAIGN Paragraphs

The following contains paragraphs from each candidate seeking a position on the Executive Board. If you have any questions for the candidates, let them know or post them here!

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Changes to League Dues for 2016-2017 Season

DALLAS, TX – Office of the Treasurer: In a 5-0 vote of the Executive Board (two voting members abstaining), the Board has decided to increase the annual league dues for each Member Team. Commencing July 1, 2016, the membership dues per team will increase $10, from $100 to $110 per annum.

December 31, 2016 will remain the deadline for member dues submission to the NCDA.

There were many reasons supporting this increase that the Board considered, which ultimately drove the Board to approve this increase in dues. The first is the standard inflation of the USD. The League has not adjusted dues to concur with inflation for several years, and the Board feels it is time to catch up with past inflation, as well as get ahead on the continual inflation going forward.

The slight increase in league dues will also help the Executive Board facilitate league expansion through methods of minimalistic travel stipends for members of the NCDA Ambassadors to assist the organization in its growth and development campaign.

Per section 7.1.1 of the NCDA bylaws, membership dues are subject to change with an adequate notice to the Member Teams of at least six months from the due date. At the time of this release, dues are to be submitted to the NCDA more than six months in the future. The bylaw will also be updated to reflect the new amount of $110 annually at the start of the new fiscal year. The current bylaw can be found here.

Please reach out to Mike McNicholas, Treasurer, at ncdadodgeball@gmail.com, or another member of the Executive Board with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Nationals 2017 Host Vote Results

LOS ANGELES – Office of the Director of Officiating (and Records): The University of Kentucky Dodgeball Club will play host for Nationals 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. They have two potential weekends available, of April 1st or April 8th.

This was a preferential election. Each Member Team submitted a ballot ranking the candidates by preference. The votes were transferred in a STV format until the most preferred candidate won a majority. 12 votes dictated a quorum for our current total of 23 teams. Tyrell Smith, Director of Nationals 2016, was auditor of the ballots as per the election oversight duties of the position.

An election note, there was a tiebreaker between VCU and JMU in the first round since they had the same total of first preferences in the election. The tiebreaker went to the Candidate with more second preferences: VCU with 11 over JMU with 3.

Candidate 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
JMU 3 3 9 7
VCU 3 11 4 4
UK 10 4 3 4
BW 6 4 6 6

Please view the original ballot.in and election.out file for the preferential counts.

AJP 2016-05-04: Of Schedules and Nationals Hosts

Our first recorded podcast after Nationals. As Mario has headed back “weast”, we use the four prospective National 2017 hosts as springboards for cerebral road tripping, voting rights rambles, and Eastern team travel restrictions. Not to be underdone after discussing the four bids, we launch into a small preview of the proto-scheduled events of the fall. Name your events cool stuff so we may be entertained!

We go over my 30 minute limit, and it really kills me because of the rendering time. We’ll have to cut our existential rants in the future. Enjoy!

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Thinking on Competition Groups

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The current Member Teams, Upcoming Schools, and some Known Orgs laid out on a map from the NYT Sunday Review. Sources: Joel Kotkin (boundaries and names of 7 mega-regions); Forbes Magazine; Regional Plan Association; Census Bureau; United States High Speed Rail Association; Clare Trainor/University of Wisconsin-Madison Cartography Laboratory;Zigmas Maloni (overlaid NCDA teams).

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. 

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Nationals 2017 Hosting Bids

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 and email this ballot to the League. The most preferred school will host Nationals 2017. For Nationals 2017, there are four schools placing a bid to host: JMU, VCU, and UK, BW. See after the jump for each team’s bid information. Please make any questions you have known.

Voting will run from May 1st to May 6th, or will end early if each Member Team casts a ballot by email to ncdadodgeball@gmail.com

Example Ballot

1. Delta
2. Marshall
3. Oakland

Member Player Representation

Member Teams are left to their own devices to determine their preferences. However, some teams in the past like to run their own mini-preferential election within the team. Some may have each officer submit a preferential ballot. Some have their entire club membership vote. Let me me know if you would like this. I can count those in our voting program and deliver your team’s preferential ballot through that process.

