Month: November 2014

Derby’s Money Problem: Is Roller Derby Entertaining? – Part 2.3

With no WFTDA sanctioned bouts this past weekend the weekly rankings had no need to change.  So instead I’m going to present my data findings from Champs as part of my “Is Roller Derby Entertaining” series.  With a much smaller sample size, only 12 bouts, it could be very interesting to see how this all turns out.  So here is the data.

Last Lead Change:
Mean – 17.67
Median – 18
Standard Deviation – 14.19

Last Jam with Lead below 25 Points:
Mean – 24.83
Median – 27
Standard Deviation – 15.17

Last Jam with Lead below 50 Points:
Mean – 32.42
Median – 37.5
Standard Deviation – 13.69

Total Jams:
Mean – 41.42
Median – 41
Standard Deviation – 3.73

The first thing I’d like to point out is that Champs actually had the lowest average of jams per bout of any of the samples I had used by over 2 jams per bout with the exception of the 8 bout sample I used for teams ranked more than 20 spots apart.  That may not seem like a major point, and maybe its not, but it was definitely something that caught my eye.  The next points to focus on is that these bouts as a whole were more competitive (under my guidelines for competitiveness) than any of the other samples.  That is easily explained by the fact that all these teams were ranked very close to each other, the largest gap was only 7 spots.

So what does this all mean?  Well it can mean as much as you want it to.  To me it leads me to believe that WFTDA is putting on 7 tournament weekends in which the majority of bouts are uncompetitive and not entertaining.  As part of this series I have always had the intention of focusing on the entertainment of bouts and finding a way to make things more entertaining for the casual fan.  Bringing in the casual fan is a necessity in order for anything to thrive financially.  Over the next couple weeks (with Thanksgiving I am unsure how much time I will have this weekend) I will present what I think is a possible solution to the entertainment factor from not only a playoff perspective but also a bout length perspective.

As I have mentioned before I come a bit from a soccer background and I believe I have come up with an idea that not only will allow for teams to move up and down in divisions (I will suggest WFTDA expanding to 7 divisions), but also allow some teams to not have to worry about their WFTDA score for a year.  That may sound crazy, but think about it.  Detroit was punished by playing an incredibly tough schedule this year.  Ultimately it relegated them to D2 for the year, but over the long term is it going to be worth it playing such good teams?  That has yet to be determined, but it will be interesting to see how that plays out.

Ok, Im going to go on a bit of a tangent.  Just a little one I promise.  But as a team think about how differently you could schedule teams if you didnt have to worry about your WFTDA rank for one year.  A team currently ranked in the 40’s but has dreams to get to the 20’s could afford to schedule really tough teams so they themselves can get better and grow.  And do it all while not having to worry about their rank falling too much.  Or on the flip side you want to help that regional start up team get going a bit, but before you couldn’t play them because it would hurt your rank just walking in the door.  Imagine doing that with no consequences.  I think there is definitely a way to do it and I hope you all will enjoy it when I present my suggestion.

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2015 WFTDA Playoff Rankings – Week 20

Here we are now 20 weeks into the 2015 WFTDA Season, just think, only 32 weeks left.  How crazy is that when you think about it.  We just ended the 2014 Playoffs and 2015 is already over a third complete.  This week we saw great action from not only WET, but Dallas continued their huge turnaround, Ann Arbor used a very nice weekend to move closer to a Top 60 spot, and Ft. Myers continues a huge free fall.

But we have to begin by talking about all that was WET.  As usual I will recommend checking out Derby Central as they had a great write up of all things WET.  We have 5 new European teams enter our Top 100 this week, led by Stockholm who comes in all the way up at #42.  Bear City, despite all their success at the 2014 Playoffs would actually miss the 2015 Playoffs if they started today as their rough weekend dropped them all the way to #61.  There has been a lot of talk about the European teams being greatly under-ranked, I’m not going to disagree that there are some European teams that are under-ranked but you can say the same about teams from all over the world (including North America).  Looking at the Top 100 you will see 20 of the teams ranked from #51-100 are 20 or more spots off of their current WFTDA Ranking.  These will sort themselves out as we get closer to next June, but this is always going to be the product of a 12 month ranking system.  And in a sport with relatively high turnover of athletes there is always going to be huge fluctuations in the rankings (maybe not as much at the top, but as we move outside the top 30 or 40 there is such little room that it can change so much, i.e. Cincinnati).

