Games played during a Nationals event are worth double, so the exchanges here are calculated then multiplied by two. Taking that, an exchange for an even match will be around two.
We have 10 minimum exchange matches of the 27 total games on Saturday. That’s a bit higher than the League average (242 of 920 matches is 26%, 10/27 is 37%), but take into consideration this is largely a you-call-em focus to scheduling. If I had to schedule GVSU to play three games on the day, they’d have to play #2-4: CMU, MSU, or JMU. OSU is their next higher opponent, but the initial gap is still 11.495 which forces a minimum exchange. Continue reading
Proposal for a new event by Zachary Parise
To go along with the all star game, we should incorporate a rising stars match. Only allowing freshmen or first year players to play. Another way to get more people involved other than the all stars. Involving the younger generation of players.
Rule Proposal by Wes Peters:
Catches bring two players in.
Team catches now only save the player who was originally hit, and nobody comes in for the team catching team.
Honestly, if you wanna make the second part of this its own proposal too, that might not be half bad.
Catches aren’t valuable enough, and team catches (let’s assume that my version of the Clean Blocking rule passes) are now going to be way too frequent.
Encourages better throws since you know the penalty for throwing a catch is now doubled.
Speeds up the pace of the game when coupled with clean blocking.
I like catching. Please throw at me.
1. Rule and Policy Proposals need to be submitted a week prior to nationals.
2. Only one Rule and Policy Proposal can be submitted per team.
Rule Proposal by Caleb Arnold
I say we incorporate something like a run rule in baseball. If a team is up by four or more points by the time the second half of play begins or any time through the second half (so if a team goes up 4-0 halfway through the second half), that the team up by four is considered the winner. From much experience with this, I know that after going down by three or four points, most of the time the second half is played with random teams and what not so we might as well make it official. With that being said, this would be an easy rule to incorporate because it doesn’t change anything with the game play and doesn’t change much with what already happens.
On big days like Nationals or four game events, if a team goes up 4-0 against a team where the final could be 6-0 or something higher, those games past four games wouldn’t need to be wasting the arms of players just to prove that they could tack more points on to the board.
This could also help with shortening game times like everyone has requested multiple times.
A team that goes with let’s say 10 players that plays a team with a full roster and that goes down by 4 points in the first half every game would only play essentially 3 out of 6 halves on the day.
Rule Proposal by Caleb Arnold
Extend the half time length to 10 minutes, run the clock through balls over, make a strict 1 minute break between each point with the clock running through that as well. For the half time extension to 10 minutes, this gives teams more of a time to rest, grab some water, tape fingers, etc. I know that a lot of proposals have been made to shorten game times but the next 2 adjustments will help that. A lot of time is wasted with random things happening between points (team discussion, grabbing water, peeing, etc.). Also, it shouldn’t take 2 referees and 2 timekeepers more than 1 minute to place 10 balls in their respective locations on the court with the help of some team members. Though team discussion may be cut, the extra 5 minutes during half time could allow for more team discussion for a strong second half. With balls over, a lot of slacking and playing around again wastes time. I’ve seen it take 2 minutes or so for teams to get 10 balls on one side and to finally start. For example, one of the longest games I was a part of was the Kent State/Baldwin Wallace game at Ohio Dodgeball Cup this year. I was the referee and an irregular amount of balls over happened. Though I was the referee and I take partial blame on this, the balls over constituted a lot of time. If instead the clock ran through this, the referee should make teams quit playing around and get ready. That or make a 30 second stop for balls over but it shouldn’t take as long as it does most of the time. With this being said, if referees stuck to these strict timing rules, games shouldn’t have to take up an hour and fifteen or twenty minutes. Continue reading
Policy Proposal by Hunter Ford
Reset all Gonzalez rankings at the beginning of the year to the baseline average of 40.000
Obviously the biggest event of the season is Nationals, however that does not take away from the importance of the regular season as a whole. One of the things I have found an issue with this year is the ranking system which can determine seeding for Nationals, and more specifically the Gonzalez ranking system. In general I do find that it is an effective power rating system except on one front, the fact that it takes historical data into account. Continue reading
Proposal by Marshall Winterbotham
Rule proposal: 12 balls instead of 10.
Rationale: more incentive to make throws, less on ball control. We have seen the game pace go down as talent increases.
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.
Teams from each region are randomly split into 4 groups, the teams in each group all play each other and the top two move onto the championship bracket Sunday while the rest compete in the secondary bracket. That way every single game would matter, every team has a chance to play for the title, and teams would be able to play more even competition throughout the weekend.
Proposed by zm
Move to exclusively using the Gonzalez system to rank teams, but adjust the season to season carry-over, involving reverting to the mean.
I propose that we nix the other three formulas in the ranking system and just go with the Gonzalez formula.
Rationale: Continue reading
Proposal by Jeff Starr
Top 8 teams compete for the cup at nationals, the other teams would play round robin games on Sunday.
Undeniably the likely game of GV vs OU isn’t going to be anywhere near close and I don’t see why it should even be played.
The high seed must go through the motions of playing a game which adds more games to the total over the weekend. Playing a total of 7 if you go to the championship must be completely brutal for any thrower out there and eliminating one game that is going to be a blowout would make it easier on them.
The lower ranked teams would be able to play more dodgeball. Instead of being knocked out 1st round in a blowout they could play more teams and more importantly more teams that they could have a close games with.
I don’t believe any team below a 4 rank has ever won it all at nationals and I don’t see that changing anytime soon, so including the top 8 teams would be more than enough
Rule Proposal by Jeff Starr
Before I even get into it, I know this will cause a lot of backlash and I want to hear it all :).
Roster size down from 20 to 13, teams from 15v15 to 10v10. Legitimate JV league.
RATIONALE: Continue reading
Proposal by Adam Hynes
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.
I also believe this would lead more teams coming to nationals, make teams strive to get into the tourney for the best teams only and like stated before, better competition all around. I hope this gets discussed more at the captains meeting. Thank you.
Proposed by Kevin Bailey
It’s pretty simple: What is the biggest issue with the current NCDA ruleset? Most people would argue it is often too slow paced, or that there are not enough points scored each game. People often complain about stall-ball, and I concur that this is a major concern for our league.
There have been many proposed rule changes that are intended to combat this issue, attempting to make games faster and more exciting. Sure, there are countless ways to go about fixing the slow-paced style that plagues our league right now, but in my opinion, no rule change will be as beneficial as this one. The throw line (attack line) needs to decrease from 30 ft. to 25 ft. in the rulebook. Continue reading
Members of Central Michigan’s Club Dodgeball team, Mike Riley, Kris Kohler, Ian Ryan, Shane Willette and Zach Bachner get together to give their two-cents on the season as a whole. They discuss matches they would like to see at Nationals, their top-five best throwers and catchers in the league, who they would take with them into OT and a farewell to players who are about to play in their last Nationals.
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