Updated DerbyMath Rankings – Hello Europe!!!

Welcome back everyone and thank you all for the huge response and viewership last week.  With so many new visitors I want to take a chance to just remind everyone of exactly how the DerbyMath Rankings work and the philosophy behind them.

1.  Bout Weights are pulled from only the released WFTDA Rankings.  If you see it on their website I use it.  This means I do not currently use the weights from the “quiet period” during the playoff season.  I recognize that is an issue when it comes to average scores but I am hopeful it wont impact the ranking positions very much.

2.  Currently I only use sanctioned bouts that are posted to Flattrackstats.com.  Again this is another limitation that I hope will be corrected in the future, but for now it is what I have.

3.  In regards to new teams coming into the WFTDA/DerbyMath Rankings I will use the first team weight listed for all of their previous bouts.  With not knowing the weight given to teams in the Strength Factor Challenge program, this number will at least give teams a close proximity to what the challenge factor was.

And finally the original philosophy behind the rankings.  I wanted to create something that teams could use thru the entire season to see where their rankings for the upcoming playoffs would be.  WFTDA releases rankings on a rolling 12 month period, but the playoffs are just the rankings from July to June.  So these rankings will reset come July 1 and then going forward they will represent the 2016 Playoffs.  I also wanted to be able to do something that was able to be replicated by others.  I know that my numbers aren’t perfect, but I truly hope they are close and have provided some guidance for teams.  Only 2 more weekends to go and we will see just how good this method was.

Now on to the rankings.  Europe thru down the hammer this weekend.  London played their first bouts since last years playoffs and showed that they are still worthy of a #1 Seed as they jumped 8 spots this week to take over the final #1 spot from Bay Area.  Based on this past weekends results I have to believe we have to believe they belong up there as they were their usual dominating self.  The other big mover was Sweden’s Crime City.  Up 47 huge spots, they had three very large wins at Beach Brawl over teams that gave them enough points to move up a lot in the rankings.  They also have very few bouts (by comparison to most teams) so a big weekend like this allows for huge moves in the rankings.

In regards to teams making D1 or D2 (DerbyMath Rankings) I did show a little movement.  In addition to Crime City moving into the D1 picture I am also showing No Coast taking advantage this weekend and moving up to a D1 #10 Seed.  Going the other way though were Rideau Valley, who didn’t play this weekend, and Santa Cruz, who bravely took on London in a 317-26 loss.  Santa Cruz should get a lot of credit for taking on a such a tough team, but it will likely cost them a spot in D1 as they would have currently been a #9 Seed without that bout.

Then on the bottom of D2 we still see a nice cluster of teams.  SoCal is still being removed so it will take a Top 61 to get there on the DerbyMath Rankings.  There was a lot of movement among the rankings, which tells me the teams are very equally matched, but it appears that Sin City may end up on the outside looking in now.  Going 1-2 over the weekend wasnt too bad, but their lost to Sacred was much below what they needed and ultimately it appears to have dropped them out of the playoffs.

I hope you all enjoy the rankings and I will keep them going as best I can.  Just remember, these are guidelines and should not be used as official WFTDA Rankings.  So rule of thumb, DON’T BOOK YOUR AIRLINE TICKETS BASED ON THESE RANKINGS!!!  And for all you newbies you can follow me at facebook.com/derbymath and I will post there whenever a new blog is up.

Rank Team Score # of Bouts Change from last rankings
Current D1 #1 Seeds
1 Gotham 796.78 11 0
2 Rose City 711.01 13 0
3 Victoria 647.62 9 0
4 London 618.24 12 8
Current D1 #2 Seeds
5 Bay Area 608.81 13 -1
6 Texas 595.15 13 0
7 Denver 585.05 16 -2
8 Jacksonville 551.60 13 -1
Current D1 #3 Seeds
9 Angel City 550.00 14 -1
10 Arch Rival 535.89 16 -1
11 Philly 529.27 9 -1
12 Minnesota 511.13 15 -1
Current D1 #4 Seeds
13 Atlanta 488.12 14 0
14 Rocky Mtn 465.86 15 0
15 Rat City 449.53 11 0
16 Tampa 432.28 13 0
Current D1 #5 Seeds
17 Windy City 426.23 12 0
18 Detroit 412.76 17 0
19 Montreal 411.04 14 0
20 Charm City 393.81 11 0
Current D1 #6 Seeds
21 Team United 389.60 3 0
22 Boston 383.52 15 0
23 Dallas 375.61 12 0
24 Glasgow 370.69 3 0
Current D1 #7 Seeds
25 Stockholm 364.25 3 0
26 Sun State 360.55 5 0
27 Terminal City 360.03 14 0
28 Steel City 356.65 18 0
Current D1 #8 Seeds
29 Helsinki 349.12 10 0
30 Crime City 341.76 5 47
31 Arizona 340.80 17 -1
32 Queen City 336.53 11 -1
Current D1 #9 Seeds
33 Toronto 332.19 13 0
34 Madison 330.12 11 0
35 Pikes Peak 329.32 6 0
36 Oly 327.44 3 1
Current D1 #10 Seeds
37 Ohio 326.16 20 1
38 Charlottesville 323.12 10 -6
39 No Coast 320.75 12 4
40 Tri-City 315.56 12 -1
Current D2 #1 & #2 Seeds
41 Sacred City 314.88 11 5
42 Rideau Valley 310.56 14 -2
43 Emerald City 310.54 9 12
44 Columbia 310.09 10 -3
Current D2 #3 & #4 Seeds
45 Kansas City 307.71 14 -3
46 Santa Cruz 307.31 11 -10
47 Nashville 301.07 17 5
48 Naptown 300.67 15 -4
Current D2 #5 & #6 Seeds
49 Demolition City 298.72 15 1
50 Treasure Valley 297.60 15 -3
51 Wasatch 296.21 10 -6
52 Houston 292.58 17 -3
Current D2 #7 & #8 Seeds
53 St. Chux 291.17 11 -2
54 Chicago Outfit 289.77 17 0
55 Sac City 289.45 9 -2
56 Boulder County 285.91 10 -8
Current D2 #9 & #10 Seeds
57 Jet City 280.13 7 -1
59 Brewcity 271.41 17 -1
60 Brandywine 270.86 14 -1
61 Calgary 265.85 14 0
Outside Looking In
62 Ann Arbor 265.29 18 0
63 OK Victory 264.57 9 0
64 Bear City 259.98 14 0
65 Tucson 255.67 9 8
66 Auld Reekie 251.04 5 0
67 Sin City 248.56 10 -7
68 Roc City 248.42 7 -1
69 Blue Ridge 235.10 12 1
70 Burning River 234.59 11 1
71 Des Moines 233.18 2 1
72 Ft. Wayne 230.34 11 -3
73 North Star 229.62 13 -8
74 Green Mt 228.68 12 0
75 Cincinnati 228.19 10 -7
76 Carolina 226.43 12 -1
77 Omaha 223.93 10 -1
78 Ithaca 220.61 7 6
79 Old Capitol 220.34 13 -1
80 DC 219.85 15 -1
81 Grand Raggidy 218.52 15 -1
82 Big Easy 212.41 9 -1
83 Killamazoo 211.32 18 -1
84 Pirate City 211.01 3 *NEW*
85 Suburbia 210.63 15 -2
86 Fargo 208.38 8 -1
87 Sioux City 202.22 5 0
88 Tiger Bay 197.79 6 1
89 NW Arkansas 196.46 7 1
90 Maine 194.46 5 7
91 Memphis 192.16 3 0
92 Twin City 191.31 13 0
93 Diamond Divas 184.98 5 0
94 Charlotte 184.48 10 -6
95 Providence 184.05 7 -1
96 Paradise City 182.76 4 -1
97 Kallio 182.08 11 14
98 Lansing 178.78 10 -2
99 Gold Coast 177.91 13 -13
100 Junction City 173.91 10 -2
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Updated Weekly WFTDA Rankings, BrewHaHa Recap, Other Thoughts

So we are getting closer and closer to the 2015 WFTDA Playoffs and the action continues to be hot on the track.  This past weekend we had a total of 49 sanctioned bouts, with 25 of them occurring at Brewcity’s Midwest BrewHaha.  In addition to that I was lucky enough to catch a Gotham bout (as if you didnt already know, but Bonnie Thunders is pretty good, lol) and a little Quadzilla apex jumping action (he was at least 3 feet off the ground).  Whenever one finds yourself in a bit of a derby funk, watching some great quality derby is a great way to get out of it.  But Im going to start with one trend that I noticed that goes outside the numbers and focuses a bit on safety.  Something needs to be done with the consistency of clockwise blocks being enforced.

