Nationals 2017 Review

Well folks, another season of NCDA Dodgeball has come and gone.  Another year of this amazing thing we call college dodgeball.

Nationals 2017, hosted by University of Kentucky, was one of the best final tournaments in our league’s history.  Listed below are some initial takeaways that I had (starting with the top finishing teams, and wandering around from there).  Also here are the results from the tournament: Continue reading “Nationals 2017 Review”

Outside Reaction to Nationals

So I heard the NCDA had a tournament this weekend. I also heard that Grand Valley won… again. I can’t say that is a surprising result to hear, but congratulations to the Lakers… again. That being said, there are a few other takeaways we can gather from this weekend. Here’s my take from everything I heard and saw from this year in the NCDA: Continue reading “Outside Reaction to Nationals”

2017 National Champions: GVSU


LEXINGTON – Seaton Center,
“Court 2” presented by SAVAGE Apparel, Nationals 2017: GVSU def CMU 2-1 in the 2017 Championship Match.

Grand Valley State University Club Dodgeball is the National Champion for the 2017 college dodgeball season. At the conclusion of the 57 match event, the Director of Nationals, Colin Hiatt [UK, #44-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.

The 2017 Season included 286 ranked matches and 304 events, with 32 participating Member Teams. The NCDA has 836 registered members across 27 States as of 2017-04-11.

This is GVSU’s fifth consecutive National title, in addition to being their ninth National title overall. This was the 13th National Championship for Collegiate Dodgeball competition; the NCDA was founded April 9th, 2005.

GVSU was the top rated team (56.623) going into Nationals, and was seeded #1 in the Tournament Bracket with a 57.213. They finish the 2017 Season with 29 wins and 3 losses, including going 4-2 in overtime. Defeating #2 ranked CMU in the 2017 Championship, they also finish the season with the current highest Gonzalez rating of all time, 59.240. The past record (58.206) was set by GV at the end of the 2016 Season.

Final Power Rankings for the 2016-17 Season

Disclaimer: These rankings have zero impact on seeding for the National Tournament or actual ranking. They provide insight into where teams are currently performing during a given part of the season.

Here it is. The final power rankings of the season. Hope you all enjoy it on your ride down to Lexington and get a kick out of it as much as I did writing it. I tried to insert as many “Dodgeball” quotes as I could, comment how many you think you found. First to guess it correctly gets “Two expired movie passes and a free body massage from Peter LaFleur.” But for real, see how many you can find.

For those easily offended, please do not read any further…

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2017 Captains’ Meeting Agenda

Introduction of Administration – Felix Perrone

Felix Perrone – League President
Mike McNicholas – League Treasurer
Zigmas Maloni – Director of Officiating (and Records)
Kevin Bailey  – Chief of Content
Jacob Leski – Director of League Expansion & Retention Colin Hiatt – Director of Nationals 2017

Roll Call – Felix Perrone

Present Member Teams: DePaul, Kent, OSU, MSU, GVSU, UK, BGSU, SVSU, WKU, CMU, UWP, Miami, NSU, UMD, JMU, Towson, VCU, PSU, Akron, Ohio, UVA, UNG, CSU, and featuring UWW

Non-present Members: UNL, UNT, SU, BW, Pitt, NIU, GSU, MC  Continue reading “2017 Captains’ Meeting Agenda”

Nationals Bracket Predictions

This post is taken from the content discussed on the Live Nationals Preview Show.

I suggest you watch the show if you haven’t already. Or don’t. My feelings won’t be hurt.

Here are the Sunday brackets based on Kevin Bailey’s, Colin O’Brien’s, and Jacob Leski’s predictions for the Saturday slate of games at Nationals 2017, along with the “chalk” bracket based on every higher ranked Gonzalez team winning based on their current ranking. Analysis of each game for both days was discussed on the show.

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Nationals 2017 Officiating Schedule

Announcements:

  1. Every official must have a whistle.
  2. Read the Rulebook. Understand the Officiating Manual. Be good people.
  3. Please dress the part. Gray or black is a nice neutral color that most teams don’t wear.
  4. Head Referees, Assistant Referees, and also Shot Clock Timekeepers have the power to call the game. If you see a person is clearly out, and another Official didn’t call it, don’t be afraid to call them out.
  5. The 2017 Aleks Bomis Alumni/Staff Game will be first thing Sunday.
  6. For all of Saturday, matches will be 40 minutes. 20 minute halves.

Schedule below for Saturday. Sunday heavily depends on the results of Saturday. Continue reading “Nationals 2017 Officiating Schedule”

Gonzalez Exchanges for Nationals 2017

Here we have a very long table for Day 1 of Nationals 2017. We will be playing 35 matches on Saturday. For many long reasons, the following table includes the pre-Nationals ratings for each exchange. The ratings are not updated round to round like they would be in reality.

For example, NSULA’s pre-rating is 40.640 and is for each of their matches. In reality their first match vs OSU will naturally raise or lower their rating, which in turn will affect the exchange against their second opponent, DePaul.

I guess to summarize, the purpose of this is to show you a close, potential weight each match has on each team’s rating. Exchanges are doubled for Nationals, so an even match will have an Exchange around 2. Most matches will fall within 0-2, while upset exchanges will be 2-4.  Continue reading “Gonzalez Exchanges for Nationals 2017”

Nationals 2017: Snapchat Geofilters

Well folks, as we gear up for Nationals 2017, I have some great news.  The NCDA Content Team has been working hard to integrate more social media channels into our overall media plan.  The NCDA will be very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the season’s final tournament.

But here is the big news for today:

Thanks to the designing skills of new content team member Brett Hadwin (CMU Alumni), the NCDA is proud to announce our first ever tournament Snapchat Geofilters:

(Click on each image separately for a larger image)


If you aren’t very knowledgable on what a geofilter is, here is a quick explanation:  Continue reading “Nationals 2017: Snapchat Geofilters”

The Future of College Dodgeball Series – Part 1: League Expansion

The following is the first in a series of articles that will be published on the topic of the future of collegiate dodgeball. NCDA Chief of Content Kevin Bailey and NCDA Director of League Expansion and Retention Jacob Leski will discuss a variety of topics, from league improvement and expansion, to the future of Nationals, the NCDA ruleset and how it will evolve overtime. We even discuss the likelihood of the NCDA eventually becoming a D1 sport with games on national television, etc.

The Future of College Dodgeball Series will even have some guest appearances, joining Kevin and Jacob in conversation. A lot will be discussed during this series, starting with Part 1 on league expansion:
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The East Coast All-Stars

With Nationals around the corner also comes one of the fan favorite events, the All-Star Game presented by SAVAGE Apparel Co.  This year the game will be larger than ever before, both figuratively, and quite literally.  As Colin mentioned in his article, there are definitely members of each team that don’t get selected who are more than worthy of being called All-Stars for their team.  As such, I wanted to take the time as well to highlight some of the East Coast players that I believe could be All-East Coast athletes from this season.  This is not organized in any type of first team or top-15 group, but just giving recognition to players who have worked hard and performed well all season.

No this was not Co-authored by Colin O’Brien, it was however inspired by him.

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Zander’s Thoughts on the 12vs12

More thoughts on the 12vs12 Roster

Kevin Bailey and Brandon Meisel did an excellent job of coming up with negatives against this, but I felt they missed some so I decided to take it upon myself to bring them up so that when it comes time to making a  decision you’re able to consider all the factors involved. The arguments that I came up with deal with recruitment, health, and alternative solutions to help expand the league.

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