Standings are aimed to be released by the end of every Tuesday.
In the 2018 Season, we have 57 technical upsets in 237 ranked matches (75.95% success rate) across 36 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.
Rule Proposal: Rosters can be altered between days during 2-day tournaments
Rationale: Promotes depth for teams and gives players who are lower on the totem pole an opportunity to step up in the case of arm soreness or injury. I believe it is better to tell someone that they are an alternate rather than saying they are not going to play.
Miami Policy Proposal:
If a team that was once inactive/defunct for one year or more decides to re-enter the league, their Gonzalez Points will be adjusted to reflect those years away as such:
1 season – 50% of old rating, 50% of league average
2 seasons – 25% of old rating, 75% of league average
3+ seasons – 100% of league average
We believe that this system would provide a more fair rating for team than just receiving a rating exclusively based on the performance of prior years. The reasoning behind the scaling system is because it represents the percentages of each class that would have likely been removed from the team (i.e. if a team was inactive for 1 season, their senior and junior classes from the active year are presumably graduated, translating to 50% of the roster).
With this in place, it would provide a more balanced system for teams that were either above or below the league average prior to being inactive, and still provide teams ample opportunity to earn their Gonzalez Points over the course of the new active season.
Just like every year, we had a bunch of great concepts for the event logo and related designs. VCU will have some solid concepts for future team apparel, for sure. For the final design, I channeled one of my favorite all time Nationals designs, Nationals 2014 at OSU. Slapping some nice text on the shape of the State outline appears to be a winning formula. By the way, the State of Virginia has a ton of awesome little nooks along their state border and I am more familiar with them than ought to be. Each a cool story. Mostly just people not being able to survey straight along a latitude. Continue reading “Nationals 2018 Designs”
Peep the official first look at the Ladies’ Match design at 51:10.
For Nationals 2018, there will be 4 All-Star teams competing in a single-elimination tournament, each game will be a one point sudden-death match. Team captains drafted their picks snake-style. Congrats to our four captains for the 2018 College Dodgeball All Star Game:
Alex Jonauskas (GVSU)
Torao Ota (VCU)
Colby Briceland (Akron)
Grant Webber (CMU)
Your host was Hunter Ford (VCU), Director of Nationals
Over the following week and building off Torao Ota’s player logo, we’ll be releasing player logos for each of our All Star Captains as well as the designs for the All Star Jerseys provided by SAVAGE Apparel. See them first on the League’s instagram!
In the spirit of March Madness, and with Nationals 2018 approaching soon, myself and other members of the content team have decided to put together some of our bold predictions for Nationals 2018. While Nationals has traditionally been dominated by a select few teams, there is a lot of reason to believe this year could be different with one of the largest and most talented fields in league history. I’ve provided each member’s predictions, as well as my personal brief summary of their predictions. Some predictions are bold, some are not, and others are just downright foolish…or so it seems. Let’s have a look.
This year, the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association will be changing the format for the annual All-Star Game. For Nationals 2018, there will be 4 All-Star teams competing in a single-elimination tournament, each game will be a one point sudden-death match.
How will the four teams be determined? That is another big change for 2018. This year, we will have four player-captains to draft the All-Star Teams. These four captains will be selected in a unique way.
The following article was co-authored by Kevin Bailey and Hunter Ford.
Below, Chief of Content Kevin Bailey and Director of Nationals Hunter Ford take a stab at what the bracket will look like for Nationals. The two will dive into this discussion from two different angles. Kevin will take a look at what the bracket would look like if Nationals happened today, while Hunter is giving a projection on what the bracket will look like on the day of Nationals. Take a look below for the two brackets, and feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts or predictions:
*To be clear, neither of these brackets are official, people. This is just our projection. The official Nationals Bracket is determined after pool-play on day one of the event…
District 5 has partnered with the NCDA to help sponsor Nationals 2018 in Richmond, VA. The local restaurant has been a popular spot in the Richmond area for years and will be an excellent place for teams to gather Friday and Saturday night. They will also be sponsoring a court and be the official sponsors for the annual Fastest Arm Competition. All current and former NCDA members will be welcome to attend anytime throughout the weekend. You can find their website here to learn more details about their restaurant.
As we continue to count down the days until the 2017-18 season, I wanted to take the time to provide updates on the progress made towards Nationals 2018. As Director of Nationals for next season I will put forth the best effort in ensuring we have an event that runs well and continues to improve what is the staple event of the NCDA.
One of the first things I wanted to accomplish was securing group rates at some of the hotels in the area for players, alumni, and fans. This will help guarantee high quality rooms for the NCDA at affordable prices. Below are the details for hotels where we currently have. This list will continue to be updated as more deals are finished. Continue reading “Nationals 2018 Updates: Hotels”
ROSEMONT –Office of the Director of Officiating (and Records): The Dodgeball Club at Virginia Commonwealth University will play host for Nationals 2018 in Richmond, Virginia on April 20-22, 2018.
This was a preferential election. Each Member Team submitted a ballot ranking the candidates by preference. 16 votes dictated a quorum for our current total of 32 teams. The votes were transferred in a instant runoff format until the most preferred candidate won a majority. 30 ballots were received, giving a threshold to win as 16 votes.
VCU was the most preferred candidate, winning in the third round of counting by just two votes (16 to JMU’s 14). Akron (9 votes) was defeated in the second round, and PSU/NIU (3, 2 votes) were defeated in the first round.
Please view the preferential Election counts output for the full detail on on how the votes were counted and transferred via the preferential voting format.
Following the NCDA’s voting policy, the vote will be preferential. Teams will submit their ballot by ranking each school in order of their preference and email this ballot to the League. The most preferred school will host Nationals 2018. For Nationals 2018, there are five schools placing a bid to host: Akron, NIU, VCU, JMU, PSU.
Voting will run from May 1st to May 6th, or will end early if each Member Team casts a ballot by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Member Teams are left to their own devices to determine their preferences. However, some teams in the past like to run their own mini-preferential election within the team. Some may have each officer submit a preferential ballot. Some have their entire club membership vote. Let me me know if you would like this. I can count those in our voting program and deliver your team’s preferential ballot through that process.