WFTDA 2015 Playoffs Weekly Rankings – Lots of Moving and Shaking Going On

Welcome back to the one and only weekly WFTDA rankings.  Things have sure picked up and now we are starting to see the teams that are legit and those that maybe need to get to work.  Before I even get into my info I have to promote two excellent articles that Derby Central published this week.  First is their recap of the Quad City Chaos, which you can find here http://www.derbycentral.net/2015/03/2015-quad-city-chaos-tournament-recap/.  The second is their article regarding coaching in the derby world (http://www.derbycentral.net/2015/03/the-mystery-of-coaches/).  I think this is a part of the sport that will (needs to?) improve as the sport grows.  Im of the philosophy that a good coach can coach anything, but there will always be weaknesses when doing a sport that may not be their natural sport.  But the biggest area is bout/game management.  A great skater may be able to teach others how to skate better, but that doesn’t mean they can manage a bout.  Its a special skill, but in a growing sport it will take some time for more and more great coaches to emerge.

This week their were just so many great bouts and Im going to touch on as many as I can, but admittedly I probably wont be going in depth on any particular team like I had the past few weeks.  First off, Jacksonville and Atlanta played a thrilling 173-170 bout.  Jacksonville moves up a spot this week and now the biggest question for these two is if they can get all the way up to #3 seeds or are they looking at #4 seeds again.  The second bout I want to spend a minute on was a little battle for Iowa between Team United (in their first WFTDA sanctioned bout) and Old Capitol.  Team United took a comfortable 240-87 win and that places them all the way up at #17 this week.  With only 1 bout in they have plenty of movement coming for them, but I think it will be rather safe to say they will end the season a D1 team if they get enough bouts in.  The last 1-off bout that drew my attention was Arch Rivals complete domination of Nashville.  On Saturday Nashville took down a St. Chux team on the cusp of D1 168-154, but then on Sunday they were on the receiving end of a 345-36 beat down from Arch Rivals.  That cost Nashville 13 spots this week and they are now appearing at #50.  St. Chux used the close bout to move up 4 spots to #36 and Arch Rival moved up 5 to #16.  Oops one more bout I forgot about, Detroit’s 233-90 shocker over Ohio.  Now, most of us knew Detroit was possibly the best team in D2 Playoff history (this may be true going forward as well), but I don’t know how many of us expected this result.  Detroit is now looking at a possible #5 seed for D1, while Ohio will be in a battle to hopefully get a #7 seed.

And then we had the 4 teams in the Quad City Chaos: Boston, Rideau Valley, Steel City and Toronto.  What a great little weekend for all 4 teams, and even better for the fans.  All 6 bouts saw the margin of victory under 55 and it was very nice to see Rideau Valley continue their success from D2’s last year and show that they are right there with some D1 regulars.  They moved up 21 spots this week and this weekend should help them get over that loss to Calgary last August when Calgary was still up and coming and greatly underrated.

We have the Dallas Clover Cup this weekend.  8 teams (all currently ranked Top 83) in a true tournament with possibly the best game being an opening round bout between Dallas and Kansas City.  I’ve been high on Dallas after they missed playoffs in 2014 and this will be a great chance for them to show just how far they have come.

Rank Team Score # of Bouts Change from last rankings
1 Gotham 735.02 7 0
2 Rose City 665.05 9 0
3 Bay Area 620.27 9 0
4 Texas 538.47 6 0
5 Victoria 527.98 5 0
6 Denver 518.14 8 0
7 Windy City 512.09 7 0
8 Philly 502.39 5 0
9 London 496.04 7 0
10 Angel City 491.73 6 0
11 Minnesota 471.41 9 0
12 Rocky Mtn 456.82 6 0
13 Atlanta 456.63 6 0
14 Jacksonville 445.04 6 1
15 Tampa 429.31 4 -1
16 Arch Rival 411.05 6 5
17 Team United 405.14 1 NEW
18 Rat City 397.30 6 -2
19 Montreal 384.15 7 -2
20 Detroit 383.79 10 2
21 Charm City 377.31 7 -3
22 Arizona 374.39 7 -3
23 Terminal City 370.90 6 -3
24 Sun State 348.27 3 -1
25 Madison 347.94 5 -1
26 Boston 347.34 7 2
27 Stockholm 347.24 2 -2
28 Steel City 342.13 10 -2
29 Ohio 334.68 9 -2
30 Toronto 331.19 9 3
31 Naptown 314.80 9 -2
32 Queen City 312.74 6 0
33 Helsinki 308.47 2 -3
34 Dallas 297.60 4 -3
35 Rideau Valley 294.68 10 21
36 St. Chux 292.29 7 4
37 Jet City 291.85 4 -3
38 Ft. Wayne 291.56 3 -3
39 Calgary 286.90 7 -3
40 Santa Cruz 285.11 4 -2
41 Wasatch 284.81 5 -2
42 Columbia 282.18 7 6
43 No Coast 280.49 7 -2
44 Treasure Valley 280.18 4 -2
45 NW Arkansas 277.96 1 -2
46 Demolition City 275.11 9 -2
47 Sin City 273.56 5 -2
48 OK Victory 272.80 4 -2
49 SoCal 271.84 3 -2
50 Nashville 270.85 9 -13
51 Sacred City 267.83 4 -2
52 Kansas City 266.99 6 -2
53 Tri-City 266.83 5 -2
54 Pikes Peak 263.13 2 -2
55 Charlottesville 262.43 3 -2
56 Houston 261.29 9 -2
57 Chicago Outfit 260.07 9 -2
58 Omaha 243.11 5 -1
59 Sac City 241.29 2 -1
60 Brandywine 238.39 5 17
61 Memphis 237.77 1 -2
62 Killamazoo 235.53 10 0
63 New Hampshire 234.68 3 -2
64 Des Moines 233.18 2 -1
65 Bear City 231.27 8 -1
66 Cincinnati 228.39 3 0
67 Boulder County 224.27 3 0
68 Suburbia 224.08 8 -8
69 DC 223.48 9 5
70 Ithaca 221.14 4 -2
71 Gold Coast 219.34 7 -2
72 Brewcity 216.37 8 -2
73 Tucson 215.96 3 -2
74 Emerald City 210.52 3 -1
75 Grand Raggidy 208.01 8 0
76 Carolina 205.98 4 0
77 Roc City 199.89 2 -12
78 Blue Ridge 198.37 5 0
79 Old Capitol 198.16 4 -7
80 Ann Arbor 197.85 6 -1
81 North Star 197.75 4 -1
82 Charlotte 196.00 3 5
83 Big Easy 187.75 4 -2
84 Green Mt 185.67 4 14
85 Providence 182.07 2 NEW
86 Twin City 177.55 7 -3
87 Oklahoma City 175.94 2 -3
88 Paper Valley 174.81 1 -3
89 Rage City 172.91 2 -3
90 Lansing 167.17 4 -2
91 Gent 165.41 3 -2
92 Sioux City 164.65 3 -2
93 Quad City 163.59 6 -2
94 Garden State 160.69 2 -12
95 Diamond Divas 159.22 5 7
96 Dupage 154.60 2 -3
97 Sydney 154.43 2 -3
98 Connecticut 153.73 2 -3
99 Fargo 152.66 3 -3
100 Dub City 150.08 1 NEW
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