But WET and how it was nice to see teams playing each other like this got me thinking.  What if WFTDA expanded their tournaments?  I like the current fall championship season, a few tweaks could make it awesome, so I wouldn’t want to interfere with that, but what if WFTDA held annual regional tournaments in the February-April months.  Using the Post-Champs WFTDA rankings, ten teams could be invited to a special ten team regional tournament.  There already is Europe, but lets add a Central/South America tourney, Canada, Asia/Pacific, NE USA, South USA, MW USA, West USA, and Mountains USA.  For the USA they would just break the country into regions by state and invite the top ten teams.  If a team declines, no harm and the next team is invited.  And then run the tournament just like the WFTDA Playoffs.  This way teams will truly be battling for their annual rank in their region.  Here is how the West USA tournament could look.

1. Rose City
2. Bay Area
3. Angel City
4. Rat City
5. Oly
6. Santa Cruz
7. Arizona
8. Jet City
9. SoCal
10. Sin City

Now sure some of the top teams may not participate, but with each team getting a minimum 3 bouts against very good talent I believe this would work.  Also, by using the Post Champs rankings to then have tournaments in Feb-April would allow teams enough time to make travel arrangements.  Plus by keeping things regional, costs should be kept at a minimum.  Teams also would have a good chance to use this for marketing purposes.  Stating you are the 6th team in the West USA is going to go a lot further than stating you finished 8th in your D1 Playoff, which really means you are just tied for 29th in the World.  Just thinking outside the box and I think this could be a cool wrinkle on the current format.  But even if WFTDA were to do something like this, it would be up to the teams to participate.  I get London and Victoria especially may not want to take part in their regions, but for the majority of teams this could be a very cool thing.  As WFTDA continues to go global, sometimes it really works to go back and shrink things down again.

That was a bit off topic, so here are the rankings as of today.

Rank Team Score Weekly Change Change From WFTDA
1 Gotham 735.02 0 0
2 Rose City 665.05 0 0
3 Bay Area 620.27 0 0
4 Texas 538.47 0 1
5 Victoria 527.98 0 -1
6 Denver 518.14 0 2
7 Windy City 512.09 0 5
8 Philly 502.39 0 2
9 London 496.04 0 -3
10 Angel City 491.73 0 -1
11 Minnesota 471.41 0 -4
12 Rocky Mtn 456.82 0 -1
13 Atlanta 444.47 0 0
14 Tampa 429.31 0 5
15 Jacksonville 428.62 0 0
16 Rat City 397.30 0 0
17 Montreal 384.15 0 0
18 Charm City 377.31 0 -4
19 Terminal City 370.90 0 -1
20 Arch Rival 363.41 0 1
21 Detroit 360.07 0 18
22 Steel City 356.48 0 6
23 Madison 347.94 0 2
24 Ohio 329.53 1 -2
25 Boston 329.13 1 -1
26 Arizona 314.28 1 6
27 St. Chux 302.69 1 8
28 Dallas 297.60 -4 35
29 Toronto 291.98 0 -2
30 Jet City 291.85 0 8
31 Nashville 290.03 0 -2
32 Queen City 286.38 0 1
33 Santa Cruz 285.11 0 -10
34 Wasatch 284.81 0 -3
35 Treasure Valley 280.18 0 30
36 Naptown 278.40 0 -10
37 No Coast 275.48 1 -3
38 Sin City 273.56 1 12
39 Houston 272.40 1 3
40 SoCal 271.84 1 3
41 Columbia 271.32 8 -1
42 Stockholm 268.76 *NEW* 27
43 Kansas City 266.99 -1 4
44 Tri-City 266.90 -1 0
45 Rideau Valley 260.07 -1 -9
46 Chicago Outfit 260.07 -1 0
47 Calgary 260.06 -1 10
48 Demolition City 247.17 0 -11
49 OK Victory 244.65 1 -19
50 Omaha 241.90 1 12
51 Sac City 241.29 1 33
52 Suburbia 236.26 1 6
53 Charlottesville 235.88 1 26
54 New Hampshire 234.68 1 -13
55 Des Moines 233.18 -18 21
56 Sacred City 229.01 0 -3
57 Helsinki 227.67 *NEW* 17
58 Brewcity 225.02 -1 -10
59 Boulder County 224.27 -1 0
60 Ithaca 221.14 -1 8
61 Bear City 220.75 -14 -16
62 Charlotte 217.81 -2 28
63 Tucson 215.96 -2 -2
64 Gold Coast 211.92 -1 -12
65 DC 210.18 -1 -16
66 Old Capitol 207.96 -1 -10
67 Grand Raggidy 207.27 -5 -13
68 Alamo City 203.64 -2 26
69 Crime City 202.39 *NEW* 26
70 Killamazoo 201.75 -3 -15
71 Brandywine 198.70 -3 -5
72 Blue Ridge 198.37 -3 -21
73 Ann Arbor 197.85 6 27
74 Connecticut 195.20 -4 27
75 Big Easy 187.75 -4 -11
76 North Star 185.86 -4 1
77 Garden State 184.57 -4 14
78 Carolina 178.23 7 20
79 Twin City 175.57 -4 3
80 Cincinnati 172.72 -4 16
81 Gent 170.51 *NEW* 87
82 Lansing 167.17 6 35
83 South Bend 165.90 -6 110
84 Rage City 163.95 -6 4
85 Quad City 163.59 -11 0
86 Emerald City 157.39 -6 7
87 San Fernando 156.58 -6 29
88 NEO 154.66 -5 -2
89 Cen-Tex 150.65 -5 84
90 Green Mt 147.70 -4 -20
91 Pikes Peak 147.59 -4 1
92 Tiger Bay 146.86 *NEW* -12
93 Cape Fear 145.67 -11 41
94 Diamond Divas 143.35 -5 N/A
95 Lowcountry 142.60 -5 25
96 Salisbury 141.90 -5 8
97 Richland County 141.84 -5 66
98 Sioux City 139.02 -4 5
99 Vette City 138.12 -4 13
100 Cherry City 136.76 -7 59

