Listed below are your 2nd Team All-Americans. The 1st Team can be found here.
GVSU won their 6th-straight National Title a few weeks ago. Junior Aaron Krafft has his best performance of the year at Nationals, and it was enough to earn him Baller of the Month! I chatted with Aaron about everything from his mindset, to his favorite dodgeball memories, to which Disney movies he thinks are the best. Read our interview below:
Kevin Bailey: First off, congratulations on wining Baller of the Month. How does it feel to cap off the season with a National Title and a well-deserved BOTM distinction?
Aaron Krafft: Thanks, Kevin. Winning the National Title this year was unlike any other year because of what we went through this season to get there. Outside of MDC, we never played to our potential but at Nationals we played better than I thought was possible. As far as BOTM goes, I’m honored to be chosen because I know there are lots of others worthy of the distinction.
The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association continues to expand at a rapid pace. As the number of teams and players in the league increases, so does the competition to make the All-American Team. As we have reached the end of the 14th season of College Dodgeball, it is time to announce the players who have earned a spot on this year’s list. Congrats to all the fantastic players on this list.
The South is a new and rapidly expanding region in the NCDA. Outside of the Kentucky schools, the league has not had much growth in the south until recently. Now, there are active teams in Louisiana, Georgia and Florida! Despite half the southern schools being in their first or second year in the league, there was plenty of talent throughout the region.
Here is your 2018 All-South Team:
MVP: Kyle Dattelbaum (UNG)
Kyle Dattelbaum caps his final season with North Georgia as the Most Valuable Player in the South Region. That is quite the honor, and one Kyle is more than deserving of. First off, Kyle was a heck of a player on the court. He has a fantastic arm, and is very accurate with where he places his throws. On top of that, Kyle has a knack for avoiding team throws and making clutch catches, and can often be found leading a comeback point for his squad. Kyle will leave a great legacy behind as he graduates. He has been a catalyst for the growth of the South Region over the past few years, not just by founding the club at UNG, but also assisting in the recruitment of Central Florida to the NCDA. Kyle’s leadership will be missed next season for UNG. As will his stellar skillset.
P.S. His jersey has been officially retired from use at UNG.
-Written by Kevin Bailey
2. Thomas Clements (UNG)
Thomas Clements had quite the breakout performance at Nationals 2018, proving to the rest of the league that he is a top player in the South Region. Thomas has a very solid arm, and can be counted on to make a big catch, but on thing that sets him apart from other players is his anticipation and instinct. If you ever watch Thomas play dodgeball, he looks like a natural out there, as he moves up and down the court making plays in transition with incredible efficiency. As Kyle Dattelbaum Graduates, Thomas will likely be the new face of the UNG program, and the key to the team’s offensive strategy. I expect big things from the man with the mullet next season.
-Written by Kevin Bailey
3. Zach Frangi (GSU)
Frangi was Mr. Irrelevant in the Nationals 2017 All-Star Draft, but this year he has been anything but irrelevant for GSU. The current assistant captain of the team played a big role in helping Southern get their first wins in program history this season. With a combination of deceptive athleticism and elusiveness he can get balls for the team when they need it, and has a strong while accurate throw to compliment. He is graduating this year, so GSU will surely miss his on-court leadership, but he has definitely helped light a fire for the future of the program.
-Written by Hunter Ford Continue reading “2018 All-South Team”
College Dodgeball is a brutal sport to play. And yet, the NCDA has plenty of tough, talented female ballers across the country who excel in this difficult form of dodgeball. This year, we saw many female players in leadership roles with their clubs, and many more earning spots on their team’s starting lineup. The women of the NCDA continue to prove they can compete with the best players out there, and it has never been more clear than this season. This year’s All-American list is loaded with talented, smart, and passionate players. Listed below is your 2018 Women’s All-American Team:
The 2017-2018 season was a year for the Midway Conference to build and grow. This year the Midway played the most games they ever had and traveled more than they have ever before. With that, it bred some tough competition between these teams and led to some stand out players. The following list was chosen by their peers and here are the top 18 players of the Midway.