Now I know that the rules were changed during this year to focus more on the impact of one of those blocks, but when I was watching a large number of really good officials consistently calling it differently I recognized that it still needs work.  I also saw that this is actually probably one of the more dangerous hits, especially for jammers.  Numerous times I saw a jammer being stopped by a wall only to get blocked backwards and no call occur.  My biggest concern is that most of the time because the jammer began the hit leaning forward that their feet would end up trapped under them as they were blocked backwards.  Im sure as WFTDA and the officials continue to work on things it will be called more consistently, but i just hope that nobody ends up with an injury due to this.

I know I dont normally get into those kind of things, and its out of my system now.  Now onto the rankings.  Initially lets take a look at the teams that took place at BrewHaHa.

Team # of Bouts Tourney Record Average WFTDA Score Change in Weekly Rankings
Gotham 2 2-0 897.23
Arch Rival 3 3-0 690.20 +2
Minnesota 3 1-2 460.03 -1
Tampa 3 2-1 429.35
Detroit 3 3-0 421.45 +1
Santa Cruz 3 3-0 410.34 +11
Houston 3 2-1 367.82 +7
Ann Arbor 3 3-0 347.67 +6
Madison 3 0-3 346.00 +2
Steel City 3 0-3 327.58 -2
Brewcity 3 3-0 323.52 +4
North Star 3 0-3 266.14 +2
Treasure Valley 3 1-2 255.61 -5
Grand Raggidy 3 1-2 233.91
Ohio 3 0-3 218.08 -7
Old Capitol 3 1-2 184.38
NEO 3 0-3 106.64 -18

As you can see by the above chart, BrewHaHa was very good for a lot of teams.  Gotham showed their complete dominance again, in fact their WFTDA Score for their bout against Minnesota was the highest of the year earning them over 1,050 points.  The next biggest statement was clearly Arch Rival.  All year they have been putting together a really good campaign, but this clearly put them on the map as a real contender to make it to Champs this year.  Ann Arbor was probably the next biggest surprise, aided greatly by their destruction of NEO, and they are now in a position to possibly make D2 Playoffs.  A week ago I did not have them even in the conversation, but if they have a few more good bouts yet in them they could sneak one of those final spots.

One of the coolest stats to come out of this is the fact that both Madison and North Star lost 3 bouts, and still moved up in the weekly rankings.  This shows just how much every point matters, and how bouts in June are worth more than bouts earlier in the season.  North Star actually played Brewcity for the second time this playoff season, and just looking at the bout values is a bit eye opening.  On August 2nd, 2014 Brewcity was ranked 49th and had a WFTDA weight of 1.72.  When North Star played them again on June 6th Brewcity’s ranking was lower (61st) but their WFTDA weight was all the way at 2.01.  Before the bouts even started, the June 6th bout was just worth more despite Brewcity’s ranking being 12 spots lower.  Had the score been the same for both bouts North Star would have scored 43 more WFTDA points on June 6th compared to August 2nd.  If you are a team looking to really maximize your ranking this has to be considered when developing a playoff season schedule.  And honestly, unless you are in the Top 20 you really need to be considering this.

Now lets look at the big picture.  Im going with a little bit of a new format so I hope you like it.  And for our purposes I have removed SoCal from the Playoff picture as they will not be competing this year.  However there are other teams (none in the Top 60) who have not currently met the WFTDA requirements that I will still show in the Top 100.

As you can see below the #1 Seeds look to be pretty well set at this point as the Bay Area to Denver gap is pretty large and would take a lot to make up at this point.  The #2s also look to be pretty solid, but if any of them falter too much the next couple weeks they could find themselves as a #3, but really the difference between a #2 and #3 in the big picture isnt all that much.  The real question is who is going to be that last #3 seed.  London, Atlanta and Rocky Mtn are all within striking distance of each other and whoever gets that final #3 seed has a much better chance of making Champs than if they end up a #4 seed.

Other than Charm City I would say the rest of the #4s and #5s are safe and can look forward to facing each other in the first round of playoffs.  And as we saw with the battle for the final #3, the final #5 is very much up in the air.  The current #6 and #7 seeds are full of wild cards.  Des Moines United, Glasgow, Stockholm and Sun State (I am least sure of Sun State’s score due to the unknown ranking scores coming from their Paradise City bouts) all have less than 5 bouts which means one more bout with a score very different than their current could really swing their average much more than the other teams around them.  I think all of the #8 and #9 seeds are safe for making D1 Playoffs, they may mix up a little bit but these look to be safe teams.  The #10 seeds are very interesting.

First we have Oly and nobody knows what the heck is going on there.  Then we have Ohio, who as you see above did not perform at a D1 Playoff team level at BrewHaHa.  And those are the safer of the #10 seeds.  Anyone ranked between 39-44 (heck even Sacred at #46 or Boulder County at #48) could take those last two #10 spots at D1.  Its going to be great to watch how this all plays out down the stretch.

D2 is its usual cluster of very equal teams.  This is the reason I actually prefer D2 playoffs over D1 playoffs.  Just look at the 20 teams i currently have listed as going this year.  From Columbia at #41 to Emerald City at #55 you could basically throw a blanket over them and they could all move up or down a seed on any given weekend.  I also think #56 Jet City can start their D2 Playoff planning and they will most likely be a #8 seed.  Now the last 4 spots, OH BOY!!!  I wouldnt say any of the 4 teams in that final group are safe, but I think the Brewcity, Brandywine and Sin City will all make it in.  The real battle is for that last spot.  Calgary, Ann Arbor and OK Victory are all separated by about 1.3 points.  That number is well within my margin for error based on how I use the WFTDA released rankings and not the official WFTDA calculator.  If there was a year that WFTDA could expand to 70 teams (eliminate Champs and just do 7 seeded tournaments, i.e 1-10, 11-20, etc) this would be the year.  Could you imagine and opening D1 playoff of Jacksonville vs. Philly with the winner moving on to Gotham instead of Stockholm vs. Rideau Valley winner?  Im just saying I’d prefer 7 tournaments with all teams separated by 10 spots instead of the current format.  But again I digressed.  Below please find the teams that are in, and the rest of the Top 100 as well.

