NCDA Names Goat Tape as Official Tape Partner

NCDA Names Goat Tape as Official Tape Partner, Sponsor of NCDA’s Scary Sticky Catch of the Month

Goat Tape to Provide Scary Sticky Goat Tape, Discounts, and Custom Tape to NCDA Teams & Players

NCDA Community:

We’re excited to announce our league’s partnership with Goat Tape, the leading provider of premium athletic tape to the sport of dodgeball! Goat Tape is now the “Official Tape Partner of the NCDA” and we are pleased to have the support of a brand equally dedicated to growing both this league and the entire sport. 

Our partnership goes far beyond naming rights. Starting this season, Goat Tape will: 

  • Sponsor the “Goat Tape Scary Sticky Catch of the Month,” honoring the best catch at an officially sanctioned tournament each month. Winners receive a 4-pack of Scary Sticky Goat Tape and are honored across NCDA and Goat Tape social channels.
  • Present the NCDA’s “Top 10 Plays of the Month” and “College Dodgeball Power Rankings.”
  • Provide each new NCDA Team and each NCDA regional winner with Goat Tape. 
  • Sell a NCDA-branded version of Scary Sticky Goat Tape, with a portion of proceeds funding the continued expansion of the league.
  • Offer rotating discounts on Goat Tape to NCDA Teams and Members, featuring a 10% discount on wholesale orders and a 45% discount on six-packs of Scary Sticky Goat Tape through October by using code “NCDA1023” at checkout on

“The dodgeball community was among the first to embrace our flagship Scary Sticky tape, quickly recognizing that athletes perform better with improved grip and joint protection that stays on through sweat and friction,” said George Kunhardt, CEO of Goat Tape. “We are incredibly appreciative of that support, so partnering with the NCDA to help grow the league in American universities is the ideal way for us to honor that.”

“For many years, Goat Tape’s Scary Sticky tape has been recognized as a staple product for the NCDA and has contributed to the high level of competition we see within the league today,” said Dylan Greer, NCDA President. “We are ecstatic about our partnership with Goat Tape and the newfound ability to provide our athletes with more affordable ways to purchase an essential product for their game.”

More announcements and discounts are planned for down the road, so stay tuned to NCDA and Goat Tape social accounts for more ways that this partnership benefits NCDA teams and players.

Ballot Results for the 2024 Season

Below are the results of the preferential election for the 2023/2024 NCDA Rulebook, select Policies, and 2024 Executive Board. The Rulebook is scheduled to be released prior to the start of the 2024 Season.

Nationals 2024

Final results for Nationals 2024 selection:

The Ohio State University – 1st Round

The Ohio State University has been selected to host Nationals 2024.

Ethan Lehmkuhl has been selected to represent OSU as the NCDA’s 2024 Director of Nationals.

Executive Board

Open Director

Kevin Bailey – 1st Round

Open Director

Tony Stumpo – 2nd Round

Open Director

Ryan Ginsberg – 3rd Round

Rule Proposals

R.1)  Team catch only saves player at risk. No player from jail enters.

Yes, a team catch will only save the player at risk from elimination.

R.2) Eliminate “Traps”

Yes, the referee must now call the player “safe” or “out” by judgement of the ball’s first contact.

R.3) Change LAZ to lower height when player is on knees

Yes, the LAZ will shorten when a player is kneeled.

R.4) Team Yellow Card for negligent officiating. Both teams playing during the match must agree to issue a card given valid reasoning.

Yes, playing teams may submit a request to issue a Team Yellow Card to the officiating team if they show signs of negligent officiating.

R.5) Yellow card means out for current point and next point.

Yes, a yellow card results in a penalized player to sit out for 2 points.

R.6) Reduce the player threshold number from 5 -> 4 for when the shot clock changes from 15 -> 10.

Yes, a 10 second shot clock occurs when 4 or less players remain.

R.7) Change the format of the start from a 3-4-3 to a 4-2-4 for ball setup.

Yes, matches will start with 4 balls on each attack line and 2 balls at center court.

Policy Proposals

P.1) “Longevity clause” abolishment

Yes, the longevity clause will be removed effective 1/1/24.
-2nd Round Preferential Majority

Executive Board Overrule 7-2
Yes, the longevity clause will be removed effective 7/1/24.

*Editor’s Note: The Board decision to override the longevity clause decision of 1/1/24 in favor of 7/1/24 was based on the belief of keeping the timeline of rule implementation consistent with the start/end of each subsequent season as opposed to a rule going into effect mid-season.

P.2) Allow players the ability to apply for additional playing years beyond the allowed 6 per institution.

Yes, players may apply to play for more than 6 years at a single institution.

Executive Board Overrule 8-1
No, players may not apply to play more than 6 years at a single institution. [Current]

*Editor’s Note: The decision to override the provision allowing members to apply for additional years of play was due to a lack of clearly defined criteria for the approval process. Without a formal process as part of the proposal the Board’s belief is that the process would be open to high degrees of subjectivity. This would potentially compromise the approval process and lead it in a direction not consistent with the desires of our member teams.

P.3) Teams must submit bids to host regional trophied events by October 31st of the current year. Participating teams vote on the host during winter break and a host is decided before Jan 1.

Yes, teams must bid to host the “Cup” event for their region

P.4) Teams that “forfeit” with >4 minutes remaining in a match, must also forfeit all upcoming matches at that tournament. 

Yes, teams who “forfeit” any match must also forfeit all matches in that tournament. For trophied events only.
-2nd Round Preferential Majority

P.5) Ghost team is ranked equal to the team that is on the opposite end of the forfeit consequence.