Here is your 2018 All-Midway Team:
MVP: Tim Ebert (UWP)
This individual did it all for Platteville. Tim would catch when a catch was needed and had an arm to go along with it. As a captain, he made his presence know on the court and had a killer ball fake.
-Written by Erik Zander
2. Alec Scott (DePaul)
Captain Fluffy, the bearded wonder. I was always amazed on the amount of hair he could grow on his face, a true talent. This guy was definitely my top player in the Midway Conference. He threw harder than anyone out there and was an effective communicator on the court. I always hated going against his throw. They will be missing him next year on the court.
-Written by Erik Zander
3. Erik Zander (UWP)
Despite battling an injury for part of the season, Erik Zander’s strong play has earned him the #3 spot on this list. Erik has been a great leader for Wisconsin Platteville over the past few seasons. He is a big reason why UWP remains atop the Midway Conference each year. Not only is Erik a dependable player for the Pioneers as both a thrower and catcher, he is also a very important on court presence.
-Written by Kevin Bailey Continue reading “2018 All-Midway Team”
The 2017-18 season was another dominant one for the Michigan Region. All four Michigan schools advanced to the Quarterfinals at Nationals, with three making the Final Four. With so many great teams in the region, it is no surprise the All-Region team was a difficult one to earn a spot on. As you will see below, there is plenty of talent on this list.
Here is your 2018 All-Michigan Team:
MVP: Mike Riley (CMU)
Mike Riley capped off his career at Central Michigan with his best season yet. The veteran captain for CMU led them to a #1 ranking in the fall, and they held that spot for the majority of the season. Riley is a great player, with many strengths. His release is as quick as anyone’s in the game, making his already fast throw that much more dangerous. On top of that, Riley has an incredible knack for making catches. His overall agility makes him very difficult to hit even when he doesn’t have a ball in his hands. Any time Riley was still on the court this year, CMU had a legitimate chance to win the point. All in all, Mike Riley is one of the most well rounded players in the NCDA, and he showed it off all season. His talent and leadership is irreplaceable. After the season he had in 2017-18, Riley is now at the top of my list of CMU players worthy of a spot in the (yet to be created) College Dodgeball Hall of Fame.
-Written by Kevin Bailey
2. Brandon Meisel (GVSU)
Brandon has been an elite player for many moons now but this season he showed that he is also an elite captain. He has a knack for learning from prior losses and putting all of the pieces together to win when it matters the most. Brandon’s energy on the court is what drives GV to success. Every game he plays he gives it his all on the court by running people down like a madman, blowing people up with a ball or by making clutch catches. Even when he gets out he is immediately talking to his team from the sidelines and making sure everyone is staying motivated. Next year he returns for one last year as captain of the Lakers and looks to improve on his already wildly successful career at GV.
-Written by Dylan Fettig
3. Nick Hazergian (SVSU)
Nick has had quite the career at SVSU. He burst onto the scene back in 2015-16 thanks to his powerful throw, but over the last two years he has made an impressive transition into being more than just a power arm. Nick is a great all-around player, with a strong arm and solid catching skills. Beyond his skills, he was also a crucial leader for an SVSU team that made significant improvement over the course of the season. His leadership is a big reason why the Cardinals were able to once again reach the Final Four. His competitive on the court, and character off it will be sorely missed next year by SVSU.
-Written by Kevin Bailey Continue reading “2018 All-Michigan Team”
Listed below is your Nationals 2018 All-Tournament Team
For the seasons in the past, the Michigan Region has stood tall against all others. While that still stands true, one region is quickly gaining on their northern counterparts. The Ohio Region is quickly expanding and boasts the most teams currently active in a state, with 9 member teams. With so many teams, it isn’t a surprise that the state has plenty of top tier talent to offer.