Rank Team Score # of Bouts Change from last rankings
Current D1 #1 Seeds
1 Gotham 796.78 11 0
2 Rose City 711.01 13 0
3 Victoria 647.62 9 0
4 Bay Area 626.25 12 0
Current D1 #2 Seeds
5 Denver 585.05 16 0
6 Texas 570.55 10 0
7 Jacksonville 551.58 12 0
8 Angel City 545.71 11 0
Current D1 #3 Seeds
9 Arch Rival 535.89 16 2
10 Philly 529.27 9 -1
11 Minnesota 511.13 15 -1
12 London 496.04 7 0
Current D1 #4 Seeds
13 Atlanta 488.12 14 0
14 Rocky Mtn 479.80 12 0
15 Rat City 449.53 11 0
16 Tampa 431.45 12 0
Current D1 #5 Seeds
17 Windy City 427.69 11 0
18 Detroit 412.76 17 1
19 Montreal 411.04 14 -1
20 Charm City 393.81 11 0
Current D1 #6 Seeds
21 Team United 389.60 3 0
22 Boston 383.52 15 0
23 Dallas 375.61 12 0
24 Glasgow 370.69 3 1
Current D1 #7 Seeds
25 Stockholm 364.25 3 12
26 Sun State 360.55 5 -2
27 Terminal City 360.03 14 0
28 Steel City 354.59 17 -2
Current D1 #8 Seeds
29 Helsinki 349.12 10 0
30 Arizona 340.80 17 0
31 Queen City 336.53 11 2
32 Charlottesville 335.44 7 0
Current D1 #9 Seeds
33 Toronto 332.19 13 1
34 Madison 330.12 11 2
35 Pikes Peak 329.32 6 0
36 Santa Cruz 329.04 10 11
Current D1 #10 Seeds
37 Oly 327.44 3 -9
38 Ohio 319.40 18 -7
39 Tri-City 315.56 12 -1
40 Rideau Valley 310.56 14 -1
Current D2 #1 & #2 Seeds
41 Columbia 310.09 10 -1
42 Kansas City 307.71 14 -1
43 No Coast 306.87 11 1
44 Naptown 300.67 15 -1
Current D2 #3 & #4 Seeds
45 Wasatch 296.21 10 0
46 Sacred City 294.98 9 0
47 Treasure Valley 294.01 14 -5
48 Boulder County 293.19 9 0
Current D2 #5 & #6 Seeds
49 Houston 292.58 17 7
50 Demolition City 291.79 13 -1
51 St. Chux 291.17 11 -1
52 Nashville 290.91 16 0
Current D2 #7 & #8 Seeds
53 Sac City 289.45 9 -2
54 Chicago Outfit 285.65 16 -1
55 Emerald City 284.12 7 -1
56 Jet City 276.99 6 -1
Current D2 #9 & #10 Seeds
58 Brewcity 271.41 17 4
59 Brandywine 270.86 14 0
60 Sin City 270.71 7 -2
61 Calgary 265.85 14 -1
Outside Looking In
62 Ann Arbor 264.91 17 6
63 OK Victory 264.57 9 -2
64 Bear City 259.98 14 -1
65 North Star 253.27 10 2
66 Auld Reekie 251.04 5 -1
67 Roc City 248.42 7 -1
68 Cincinnati 244.58 9 1
69 Ft. Wayne 236.25 10 1
70 Blue Ridge 235.10 12 1
71 Burning River 234.59 11 1
72 Des Moines 233.18 2 1
73 Tucson 231.93 6 1
74 Green Mt 228.68 12 1
75 Carolina 228.49 9 1
76 Omaha 223.93 10 1
77 Crime City 221.32 2 -13
78 Old Capitol 220.34 13 0
79 DC 219.85 15 0
80 Grand Raggidy 218.52 15 0
81 Big Easy 212.41 9 0
82 Killamazoo 211.32 18 0
83 Suburbia 210.89 14 0
84 Ithaca 210.23 6 1
85 Fargo 208.38 8 -1
86 Gold Coast 204.97 10 0
87 Sioux City 202.22 5 0
88 Charlotte 199.43 7 0
89 Tiger Bay 197.79 6 0
90 NW Arkansas 196.46 7 2
91 Memphis 192.16 3 -1
92 Twin City 191.31 13 -1
93 Diamond Divas 184.98 5 1
94 Providence 184.05 7 -1
95 Paradise City 182.76 4 3
96 Lansing 179.10 9 -1
97 Maine 174.89 4 -1
98 Junction City 173.91 10 -1
99 Muddy River 173.18 6 0
100 Derby City 169.70 4 0

Updated WFTDA Weekly Rankings

Hello everyone and welcome back to the weekly WFTDA Rankings for the 2015 Playoffs.  We are getting oh so close that the end is clearly in sight.  We are still getting some movement, but as we get further and further along its a lot less than it was earlier in the season.  The real battles are shaping up for this last month of action as there are some really close races among key spots.

The first battle is going to be for that important #12 ranking.  By being #12 you get a #3 seed and get a first round match-up with a #6 instead of a #5 and then get a #2 in the semis instead of matching up with a #1.  Im showing 4 teams (Arch Rival, London, Atlanta, and Rocky Mtn.) all within 20 WFTDA points.  That is a lot to make up at this stage, but if someone struggles and someone else hits a huge win its not insurmountable.

The next battle will be for those Division 1 #10 seeds.  Just look at all the teams ranked between 38-45 right now.  Those are some stellar teams and some of them will not be D1 this year.  Now we don’t know what Oly is going to do, or if any other teams will opt out this year, but that is a gaggle of teams.  But the biggest wildcard is actually the team Im showing at #37 (Stockholm).  With only 3 recorded bouts they have so much more movement ahead of them.  And with 3 big bouts ahead at the 2015 East Coast Derby Extravaganza their ranking is very much up in the air.

The battle to get in at the bottom of D2 may actually have less teams involved, with only about 6 teams really in play for the final 2 or 3 spots, it is going to be just as intense.  And this is a perfect story of how important a whole year of quality bouts is to your ranking.  Even if you are on your game right now, you can get left behind.  As of today Brewcity is on the outside looking in, despite having wins over 2 teams that would be in (Brandywine and Outfit) in the last 3 weeks.  For them a good showing at the Midwest BrewHaHa this upcoming weekend may be enough to put them over the hump and back into D2.

Whatever happens over the next few weeks it sure will be fun to watch.  And we just keep getting closer to see if this whole thing known as the Derby Math Rankings works or not.  Its been a crazy 11 months since I’ve started working on this stuff and I sure hope that the rankings can hold some weight when this all done.  And as I struggle to finish out the year of this, I just really hope that it pays off.

Rank Team Score # of Bouts Change from last rankings
1 Gotham 774.46 9 0
2 Rose City 711.01 13 0
3 Victoria 647.62 9 0
4 Bay Area 626.25 12 0
5 Denver 585.05 16 1
6 Texas 570.55 10 -1
7 Jacksonville 551.58 12 0
8 Angel City 545.71 11 0
9 Philly 529.27 9 0
10 Minnesota 523.91 12 0
11 Arch Rival 499.38 13 0
12 London 496.04 7 0
13 Atlanta 488.12 14 0
14 Rocky Mtn 479.80 12 1
15 Rat City 449.53 11 5
16 Tampa 432.15 9 -2
17 Windy City 427.69 11 -1
18 Montreal 411.04 14 3
19 Detroit 410.90 14 -2
20 Charm City 393.81 11 -1
21 Team United 389.60 3 1
22 Boston 380.53 14 1
23 Dallas 375.61 12 2
24 Sun State 371.87 4 2
25 Glasgow 370.69 3 2
26 Steel City 360.38 14 2
27 Terminal City 360.03 14 -3
28 Oly 355.22 2 -10
29 Helsinki 349.12 10 1
30 Arizona 340.80 17 -1
31 Ohio 339.66 15 0
32 Charlottesville 337.28 6 0
33 Queen City 336.53 11 0
34 Toronto 332.19 13 0
35 Pikes Peak 329.32 6 0
36 Madison 324.17 8 0
37 Stockholm 321.61 3 0
38 Tri-City 315.56 12 0
39 Rideau Valley 310.56 14 0
40 Columbia 310.09 10 0
41 Kansas City 307.71 14 0
42 Treasure Valley 304.48 11 7
43 Naptown 300.67 15 -1
44 No Coast 297.07 11 0
45 Wasatch 296.21 10 -2
46 Sacred City 294.98 9 0
47 Santa Cruz 294.19 7 0
48 Boulder County 293.19 9 0
49 Demolition City 291.79 13 1
50 St. Chux 291.17 11 1
51 Sac City 289.45 9 1
52 Nashville 287.60 14 1
53 Chicago Outfit 285.65 16 1
54 Emerald City 284.12 7 6
55 Jet City 276.99 6 -10
56 Houston 276.46 14 -1
57 SoCal 271.84 3 -1
58 Sin City 270.71 7 -1
59 Brandywine 269.36 13 -1
60 Calgary 265.85 14 -1
61 OK Victory 263.55 8 0
62 Brewcity 260.99 15 1
63 Bear City 258.40 13 -1
64 Crime City 254.54 3 13
65 Auld Reekie 251.04 5 9
66 Roc City 248.42 7 -2
67 North Star 247.75 7 0
68 Ann Arbor 247.17 14 -3
69 Cincinnati 244.58 9 0
70 Ft. Wayne 236.25 10 -2
71 Blue Ridge 235.10 12 0
72 Burning River 234.59 11 -2
73 Des Moines 233.18 2 -1
74 Tucson 231.93 6 -1
75 Green Mt 228.68 12 1
76 Carolina 228.49 9 -1
77 Omaha 223.93 10 1
78 Old Capitol 222.03 10 1
79 DC 218.83 14 2
80 Grand Raggidy 214.67 12 2
81 Big Easy 212.41 9 2
82 Killamazoo 211.32 18 3
83 Suburbia 210.89 14 -3
84 Fargo 208.38 8 0
85 Ithaca 207.52 5 1
86 Gold Coast 204.97 10 1
87 Sioux City 202.22 5 1
88 Charlotte 199.43 7 1
89 Tiger Bay 197.79 6 1
90 Memphis 192.16 3 1
91 Twin City 191.31 13 1
92 NW Arkansas 191.03 6 1
93 Providence 188.28 6 2
94 Diamond Divas 184.98 5 0
95 Lansing 179.10 9 1
96 Maine 174.89 4 1
97 Junction City 173.91 10 1
98 Paradise City 173.57 2 -32
99 Muddy River 173.18 6 0
100 Derby City 169.70 4 0

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2015 WFTDA Playoff Rankings and Spring Roll Breakdown

I am going to throw a ton of data at you tonight, and then give you a day or two to digest it.  I will then follow up on Thursday or Friday with a little more data and a little preview of the upcoming bouts/tournaments that are going to shape the drive to D1 and D2 Playoffs.  First up tonight though will be my breakdown of Spring Roll.

Team # of Bouts Tourney Record Average WFTDA Score Change in Weekly Rankings
Arch Rival 3 3-0 578.53 +2
Dallas 3 2-1 403.46 +2
Tri-City 3 3-0 381.60 +11
Kansas City 3 2-1 370.91 +10
Brewcity 3 3-0 360.03 +9
Toronto 3 1-2 294.42 -4
Chicago Outfit 3 1-2 292.31 0
Naptown 1 1-0 290.55 -3
Ft. Wayne 3 0-3 269.48 +5
Calgary 3 0-3 224.84 -4
Old Capitol 3 1-2 213.64 -3
Killamazoo 3 0-3 192.00 0

As you can see it was a great weekend for Tri-City, Kansas City, and Brewcity.  Tri-City and KC both really put their push towards a D1 spot in play and Brewcity is now just on the outside of D2.  All three teams will be looking to keep the momentum going and advance into the playoffs they desire.

And as we had the new WFTDA Rankings release, I will give you my total rankings with all 274 teams I’ve recorded bouts for.  Im sure I may have missed one or two here or there, nobody in the Top 150 I can assure you, but this has still been a massive effort.  I really hope that as we wind down to playoffs this experiment works out and the majority of my rankings hold true with WFTDA’s, especially in the Top 60.  But we shall see.  As always remember I only use WFTDA released rankings for the bout weights and bouts that are listed on FTS (even that gets a bit hairy with relying on teams communicating properly with them).  Here you go.

Rank Team Score # of Bouts Change from last rankings
1 Gotham 774.46 9 0
2 Rose City 711.01 13 0
3 Victoria 647.62 9 0
4 Bay Area 626.25 12 0
5 Texas 570.55 10 0
6 Denver 553.05 12 0
7 Jacksonville 551.58 12 0
8 Angel City 545.71 11 0
9 Philly 529.27 9 3
10 Minnesota 523.91 12 -1
11 Arch Rival 499.38 13 2
12 London 496.04 7 -2
13 Atlanta 488.12 14 -2
14 Tampa 432.15 9 2
15 Rocky Mtn 429.65 8 -1
16 Windy City 427.69 11 -1
17 Detroit 410.90 14 2
18 Oly 400.82 1 0
19 Charm City 393.81 11 -2
20 Rat City 392.42 7 0
21 Montreal 391.69 12 0
22 Team United 389.60 3 3
23 Boston 388.82 13 0
24 Terminal City 382.44 10 0
25 Dallas 375.61 12 2
26 Sun State 371.87 4 0
27 Glasgow 370.69 3 -5
28 Steel City 360.38 14 0
29 Arizona 357.20 13 0
30 Helsinki 349.12 10 2
31 Ohio 339.66 15 0
32 Charlottesville 337.28 6 1
33 Queen City 336.53 11 1
34 Toronto 332.19 13 -4
35 Pikes Peak 329.32 6 11
36 Madison 324.17 8 6
37 Stockholm 321.61 3 -2
38 Tri-City 315.56 12 11
39 Rideau Valley 310.56 14 -1
40 Columbia 310.09 10 -3
41 Kansas City 307.71 14 10
42 Naptown 300.67 15 -3
43 Wasatch 297.89 6 -2
44 No Coast 297.07 11 -8
45 Jet City 296.17 5 -2
46 Sacred City 294.98 9 -1
47 Santa Cruz 294.19 7 -3
48 Boulder County 293.19 9 -1
49 Treasure Valley 292.68 10 -1
50 Demolition City 291.79 13 -10
51 St. Chux 291.17 11 -1
52 Sac City 289.45 9 0
53 Nashville 287.60 14 0
54 Chicago Outfit 281.79 15 0
55 Houston 276.46 14 1
56 SoCal 271.84 3 2
57 Sin City 270.71 7 2
58 Brandywine 270.47 11 -1
59 Calgary 265.85 14 -4
60 Emerald City 265.44 6 1
61 OK Victory 263.55 8 1
62 Bear City 258.40 13 -2
63 Brewcity 257.47 13 9
64 Roc City 248.42 7 7
65 Ann Arbor 248.35 13 -1
66 Paradise City 247.93 1 -3
67 North Star 247.75 7 -2
68 Ft. Wayne 242.65 9 5
69 Cincinnati 238.30 8 -3
70 Burning River 234.59 11 8
71 Blue Ridge 233.88 11 -4
72 Des Moines 233.18 2 -4
73 Tucson 231.93 6 -4
74 Auld Reekie 230.00 4 6
75 Carolina 229.50 8 -5
76 Green Mt 226.63 10 -2
77 Crime City 226.42 2 -2
78 Omaha 223.93 10 -1
79 Old Capitol 222.03 10 -3
80 Suburbia 218.88 13 2
81 DC 218.83 14 0
82 Grand Raggidy 214.67 12 1
83 Big Easy 212.41 9 1
84 Fargo 211.01 7 4
85 Killamazoo 208.92 17 0
86 Ithaca 207.52 5 -7
87 Gold Coast 204.97 10 -1
88 Sioux City 202.22 5 -1
89 Charlotte 199.43 7 2
90 Tiger Bay 195.10 5 -1
91 Memphis 192.16 3 -1
92 Twin City 191.31 13 1
93 NW Arkansas 191.03 6 -1
94 Diamond Divas 184.98 5 10
95 Providence 181.58 5 0
96 Lansing 179.10 9 5
97 Maine 174.89 4 36
98 Junction City 173.91 10 -2
99 Muddy River 173.18 6 NEW
100 Derby City 169.70 4 25
101 Kallio 166.66 7 31
102 Sydney 166.36 3 -4
103 Shasta 165.77 5 17
104 Ft. Myers 164.36 8 -4
105 Winnipeg 163.69 6 -6
106 Dupage 163.19 4 -9
107 NEO 160.57 5 -13
108 Royal City 159.24 3 -1
109 Salisbury 157.68 8 -4
110 Cherry City 157.01 7 11
111 Rage City 156.65 9 -5
112 Rainy City (UK) 154.91 12 1
113 Garden State 153.18 3 -11
114 Oklahoma City 149.30 8 -6
115 Greensboro 148.20 6 1
116 Cape Fear 146.06 9 -1
117 Dutchland 145.36 7 -6
118 Lowcountry 144.96 5 16
119 Dub City 143.51 4 -10
120 Cornfed 141.34 3 -6
121 ICT 141.07 7 28
122 Mid-State 140.62 6 31
123 Cedar Rapids 140.03 6 51
124 Rainier 139.17 5 -7
125 Lava City 138.72 9 41
126 San Fernando 138.57 13 12
127 Quad City 137.85 8 -17
128 Gent 136.43 7 -25
129 Long Island 135.92 3 -6
130 New Hampshire 135.74 7 -18
131 Mississippi 135.59 4 -7
132 Central NY 135.30 6 -10
133 Dark River 134.32 2 -5
134 Nidaros 133.91 5 20
135 Tragic City 133.73 5 -16
136 Connecticut 132.46 9 -18
137 V Town 129.76 9 -10
138 Alamo City 129.34 5 -9
139 Forest City 128.66 9 -2
140 Canberra 128.65 4 -9
141 Granite State 128.03 7 22
142 Classic City 126.09 7 14
143 Lilac City 125.52 1 94
144 North Texas 125.23 5 -9
145 Crossroads City 124.87 5 10
146 Acadiana 124.74 1 -10
147 Royal Windsor 124.68 2 24
148 Cen-Tex 123.59 5 -4
149 Red Stick 123.43 4 1
150 Dublin 123.04 5 -11
151 Richland County 122.84 4 -11
152 Magnolia 122.81 7 15
153 Central City 121.99 5 40
154 Paper Valley 121.89 3 -13
155 Harbor City 121.79 9 -8
156 Chippewa Valley 120.60 5 -13
157 Assault City 120.15 2 3
158 Leeds 119.82 5 37
159 Gem City 118.89 3 -14
160 Hard Knox 118.86 4 -30
161 Middlesbrough 118.84 8 -15
162 Paris 118.47 7 -11
163 Humboldt 117.95 1 -15
164 Pueblo 117.35 8 28
165 Snake Pit 116.96 7 13
166 Perth 116.38 2 42
167 Fox Cities 116.22 5 10
168 Ark Valley 115.06 3 18
169 Lehigh Valley 114.66 4 -17
170 Sick Town 114.03 1 NEW
171 FoCo 113.83 9 11
172 Black Rose 113.15 7 -15
173 Central Arkansas 111.73 2 -14
174 Duke 110.43 10 -32
175 Babe City 109.95 3 -14
176 MOKAN 109.33 11 -18
177 Fairbanks 108.81 1 -15
178 Chattanooga 108.58 6 5
179 Ventura 108.10 10 8
180 Southern Illinois 108.07 5 -12
181 Vette City 107.20 5 -11
182 Happy Valley 106.43 8 -13
183 Tallahassee 106.28 5 -18
184 New Jersey 106.05 4 NEW
185 Monterey Bay 105.24 5 -10
186 Ark River 104.66 1 -22
187 Cheyenne 104.47 8 -15
188 Sonoma 104.11 6 2
189 Hammer City 104.02 6 -13
190 Dominion 103.35 5 -11
191 Durango 103.11 7 31
192 Newcastle 102.36 4 39
193 CoMo 101.13 4 -13
194 Bellingham 100.65 5 -13
195 Worchester 100.07 8 -69
196 Rockin Rollers 98.85 2 -23
197 Mother State 98.37 4 -12
198 Bakersfield 96.46 12 2
199 Stuttgart Valley 96.12 6 -8
200 Oslo 94.89 5 4
201 Jersey Shore 94.46 6 9
202 Springfield 93.58 3 -13
203 West Coast KOs 93.58 8 10
204 Little Steel 93.34 6 17
205 Nottingham 92.28 5 -11
206 Hellions 90.75 5 -1
207 Bay State 90.55 6 -11
208 Nantes 88.79 5 6
209 Little City 88.65 2 -6
210 Amsterdam 88.37 2 -11
211 Appalachian 88.35 5 -13
212 Border City 88.05 5 -6
213 Pensacola 86.87 1 -12
214 Hartford 86.67 2 -26
215 Cajun 86.20 3 -13
216 Silicon Valley 84.21 4 -9
217 State College 83.67 1 NEW
218 Cedar Valley 83.36 9 -3
219 Juneau 80.69 2 4
220 Apocalypse 79.84 3 -3
221 Diamond State 78.71 4 -10
222 Port City 78.20 1 12
223 Lincolnshire 77.40 1 -11
224 A’Salt Creek 77.08 5 -27
225 Castle Rock 76.53 5 22
226 Mason-Dixon 76.23 7 -10
227 Glass City 75.90 4 1
228 ROCK 75.50 2 -10
229 Circle City 75.49 4 -3
230 Enid 75.41 7 2
231 McLean County 75.23 1 -11
232 Copenhagen 74.71 8 -3
233 Devil Dog 74.48 4 11
234 West Texas 74.18 7 -25
235 Central Coast 73.77 6 -16
236 Shore Points 72.83 3 NEW
237 Sheffield 72.60 1 -12
238 Rock Coast 71.77 4 NEW
239 Albany 71.69 4 -12
240 Savannah 71.30 5 -16
241 GTARollergirls 70.80 5 4
242 Metz 70.50 2 -6
243 Dixie 70.40 6 -13
244 Five 40 68.01 4 NEW
245 Slaughterhouse 67.57 6 -61
246 Soul City 66.82 2 -13
247 Bleeding Heartland 64.25 3 -9
248 Rocktown 64.24 1 -9
249 Antwerp 61.94 2 5
250 South Sea 61.62 2 -10
251 Roughneck 61.48 5 -10
252 Sioux Falls 60.38 6 -9
253 Confluence 58.08 7 -18
254 Mississippi Valley 53.68 4 -8
255 Harrisburg 53.55 2 5
256 Renegade 52.76 4 -4
257 Molly Roger 51.28 1 -9
258 Greenville 49.92 7 -5
259 Gainesville 49.29 3 -17
260 River City 49.24 3 -11
261 Paradise 48.33 3 -11
262 Chemical Valley 48.23 4 -4
263 Hudson Valley 47.97 2 -12
264 New River 43.00 1 -9
265 Melbourne 42.43 2 -9
266 Wasala 41.19 1 -9
267 Ruhrpott 36.24 1 -8
268 El Paso 35.74 2 -6
269 Southern Oregon 32.21 4 -8
270 Portneuf 26.55 1 NEW
271 Black N Bluegrass 23.56 3 -8
272 Hub City 13.53 1 -8
273 Spindletop 11.97 1 -8
274 Assassination City 6.14 1 -8

2015 Weekly WFTDA Playoff Rankings

Im not going to lie, the back end of the rankings exhausted me this weekend.  There were just tons of bouts by teams not in my Top 100, but I have to register them anyways.  Im thinking next week I will release my full rankings, at this point that is 266 teams and I dont even know how many bouts.  But with the main purpose being the teams head to playoffs this year I will again focus on the Top 100 as we had some movement.

I have to start with Jacksonville beating Windy City 312-54.  At this point that is the highest WFTDA Points bout of the season, just edging the Gotham win over London from last July.  I say that this week as I am still using the April 1st rankings, but will be updating next weekend once the May 1st rankings are released.  My guess is with Windy’s decline this year it wont be the highest scoring bout anymore, but that is still impressive.

*Edit* No Coasts bout with Omaha was listed as WFTDA sanctioned at the time of my entry, but has since been removed from sanctioning.  That will be updated next week.

Wasatch and Sin City battled to a 194-128 bout that helped bout teams.  Wasatch moved up 11 spots this week and despite the loss Sin City moved up 1.

The rankings will get shifted next week as we have Spring Roll and that will go a long way towards determining who is in, and who is out.  Also we will have all the bouts since May 1st get updated with the release of the new rankings.  We are only about 6 weeks away from the end of the season and Im sure it will be a wild ride all the way to the finish.

Rank Team Score # of Bouts Change from last rankings
1 Gotham 735.02 7 0
2 Rose City 715.80 13 0
3 Victoria 649.42 9 0
4 Bay Area 629.98 12 0
5 Texas 571.36 10 0
6 Denver 569.25 11 0
7 Jacksonville 557.74 12 0
8 Angel City 542.24 11 0
9 Minnesota 513.17 10 0
10 London 496.04 7 0
11 Atlanta 488.45 14 2
12 Philly 486.76 7 -1
13 Arch Rival 475.63 10 1
14 Rocky Mtn 453.06 7 1
15 Windy City 434.31 10 -3
16 Tampa 431.86 9 0
17 Charm City 401.52 9 0
18 Oly 400.82 1 0
19 Detroit 396.51 12 0
20 Rat City 392.42 7 0
21 Montreal 388.55 12 0
22 Glasgow 387.99 3 0
23 Boston 385.85 13 0
24 Terminal City 382.46 10 0
25 Des Moines United 378.58 3 0
26 Sun State 371.87 4 3
27 Dallas 366.33 9 -1
28 Steel City 358.70 14 -1
29 Arizona 357.20 13 -1
30 Toronto 343.53 10 0
31 Ohio 342.55 15 1
32 Helsinki 341.78 9 -1
33 Charlottesville 337.28 6 0
34 Queen City 335.88 11 0
35 Stockholm 321.61 3 0
36 No Coast 313.67 12 4
37 Columbia 310.09 10 -1
38 Rideau Valley 310.02 14 -1
39 Naptown 299.78 13 -1
40 Demolition City 299.35 12 -1
41 Wasatch 297.29 6 11
42 Madison 296.18 7 -1
43 Jet City 296.17 5 -1
44 Santa Cruz 294.19 7 -1
45 Sacred City 293.56 9 -1
46 Pikes Peak 293.23 4 -1
47 Boulder County 293.19 9 -1
48 Treasure Valley 292.68 10 -1
49 Tri-City 292.29 9 7
50 St. Chux 291.17 11 -2
51 Kansas City 290.47 11 -2
52 Sac City 289.45 9 -2
53 Nashville 285.97 14 -2
54 Chicago Outfit 279.15 12 -1
55 Calgary 277.03 11 -1
56 Houston 276.46 14 -1
57 Brandywine 273.11 11 5
58 SoCal 271.84 3 -1
59 Sin City 269.90 7 1
60 Bear City 269.57 11 -2
61 Emerald City 267.84 6 -2
62 OK Victory 263.55 8 -1
63 Paradise City 258.07 1 NEW
64 Ann Arbor 251.11 12 -1
65 North Star 250.31 6 -1
66 Cincinnati 236.05 8 -1
67 Blue Ridge 233.88 11 0
68 Des Moines 233.18 2 0
69 Tucson 231.93 6 0
70 Carolina 231.85 8 0
71 Roc City 230.12 6 0
72 Brewcity 229.50 11 0
73 Ft. Wayne 229.23 6 0
74 Green Mt 226.61 10 2
75 Crime City 226.42 2 -1
76 Old Capitol 225.62 7 -1
77 Omaha 225.24 10 -11
78 Burning River 223.55 9 -1
79 Ithaca 221.14 4 -1
80 Auld Reekie 220.34 4 -1
81 DC 219.85 14 2
82 Suburbia 214.52 11 -1
83 Grand Raggidy 214.24 12 1
84 Big Easy 213.09 9 1
85 Killamazoo 212.55 14 -3
86 Gold Coast 205.58 10 0
87 Sioux City 202.22 5 0
88 Fargo 199.97 7 0
89 Tiger Bay 195.00 5 0
90 Memphis 192.16 3 0
91 Charlotte 189.91 5 0
92 NW Arkansas 186.58 6 0
93 Twin City 184.46 12 0
94 NEO 175.79 4 0
95 Providence 175.19 4 0
96 Junction City 174.13 10 0
97 Dupage 173.88 3 0
98 Sydney 169.09 3 1
99 Winnipeg 164.82 6 -19
100 Ft. Myers 164.36 8 1

Big O Recap

Well this weekend sure shook things up.  Yesterday’s rankings release showed that nobody is really secure in their spots anymore (except maybe Gotham, but even that gap has shrunk significantly).  Here is how the teams from Big O really ended up.

Team # of Bouts Tourney Record Average WFTDA Score Change in Weekly Rankings
Rose City 3 3-0 839.81 0
Victoria 3 3-0 803.36 +2
Denver 3 2-1 705.40 0
Bay Area 3 2-1 659.12 -1
Texas 3 0-3 586.18 -1
Atlanta 3 1-2 490.00 -1
Philly 3 0-3 485.92 +2
Terminal City 3 3-0 432.04 +1
Montreal 3 2-1 398.01 +1
Helsinki 4 2-2 390.33 +16
Boston 3 1-2 349.70 -3
Nashville 3 0-3 339.72 +7
Emerald City 3 2-1 325.17 +26
Sacred City 3 3-0 324.20 +7
Ann Arbor 3 2-1 322.21 +9
DC 3 0-3 166.58 -8
NW Arkansas 3 0-3 143.60 -23

As a group this was an amazing tournament.  We knew what we were getting from Rose City, but Victoria really threw their name in the hat of that very top level of WFTDA.  Im sure Texas is disappointed in their 3 losses, but they kept the scores close so it really didnt hurt their rankings all that much.  The real winners this week were Helsinki and Emerald CIty as both of them made huge gains and improved their playoff position greatly.  Meanwhile NW Arkansas is probably out of the playoff picture at this point after dropping 23 spots this weekend.

2015 WFTDA Playoffs Weekly Rankings

Im running a bit behind this week, last minute Brewers tickets last night set me back a bit, so tonight I will just release the Top 100 Rankings.  Then tomorrow I’ll follow up with a complete Big O analysis and highlights of other match-ups around WFTDA.

