Power Rankings: October 2018

One month into the season and we already have seen quite a few surprises.  The Preseason Power Rankings were clearly not as exact as some may have expected, and the changes are obvious heading into the month of October.  Plenty of teams have moved up and down, as we enter the second month of College Dodgeball.

Below is the official October 2018 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. Continue reading “Power Rankings: October 2018”

Cornhusker Clash

Hello folks, it is that time of year and your favorite content writer is back at it again! This time he is previewing a battle between the top two teams in the Midway Conference, the Platteville Pioneers (UWP) and the Nebraska Cornhuskers (UNL). It has been a tradition the last few years for these teams to meet up for their first games and have at it.  This year the tournament is being held on October 6, 2018 at the Colosseum of the Recreation Center (address is 841 N 14th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68588-1282).  Below is the schedule for the day. Continue reading “Cornhusker Clash”

The NCDA Teams Up With Campus Causes

SHOP. DONATE. DODGE.

The NCDA + Campus Causes

October 4, 2018 – To kick off the 2018-2019 season, the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association (NCDA), the official governing body for competitive collegiate dodgeball in the United States, is launching a partnership with Campus Causes to help their 38 active member teams raise more money to assist with their travel, equipment, and gym expenses. Students, coaching staff, friends, family, and alumni can now donate and “shop-to-raise” hundreds of brands with a portion of each purchase going back to their favorite team.

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Standings as of 2018-10-02

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

In the 2019 Season, we have 6 technical upsets in 33 ranked matches (81.82% success rate) across 6 events. It’s still early. Additionally, there have been three 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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Team Preview: North Georgia

North Georgia
2018 – 2019 Projections:
National:  18 /// South Region: 2  
Location: Dahlonega, GA
2017-2018 Record: 8-4
2017-2018 Finish: Round of 24  
Captains:
Royce Hogg (C)
Bailey Hankins (A)
Thomas Clements (A)
Luke Cheney (A)
Other Key Players:
Jake Jarrett
Jason McLean
Jordan Dacus
Key Loses
Kyle Dattelbaum

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Redhawk Invite Preview

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WAS  CO-AUTHORED BY:

COLBY BRICELAND (AKRON) AND TOM MORAND (MIAMI)

This Saturday, Miami University will host the Redhawk Invite. In attendance will be 4th ranked BGSU, 7th ranked Kent, 10th ranked Miami, 12th ranked OU, 13th ranked Arkon, and 36th ranked BSU. This tournament will be an early look into which team will be the top ranked team in Ohio. Among the previously mentioned teams BGSU, Akron, and OU will be playing in their first tournaments. While Kent, Miami, and BSU already have one underneath them.

What will be the goal of this tournament for every team? Does each respective captain value getting their rookies experience or going undefeated or can they do both?

Below, Tom Morand and Colby Briceland will discuss each official matchup at the Redhawk Invite, and will provide predictions as well: 

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Standings as of 2018-09-25

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

In the 2019 Season, we have 1 technical upset in 22 ranked matches (95.45% success rate) across 4 events. It’s still early. Additionally, there have been three 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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Michigan State Open Tournament Recap

The first weekend of NCDA Dodgeball is in the books, with events hosted in three different regions on opening weekend.  In the Michigan Region, Michigan State University hosted a five-team tournament titled the Michigan State Open.  This tournament, which featured all four Michigan schools plus Kentucky, was very competitive, and yielded some surprising results.  Before we dive into the recap, here are all the final scores from the games that took place in East Lansing last Sunday:

Results:

CMU def MSU 4-3 OT
SVSU def UK 5-1
SVSU def MSU 3-2 OT
GVSU def UK 4-3
CMU def UK 2-1
GVSU def MSU 4-1
CMU def SVSU 4-3
UK def MSU 2-1
SV-JV def GV-JV 3-2
GVSU def CMU 4-0
GV-JV def MSU-JV 4-3 OT

Recap:

This tournament, as mentioned above, did not go exactly as planned.  According to the Gonzalez Rankings, there was only one technical upset (UK over MSU), but if you asked anyone that follows College Dodgeball closely, a few results from the tournament stood out as major surprises.  Below is a recap of each official game that took place at the Michigan State Open, along with an “All-Tournament Team” listed at the end of the article: Continue reading “Michigan State Open Tournament Recap”

East Coast Season Opener Recap

This past Sunday, four of the East Coast’s finest met in Towson to square off against each other. The result? An exciting start to the 2018-2019 season. So without further introduction, here’s a recap of how each team fared over the opening weekend.

Final Scores:

JMU def UMD 5-1
Towson def UVA 6-0
Towson def JMU 6-1
UVA def UMD 3-2
JMU def UVA 6-2
Towson def UMD 2-1

Towson

Weekend Record: 3-0

If you asked anybody at the tournament, Towson was the most impressive team there. They came in prepared, organized, and confident, which showed over the course of their three games. They started the day out with a 6-0 victory over UVA, which would essentially serve as a warm-up game for both teams. The Towson squad over-matched UVA from the first point on while overpowering and out-witting their opponent. Their next game was against JMU, which looked to be the matchup of the day. It was a back and forth affair to start where each team scored a point and it remained that way until halftime. After that, the Tigers took off and ended with a 6-1 victory over the Dukes. David Guare and Jordan Watt looked the part of First-Team All-Americans and absolutely dominated this game. Towson ended their day with a decisive 2-1 victory over Maryland to finish the day unbeaten. Towson looked like the best team at this tournament, played like the best team at this tournament, and will look to carry that momentum into next weekend’s tournament at Penn State.

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