Here is your 2018 All-Ohio Team:
1. Jeff Starr (OSU) MVP
I hope this one doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but Jeff Starr is once again your All-Ohio team Most Valuable Player. Jeff is one of those once in a lifetime talents that comes around once in a generation, his unrivaled skill and experience made him one of the best players that OSU and the league have ever seen. This man can do it all, his catching is only bested by his canon that we call his arm. Jeff has seen the Buckeyes at their best, and their worse in his tenure as their captain these past few seasons. When the chips are down, the one player that I would trust on the court is Jeff Starr. One of the most well known and loved players to ever step foot on an NCDA court. Jeff, here’s to you. I hope the rest of your life is GLORIOUS.
2. Tyler Paalman (Kent)
Tyler Paalman is one of the most dangerous players that I have ever seen, and he’s just getting started. This guy really does have all that it takes to be the best. He is the only player in the league that I won’t solo throw, and/or try to catch. His catching and throwing abilities are second to non that I have ever seen. He is truly one of the best players that I have ever had the honor of playing against. Tyler has a few years left ahead of him and I am excited to see how his career unfolds as he helps to lead Kent State to the next level. In his short time in the league and at Kent, Tyler has had a great impact in both regards. I truly believe that he will go down as one of the best to play the game. It is a shame that more don’t know who he is, because he is my frontrunner for Ohio MVP and one of my favorites for league MVP come next season.
3. Adam Hynes (OU)
Coming in at #3 is Adam Hynes who is named All-Ohio a second straight year (#5 last year). Representing the Ohio Bobcats, who enjoyed their most successful season in program history, Adam put together his best season out of his six-year career as well. It’s hard to find players who can gun it at over 70 miles per hour. It’s hard to find players who have a deep appreciation for strategy and the small details on the court. It’s extremely hard to find players who fit both bills, but Adam is just that. Adam is more than just a strong thrower, he has a deep understanding of the game and features respectable hands on top of that. Too many times hard throwers in the league rely on nothing but their arm and fail to grow to their full potential, Adam has showed us in his past two years at OU that there are exceptions to the rule. Being the final year of his career, Adam can walk away from the league knowing that he gave everything he had as player, teammate, and friend to all those he touched. He’ll be missed at OU, but big things are to come for that squad. Farewell to one of the long-time greats of the region.
2017-18 was another strong season for the ever-improving East Coast Region. With so many solid teams in the east, the competition to make the All-East Coast Team was fierce. The 18 individuals listed below did a fantastic job this season, and are more than deserving of the honor.
Here is your 2018 All-East Coast Team:
MVP: Doug Schilling (JMU)
Although he ran into some injury trouble this season, Schilling is still well-deserving of the top spot on the All-East Coast team. As one of the best all-around players the NCDA has to offer, he was a true difference maker on the court. He’s the only Duke graduating from their Nationals squad, but he’ll leave a big hole on JMU’s roster. -Zane Durbin
2. Kris DeJesus (SU)
It’s unfortunate that DeJesus didn’t make the trip to VCU to play on the NCDA’s biggest stage, because he definitely would’ve turned some heads. With his strong throw and hands, along with great court awareness, he has the potential to get you out in any way possible. Look for DeJesus and the rest of the Stevenson squad to come out and surprise some people next year. -ZD
3. Michael Hinely (Towson)
Hinely is a high-energy player that you could tell absolutely loves to play dodgeball. As a very well-rounded player, there isn’t anything he can’t do on a dodgeball court. Not only does Towson lose a phenomenal player, they also lose a leader who made a huge difference regardless if he was on or off the court. -ZD Continue reading “2018 All-East Coast Team”
Another year of College Dodgeball has come and gone. Nationals 2018 held at Virginia Commonwealth was a huge success, and with it came plenty of upsets. For that reason, the power rankings saw plenty of changes since last month as you will see.
Below is the official 2018 Postseason Power Rankings list produced by NCDA Executive Board members Jacob Leski (Director of Recruitment and Retention), and Kevin Bailey (Chief of Content). For this Post-Nationals Power Rankings list, we included Hunter Ford (Director of Nationals) , along with Content Writer Colby Briceland. Please keep in mind: these power rankings have no impact on the actual NCDA Standings. And for those curious, yes the “way-too-early” 2018-19 rankings are coming soon… Continue reading “Power Rankings: Postseason 2018”
It’s been several days since teams returned home from NCDA Nationals 2018. The season’s final tournament did not disappoint this year, with a record number of teams in attendance and plenty of unforgettable games. The Content Team has plenty in store for you over the next few weeks, but to start, here are my initial thoughts from this past weekend’s tournament: Continue reading “Nationals 2018 Reaction”
Grand Valley State University won their 10th NCDA National Title over the weekend. It was also their 6th-straight. Incredible accomplishments, to say the least.
