The following article was prepared by Kevin Bailey, Wes Peters, and Kathryn Mays.
With the March 2022 Power Rankings just released, the top 5 teams in the NCDA deserve a deeper dive. It seems at this point in the season, the top 5 teams in the league have separated themselves a bit from the rest of the pack.
With Cincinnati winning the Ohio Dodgeball Cup, Michigan State winning the Michigan Dodgeball Cup, James Madison putting the hammer down on the rest of the East Coast, Grand Valley State boasting a 13-2 overall record, and Ohio State chugging along as a title contender and up to #3 in the Gonzalez standings, these 5 teams all have had stellar campaigns thus far.
Let’s take a closer look at each team’s resume to get a better understanding of where each squad stands heading into the final month of the collegiate dodgeball season! We will cover these teams in the order in which they were ranked in the March 2022 PR:
Much like the articles for The Players’ Tribune where current and former players compile a list of the best people they’ve ever gone against, it seemed like an appropriate time to make a spot where people can list the best players they’ve ever gone against.
For me there are a few layers to the criteria in my list: do they have a good arm, are they a good catcher, blocker, do they have a knack for being one of the last people in a match, and how frustrating is it to go up against them? I’m also trying to base my list against people who I’ve had direct interaction with while on the court. So if I played someone, but we stayed on the opposite side of the court most of the time from each other I may exclude their name. Former teammates were also excluded since I technically played against them.
I’m sure several people will have an opportunity to read this, and I implore all of you to include your list in the comments if given a chance. Especially Jon Shaw and Wes Peters, I know you two guys read practically everything on this site. Continue reading “Top 5 Players I’ve Ever Gone Against”
Dodgeball, as we know, has a ton of different ways for a player to get out in a match. From what I’ve heard, most participants would say that catching a throw in the face is the hardest way to get out of a match; but is it the most frustrating way to get out? The type of eliminator that makes a player roll their eyes, groan and trudge off the court in complete frustration or disbelief? Here are my 5 most frustrating ways to get out, and I’d love to see what other people think. If you have an opinion, please add to the comments section! Continue reading “OPINION: The 5 most frustrating ways to get out in a match”
Now that I’m a part of the “old guy” crowd who has been around the league for a while I can take a moment to look back at my time in the league and find some of the hidden gems that made my NCDA career so enjoyable. One thing that is highly underrated about an NCDA trip is getting to check out a new area and see what that place has to offer. I may not have gotten to see all of the venues, but here is a list of my top 5 favorite venues in the NCDA.
Here is my top 5 list of the most underrated players in the league. Please note, player #1 isn’t necessarily better than player #2, and player #2 better than player #3, etc. This list is ordered by who is I think is underrated to the highest degree. I hope you all enjoy:
This list will without a doubt spark some controversy, and I’m totally okay with that. As we continue our top 5 series, I bring you today the top 5 uniforms in college dodgeball. Feel free to comment if you disagree with my list. I’m sure there are varying opinions out there.
(Next List Up: Top 5 Overall Players for 2016-17… coming July 24th)
I mean really, you can’t beat DePaul in this category. These uniforms are unique, detailed, and classic. The triple threat. I really had no trouble determining who got #1 on this list because it is a clear choice. The assortment of DePaul Dodgeball uniforms is rivaled by no one in college dodgeball.
Continuing our top 5 lists is this one on the top 5 breakout stars for the upcoming season. These are not the top 5 overall players in the league, they are just my pick for the five players that will breakout in 2016-17 and truly make a name for themselves in this league. Feel free to comment if you have any other choices that you think deserved to make this list!
(Next List Up: Top 5 Uniforms in the NCDA… coming July 19th)
As we inch closer to yet another season of collegiate dodgeball, I thought it would be good to start a series of top 5 lists for you all. So, for the remainder of the off-season we will be shelling out a new top 5 list once every 5 days! Today’s top five is on the most anticipated matchups for the upcoming season. Stay tuned because we have a number of great lists coming your way in the future. Next week’s list: Top 5 Breakout Stars for 2016-17. Anyway, enjoy the first of many top 5 lists to come: