Nationals Update

ncda_logo_squareOn April 16th and 17th, teams from all over the country will be in Bowling Green, Ohio for a weekend of Dodgeball to determine who the best team in the country is and for many, just to play the sport they love. I had the opportunity to speak with Tyrell Smith,
captain for Bowling Green State University and Director of Nationals about developments and changes for the big weekend coming up in a few months.  Continue reading

Mid-Season Review

ncda_logo_squareThe NCDA’s 2015-16 season is currently at its halfway point, and it has been quite the first half to the season!  There have been more close matches / overtime games than I can ever remember for the first half of the year.  No one team is too dominant for the rest, and many of the new up and coming teams are making serious progress.  The stage is set for a very interesting second semester of dodgeball!  Here is a brief overview of the situation in each region at the midway point in the 2015-16 NCDA season: Continue reading

Scheduled remainder of 2016

Date Venue Event Name
2016-01-09 DePaul Chicago Dodgeball Open
2016-01-30 UK UK Invite
2016-02-06 CMU Event
2016-02-13 JMU BEAST
2016-02-20 UWP Event
2016-02-21 SVSU Event
2016-02-27 MSU Michigan Dodgeball Cup
2016-03-19 WKU Event
2016-03-26 Towson Event
Ohio Dodgeball Cup
2016-04-15 BGSU Nationals 2016
2016-04-16 BGSU Nationals 2016
2016-04-17 BGSU 2016 National Championship
2016-04-19 2016 Season Ends
2016-08-01 Begin 2017 Season

If you are a host and have an event that isn’t listed here, please let us know. If you have an event name that differs, let us know. If you haven’t named your event, name it something cool and let us know.

And remember, our schedules aren’t listed in stone. Event Schedules and matchups should be posted to the League at least one week prior to an event.

BOTM: 2015 November


November Baller of the Month: Zach Bachner (CMU)

First, the content team would like to apologize for the lack of Baller of the Month coverage. We promise to keep a more updated BOTM in the second half of the season.

But as for November’s BOTM, the Co-Captain of Central Michigan, Zach Bachner, has earned the honor. I said in the most recent Average Joe’s podcast that I believe Zach has been the most improved player in the NCDA this season. That is not to say he was not a good player last season. But I do mean to say that Zach has made the jump from good to great. Going from Assistant Captain to Co-Captain, Bachner also bears a much greater leadership role for the 2nd ranked Chippewas. Under his great play and leadership, CMU has won 10 of 11 after dropping their first game of the season. Zach is a major reason why CMU is one of the best teams in the NCDA again this season. I had the opportunity to talk to Zach about himself and his team thus far this season.

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AJP #40: First Half of 2016 Recap

In the 40th Episode of the Average Joes Podcast, your hosts Kevin Bailey, Jacob Leski, Colin O’Brien, and Felix Perrone discuss the current standings, upsets and surprises, highlights of the Fall semester, give shoutouts to the recipients of their unofficial midseason rewards, and talk about upcoming tournaments (including Nationals), and finish off with their bold predictions for the rest of the season.


Standings as of 2015-12-04

Including the Buckeye Invitational which may end up closing out the year. If you have anything scheduled for December, or January, be sure to let us know.

The top 8 remain solid, but BW’s wins shaqify the bottom half of the list. GVSU wins the official tiebreaker for first, with just 2 more games played than CMU. GVSU does have the edge in three of the four systems; CMU places higher in Perrone while GVSU grabs the rest.

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Spartan Invite Preview #3

Michigan State hosts its annual Spartan Invite this Sunday in East Lansing, MI. Joining the Spartans are in-state rivals GVSU and CMU as well as BGSU, DePaul, and Kent State. Six rounds of games throughout the day will surely consist of some very competitive games of dodgeball. The games in the main gym will be filmed and commentated on by a journalism class at MSU. They hope to turn the film into an ESPN quality production. I know there will be plenty of quality dodgeball for them to record.

Kevin tackled a game by game preview in his article, while Jacob wrote on a team by team basis. So in this preview I’m going to take a closer look at some individual players for each team.

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Spartan Invite Preview #2

For all of you reading this, especially for those of you from Michigan State or Grand Valley I will do my best to be as unbiased as I possibly can, unlike my fellow content writers Colin O’Brien and Kevin Bailey. I don’t think anyone was in the least bit surprised when Kevin chose Grand Valley to beat MSU 2-0 at home or that “it won’t require OT” for GVSU to take down CMU. I don’t expect Colin to be as biased but I still plan on him selecting MSU to go 4-0. While I have just as much faith in CMU to go 4-0, I plan to shake things up. Am I really willing to predict that CMU is going to lose a close one this Sunday after their OT victory over MSU and absolute demolition of SVSU? I mean is anyone really surprised Saginaw is on an entire tier below the other three Michigan teams this year? Well I’m not. But before I let myself get carried away, lets get to my preview. Continue reading