Things are starting to shape up nicely as from #35-#47 is only separated by 40 points.  The D1 cutoff is going to be fun to watch again this year.  Likewise, #51-#70 are also only 40 points apart.  None of those teams are really a sure thing at this point.  It sure will be a very interesting last 32 weeks of this season.

Derby’s Money Problem: Is Roller Derby Entertaining? – Part 2.2

There are few things in data analytics that is more exciting than having one of your theories getting proven wrong by data.  Well I can tell you that this D1 project has done just that.  I have used the data of 67 of the 68 D1 Playoff bouts (Angel City vs Bay Area was not available for some reason) and I went in with the theory that bouts featuring teams ranked more than 20 spots apart were really going to drive the data screwy and would eventually lead to my recommendation that WFTDA change up the Playoff format and just go with 20 team super weekend playoffs.  It would have replaced the current set up and the need for Champs.  But after reviewing the data, I think an even bigger swing at change needs to be made.  After all, of the 68 D1 bouts, only 8 featured teams ranked more than 20 spots apart (11.8%).  Here is how the data of those 8 bouts came out.

Last Lead Change:
Mean – 1
Median – 1
Standard Deviation – 0

Last Jam with Lead below 25 Points:
Mean – 3
Median – 3
Standard Deviation – 0.76

Last Jam with Lead below 50 Points:
Mean – 6
Median – 5.5
Standard Deviation – 1.41

Total Jams:
Mean – 38.13
Median – 37.5
Standard Deviation – 5.28

As you can see, there really is no reason for these bouts to be played.  None of these bouts were even remotely close and in fact were all such large blowouts.  Now this information should not come as a surprise to anyone, but I think the next two sections will a little bit.

In this sections I will focus on all bouts that featured teams ranked more than 10 spots apart in the WFTDA rankings at the time of these bouts.  In all there were 27 of the 68 bouts that featured teams that met this criteria, or 39.7% of all the D1 bouts.  That data here, was shocking.

Last Lead Change:
Mean – 5.85
Median – 1
Standard Deviation – 11.87

Last Jam with Lead below 25 Points:
Mean – 13.26
Median – 8
Standard Deviation – 14.88

Last Jam with Lead below 50 Points:
Mean – 18.52
Median – 14
Standard Deviation – 16.17

Total Jams:
Mean – 43.56
Median – 44
Standard Deviation – 5.85

In these nearly 40% of the bouts, the Median Jam in the final lead change took place was still the first jam.  In fact, 21 of these 27 bouts saw their last lead change occur in the first 3 jams of the bout.  Remember I am looking at this from a casual fan perspective and if that would be entertaining to me.  I would have to say no.  I need a bit more excitement than that.  Also consider that that only 6 of these 27 bouts in this sample saw the score margin get below 25 in the second half of their bouts.  The whole point of a playoffs is to sort out the best teams and rank them accordingly, the current format does that, but are all the bouts necessary?  Would a casual fan want to keep coming back to a playoffs weekend if they know that this huge percentage of bouts are not only done at halftime, but done within the first 8-10 minutes?

I know at this point some of you are going to be like, “ok, well what is your solution?”  And I openly admit I need to re-evaluate my proposed playoffs format as i was not expecting the data to show me all this.  I definitely would not recommend a playoff featuring teams greater than 20 spots in the rankings, but now Im really thinking do I want to put teams in that are greater than 10.  Just a quick a dirty way to do it would take the rankings as they are and set up 7 playoffs of 10 teams.  D1 = 1-10, D2 = 11-20, etc.  This would result in the same number of weekends for WFTDA, all teams in the Top 70 (it would add 10 additional teams) would know their exact World Rank for the year, and teams would save money by not having to potentially pay for travel to two playoff weekends.  But that is too easy and I would want to tweak it a little, but that is a good starting point.

As a whole the D1 Playoffs were not exciting.  Here is the data for the 67 bouts in which data was available.

Last Lead Change:
Mean – 11.73
Median – 4
Standard Deviation – 14.27

Last Jam with Lead below 25 Points:
Mean – 20.49
Median – 15
Standard Deviation – 16.08

Last Jam with Lead below 50 Points:
Mean – 28.04
Median – 28
Standard Deviation – 15.41

Total Jams:
Mean – 43.85
Median – 44
Standard Deviation – 4.59

So there is some additional D1 data to think about.  I personally feel that there needs to be some changes to make the playoffs more consistently exciting.  How can it be set up to provide exciting bouts more often than not?  Im going to keep plugging along and come up with ideas, again I will never say that I know everything but you never know if an idea can help someone else take it and make a minor change to make it work.  It’s all about the discussion.

I will be out of town for the week so next week’s rankings will be back on Wednesday instead of Monday/Tuesday and then I will be following up with this data from a Champs perspective.

Derby’s Money Problem: Is Roller Derby Entertaining? – Part 2.1

While I finally have a bit of time to catch up (between work, half marathon training (heading to Disney this weekend finally), and getting in the grove for my 2015 baseball season it’s been a bit nuts) let’s get back into my series about if derby is actually entertaining. I had some great feedback from Part 1, including an absolutely amazing article from WindyMan (http://windymanrd.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/points-per-jam-roller-derbys-default-difficulty/) that I suggest everyone check out, and it is time for me to continue to the second part in this series. Now my original intention was to do a huge post playoffs analysis on if derby is entertaining, but instead Im actually going to break down this second part of the series into 3 parts (D2 Playoffs Including Champs, D1 Playoffs, and D1 Champs).

So let me explain a little bit behind my thought process before we just dive into the stats.  We all will agree that bouts like Bear City/Sin City or Gotham/Rose City are absolutely amazing and worth every penny and then some, but not all bouts are like that.  In fact a good number of bouts are over so early that it makes it hard to justify paying to watch.  Remember, hardcore derby fans are there and will be there, but the fan base must grow if derby is to truly thrive.  There are so many sports fans out there, like myself, who just love watching good competition and will pay good money to do so.  But I want to know I’m going to see good competition.  I regularly go Wisconsin-Milwaukee basketball games, not because it is the best basketball in town, but because the majority of games are close and that is what I want to see.  Can I say the same about derby?  Sadly, I don’t think so.

The best part about breaking this part of the series down further is that I can really focus on both bouts that featured closely ranked teams and not-so-closely ranked teams.  With the D2 Playoffs (including the 2 bouts at Champs) there were 36 total bouts and only 8 of them (22.2%) included two teams that were ranked over 10 spots apart in the WFTDA Rankings at the time of the Playoffs.  That should be a sign of good things as closely ranked teams should be putting on great bouts, but looking back what do the number say?

On average, each bout had just under 45 jams (44.75), with the 1st half on average having just slightly more jams than the 2nd.  Now out of those 45 jams, the final lead change took place on Jam 19.  That means over the course of 36 bouts, the average was that the final lead change occurred in the 1st Half.  That is not a great stat if you are trying to draw new fans looking for a new competitive sport.  Now you could use the argument that just because there aren’t lead changes it still could be a competitive, close bout.  And there were plenty of examples just like that, including Tucson vs Big Easy where Tucson led the entire way, but the lead was as small as 3 with 4 jams to go.

