The following was written by Eric Boehm, formerly of Cleveland State University.
*Disclaimer: Eric wrote solely on the teams that he watched during the tournament. This in no way is meant in offense to any of the other teams that competed in the Pinkout IV.*
Akron’s Pinkout IV was quite an event to witness! It was very evident that there’s a dominance shakeup within the state of Ohio. The teams of Ohio were battling one another for the top dog position in the state.
Towson University has burst onto the scene this fall, with an impressive 9-0 record to start the year. This is in large part thanks to October’s Baller of the Month: Jordan Watt. Watt has made himself a household name in the NCDA over the past few years, as his extremely strong arm has become a key part of Towson’s offense. As we wrap up the month of October, I had the chance to chat with Towson’s star player: Continue reading “BOTM: 2018 October”
LOS ANGELES – Hangar Studios: The World Dodgeball Federation holds Worlds 2018 (WDBF Dodgeball World Championships 2018) over October 10-13, with USA Dodgeball playing host. If you missed the feature article detailing the mechanics of the ranking system, take a gander at the Complete History of the WDBF. An article detailing all types of Technical Upsets is in the works for the next week.
With the completion of Worlds 2018 and the season, the final standings have been determined:
Standings are aimed to be released by the end of every Tuesday.
In the 2019 Season, we have 11 technical upsets in 59 ranked matches (81.36% success rate) across 9 events. 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.
It’s that time of the year again folks, where we travel to Northeast Ohio to the University of Akron for their fourth annual Pinkout Tournament. There will be 12 teams in attendance on Saturday and I have decided to do something different with my preview this time. This time I asked one captain from each attending team to write about their own team and match-ups. This gave me the opportunity to really see what each team was thinking and how they believe they will fare this weekend in Akron, Ohio.
This weekend, Akron University will host their 4th Annual “Pink Out” tournament, and as is always the case, we will learn a lot about the teams in attendance. This year looks to be a special tournament, as 12 different teams will travel to northeast Ohio for what will possibly be the largest tournament of the fall. Worth noting, all but 1 of the teams ranked 6-13 in the latest “Power Rankings” will be in attendance, making this a prime opportunity for each of those teams to prove their worth and make a jump in the rankings heading into November.
As we get set for an awesome weekend of dodgeball, a few members of the Content Team decided to provide their predictions for the weekend. Please note, these are not normal predictions where each member of the panel simply chooses who they think will win the game. Rather, these are predictions against the spread. Continue reading “Pink Out IV Preview: Picking against the Spread”
The first month of the 2018-19 NCDA season is off to a hot start. We have seen 19 different teams make their season debut over 6 different tournaments across the Michigan, Ohio, East Coast, and South regions. There were some early predictions on how some thought the season would play out, some of which are shaping up to follow through while others seem like nothing more than speculation. Additionally, the power structure of the league seems to be shifting in a way that maybe even veterans of the game could not have predicted. It is still early in the year and a lot can change, there are some interesting takeaways from this first month that should be discussed. Grades are listed at the bottom of the article.
LOS ANGELES – Hangar Studios: The World Dodgeball Federation is holding Worlds 2018 (WDBF Dodgeball World Championships 2018) over October 10-13, and USA Dodgeball is playing host. If you missed the feature article detailing the mechanics of this system, take a gander at the Complete History of the WDBF. Here if you missed Day 1!or Day 2! Here are the Champsionship Bracket results, with the final medal matches being played Saturday, starting at 12:30 PDT.
ITA def ARG 9-7 (M)
AUS def HKG 5-4 (W)
CAN def ITA 16-1 (W)
USA def MEX 11-2 (W)
USA def ITA 15-2 (M)
CAN def MEX 11-5 (M)
MYS def HKG 9-2 (M)
AUS def NZL 7-3 (M)
MYS def AUS 5-3 (W)
USA def CAN 8-5 (W)
USA def CAN 10-4 (M)
MYS def AUS 6-5 (M)
LOS ANGELES – Hangar Studios: The World Dodgeball Federation is holding Worlds 2018 (WDBF Dodgeball World Championships 2018) over October 10-13, and USA Dodgeball is playing host. If you missed the feature article detailing the mechanics of this system, take a gander at the Complete History of the WDBF. Here if you missed Day 1! And finally, Day 2 Round Robin results:
MEX def ITA 7-4 (M)
CAN def NZL 11-5 (M)
USA def AUS 7-3 (M)
MYS def HKG 10-2 (M)
MYS def USA 6-4 (W)
NZL def HKG 6-5 (M)
MYS def ITA 15-2 (M)
AUS def ARG 12-0 (M)
CAN def MEX 12-6 (M)
CAN def ITA 13-1 (W)
USA def MEX 13-0 (W)
HKG def CAN 11-10 (W)
MYS def ITA 10-2 (W)
MYS def AUS 4-2 (M)
USA def MEX 13-1 (M)
CAN def ITA 14-5 (M)
NZL def ARG 10-4 (M)
USA def CAN 8-4 (W)
AUS def ITA 17-0 (W)
MYS def HKG 11-4 (W)
AUS def HKG 8-5 (M)
CAN def USA 8-6 (M)
ITA def ARG 9-2 (M)
MYS def MEX 11-3 (M)
AUS def HKG 8-7 (W)
USA def MYS 7-6 OT (M)
AUS def NZL 6-3 (M)
MEX def ARG 11-2 (M)
HKG def ITA 12-5 (M)
CAN def MEX 16-0 (W)
[OT matches were not noted, except for one entry (USA def MYS 7-6 OT]
Last weekend two teams of the Midway Conference went head to head in a double header to get their seasons started with a bang. The two teams in attendance were the Nebraska Cornhuskers (UNL) and the Platteville Pioneers (UWP). Both teams battled it out and in the end UNL def UWP 4-2 and UNL def UWP 3-2. Let’s break down the tournament. Continue reading “Cornhusker Clash- Recap”
LOS ANGELES – Hangar Studios: The World Dodgeball Federation is holding Worlds 2018 (WDBF Dodgeball World Championships 2018) over October 10-13, and USA Dodgeball is playing host. We’ll follow along and check out the potential Rating Exchanges for each game in the schedule.
Sort the most recent Worlds medalist according to their placing; Gold, Silver, Bronze, 4th finishers of the last Worlds will always have a standing of 1-4.
Sort by Gonzalez rating
In late October of last year, 2017-10-21 to be precise, I had the privilege of watching live results of “Worlds” come in from an event hosted by Dodgeball Canada in Toronto.
These results were barely “live” like other sports might be privileged to experience, but dodgeball is in a nascent state despite the NCDA’s efforts and contributions. There were posts from fans watching the live stream, but the results I went for were the cell by cell updates to a simple Google Sheet.
We have a fellow Chicagoan and DePaul alumnus Vegim Begolli’s Mad City doing great things in developing event production and streaming quality live feeds. Dodgeball has much to learn from the achievements of eSports. Other organizations are coming to appreciate the value of records. At the very least, we are improving from hand written poster boards of brackets posted to social media. With actual reliable data gathering, we can evaluate competitors based on quantitative analysis and avoid the many pitfalls of opinion based Captain Polls.
As my first feature article as part of the new Statistics Committee of the WDBF, and as the United States representative of Dodgeball Canada’s Statistics Committee, I present the Complete History of the World Dodgeball Federation. Continue reading “The Complete History of the WDBF”