The unbelievable dominance of collegiate dodgeball by one school got us thinking: what if GVSU didn’t exist? What if Grand Valley wasn’t around to scoop up nearly every National Title the league has handed out? Who would be the National Champions then? Which NCDA schools would be the most decorated?
Below is my list of National Champions if Grand Valley was simply not around to win them:
Here is some quick commentary on the choices listed above: Continue reading “If Grand Valley Didn’t Exist…”
Standings are aimed to be released by the end of every Tuesday.
The 2017-2018 College Dodgeball Season is complete. For this 2018 Season, we had 70 technical upsets in 296 ranked matches (76.35% success rate) across 39 events, including Nationals 2018. This is the most ranked matches played in a season (2017 was 286), though we played one less event (2017 had 40 events)
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 Nationals 2018 bracket.
Technical Upset Spotlight (Nationals 2018 edition)
A technical upset in the Gonzalez System is when a lower rated team defeats a higher rated team. The overall success rate of the system is currently 80.21% based on 306 technical upsets in 1546 ranked matches played since 2010-09-25.
Nationals 2018 had 13 technical upsets over 59 ranked matches, a 74.58% success rate and a tiny dip below the 2018 Season success rate (76.35%). Saturday had 9 technical upsets over 36 matches, about right on par for the 2018 Season’s predictive success rate (~75%) just prior to Nationals.
Additionally, there were eight overtimes at Nationals, and four of these were technical upsets, which is fairly average overall. OT tends to split in terms of whether the result was a technical upset or a predicted exchange. OT matches make up 9% of all matches at Nationals, 32 of 355. Overtime occurs slightly more readily at Nationals than across the whole of ranked matches, by a percentage point: 125 of 1546 at 8%.
All exchanges for ranked matches played at a Nationals are doubled, so the minimum/maximum range for a rating exchange is 0.020 to 4.000, with a 2.000 exchange being a completely even match. These double strength Nationals matches account for 22.96% of the records, 355 of 1546.
UVA def UNG 2-1
37.254 def 42.598, exchanging 3.069
The largest upset of Saturday, and the biggest rating swing of Nationals 2018, exchanging a hefty 3.069 in a double strength Nationals match. In fact, at a rating gap of -5.344 between the two teams, the technical upset ranks 4th in eight Nationals worth of historical records. To prove this was a pretty big deal, I’m going to throw even more numbers at you. This upset ranks #32 of an overall 306 technical upsets throughout the Records, in the 89th percentile. It is quite rare for this kind of match to happen at on the stage that is Nationals.
CSU def GSU 4-1
34.159 def 38.662, exchanging 2.901
3rd of 13 upsets at Nationals 2018, 8th at a Nationals, 61 of 306 overall.
OSU def UWP 2-1
38.433 def 42.195, exchanging 2.752
4th of 13 upsets at Nationals 2018, 12th at a Nationals, 87 of 306 overall.
VCU def SVSU 3-2 OT
44.805 def 46.935, exchanging 1.113
7th of 13 upsets at Nationals 2018, 38th at a Nationals, 213 of 306 overall. 7th of 32 OT upsets at a Nationals, 40 of 51 OT upsets overall.
Akron def UNG 2-1
38.410 def 39.529, exchanging 2.224
8th of 13 upsets at Nationals 2018, 40th at a Nationals, 216 of 306 overall.
VCU def UWP 5-0
42.675 def 44.324, exchanging 2.130
10th of 13 upsets at Nationals 2018, 52nd at a Nationals, 252 of 306 overall.
