Dahlonega Dodgeball Fest / Saginaw Valley Shootout Preview

Two very exciting events are planned for this weekend: The Dahlonega Dodgeball Fest, and The Saginaw Valley Shootout.  Below are previews for both events, along with predictions (against the spread).

Dahlonega Dodgeball Fest

Predictions against the spread:

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BOTM: 2018 October

October’s Baller of the Month: Jordan Watt of Towson University

Towson University has burst onto the scene this fall, with an impressive 9-0 record to start the year.  This is in large part thanks to October’s Baller of the Month: Jordan Watt.  Watt has made himself a household name in the NCDA over the past few years, as his extremely strong arm has become a key part of Towson’s offense.  As we wrap up the month of October, I had the chance to chat with Towson’s star player: Continue reading “BOTM: 2018 October”

Final WDBF Standings for 2018

LOS ANGELES – Hangar Studios: The World Dodgeball Federation holds Worlds 2018 (WDBF Dodgeball World Championships 2018) over October 10-13, with USA Dodgeball playing host. If you missed the feature article detailing the mechanics of the ranking system, take a gander at the Complete History of the WDBF. An article detailing all types of Technical Upsets is in the works for the next week.

With the completion of Worlds 2018 and the season, the final standings have been determined:

WDBF Womens, Sorted.

Standing Nation Rating Status
1 🇺🇸 United States 49.466 (+4.712) 2018 Gold
2 🇲🇾 Malaysia 48.573 (+3.113) 2018 Silver
3 🇦🇺 Australia 46.861 (+1.674) 2018 Bronze
4 🇨🇦 Canada 40.967 (-0.995) 2018 4th
5 🇭🇰 Hong Kong 40.187 (-1.121) 2018 Attended
6 🇮🇹 Italy 34.951 (-1.966) 2018 Attended
7 🇲🇽 Mexico 33.714 (-5.418) 2018 Attended
8 🇨🇲 Cameroon 41.350* 2018 Non Attending
9 🇨🇫 Central African Republic 38.650* 2018 Non Attending

* denotes a provisional rating (< 6 matches)
Gonzalez Standings WDBF Womens

WDBF Mens, Sorted.

Standing Nation Rating Status
1 🇲🇾 Malaysia 53.086 (+4.421) 2018 Gold
2 🇺🇸 United States 50.161 (+7.388) 2018 Silver
3 🇨🇦 Canada 49.454 (+5.396) 2018 Bronze
4 🇦🇺 Australia 43.907 (-0.970) 2018 4th
5 🇲🇽 Mexico 41.212 (-0.620) 2018 Attended
6 🇳🇿 New Zealand 39.167 (-1.625) 2018 Attended
7 🇭🇰 Hong Kong 38.840 (-0.755) 2018 Attended
8 🇮🇹 Italy 35.194 (-2.605) 2018 Attended
9 🇦🇷 Argentina 29.370 (-10.630) 2018 Attended
10 🇨🇫 Central African Republic 42.135* 2018 Non Attending
11 🇨🇲 Cameroon 40.215* 2018 Non Attending
12 🇹🇩 Chad 39.000* 2018 Non Attending
13 🇬🇦 Gabon 38.650* 2018 Non Attending

* denotes a provisional rating (< 6 matches)
Gonzalez Standings WDBF Mens

Ranking Order:

  1. Inactive Member Nations are not listed
  2. Sort Worlds attendees first, then others.
  3. Sort the most recent Worlds medalist according to their placing; Gold, Silver, Bronze, 4th finishers of the last Worlds will always have a standing of 1-4.
  4. Sort by Gonzalez rating

Full details of the system can be found in the Complete History of the WDBF

Standings as of 2018-10-23

Standings are aimed to be released by the end of every Tuesday. 

In the 2019 Season, we have 11 technical upsets in 59 ranked matches (81.36% success rate) across 9 events. Additionally, there have been three JV matches entered into the Records.

The Gonzalez System is a computer ranking model similar to Elo and is a rating exchange system based on research performed by World Rugby. It has been adapted by the NCDA to the demands of College Dodgeball, but can be tuned and customized endlessly to incorporate accurate data. It has been used to help determine seeds for the Nationals bracket since Nationals 2014, and was used exclusively for the Nationals 2017 and 2018 bracket. 

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Pinkout IV: A New Pink[out]

It’s that time of the year again folks, where we travel to Northeast Ohio to the University of Akron for their fourth annual Pinkout Tournament. There will be 12 teams in attendance on Saturday and I have decided to do something different with my preview this time. This time I asked one captain from each attending team to write about their own team and match-ups. This gave me the opportunity to really see what each team was thinking and how they believe they will fare this weekend in Akron, Ohio.