But, I went a bit further with my stats to determine at which jam was the point spread never smaller than 25 and also never smaller than 50.  On average the last jam in which the lead was less than 25 points was Jam 31.  Making it for an average that the last 31% of the bouts didn’t see a lead smaller than 25.  For a 50 point spread that is Jam 36, or last 20%.  Again I am doing this purely from a statistical average perspective.  So basically if I was looking at this on a bout by bout analysis, there was a 50/50 chance the last 18+ minutes of the bout was just going to be watching a team hold on to a 25+ lead.  I’m sorry, but those are not encouraging odds if you are trying to get people to come back and grow the fan base.

I don’t bring these stats up to put derby down, but to continue/begin a real discussion that needs to take place if derby is to grow from it’s incredibly loyal fan base and expand/attract more casual fans.  Some will argue that they will only want hardcore/loyal fans, that is great, but fiscally very short-sighted.  There is a ton of money just sitting there looking to be spent watching sports, just look at sports bars all over the country.  Why not produce a highly entertaining product that those people would love to come watch and have a few beverages at?  Just my two cents, and as a little teaser, D1 stats are going to be looking not this good.  I hope to have those up Thursday.

I appreciate all the feedback and thank you again for supporting Derby Math.

Edit 11/11/2014:

For those of you looking for the hard numbers here you go.  As you can see, for the most part Standard Deviations are rather high, that is such a product of having such extremes in the bouts.  While I focused on the averages as it is easy to point to, these figures show that there are very few middle ground bouts.  It tends to be either close all the way thru (counting 25 to be close) or blowouts from the very beginning.  When I do D1 Playoffs I am going to do them as a whole, and then also break out bouts with teams ranked within 20 spots and those greater than 20 spots.  That will be important as I get closer to releasing my playoff recommendations.

Last Lead Change:
Mean – 19.33
Median – 17
Standard Deviation – 17.31

Last Jam with Lead below 25 Points:
Mean – 31.36
Median – 36
Standard Deviation – 15.28

Last Jam with Lead below 50 Points:
Mean – 36.67
Median – 41.5
Standard Deviation – 13.64

Total Jams:
Mean – 44.75
Median – 45
Standard Deviation – 4.16

2015 WFTDA Playoff Rankings – Week 19

I wish I could tell you it was an exciting derby weekend, but we are now into post Champs/Holiday season funk.  While many teams are just now regrouping and getting started on their drives for the 2015 Playoffs, 10 teams took up the challenge this weekend and produced 5 interesting/questionable bouts.  We saw Hellions beat Hartford 228-130, but the WFTDA points earned actually lowered their season average so much that they lost 11 spots this week and dropped out of the Top 100.  The only other Top 100 team featured this week was Cen-Tex.  They were able to move up 4 spots and are now slotted at 84th (that is 89 spots higher than their current WFTDA ranking) after a 100-0 win over West Texas.  Now normally I am not an overly skeptical person, but I’d love to see the stats on that bout.  If anyone from West Texas or Cen-Tex can forward me the stats I would love to see how this all broke down.

Other than that no changes to the Top 100 this week, but here are the rankings anyways as a reminder.