DePaul def UCF 4-3 OT
37.413 def 37.845, exchanging 1.043
11th of 13 upsets at Nationals 2018, 57th at a Nationals, 266 of 306 overall. 10th of 32 OT upsets at a Nationals, 47 of 51 OT upsets overall.
Akron def UMD 2-1
36.336 def 36.704, exchanging 2.074
12th of 13 upsets at Nationals 2018, 59th at a Nationals, 271 of 306 overall.
Kent def SVSU 2-1
48.641 def 49.008, exchanging 2.074
13th of 13 upsets at Nationals 2018, 60th at a Nationals, 272 of 306 overall.
Sunday Tournament Bracket Upsets
UMD def OSU 3-2 OT (Bracket)
36.015 def 42.175, exchanging 1.616
Occurring in the Sedenary Play-In Round of 24, a 21 def 12 seed upset. Of the eight Nationals on record, this technical upset is the largest rating gap (-6.160) of any technical upset that has ever occurred at a Nationals. It ranks #18 of all time, in the 94th percentile.
This is obviously the largest seed v seed upset that has occurred in Nationals bracket play, however its exchange is still lower than if UMD managed to defeat OSU in regulation time. The match was close, it was UMD 2-0 OSU at half and OSU climbing back to push into overtime.
Had Maryland been able to close out in regulation, they would have toppled the current largest rating exchange at Nationals, Towson def OSU 2-1 in Nationals 2015 bracket play at WKU. That Octonary, round of 16 match was a -5.575 rating gap and largest Upset exchange (3.115) of a Nationals. Being present for both of these matches, the Towson upset was also a doozy to see in person, and OSU was just a few players away from tying it up before time expired. That’s two heartbreaker early exits in a generation for OSU, when they were heavily predicted to win.
SVSU def Kent 3-2 (Bracket)
48.297 def 51.981, exchanging 2.737
Occurring in the Quaternary finals, round of eight, a 6 def 3 seed upset. There have been a lot of quaterfinal matches across Nationals history, so seeing upsets in this round isn’t out of the ordinary. What this match does highlight is the competitive field of the third, forth, fifth, and sixth ratings across the entire 2018 Season. I’ve mentioned this many times over the weeks of this season, but that section has been incredibly competitive with sixth jumping to third one week and the reverse happening the next. Even on Saturday, Kent defeated SVSU in the smallest technical upset of the weekend (13th/59).
MSU def VCU 4-3 OT (Bracket)
44.319 def 46.226, exchanging 1.291
Occurring in the Octonary round, round of sixteen, a 10 def 7 seed upset. This high scoring Overtime match rocked the crowd. It was very, very loud on the court. It fell sixth of the 13 upsets across Nationals 2018. Over all Nationals, it was the 5th technical upset in OT.
GVSU def CMU 6-1 (2018 Championship)
56.816 def 57.893, exchanging 2.215
In eight recorded National Championships across the Gonzalez system, this is the first technical upset at that level. Going into that Championship, CMU had a slight advantage with just 1.007 points between ratings. Further, this is the shallowest Rating Gaps across the eight National Championships. Ranking 221 of 306 technical upsets, falling in the 27th percentile, it placed 9th of the 13 technical upsets across Nationals 2018.
Candidly, in one way, this is an example of a failing within the system. The Gonzalez system failed to predict the winner at the highest level. However, the rating gap was very shallow, indicating if an upset were to happen it would be more likely to occur in this circumstance. A deeper potential for an upset to happen, a knock to the usual 80.21% success rate across the whole of the system. The system did deliver the top two ratings to the National Championship in the fairest manner we’ve seen across the NCDA’s 14 year history.
It is important to remember that actual results and hard data contribute to the system. GVSU won the match by playing dodgeball better than their competitor. This action can occur at any time.