Rank Team Score # of Bouts Change from last rankings
1 Gotham 735.02 7 0
2 Rose City 715.80 13 0
3 Victoria 649.42 9 2
4 Bay Area 629.98 12 -1
5 Texas 571.36 10 -1
6 Denver 569.25 11 0
7 Jacksonville 523.36 10 4
8 Angel City 514.20 8 -1
9 Minnesota 513.17 10 -1
10 London 496.04 7 0
11 Philly 486.76 7 -2
12 Windy City 481.70 8 1
13 Atlanta 476.39 11 -1
14 Arch Rival 475.63 10 0
15 Rocky Mtn 453.06 7 0
16 Tampa 405.99 7 0
17 Charm City 401.52 9 0
18 Oly 400.82 1 0
19 Detroit 396.51 12 2
20 Rat City 392.42 7 -1
21 Montreal 388.55 12 1
22 Glasgow 387.99 3 33
23 Boston 385.85 13 -3
24 Terminal City 382.46 10 1
25 Team United 378.58 3 -2
26 Dallas 366.33 9 -2
27 Steel City 360.86 13 -1
28 Arizona 357.20 13 -1
29 Sun State 348.27 3 0
30 Toronto 343.53 10 0
31 Helsinki 341.78 9 16
32 Ohio 341.60 14 -4
33 Charlottesville 337.28 6 -2
34 Queen City 324.58 8 -2
35 Stockholm 321.61 3 -2
36 Columbia 310.09 10 -2
37 Rideau Valley 306.69 11 -2
38 Naptown 299.78 13 -2
39 Demolition City 299.35 12 -2
40 No Coast 297.07 11 -2
41 Madison 296.18 7 -2
42 Jet City 296.17 5 -2
43 Santa Cruz 294.19 7 -2
44 Sacred City 293.56 9 7
45 Pikes Peak 293.23 4 -3
46 Boulder County 293.19 9 -3
47 Treasure Valley 292.68 10 -3
48 St. Chux 291.17 11 -3
49 Kansas City 290.47 11 -3
50 Sac City 289.45 9 -2
51 Nashville 285.97 14 7
52 Wasatch 284.81 5 -3
53 Chicago Outfit 279.15 12 -3
54 Calgary 277.03 11 -2
55 Houston 276.46 14 -2
56 Tri-City 272.10 6 0
57 SoCal 271.84 3 0
58 Bear City 269.57 11 1
59 Emerald City 267.84 6 26
60 Sin City 266.59 6 -6
61 OK Victory 263.55 8 -1
62 Brandywine 263.53 9 -1
63 Ann Arbor 251.11 12 9
64 North Star 250.31 6 -1
65 Cincinnati 240.52 6 15
66 Omaha 235.49 9 -2
67 Blue Ridge 233.88 11 -2
68 Des Moines 233.18 2 -2
69 Tucson 231.93 6 -2
70 Carolina 231.85 8 18
71 Roc City 230.12 6 -3
72 Brewcity 229.50 11 -2
73 Ft. Wayne 229.23 6 -2
74 Crime City 226.42 2 -1
75 Old Capitol 225.62 7 -1
76 Green Mt 223.63 8 0
77 Burning River 222.98 8 0
78 Ithaca 221.14 4 1
79 Auld Reekie 220.34 4 -17
80 Winnipeg 217.73 1 1
81 Suburbia 214.52 11 2
82 Killamazoo 212.55 14 2
83 DC 211.67 13 -8
84 Grand Raggidy 210.58 11 -2
85 Big Easy 209.59 8 1
86 Gold Coast 205.58 10 1
87 Sioux City 202.22 5 2
88 Fargo 199.97 7 2
89 Tiger Bay 195.00 5 -11
90 Memphis 192.16 3 1
91 Charlotte 189.91 5 1
92 NW Arkansas 186.58 6 -23
93 Twin City 184.52 11 0
94 NEO 175.79 4 0
95 Providence 175.19 4 0
96 Junction City 174.13 10 0
97 Dupage 173.88 3 0
98 Rage City 172.91 2 0
99 Sydney 169.09 3 8
100 Oklahoma City 167.51 4 -1

Spudtown/Tinseltown/Southern Discomfort Breakdowns

As a little bonus this week here are a little more info in regards to three tournaments this weekend.  To start lets take a bit of a look at Southern Discomfort (hosted by Columbia).

Team # of Bouts Tourney Record Average WFTDA Score Change in Weekly Rankings
Jacksonville 2 2-0 540.67 +1
Charlottesville 2 2-0 407.43 +2
Columbia 3 3-0 375.21 +11
Brandywine 3 2-1 291.38 0
Ft. Myers 2 1-1 276.45 +28
Green Mt. 3 1-2 266.57 +17
Calgary 3 1-2 250.69 -10
Roc City 2 0-2 244.72 +6
Charlotte 1 0-1 150.20 -4
Killamazoo 3 0-3 108.65 -20

As you can see Jacksonville again dominated a tournament, but the real stories here were the rise of Columbia and the fall of Killamazoo.  Columbia (with the help of some great scheduling) moved up a very solid 11 spots and started to get a little separation in their effort to make D1 playoffs this year.  Killamazoo on the other had about as bad a weekend as any team in derby.  Not only did they go 0-3 but they dropped 20 spots this week and have just about been eliminated from the D2 playoff groups this year.  Nothing is impossible, but I just don’t see them making it this year.

Team # of Bouts Tourney Record Average WFTDA Score Change in Weekly Rankings
Angel City 2 2-0 581.60 +3
Arizona 3 1-2 351.93 -2
Santa Cruz 3 2-1 306.30 +2
Sacred City 2 0-2 299.06 +3

The Tinseltown Showdown again proved to be a great little tournament.  Angel City again showed their dominance, but for 3 of the 4 teams there were positive moves in the rankings and one of the two spots Arizona lost was due to Oly joining the fray.  I also applaud both Angel City and Sacred City for not playing each other as both teams probably recognized that neither team was going to be able to benefit from it.  It is funny, but sometimes that is the best way to go.

 

Team # of Bouts Tourney Record Average WFTDA Score Change in Weekly Rankings
Boulder County 3 3-0 386.68 +19
Sac City 3 2-1 363.43 +11
Treasure Valley 3 1-2 294.78 -5
New Hampshire 3 0-3 56.24 -45

Last, but not least this week, I will look at part of the Spudtown Knockdown.  The best way to look at the tournament is that there were two little round robins that took place.  Im just looking at the one with teams in the Top 100.  As you can see above New Hampshire has taken a huge step backwards.  With three huge losses they fell all the way to #111 in my rankings.  That will completely take them out of the 2015 Playoffs.  The other three teams really took advantage of this drop, even though I’ll admit that I thought Treasure Valley would have held up a bit better against Boulder County and Sac City.  But all three look to be at least solid D2 teams this year and all could still get up to D1s.

Next week I’ll break down The Big O, and I cant wait as 8 of my top 20 teams will be in action.  With all action being streamed at http://ecrg.com/bigo/live/ for free!!!

2015 WFTDA Playoffs Weekly Rankings – IT’S ON!!!

One can only hope that this past weekend set the tone for things to come as the drive for the playoffs officially just got real for some teams.  If you want a bout by bout recap, again I’ll encourage you to visit Derby Central as Left 4 Deadwards again did an excellent job capturing the action across the world.  But, if you want to know what the results really meant you’ve come to the right place.  This weekend saw 82 of the Top 100 teams change rankings, including a huge change in the Top 10.  We also see the battles for 40 and 60 really starting to take shape.  (Later this week I’ll provide a quick synapses of the three big tourneys in the usual format: Tinseltown Showdown, Spudtown Knockdown, and Southern Discomfort)

This weekend recap has to be started with the huge bout between Minnesota and Windy City.  Minnesota took a huge win and moved up 6 spots, while the loss saw Windy City drop 6 and now residing at #13.  This was highlighted due to such the craziness that is the WFTDA rankings.  Minnesota beat a WFTDA #11 Windy City on 4/25/15 that had a WFTDA Weight of 3.78, compare that to when Gotham beat then WFTDA #3 London on 7/12/14 with a WFTDA Weight of 3.76.  That right there supports something I’ve said all along, play your bouts later in the WFTDA calendar to maximize your points.