Rank Team Score Weekly Change Change From WFTDA
1 Gotham 735.02 0 0
2 Rose City 665.05 0 0
3 Bay Area 620.27 0 0
4 Texas 538.47 0 1
5 Victoria 527.98 0 -1
6 Denver 518.14 0 2
7 Windy City 512.09 0 5
8 Philly 502.39 0 2
9 London 496.04 0 -3
10 Angel City 491.73 0 -1
11 Minnesota 471.41 0 -4
12 Rocky Mtn 456.82 0 -1
13 Atlanta 444.47 0 0
14 Tampa 429.31 0 5
15 Jacksonville 428.62 0 0
16 Rat City 397.30 0 0
17 Montreal 384.15 0 0
18 Charm City 377.31 0 -4
19 Terminal City 370.90 0 -1
20 Arch Rival 363.41 0 1
21 Detroit 360.07 0 18
22 Steel City 356.48 0 6
23 Madison 347.94 0 2
24 Dallas 334.42 0 39
25 Ohio 329.53 0 -3
26 Boston 329.13 0 -2
27 Arizona 314.28 0 5
28 St. Chux 302.69 0 7
29 Toronto 291.98 0 -2
30 Jet City 291.85 0 8
31 Nashville 290.03 0 -2
32 Queen City 286.38 0 1
33 Santa Cruz 285.11 0 -10
34 Wasatch 284.81 0 -3
35 Treasure Valley 280.18 0 30
36 Naptown 278.40 0 -10
37 Des Moines 276.46 0 39
38 No Coast 275.48 0 -4
39 Sin City 273.56 0 11
40 Houston 272.40 0 2
41 SoCal 271.84 0 2
42 Kansas City 266.99 0 5
43 Tri-City 266.90 0 1
44 Rideau Valley 260.07 0 -8
45 Chicago Outfit 260.07 0 1
46 Calgary 260.06 0 11
47 Bear City 248.28 0 -2
48 Demolition City 247.17 0 -11
49 Columbia 247.02 0 -9
50 OK Victory 244.65 0 -20
51 Omaha 241.90 0 11
52 Sac City 239.67 0 32
53 Suburbia 236.26 0 5
54 Charlottesville 235.88 0 25
55 New Hampshire 234.68 0 -14
56 Sacred City 231.92 0 -3
57 Brewcity 225.02 0 -9
58 Boulder County 224.27 0 1
59 Ithaca 221.14 0 9
60 Charlotte 217.81 0 30
61 Tucson 215.96 0 0
62 Grand Raggidy 215.12 0 -8
63 Gold Coast 211.92 0 -11
64 DC 210.18 0 -15
65 Old Capitol 207.96 0 -9
66 Alamo City 203.64 0 28
67 Killamazoo 201.75 0 -12
68 Brandywine 198.70 0 -2
69 Blue Ridge 198.37 0 -18
70 Connecticut 195.20 0 31
71 Big Easy 187.75 0 -7
72 North Star 185.86 0 5
73 Garden State 184.57 0 18
74 Quad City 183.65 0 11
75 Twin City 175.57 0 7
76 Cincinnati 172.72 0 20
77 South Bend 165.90 0 116
78 Rage City 163.95 0 10
79 Ann Arbor 161.37 0 21
80 Emerald City 157.39 0 13
81 San Fernando 156.58 0 35
82 Cape Fear 154.68 0 52
83 NEO 154.66 0 3
84 Cen-Tex 150.65 4 89
85 Carolina 148.40 -1 13
86 Green Mt 147.70 -1 -16
87 Pikes Peak 147.59 -1 5
88 Lansing 143.90 -1 29
89 Diamond Divas 143.35 0 N/A
90 Lowcountry 142.60 0 30
91 Salisbury 141.90 0 13
92 Richland County 141.84 0 71
93 Cherry City 141.47 0 66
94 Sioux City 139.02 0 9
95 Vette City 138.12 0 17
96 Long Island 134.13 0 73
97 Derby City 129.60 1 34
98 Magnolia 129.42 1 30
99 Tallahassee 128.72 1 40
100 Burning River 128.21 1 -3

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2015 WFTDA Playoff Rankings – Week 18

Well here we are now with the 2014 WFTDA Playoffs behind us.  In a short 8 months or so the 2015 WFTDA Playoffs teams will be announced, but it is never too early start looking at the rankings and seeing how you measure up.