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Exec Board Meeting 2016-05-01

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Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Date: 2016-05-01
Time: 09:10 pm EST – 10:01 pm EST

Participants:

  • Felix Perrone, President
  • Zigmas Maloni, Director of Officiating
  • Mike McNicholas, Treasurer
  • Kevin Bailey, Chief of Content

Agenda:

  1. Nationals Debrief [President]
  2. Savage’s Offer [President]
  3. Nationals 2017 Bid [President]
  4. Executive Board Open Positions [Director of Officiating]
  5. Adjournment [President]

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2016 Captains’ Meeting Minutes

See original google doc for full minutes. Abbreviated provided here:

Nationals 2016: April 16-17, 2016
Hosted by Bowling Green State University Dodgeball Club

Captains’ Meeting Minutes

Present Member Teams: Akron, BGSU, BW, CMU, DePaul, GVSU, JMU, Kent, MSU, Ohio, OSU, PSU, SVSU, Towson, UK, UWP, VCU, WKU

  • Saturday Results, Sunday’s Seeding and Schedule – TS & ZM
  • Host Bids for Nationals 2017 – TS
  • Summer Events – DePaul & Kent
  • Admin Announcements
  • League Growth
  • Nominations for NCDA Officer Positions
  • Rankings/Standings Changes
  • Presidential Suggestions for the Future of the Organization
    • Sponsoships
    • Executive Board reductions
    • New Divisions (6v6 program, SkyZone partnerships)
  • 2017 Proposed Changes for NCDA Rulebook

Proposals approved for consideration in pre-season vote

R.1. Shot Clock reset for receiving team – DC
R.4. Early Overtime – ZM
R.5. Clean Blocking / Fettig and Peters Proposals
DF: Clean Blocking: Thrown balls are live off of an opponent’s blocking ball.
WP: NOTE: This is a proposition to change the same rule that Dylan Fettig has proposed above, only slightly different.
R.6. Legitimate Attempt Zone redefinition – ZB
Change the definition of the Legitimate Attempt Zone (LAZ).
R.7. Move the Attack Line – KB
Attack line decrease from 30 ft. to 25 ft.
R.8. Roster Size redefintion – JS
Roster size down from 20 to 13, teams from 15v15 to 10v10. Legitimate JV league.
R.11. Calling a game at four point differential – CA
R.13. Burden Throw – The game is played with 9 balls – DF

Proposals that failed to achieve majority vote for consideration in pre-season vote

R.2. Rebound Catch – AP
R.3. Even Numbers Sub Rule of 2.3.1.2 Low numbers – ZM
R.9. Ball Increase to 12 balls – MW
R.10. Clock Changes – CA
R.12.  Catches bring two players in – WP

2017 Proposed Policies for NCDA Constitution

All proposals approved for consideration in pre-season vote, no proposals failed.

P.1. Consecutive Match Limit – MR

P.2. Rule/Policy Change Suggestions – JL

P.3. 2 Games on Saturday – ZM
Nationals is two things: the National Tournament (Section 4.3.4.6) and the extra-strength Non-Bracket Matches (Section 4.3.4.5). I propose a less stringent definition of Saturday’s required games, a minimum of two.

P.4. Changing Sunday’s Bracket Format:

P.4.1 [Link] AH: I would like to propose that championship Sunday be broken into two different tourneys. One tourney for the higher seeded teams and one for the lower seeded teams.  I do believe this would bring out the best competition in all teams on Sunday instead of waiting till the second or third round before competition heats up.

P.4.2 [Link] JS: Top 8 teams compete for the cup at nationals, the other teams would play round robin games on Sunday.

P.4.3 [Link] DF: Similarly to Jeff’s proposal I suggest that Sunday of nationals should be two separate brackets. However I think we should do it like world cup groupings for soccer.

P.5. Trophies for #1 in regular season and for most games played – DF

P.6. Ranking System
Editors Note: Ranking is defined by the Executive Board rather than Membership vote. However, input is encouraged and concerns are always addressed.

P.6.1 Gonzalez system exclusively – ZM
Move to exclusively using the Gonzalez system to rank teams, but adjust the season to season carry-over, involving reverting to the mean.

P.6.2 Reset Gonzalez Rankings – HF
Reset all Gonzalez rankings at the beginning of the year to the baseline average of 40.000
Rationale.

2016 College Dodgeball All-American Team

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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:

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2016-2017 Off Season Action Dates

2016-04-01 – Begin Nominations for open Executive Board positions (Director of League Expansion, Chief of Content)
2016-04-19 – End of 2016 Season, Begin Off Season
2016-05-01 – Begin Vote for Nationals 2017 Host
2016-05-06 – End Vote for Nationals 2017 Host (no later than)
2016-05-08 – Announce Nationals 2017 Host (no later than)
2016-05-31 – End Nominations for Executive Board
2016-06-05 – Board Nominees must accept nominations (no later than) and submit a “campaign” info paragraph
2016-06-15 – Begin Vote for open Executive Board positions (Director of League Expansion, Chief of Content)
2016-06-25 – End Vote for open Executive Board positions
2016-06-28 – Announce votes privately to the current Board, contact winners of election (no later than)
2016-06-30 – Winners accept/deny their position (no later than)
2016-06-30 – End 2015-2016 NCDA Fiscal Year
2016-07-01 – Begin 2016-2017 NCDA Fiscal Year
2016-07-01 – Announce Executive Board (no later than)
2016-07-15 – Begin Vote on Rulebook, Bylaws, and Policy
2016-07-31 – End Vote on Rulebook, Bylaws, and Policy
2016-08-01 – Begin 2017 Season
2016-08-10 – Announce results of Vote (no later than). Results take effect at publishing datetime.
2016-09-01 – Publish 2017 Rulebook, Bylaws, and Policy
2016-12-31 – Member Teams pay League Membership Fee (no later than)

Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 15

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Nationals 2016 was just over a week ago, but that doesn’t stop the content team from producing some articles.  This will be the first in a series of Way-Too-Early Top 15 rankings for next season.  Below is my personal opinion on who the tops teams will be heading into next year.  If you are interested in making a top 15 list of your own, feel free to contact any member of the content team and we will make it happen.  If you disagree with my list I expect to see your own top 15 written up! Continue reading

All-American Voting

Attention Club Officers,

Your team should be receiving an email with the following information:

It is that time of year again. The season ended this past weekend, and now we need to begin the voting for our All-American Team. The process is pretty simple. Each team is required to send in a list of their top 15 players in the country listed preferential order 1 through 15. Continue reading

Issued Apology from the NCDA Executive Board

From the Office of the President for Immediate Release:

It has come to my attention the LiveStream Broadcast of the NCDA’s Nationals 2016 Championship Game between Grand Valley State University and Central Michigan University on Sunday April 17th in Bowling Green, OH was not fairly commentated.

Due to an issue with an inadequate number of available staff at the end of the tournament, the LiveStream Broadcast was commentated and recorded by one of the members of the twenty-player roster of Grand Valley State University who volunteered for the responsibility.

The commentary was admittedly biased toward the GVSU side in both coverage and opinions about the match. This is no excuse though, it is the responsibility of the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association, the Executive Board, and the Nationals Committee to ensure adequate staffing and coverage for large events, especially the Championship Match.

The LiveStream Broadcasts of these games are an extreme luxury for the NCDA since the organization relies on personal mobile devices and volunteers to film/commentate these games. Some games this weekend were recorded by members of the NCDA who are very dedicated and excited to filming the games, while others were simply recorded in silence to make sure at least the game footage was visually captured. There were many games that were not filmed due to this same type of staffing issue.

Unlike some organizations, the Championship Game is not the most watched live event, this is due to the long drive some players have to make back home on Sunday to get ready for their classes on Monday morning. With most players leaving after their team loses in the single elimination bracket to start their journey home, this leaves the organization low on member-volunteers for things such as recording and commentating games. Staffing for officiating always takes the highest priority over the live broadcast of the games.

I wholeheartedly apologize on behalf of the NCDA, the Executive Board, and the Nationals Committee to the club members of the Central Michigan University Dodgeball organization, their friends, and families who felt the game was not fairly commentated. It was never the intention of the NCDA to misrepresent or purposefully upset any club or member of the organization with this action.

Any further questions or comments can be directed to me personally by emailing ncdadodgeball@gmail.com

Thank You,

Felix Perrone
NCDA, President

4/19/2016

Shout out for Dodgeball Officials this Season

ncda-logo-alumni-1Good People. As Director of Officiating, I would like to take a moment to note several stellar Officials we had over the Nationals event weekend and those I’ve observed over the 2016 Season. I was pretty much useless in mobility but a lot of people came together to make sure Matches were officiated with at least four person crews. I had incredible help with Felix Perrone running to queue teams up for Matches and Officiating. He did 11 miles on Saturday.
 
Alumni Jason Hallman pretty much officiated every round, including being part of the Championship crew this year. Matt Zinn did the same, but needing to step out once GV went deeper into the bracket. Jude DuPart and Ryan Carlton deserve similar recognition, but we’re going to have to institute some mandatory break policy for you people next time!
 
I was incredibly happy to see people stick around to help staff the last three matches, especially those with long travel times. Becky Seemann, Nick Johnson, Evan Bemus, Sam Murphy, Klaire Randall, Mike McNicholas, Colin O’Brien to name a few good people.

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2016 Champions: GVSU

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BOWLING GREEN – BGSU Perry Fieldhouse, Court B “Savage Apparel”: GVSU def CMU 1-0 in the 2016 Championship Match in College Dodgeball.  This is their eighth National title, capping a series of four successive titles from 2013 to 2016. This matches the earlier quaterpeat from 2007 to 2010.

GVSU was first in the Standings going into the Nationals event, and was seeded #1 in the Tournament Bracket. They finish the 2016 Season with 28 wins and 4 losses, 2 of which happened in Overtime. They also finish the season with the current highest Gonzalez rating of all time, 62.662.

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