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Pink Out IV Preview: Picking against the Spread

This weekend, Akron University will host their 4th Annual “Pink Out” tournament, and as is always the case, we will learn a lot about the teams in attendance.  This year looks to be a special tournament, as 12 different teams will travel to northeast Ohio for what will possibly be the largest tournament of the fall.  Worth noting, all but 1 of the teams ranked 6-13 in the latest “Power Rankings” will be in attendance, making this a prime opportunity for each of those teams to prove their worth and make a jump in the rankings heading into November.

As we get set for an awesome weekend of dodgeball, a few members of the Content Team decided to provide their predictions for the weekend.  Please note, these are not normal predictions where each member of the panel simply chooses who they think will win the game.  Rather, these are predictions against the spread.  Continue reading “Pink Out IV Preview: Picking against the Spread”

Worlds 2018 Full Results

LOS ANGELES – Hangar Studios: The World Dodgeball Federation holds Worlds 2018 (WDBF Dodgeball World Championships 2018) over October 10-13, with USA Dodgeball playing host. If you missed the feature article detailing the mechanics of the ranking system, take a gander at the Complete History of the WDBFContinue reading “Worlds 2018 Full Results”

Bye-Week Review of the NCDA

The first month of the 2018-19 NCDA  season is off to a hot start.  We have seen 19 different teams make their season debut over 6 different tournaments across the Michigan, Ohio, East Coast, and South regions.  There were some early predictions on how some thought the season would play out, some of which are shaping up to follow through while others seem like nothing more than speculation.  Additionally, the power structure of the league seems to be shifting in a way that maybe even veterans of the game could not have predicted.  It is still early in the year and a lot can change, there are some interesting takeaways from this first month that should be discussed.  Grades are listed at the bottom of the article.

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Worlds 2018 Championship Bracket Results

LOS ANGELES – Hangar Studios: The World Dodgeball Federation is holding Worlds 2018 (WDBF Dodgeball World Championships 2018) over October 10-13, and USA Dodgeball is playing host. If you missed the feature article detailing the mechanics of this system, take a gander at the Complete History of the WDBF. Here if you missed Day 1!or Day 2! Here are the Champsionship Bracket results, with the final medal matches being played Saturday, starting at 12:30 PDT.

ITA def ARG 9-7 (M)
AUS def HKG 5-4 (W)
CAN def ITA 16-1 (W)
USA def MEX 11-2 (W)
USA def ITA 15-2 (M)
CAN def MEX 11-5 (M)
MYS def HKG 9-2 (M)
AUS def NZL 7-3 (M)
MYS def AUS 5-3 (W)
USA def CAN 8-5 (W)
USA def CAN 10-4 (M)
MYS def AUS 6-5 (M)

[OT matches were not noted]

[Source]

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Worlds 2018 Round Robin Results

LOS ANGELES – Hangar Studios: The World Dodgeball Federation is holding Worlds 2018 (WDBF Dodgeball World Championships 2018) over October 10-13, and USA Dodgeball is playing host. If you missed the feature article detailing the mechanics of this system, take a gander at the Complete History of the WDBF. Here if you missed Day 1! And finally, Day 2 Round Robin results:

MEX def ITA 7-4 (M)
CAN def NZL 11-5 (M)
USA def AUS 7-3 (M)
MYS def HKG 10-2 (M)
MYS def USA 6-4 (W)
NZL def HKG 6-5 (M)
MYS def ITA 15-2 (M)
AUS def ARG 12-0 (M)
CAN def MEX 12-6 (M)
CAN def ITA 13-1 (W)
USA def MEX 13-0 (W)
HKG def CAN 11-10 (W)
MYS def ITA 10-2 (W)
MYS def AUS 4-2 (M)
USA def MEX 13-1 (M)
CAN def ITA 14-5 (M)
NZL def ARG 10-4 (M)
USA def CAN 8-4 (W)
AUS def ITA 17-0 (W)
MYS def HKG 11-4 (W)
AUS def HKG 8-5 (M)
CAN def USA 8-6 (M)
ITA def ARG 9-2 (M)
MYS def MEX 11-3 (M)
AUS def HKG 8-7 (W)
USA def MYS 7-6 OT (M)
AUS def NZL 6-3 (M)
MEX def ARG 11-2 (M)
HKG def ITA 12-5 (M)
CAN def MEX 16-0 (W)

[OT matches were not noted, except for one entry (USA def MYS 7-6 OT]

[Source]

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Cornhusker Clash- Recap

Last weekend two teams of the Midway Conference went head to head in a double header to get their seasons started with a bang. The two teams in attendance were the Nebraska Cornhuskers (UNL) and the Platteville Pioneers (UWP). Both teams battled it out and in the end UNL def UWP 4-2 and UNL def UWP 3-2. Let’s break down the tournament.
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Worlds 2018, Day 2 Previews

LOS ANGELES – Hangar Studios: The World Dodgeball Federation is holding Worlds 2018 (WDBF Dodgeball World Championships 2018) over October 10-13, and USA Dodgeball is playing host. If you missed the feature article detailing the mechanics of this system, take a gander at the Complete History of the WDBF. Day 1 Round Robin results:

