Nationals 2019 Reaction

I’m going to make this as brief as possible, as we have plenty of articles coming out over the next few weeks that will give our content team more opportunity to dive into the details on everything, but see below for my initial ‘reaction’ to yet another incredible NCDA Nationals.

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Your 2019 NCDA National Champions: Towson University!

Towson University is forever etched in College Dodgeball History.

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Final Standings – 2018-19 Season

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

In the 2019 Season, we have 47 technical upsets in 270 ranked matches (82.59% success rate) across 32 events. Additionally, there have been four 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, 2018, and 2019 bracket. 

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2019 National Champions – Towson

ALLENDALE – GV Fieldhouse, at Nationals 2019: 
Towson def GVSU 3-2 in the 2019 Championship match.

Towson University Club Dodgeball is the National Champion for the 2019 college dodgeball season. At the conclusion of the 54 match event, the Director of Nationals, Brandon Meisel [GVSU], along with the rest of the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association Executive Board, presented the Championship trophy to Towson on Sunday afternoon.

The 2019 Season included 270 ranked matches across and 32 events, with 39 participating Member Teams. The NCDA has 761 registered members across 28 States as of 2019-04-14.

This is Towson’s first National title, and the first for an East Coast member team. This was the 15th National Championship for Collegiate Dodgeball competition; the NCDA was founded April 9th, 2005.

Towson was the second rated team (52.786) going into Nationals, and was seeded #2 in the Tournament Bracket with a 54.276, behind eventual National Runner Up, Grand Valley State Club Dodgeball. GVSU had a 58.514 rating giving them the #1 seed in the Tournament Bracket.

Towson finishes the 2019 Season with 30 wins and 4 losses, including two losses in overtime.

Nationals 2019 Saturday Results

ALLENDALE – GV Fieldhouse: In the first day of Nationals 2019,

SVSU def CSU 3-1
CMU def Miami 3-2 OT
Akron def DePaul 5-0
BGSU def Ohio 3-1
UWP def Kent 3-0

UMD def OSU 5-1
NSU def UC 4-0
GVSU def MSU 5-1
Towson def UK 3-0
PSU def UNG 2-1

UWP def GSU 5-0
VCU def Kent 3-2 OT
CMU def OSU 2-1
UK def CSU 2-1 OT
Miami def UC 1-0 (F)

UMD def DePaul 8-0
BGSU def UNG 5-0
Towson def SVSU 3-0
MSU def Akron 3-1
GSVU def Ohio 3-2 OT

VCU def PSU 3-2 OT
OSU def NSU 3-1
Miami def GSU 6-0
SVSU def Kent 3-1
MSU def UWP 2-1 OT

UK def DePaul 4-0
UC def GSU 3-2 OT
Towson def BGSU 2-1
Akrong def UNG 3-1
CSU def NSU 5-0

VCU def CMU 3-2 OT
UMD def Ohio 2-1 OT
GVSU def PSU 2-0

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East Coast Nationals Preview

The East Coast had a strong showing this year and will look to make a splash at Nationals. Since each East Coast team played a schedule filled with mostly other East Coast teams, we got a lucky draw with only one inter-East matchup on Saturday. However, it’s not all good news for the East when it comes to Nationals. JMU, UVA, and WVU will not be making the trip, which is a huge blow to the East Coast and league in general. Anyways, here’s the preview for the Towson, VCU, PSU, and UMD for Nationals 2019.

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Brutally Honest Nationals Preview

The following was written by Towson Alum – Jonathan Shaw

For a lot of people in this world, reflecting on their lives can be a difficult thing, and can lead to conclusions that are against their own personal opinions. Growing up in the sticks in Carroll County, Maryland taught me how to become an adult at a very young age. I’ll never forget a conversation I had with my dad when I was about 12 years old. We had just gotten done around five to six hours of mulching our front yard. He looked at me and said “Son, make sure in life you always tell it like it is. Don’t add fluff to make people feel better. Always shoot it straight to someone.” That’s pretty much how I’ve tried to live my life up to this point. That’s how I tell it to my middle school students while I’m teaching them about Health, how I tell it to the J.V. baseball team I help coach, and how I’m going to tell it in this article. These are my 7 Brutal Truth’s heading into NCDA Nationals 2019.

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Matchups That Deserve Your Attention

With pool play of nationals right around the corner, everybody’s looking forward to the matchups of the high seeds, the rematch, or the potential upset. Instead, I’d like to focus on matchups that may fly under the radar, may not get the most attention, but have the potential to be close and exciting games. This has nothing to do with Gonzalez Rankings, it’s just my personal opinion. I’ll go in order of queue, so without further explanation, here are some games that have potential for excitement.

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Saturday Nationals Schedule

ICYMI: Our Saturday schedule has been released on our Facebook Page and is now available here on the website! We will also have a live scoring sheet available on Google Sheets which will include scores throughout the day, current win-loss records, and even up to date seeding for Sunday’s bracket play. There will be livestreaming for matches also available through Facebook Live through the NCDA’s Facebook Page if you’re able to watch.