Rank Team Score Weekly Change Change from WFTDA
1 Gotham 735.02 0 0
2 Rose City 665.05 0 0
3 Bay Area 620.27 0 0
4 Texas 538.47 4 1
5 Victoria 527.98 4 -1
6 Denver 518.14 -1 2
7 Windy City 512.09 -3 5
8 Philly 502.39 -2 2
9 London 496.04 2 -3
10 Angel City 491.73 -3 -1
11 Minnesota 471.41 -1 -4
12 Rocky Mtn 456.82 0 -1
13 Atlanta 444.47 0 0
14 Tampa 429.31 0 5
15 Jacksonville 428.62 0 0
16 Rat City 397.30 0 0
17 Montreal 384.15 0 0
18 Charm City 377.31 0 -4
19 Terminal City 370.90 0 -1
20 Arch Rival 363.41 0 1
21 Detroit 360.07 2 18
22 Steel City 356.48 -1 6
23 Madison 347.94 -1 2
24 Dallas 334.42 0 39
25 Ohio 329.53 0 -3
26 Boston 329.13 0 -2
27 Arizona 314.28 0 5
28 St. Chux 302.69 0 7
29 Toronto 291.98 0 -2
30 Jet City 291.85 0 8
31 Nashville 290.03 0 -2
32 Queen City 286.38 0 1
33 Santa Cruz 285.11 0 -10
34 Wasatch 284.81 0 -3
35 Treasure Valley 280.18 0 30
36 Naptown 278.40 0 -10
37 Des Moines 276.46 0 39
38 No Coast 275.48 0 -4
39 Sin City 273.56 2 11
40 Houston 272.40 -1 2
41 SoCal 271.84 -1 2
42 Kansas City 266.99 1 5
43 Tri-City 266.90 1 1
44 Rideau Valley 260.07 -2 -8
45 Chicago Outfit 260.07 1 1
46 Calgary 260.06 1 11
47 Bear City 248.28 -2 -2
48 Demolition City 247.17 0 -11
49 Columbia 247.02 0 -9
50 OK Victory 244.65 0 -20
51 Omaha 241.90 0 11
52 Sac City 239.67 0 32
53 Suburbia 236.26 0 5
54 Charlottesville 235.88 0 25
55 New Hampshire 234.68 0 -14
56 Sacred City 231.92 0 -3
57 Brewcity 225.02 0 -9
58 Boulder County 224.27 0 1
59 Ithaca 221.14 0 9
60 Charlotte 217.81 0 30
61 Tucson 215.96 0 0
62 Grand Raggidy 215.12 0 -8
63 Gold Coast 211.92 0 -11
64 DC 210.18 0 -15
65 Old Capitol 207.96 0 -9
66 Alamo City 203.64 0 28
67 Killamazoo 201.75 0 -12
68 Brandywine 198.70 0 -2
69 Blue Ridge 198.37 0 -18
70 Connecticut 195.20 0 31
71 Big Easy 187.75 0 -7
72 North Star 185.86 0 5
73 Garden State 184.57 0 18
74 Quad City 183.65 0 11
75 Twin City 175.57 0 7
76 Cincinnati 172.72 0 20
77 South Bend 165.90 0 116
78 Rage City 163.95 0 10
79 Ann Arbor 161.37 0 21
80 Emerald City 157.39 0 13
81 San Fernando 156.58 0 35
82 Cape Fear 154.68 0 52
83 NEO 154.66 0 3
84 Carolina 148.40 0 14
85 Green Mt 147.70 0 -15
86 Pikes Peak 147.59 0 6
87 Lansing 143.90 0 30
88 Cen-Tex 143.47 0 85
89 Diamond Divas 143.35 0 N/A
90 Lowcountry 142.60 0 30
91 Salisbury 141.90 0 13
92 Richland County 141.84 0 71
93 Cherry City 141.47 0 66
94 Sioux City 139.02 0 9
95 Vette City 138.12 0 17
96 Long Island 134.13 0 73
97 West Texas 131.12 0 97
98 Derby City 129.60 0 33
99 Magnolia 129.42 0 29
100 Tallahassee 128.72 0 39

As you can see, not a whole lot of movement outside the Top 12, but some teams definitely did themselves favors by strong performances (even if only 1 bout) at Champs.  But even more importantly, look at how close the teams are once we get past the Top 3.  This lends itself to a great 2015 season with good movement in the rankings.  Also, that will greatly support the data I’m using to suggest a new Divisional system for WFTDA.  With Champs out of the way, that series should be up in a few weeks.  But the next thing for Derby Math will be Part 2 of my “Is Roller Derby Entertaining” series.  I chose to wait until after Champs for this as there are some amazing stats I will be using and Champs gave me exactly what I was hoping for.  I had some great feedback from Part 1 and I really hope you like Part 2.  My guess is that I will do three parts for this and then will begin to put out a three part series on my proposed Divisional system.

In closing for this post, I want to send a special shout out to Bob Noxious and his awesome Brown Paper Tickets blog(http://community.brownpapertickets.com/wp/).  Not only is he a great announcer, but he has some great advice to help with the money problem derby is currently having.  Please check out his blog as he truly is one of the good guys (there are tons of them, but he is definitely one) and he just wants what is best for derby.  No one of us is going to have all the answers to help keep derby going, but together we can keep the discussions going to bring derby all the glory it deserves.