Power Rankings: October 2019

What an incredible first month to the season. 31 games have been played so far this year, with over 1/3rd of them being upsets! If the month of September was any indication, it’s going to be a FUN season of college dodgeball!

Below is the official October Power Rankings list, voted on and written by the NCDA Content Team.  Please keep in mind: these power rankings have no impact on the actual NCDA Standings.

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Midway Conference 2019-20 Preview

*All regional rankings based off the content team’s preseason power rankings

2019-20 Projections:

Order of Finish:

  1. Wisconsin Platteville
  2. Nebraska
  3. Ball State
  4. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  5. DePaul

Midway Conference Player of the Year: Joel Luciano (DePaul)

Midway Conference OT 6:

  1. Joel Luciano (DePaul)
  2. Zach Jung (SIUE)
  3. Jared Colden (UWP)
  4. Damon Huntley (BSU)
  5. Austin Kurey (UWP)
  6. Chad Jakel (UWP)

Team Previews:

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Standings as of 2019-10-01

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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Ballistae Dodgeball Gear Becomes Official ‘Dodgeball Gear’ Sponsor of the NCDA

Starting October 1st, the NCDA and Ballistae Dodgeball Gear will begin their partnership for the 2020 NCDA season. Ballistae Dodgeball Gear offers supplies designed by dodgeball players for dodgeball players. Their gear is second to none in the dodgeball world for both quality and comfort, and is a valuable asset to add to the NCDA’s growing list of partners.

As part of the partnership, the NCDA will receive back 10% of sales through Ballistae’s website if individuals use the following code: ncda2020. Additionally, use of the same code will provide players with a $5 discount on knee pads purchased through Ballistae. You can also find other useful equipment through Ballistae such as headbands, throwing sleeves, and more. Please check out their website today and get yourself equipped with the best gear in the game!

Standings as of 2019-09-24

College Dodgeball has returned. In the 2020 Season, we have 1 technical upset in 11 ranked matches (90.91% success rate) across the first event.

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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Early Access Tournament Recap

THE FOLLOWING WAS WRITTEN BY NCDA ALUMNI: KEVIN BAILEY & SHADEED DRAKEFORD.

On Sunday, the 2019-20 College Dodgeball season kicked off in East Lansing, Michigan on the campus of Michigan State University. In attendance were six different schools (including five of the top 10 nationally), all looking to start off the new year on the right foot. Below is a recap of the tournament:

Results from the Early Access Tournament at Michigan State:

Varsity Matches:

  • MSU def CMU 4-3 (OT)
  • SVSU def UK 3-2
  • GVSU def BGSU 6-0
  • GVSU def MSU 5-0
  • CMU def SVSU 4-0
  • BGSU def MSU 3-2 (OT)
  • CMU def UK 4-2
  • GVSU def SVSU 5-1

B-Team Matches:

  • UK def MSU-B 5-0
  • GVSU-B def CMU-B 5-0
  • SVSU-B def MSU-B (F)
  • BGSU def GVSU-B 5-0
  • CMU-B def SVSU-B 2-1

Team-by-Team recaps:

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NCDA Reaches New Partnership Deal with Lucid Travel

The NCDA has renewed their partnership with Lucid Travel, an organization dedicated to helping college club sports teams and organizations raise money through travel. Lucid Travel provides a quick and easy way to compare hotel deals across multiple sites and finds the best deal that fits you and your team’s needs. For every room per night that your team books, the NCDA receives a rebate which will go towards helping us run the league. Additionally, you can make a customized page for your own team so that you can have rebates whenever other teams or individuals book hotel deals through your link! Be sure to check out Lucid Travels and our other partners on our ‘Partners‘ page, and book your next hotel deal today!

East Coast Region 2019-20 Preview

2019-20 Projections:

*All regional rankings based off the content team’s preseason power rankings

Order of Finish:

  1. Towson
  2. James Madison
  3. Virginia Commonwealth
  4. Maryland
  5. Penn State
  6. Virginia
  7. West Virginia

East Coast Region Player of the Year: Evan Eschenburg (JMU)

East Coast Region OT 6:

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NCDA Commentators Shadeed Drakeford and Kevin Bailey Preview College Dodgeball’s ‘Opening Weekend’

In preparation for the opening weekend of the 2019-20 College Dodgeball season, NCDA commentators Shadeed Drakeford and Kevin Bailey sat own to chat about what they expect from Michigan State’s Early Access Tournament on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. Below is their discussion previewing this weekend’s event:

Kevin Bailey: First off, for those who don’t know, Shadeed will be in East Lansing this weekend to help run the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s stream for the tournament. So Shadeed, thank you for taking the time to help run this weekend’s filming. With that said, how excited are you for opening weekend?

Shadeed Drakeford: I’m very fortunate and blessed for this amazing opportunity to stream on behalf of the NCDA. When I found out about the fall schedule, I circled this tournament on my calendar and purchased my tickets soon afterwards. On a scale of 1-10 on how excited I am, I’m at 100 right now.

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2020 Preseason Standings

New year, new teams, new standings.

With the 2020 season right around the corner, it’s time to show the updated standings heading into the season. For those unaware, 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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Michigan Region 2019-20 Season Preview

2019-20 Projections:

*All regional rankings based off the content team’s preseason power rankings

Order of Finish:

  1. Grand Valley State
  2. Michigan State
  3. Central Michigan
  4. Saginaw Valley State
  5. Western Michigan

Michigan Region Player of the Year: Ben Smart (GVSU)

Michigan Region OT 6:

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Power Rankings: Preseason 2019-20

The first official tournament of the 2019-20 College Dodgeball season will take place this Sunday at Michigan State University. With the season just days away, it’s time to take a look at the 2019-20 Preseason Power Rankings.

Note: this year the Power Rankings were voted on by the NCDA Content Team. Every member was given the opportunity to submit a ballot. Here are our final results:


1. Grand Valley State

2019 Finish: #2 in Power Rankings, 2nd at Nationals

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After finishing 2018-19 at #2, Grand Valley State jumps back to #1 to start the 2018-19 season. While the Lakers will be losing quite a few top-notch players, they still return a strong cast of contributors who are poised to step up and keep GVSU at or near the top of the collegiate dodgeball standings. Josh Hill will take over as captain this year for the Lakers, after missing most of 2018-19 with a shoulder injury. He will be joined by a few familiar faces in the NCDA, as Ben Smart (2019 1st-Team All American) and Alex Jonauskas (2019 2nd-Team All American) also remain on the roster. Beyond those three, GVSU has plenty of depth. Nolan Stanko has been a starter since his freshman year in 2016-17, and will likely be one of the Lakers’ top arms this year.

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