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Mad City and NCDA Reach Partnership for Nationals 2019 Streaming

The NCDA will be partnering with Mad City Events and Mainstream Media, LLC for this weekend’s College Dodgeball National Championship Tournament held at Grand Valley State University!

Games will be broadcast live on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch from 8AM-4PM EDT on Sunday, April 14, 2019.

We are confident that this weekend’s top-notch production will have an extremely positive impact on our league, and the sport of dodgeball as a whole!

Pre-Nationals Standings

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

In the 2019 Season, we have 40 technical upsets in 216 ranked matches (81.48% success rate) across 31 events. Additionally, there have been four 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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Power Rankings: April 2019

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What a fantastic regular season! With Nationals right around the corner, it is time to take a look at where each team stands heading into the season’s final tournament. Grand Valley State University will host Nationals 2019 on April 13-14 in Allendale, Michigan. Keep an eye out this week for more previews of this event!

Below is the official April 2019 Power Rankings list produced by NCDA Executive Board members Jacob Leski (Director of Recruitment and Retention) and Kevin Bailey (Chief of Content).  Please keep in mind: these power rankings have no impact on the actual NCDA Standings.


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Rule Proposal: 28 ft Attack Line

The following was proposed by Hunter Ford and Colby Briceland for the 2020 season.

Proposed Rule Change: Move the throw line to 28 feet

Rationale: Create a more competitive NCDA format by speeding up pace of play, create a better visual product for new members/spectators, increasing scoring, and more opportunities for all players to succeed

Our gameplay has dramatically improved over the past few seasons due to multiple rule changes including the switch to 12v12 and the implementation of clean blocking. The throw line is another area where I believe the NCDA can further improve to once again solidify us as the most competitive and exciting rule set amongst all dodgeball leagues in the world.

  • Advantages:
  • Shorter throwing distance reduces accuracy errors, leading to a higher percentage of balls on target
  • Closer distance to baseline provides more opportunity for quick counter throws from baseline
  • Closer distance to baseline increases neutral zone space, with more opportunity to run down opponents on counter strategies
  • Balls become closer to each team on the opening rush, which can provide more opportunities for kills at early stages of the match
  • The more available opportunities for kills can lead to a decrease in stalling tactics due to kills becoming a higher probability than previously
  • Easier set up, for those unaware, on a full size basketball court there is a line marked 28 feet from the baseline already representing the coaches box, this would reduce errors in setting up throw lines in favor of an easy accurate measurement 
  • A closer throw line can improve player catching ability, and develop more skilled dodgeball players for the long term
  • Faster pace of play leads to more scoring, also less waiting time on the sideline for players already out
  • Disadvantages:
  • A closer throw line favors teams with strong throwers, which can reduce catch rates, leading to more dodging and less results from each throw
  • A closer throw line for gyms with close walls provides more bounce back opportunities


→ That being said, the closer throw line encourages more kills/counters which could reduce teams utilizing bounce back strategies
A closer throw line slightly boosts the potential for injuries including but not limited to face shots and damaged fingers

In the event that this rule passes and gameplay legitimately suffers, we will always have the ability to change this back. For the sake of developing our players and improving the product on the court, I feel this is a rule that we need to implement at the start of the 2019-20 season.

Nationals Send-Off Tournament Recap

The following was written by Jeremy Brown:

GVSU Still the Best, Towson Not Far Off

This past Saturday, #2 Towson played host to #1 Grand Valley State and #3 James Madison in what was sure to be an intense final tournament before Nationals. This tournament did not disappoint, with each team providing a clearer image of what to expect at Grand Valley in just a few short weeks. For the purposes of this article, I want to first do a brief breakdown of each game before taking time to look at what this tournament means for Nationals. Let’s get started.

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Standings as of 2019-04-02

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

In the 2019 Season, we have 43 technical upsets in 226 ranked matches (80.97% success rate) across 31 events. Additionally, there have been four 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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BOTM: 2019 March

Baller of the Month for March goes to a player more than deserving of the recognition. Miami Captain Tom Morand has been in the running many times for BOTM, and this month we decided to finally give him the honor. Tom has led Miami University through a remarkable resurgence over the past few years, as the RedHawks have climbed up the rankings rapidly, and are now considered a Final Four contender. As an individual, he has made some noise this season, with several fantastic individual performances (including a wild comeback against #2 Towson to push the Tigers to overtime at WAR III). Tom is one of only a few players on the 2019 MVP shortlist this late in the year, and has his team positioned for their best Nationals finish in program history. Kevin Bailey and Hunter Ford took some time to chat with this star player from Miami. Take a look at the interview below:

Kevin Bailey: First off congratulations on winning Baller of the Month. You and your team have made immense improvements over the past few years and now Miami looks like a legitimate Final Four contender. Can you talk a little bit about what went into developing this team into what it is today?

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