HKG def ARG 13-1 (M)
AUS def CAN 7-5 (M)
USA def ITA 13-1 (M)
MYS def MEX 5-4 (W)

MYS def CAN 8-6 (M)
USA def ARG 18-2 (M)
NZL def ITA 8-4 (M)
HKG def MEX 13-3 (W)

MYS def CAN 8-6 (M)
USA def ARG 18-2 (M)
NZL def ITA 8-4 (M)
HKG def MEX 13-3 (W)

CAN def MYS 11-3 (W)
USA def ITA 20-0 (W)
AUS def MEX 8-1 (W)

AUS def ITA 11-2 (M)
USA def HKG 11-0 (M)
MEX def NZL 7-1 (M)
CAN def ARG 21-1 (M)
MYS def AUS 5-4 (W)

USA def NZL 11-1 (M)
CAN def HKG 12-6 (M)
AUS def MEX 6-3 (M)

CAN def AUS 9-7 (W)
MYS def ARG 14-2 (M)
USA def HKG 11-7 (W)
ITA def MEX 8-5 (W)

[OT matches were not noted]

[Source]

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Worlds 2018, Day 1 Previews

LOS ANGELES – Hangar Studios: The World Dodgeball Federation is holding Worlds 2018 (WDBF Dodgeball World Championships 2018) over October 10-13, and USA Dodgeball is playing host. We’ll follow along and check out the potential Rating Exchanges for each game in the schedule.

If you missed the feature article detailing the mechanics of this system, take a gander at the Complete History of the WDBF.

October 10 – Round Robin

Dissecting our Line Previews: Continue reading “Worlds 2018, Day 1 Previews”

The Complete History of the WDBF

The Complete History of the World Dodgeball Federation

Every Member Nation’s relative strength after every game

WDBF Womens, Sorted.

Standing Nation Rating Status
1 🇲🇾 Malaysia 44.681 2017 Gold
2 🇦🇺 Australia 44.411 2017 Silver
3 🇺🇸 United States 43.973 2017 Bronze
4 🇨🇦 Canada 41.186 2017 4th
5 🇭🇰 Hong Kong 40.543 2017 Attending
6 🇲🇽 Mexico 38.403 2017 Attending
7 🇮🇹 Italy 36.167 2017 Attending
8 🇨🇲 Cameroon 41.350* 2018 Non Attending
9 🇨🇫 Central African Republic 38.650* 2018 Non Attending

* denotes a provisional rating (< 6 matches)

Gonzalez Standings WDBF Womens

WDBF Mens, Sorted.

Standing Nation Rating Status
1 🇲🇾 Malaysia 48.665 2017 Gold
2 🇨🇦 Canada 44.058 2017 Silver
3 🇦🇺 Australia 44.877 2017 Bronze
4 🇺🇸 United States 42.773 2017 4th
5 🇲🇽 Mexico 41.832 2017 Attending
6 🇳🇿 New Zealand 40.791 2018 Attending
7 🇭🇰 Hong Kong 39.595 2017 Attending
8 🇮🇹 Italy 37.799 2017 Attending
9 🇦🇷 Argentina 40.000* 2018 Attending
10 🇨🇫 Central African Republic 42.135* 2018 Non Attending
11 🇨🇲 Cameroon 40.215* 2018 Non Attending
12 🇹🇩 Chad 39.000* 2018 Non Attending
13 🇬🇦 Gabon 38.650* 2018 Non Attending

* denotes a provisional rating (< 6 matches)
Gonzalez Standings WDBF Mens

Ranking Order:

  1. Inactive Member Nations are not listed
  2. Sort Worlds attendees first, then others.
  3. Sort the most recent Worlds medalist according to their placing; Gold, Silver, Bronze, 4th finishers of the last Worlds will always have a standing of 1-4.
  4. Sort by Gonzalez rating

In late October of last year, 2017-10-21 to be precise, I had the privilege of watching live results of “Worlds” come in from an event hosted by Dodgeball Canada in Toronto.

These results were barely “live” like other sports might be privileged to experience, but dodgeball is in a nascent state despite the NCDA’s efforts and contributions. There were posts from fans watching the live stream, but the results I went for were the cell by cell updates to a simple Google Sheet.

We have a fellow Chicagoan and DePaul alumnus Vegim Begolli’s Mad City doing great things in developing event production and streaming quality live feeds. Dodgeball has much to learn from the achievements of eSports. Other organizations are coming to appreciate the value of records. At the very least, we are improving from hand written poster boards of brackets posted to social media. With actual reliable data gathering, we can evaluate competitors based on quantitative analysis and avoid the many pitfalls of opinion based Captain Polls.

As my first feature article as part of the new Statistics Committee of the WDBF, and as the United States representative of Dodgeball Canada’s Statistics Committee, I present the Complete History of the World Dodgeball Federation. Continue reading “The Complete History of the WDBF”