Post Nationals 2018 Ratings, sorted.
|↑ from 2||1||59.031||GVSU|
|↓ from 1||2||55.677||CMU|
|↑ from 7||3||50.447||BGSU|
|↓ from 3||4||49.979||SVSU|
|↓ from 4||6||48.121||Towson|
|↓ from 6||7||47.976||JMU|
|↑ from 10||8||45.590||MSU|
|↑ from 11||9||44.935||VCU|
|↓ from 8||10||43.771||UK|
|↑ from 13||11||42.369||Miami|
|↑ from 14||12||41.747||Ohio|
|↑ from 26||13||41.620||UVA|
|↑ from 31||14||41.500||Akron|
|↓ from 9||15||40.972||UWP|
|↓ from 15||16||40.584||PSU|
|↑ from 24||17||40.559||OSU|
|↓ from 16||18||40.502†||UNT|
|↓ from 17||19||40.324*||SIUE|
|↓ from 18||20||40.020*†||ZAG|
|↓ from 19||21||39.980*†||OS|
|↓ from 20||22||39.362||WKU|
|↓ from 22||23||38.586*†||UWW|
|↓ from 23||24||38.557*†||NIU|
|↑ from 28||25||37.611||UMD|
|↑ from 29||26||36.636*||Midland|
|↓ from 25||27||36.263||DePaul|
|↑ from 36||28||36.009||CSU|
|↑ from 32||29||35.805||BSU|
|↓ from 12||30||35.682||UNG|
|↓ from 30||31||35.564||UCF|
|↑ from 33||32||35.556||SU|
|↑ from 34||33||35.044*||WVU|
|↑ from 35||34||34.996||MC|
|↓ from 27||35||34.619||UNL|
|↓ from 21||36||34.570||GSU|
|↑ from 38||37||32.595||BW|
|↓ from 37||38||29.586||NSU|
Movement as of 2018-04-10
* denotes a provisional rating (< 6 matches)
† denotes a team that has not played three games this season, the required minimum games needed to qualify for Nationals.
This is where our Member Teams ended their 2018 Season. Double strength matches at Nationals have the potential to touch every section of the Standings, and they did so with great enthusiasm. Only Kent kept their #5 ranking.
Inactive and defunct teams (as determined by the Exec Board, from not playing in the 2018 Season, among other criteria) have been removed from this table.
Congratulations to everyone on their seasons. It was a big year.
2019 Pre-Season Ratings
This is where teams will start their 2019 Season. Season to Season Carry Over functions as a way of collapsing the rating gap from top to bottom ratings, and to account for real world losses to a team’s roster. Teams keep 75% of their rating once they enter the off season, and for the remaining portion, it is reverted to the League Mean. We add 25% of the League Mean Rating. More information can be found in the Gonzalez System Spec Doc.
Policy [Section 22.214.171.124.1] denotes that any team that did not play a ranked match in the previous season (this case meaning the 2018 season) does not contribute to the League Mean Rating. For various reasons, some teams might be listed in the rating tables (active, paying dues, etc) but do not contribute to the League Mean Rating when Season to Season Carry Over occurs and every team rating is reverted to the League Mean.
For example, UNT is a longtime member team of the NCDA, but wasn’t able to play any matches last season. They are listed since they continue to pay membership dues. The rating still reverts, but UNT’s rating does not contribute to the League Mean that affects all other actively playing teams.
And just as a reference, all historical ratings continue to revert to the mean from season to season, they just aren’t always explicitly tracked. For manpower purposes we tend to go back and calculate ratings when we need to, like Miami returning after an off period. These calculations do not affect the other active teams, and thus old results, since they wouldn’t be included in the League Mean.
See the Resource Center for more documentation.
Records, Master Spreadsheet: 2005-Present
Records, Individual Docs: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Systems: Gonzalez Current,
Gonzalez Old, Perrone, Champ, LieblichSpec Document: Gonzalez System Spec Doc
RICHMOND – Siegel Center, E.J. Wade Arena, at Nationals 2018:
GVSU def CMU 6-1 in the 2018 Championship match.
Grand Valley State University Club Dodgeball is the National Champion for the 2018 college dodgeball season. At the conclusion of the 59 match event, the Director of Nationals, Hunter Ford [VCU, #4-C], along with the rest of the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association Executive Board, presented the Championship trophy to Brandon Meisel, GV Captain on Sunday afternoon. Continue reading “2018 National Champions – GVSU”