Yes, a ghost team is ranked equal to the forfeiting team.

P.6) Reduce Nationals Modifier in Gonzalez to 1.5 instead of 2.

Yes, nationals matches are worth 1.5x of regular season matches.

P.7) Each year a different region has priority for hosting nationals. If no teams from the prioritized region wish to host, then other bids may be considered.

No, any team from any region may submit a bid to host nationals each year.[Current]

Ranking System Proposals

RS.1) Adjust to a scaled Gonzalez system

Yes, the hybrid ranking system will consist of scaled Gonzalez rankings.

Eboard additional votes and details

The NCDA Executive Board has voted to override two provisions passed by member teams. Member teams will have an option to veto the Executive Board’s decision with a super majority vote (3/4ths requirement).

Additionally, the Eboard has voted on the following policy changes which will affect the 2024 season.

E.1) Adjust to a scaled Champ System – PASS 9-0

Yes, the Champ point system shall be scaled in a similar method to that of the Gonzalez method.

E.2) Implement changes to the release policy dates – PASS 9-0

Yes, various policy dates will be changed to the following.

E.3) Abolish Open Director Term limit – PASS 7-2

Yes, the Open Director Term limit will only apply to the position of President

E.4) Yellow card for each match that all captains/coaches have not completed the rulebook quiz – PASS 8-1

Yes, teams will receive a team yellow card at the start of each match where an active captain or coach has not completed the rulebook quiz.

E.5) Eboard voting transparency – DID NOT PASS 2-7

No, The Eboard is not required to release the voting decisions of each board member by request. (Current)

Proposal History

A history of all of the NCDA’s rule, policy, and ranking system proposals can be found here [Insert Link]

Board Votes to Overturn Rule Changes

The Executive Board has taken a pre-season vote to review some rule changes from the 2023 Ballot Results and offer some clarification on other aspects of the ruleset and NCDA constitution.

Rulebook Updates:

R.1) Update to the Shot Clock Violation Penalty – PASS 8-1

NEW – A shot clock violation will result in a team forfeiting all balls in their possession. (Revert back to 2021-2022 season)

Previous: Shot clock Violation call will result in a team forfeiting all but two balls in their possession (or all if possessing 2 or fewer)

R.2) Redefining the Start of a Team’s Shot Clock – PASS 6-3

NEW – The shot clock will begin when the third ball is considered dead.

Previous: The shot clock will begin when the third ball enters the team’s zone

R.3) Clock discontinues on “failed” retrieval of third ball – PASS 7-2

NEW – The shot clock of a team acquiring their third ball discontinues if the ball returns to the throwing team.

Previous: Shot clock continues if third ball returned to the throwing team.

R.4) Player has 5 seconds to reenter after exit – PASS 8-1

NEW – If a player gets out and has not yet exited the court before a catch is made to bring them back into the game, they will have 5 seconds to enter the court after exiting to their jail.
Previous: A player has 5 total seconds to exit to the jail and reenter the court.

Policy Updates:

P.1) Redefine Dir. of Records to Open Director position – PASS 7-2

NEW – The Director of Records position may be assumed by any of the elected Open Directors.

Previous: The Director of Records position must be elected specifically for said role.

P.2) Redefine Dir. of Female Engagement to Open Director position – PASS 5-4 NEW – The Director of Female Engagement position may be assumed by any of the elected Open Directors.

Previous: The Director of Female Engagement position must be elected specifically for said role.

Supporting Data:

R.1) Update to the Shot Clock Violation Penalty
Evidence to support the reversion to the previous year’s rule comes from the results of the Leadership Conference Tournament survey. After playing with the new rule, we had 15 players provide feedback on our open form on what they thought. Since the results were not strongly in favor of the change, it did not seem logical to play out a whole season with a rule that is more so for the point of “trying something new”. Here were the results:
In Favor – 5 (33%)
Indifferent – 7 (47%)
Not In Favor – 3 (20%)

R.2) Redefining the Start of a Team’s Shot Clock
This rule is being implemented to promote consistency and to provide a more straight-forward way of resuming the shot clock. Each year the NCDA filters out a large portion of their experienced refs, resulting in a wave of new refs having to familiarize themselves with performing shot clocking duties. The previous rule was ill-defined and often interpreted in different ways by each team. This new rule is easy to learn, and easy to track when preforming duties as the shot clock.

R.3) Clock discontinues on “failed” retrieval of third ball
This rule was commonly misconstrued, or rather “imagined” somewhere along the way during the development of the NCDA ruleset. It was never formally stated that the shot clock of a defending team returned to an unenforced state if the throwing team successfully retains their ball after a “wall-ball” attempt. This change can be more so interpreted as a clarification in the ruleset since it is implementing a rule that most teams already follow.

R.4) Player has 5 seconds to reenter after exit
This change is for the sole purpose of bettering the ruleset. Before, in any situation, a player only has 5 seconds to reenter the court. Clarifying that a player will have additional time to reenter in abnormal situations allows them time to understand their situation and address the proceeding steps appropriately. If a player realizes too late that they have been caught back in, they may stay on the court instead of making the appropriate exit and return. No player should be forced to make a bad decision because they do not have time to react.

P.1 & P.2) Redefine of Directors to Open Director positions
The Director or Records and Director of Female Engagement positions were proposed as standalone positions when they were meant to be proposed as additional Open Director spots. The “Open Directors” were originally created to allow a more broad definition of the responsibilities of each board member. Redefining these roles allows for a more broad definition, where elected Open Directors may assume the role of specific director titles as they wish.