The question often arises: “Which Region is the best in College Dodgeball?”. While Michigan has historically had the best region in the country by a large margin, the argument for 2nd and 3rd place was always a big debate.
While reviewing the most recent Power Rankings, I noticed that the race for strongest region is much closer than some may anticipate. In fact, depending on what one determines to be the most important criteria, there could be a case made for several different regions as the best in the NCDA.
Over the past decade, many have accepted the narrative that the Michigan Region is the best in College Dodgeball and that it will never change. After taking a closer look at our current power rankings, the distinction of ‘strongest region’ is more up in the air than people may think.
Well, it is the weekend and that means it is tournament time with some of the top teams in the country going head to head at the King of the Mountain 2. This means it is time for another preview by the top content writer in the NCDA. (I know Kevin Bailey, Colby Briceland, and Hunter Ford are jealous, as they should be).
The teams in attendance are: Central Michgan University (CMU), Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU), James Madison University, (JMU), and the University of Wisconsin Platteville (UWP). These teams are currently ranked: CMU #1, GVSU #2, JMU #3, SVSU #6, and UWP #10. Here is the schedule for this Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Student Activity Center (360 E Broomfield St. Mount Pleasant, MI 48858).
As we progress further and further into the fall semester, the college dodgeball season continues to heat up! Already this year we have seen some fantastic games, and a few very surprising outcomes. We even had our first event on the west coast when Gonzaga and Oregon State met for a double header.
Since it is the start of a new month, it is time to reveal the new power rankings. This month, the list was compiled by fellow NCDA Executive Board member Jacob Leski and myself. We both produced a top 20 list and combined them to make the final composite power rankings that you see below (any tie between two schools would go in favor of the team with the higher win percentage). Leski and I both leave brief comments below for each team.
Let us know what you think about the current power rankings, and what you expect will change before December rolls around.
*These Power Rankings have no impact on the league’s official standings.
The Gonzalez System now includes 260 technical upsets in 1337 (leet) ranked matches. For the 2018 Season, we’re at 24 technical upsets in 87 ranked matches. We’ve also seen twelve JV contests, and four new schools: Midland, Southern Illinois Edwardsville, Gonzaga, and Oregon St. All the following data is current as of 2017-10-31.
It was a successful weekend for a tournament as DePaul and University of Wisconsin Platteville (UWP) welcomed Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) to the league as the 48th school to play in the NCDA. The following were the results of the day:
SPOKANE, WA – Gonzaga Club Dodgeball will host Oregon State University Dodgeball Club (Corvallis, OR) in a double header this Saturday to open up the Northwest region. They are the last two of four teams to make their Induction Matches this weekend. Continue reading “Pacific Northwest Schools to Join the NCDA”
Hello, my name is Kevin Frye and I am the captain of the Dodgeball Club at Ball State University. Just to give some background information on myself, I was a transfer student from The University of Kentucky to Ball State at the beginning of my sophomore year due to changing majors and other decisions. Playing that single year at UK inspired me to find some way to start a team at Ball State since dodgeball became my life and I couldn’t lose that, and I had no idea where to start. So, going in chronological order from forming the idea to achieving university recognition, I will lead you through what I did to provide you with an idea of what I did if you are a contemplating starting a team. Continue reading “Starting a Team Part 1 – From an Idea to University Recognition”
Well, ladies and gentlemen, as always it is your favorite content writer coming to you with another preview. It is Platteville’s home tournament this weekend on Saturday October 28, 2017 at the Williams Fieldhouse (350 Jay St, Platteville, WI 53818). Three teams will be in attendance: UW-Platteville (UWP), DePaul and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUe). This will be SIUe’s Induction match into the league and it could not be with two better teams to show them how to play the game of dodgeball. Below is the schedule for the day for: The Platteville Supertastic Dodgeball to your Face Kiss Your Butt Goodbye Explosionfest Invitational (Tournament name, courtesy of Will Martin- former freshman and sophomore sensation and now junior sensation). Continue reading “The Platteville Supertastic Dodgeball to Your Face Kiss Your Butt Goodbye Explosionfest Invitational”
FREMONT, NE – YMCA: Midland will be joining the League this Saturday the 28th as they host visiting team Nebraska Lincoln. Warmup is scheduled to begin at 10:00am, followed by a mixed scrimmage to acclimate to the NCDA ruleset. At 12:00pm UNL will face Midland in the Induction Match. Lincoln and Fremont are just an hour drive apart, so we hope to be seeing these teams thrive together.
It’s Tuesday, so let’s interpret the raw data from this weekend’s matches at the BGSU Invitational.
There were 7 ranked matches and 3 JV contests, which brings us to 75 ranked matches in the 2018 Season. That’s impressive and we keep breaking the record for most games played up to this point in the season (75 to last year’s 68 ranked matches up to the 4th Sunday of October.)
We also have 10 JV contests! The record for most JV games played in a Season is 11 contests in the 2015 Season, and we’re going to break that record before the winter break. A number of staff are impressed to see JV catching on this year, but keep in mind: it’s up to the leaders of each team to allow JV / B team / Second teams to see action. We’ll keep recording them as long as you keep scheduling time to bring them to events. Continue reading “Standings as of 2017-10-24”
MARKHAM, ON – Colts Gym: In the international Collegiate Invitational hosted by Dodgeball Canada,
USA Red def George Brown 7-1
USA Blue def UWO 6-3
USA Red def Humber 7-2
UWO def George Bwn 8-1
USA Red def UWO 7-3
Humber def USA Blue 6-5
Humber def UWO 6-5
USA Blue def George Bwn 6-1
Humber def George Bwn 8-1
USA Blue def USA Red 6-5 OT
UWO def George Bwn 6-2
Humber def USA Blue 7-1
UWO def USA Red 6-5
Humber def UWO
USA Blue and USA Red were representative teams of the NCDA, comprised of players from Kent, OSU, MSU, SV, Akron, Ball State, UMN, WMU, and St Cloud St.
Canada is represented by Humber Lakeshore, George Brown, and U of Western Ontario / Ontario Dodgeball League.
Games were played under the World Dodgeball Federation ruleset with foam dodgeballs.