But Minnesota wasn’t the only Top 10 team to make a move as Angel City was able to use a successful weekend to move up 3 spots and slot in at #7 in my rankings.  The rest of the Top 20 saw minimal movement, except HELLO Oly.  With their first WFTDA bout in the books they enter the rankings this weekend at #18.  Now whether or not they will get in the necessary number of bouts (and then actually participate in Playoffs) remains yet to be seen their win over Jet City shows they are still relevant in the WFTDA world.  The rest of the Top 30 saw minimal changes with a few bouts here and there, but in that 30-70 range (heck even up to 100) things got a bit crazy.

From 30-100 we saw 11 teams move more than 10 spots this week, and that doesn’t include the 45 spots New Hampshire fell that dropped them all the way to #111.  Columbia moved up 11 spots to #34 and their average should be enough to get them into D1 if they remain at the 310 score.  This D1 battle is going to be great to watch this year as I currently have 36th-48th separated by just over 10 WFTDA points.  That amount is easily obtainable depending how my many current bouts your team has already played.  And with Pikes Peak, Boulder County, Helsinki, and Sac City all entering into the fray this week I can’t wait to see who ends up in and who misses out.

One team that unfortunately looks like they may be on the outside looking in on that party is Calgary, who dropped 10 spots and is now at #52.  Their loss to Charlottesvile (who is currently ridiculously under-ranked by WFTDA) really hurt their cause and will make it hard to jump past all those other teams and get back to D1 range.  Hope is not lost, but they have work to do.

D2 this year is going to be a battle just to get in.  Look at it this way, OK Victory who played in D1 last year is currently 60th and Bear City who had their great run at D2’s is in 59th.  But the curious thing is the score gap we have opening up between 63rd (North Star thanks to their huge win over Omaha and 21 rankings move) and 64th (Omaha).  That 15 point gap could be difficult for some teams below to make up.  Think of it this way, Omaha has currently played 9 bouts with a score of 235, in order to get up to the 250 after their next bout (FTS listed as No Coast) they would need to score 385 WFTDA points in their next bout.  No Coast is currently ranked WFTDA #42 and Omaha would need to beat them and score 57% of the total points.  That just shows how hard it can be to move your average a lot if you have already played a lot of bouts.

The rest of the Top 100 also saw some good movement that just might impact D2 playoffs, but also might be a little too late for some.  Crime City moved all the way up to #73 this week and with only 2 bouts on the books could still change their average a good amount, but did they move up so much because Stockholm was over-rated?  That we will have to wait and see.  Green Mt also made a really nice move up to #76, but with 8 bouts in hand already it may just be too late for them.  Going the other way, Ft. Wayne really hurt their chances this weekend (Detroit really is a rankings killer), Killamazoo lost 20 spots, and New Hampshire fell off the grid completely.

Its going to be a great run over the next two months and a lot can happen, just remember every bout counts and one bad bout can ruin a whole season.

Rank Team Score # of Bouts Change from last rankings
1 Gotham 735.02 7 0
2 Rose City 678.59 10 0
3 Bay Area 620.27 9 0
4 Texas 565.01 7 0
5 Victoria 527.98 5 0
6 Denver 518.14 8 0
7 Angel City 514.20 8 3
8 Minnesota 513.17 10 6
9 Philly 502.39 5 -1
10 London 496.04 7 -1
11 Jacksonville 493.03 9 1
12 Atlanta 484.76 7 -1
13 Windy City 481.70 8 -6
14 Arch Rival 474.26 9 -1
15 Rocky Mtn 453.06 7 0
16 Tampa 405.99 7 0
17 Charm City 401.52 9 0
18 Oly 400.82 1 NEW
19 Rat City 397.30 6 -1
20 Boston 396.70 10 -1
21 Detroit 396.51 12 -1
22 Montreal 385.40 9 -1
23 Des Moines United 375.37 2 -1
24 Dallas 366.33 9 0
25 Terminal City 361.22 7 -2
26 Steel City 360.86 13 0
27 Arizona 357.20 13 -2
28 Ohio 356.93 12 -1
29 Sun State 348.27 3 -1
30 Toronto 343.53 10 0
31 Charlottesville 337.28 6 2
32 Queen City 324.58 8 -1
33 Stockholm 321.61 3 -4
34 Columbia 310.09 10 11
35 Rideau Valley 306.69 11 -3
36 Naptown 299.78 13 -2
37 Demolition City 299.35 12 -2
38 No Coast 297.07 11 -2
39 Madison 296.18 7 -2
40 Jet City 296.17 5 -2
41 Santa Cruz 294.19 7 2
42 Pikes Peak 293.23 4 14
43 Boulder County 293.19 9 19
44 Treasure Valley 292.68 10 -5
45 St. Chux 291.17 11 -5
46 Kansas City 290.47 11 -5
47 Helsinki 289.71 4 16
48 Sac City 289.45 9 11
49 Wasatch 284.81 5 -5
50 Chicago Outfit 279.15 12 -1
51 Sacred City 278.24 6 3
52 Calgary 277.03 11 -10
53 Houston 276.46 14 -7
54 Sin City 273.56 5 -7
55 Glasgow 272.69 1 -7
56 Tri-City 272.10 6 -6
57 SoCal 271.84 3 -6
58 Nashville 271.31 11 -6
59 Bear City 269.57 11 -6
60 OK Victory 263.55 8 -5
61 Brandywine 263.53 9 0
62 Auld Reekie 261.00 2 -5
63 North Star 250.31 6 21
64 Omaha 235.49 9 -4
65 Blue Ridge 233.88 11 0
66 Des Moines 233.18 2 1
67 Tucson 231.93 6 1
68 Roc City 230.12 6 6
69 NW Arkansas 229.55 3 0
70 Brewcity 229.50 11 0
71 Ft. Wayne 229.23 6 -13
72 Ann Arbor 227.42 9 -1
73 Crime City 226.42 2 48
74 Old Capitol 225.62 7 -2
75 DC 225.20 10 -2
76 Green Mt 223.63 8 17
77 Burning River 222.98 8 1
78 Tiger Bay 221.80 4 -2
79 Ithaca 221.14 4 -2
80 Cincinnati 217.99 5 -5
81 Winnipeg 217.73 1 -2
82 Grand Raggidy 217.05 10 -2
83 Suburbia 214.52 11 -2
84 Killamazoo 212.55 14 -20
85 Emerald City 210.52 3 -3
86 Big Easy 209.59 8 -3
87 Gold Coast 206.53 9 -2
88 Carolina 205.02 6 -2
89 Sioux City 202.22 5 -2
90 Fargo 193.19 6 0
91 Memphis 192.16 3 0
92 Charlotte 189.91 5 -4
93 Twin City 184.52 11 -1
94 NEO 175.79 4 24
95 Providence 175.19 4 -6
96 Junction City 174.13 10 -2
97 Dupage 173.88 3 -2
98 Rage City 172.91 2 -2
99 Oklahoma City 167.51 4 -2
100 Lansing 166.30 6 -2

Weekly WFTDA 2015 Playoff Rankings

Im a bit behind so tonight Im just going to provide the rankings and then tomorrow will provide a bit more in depth analysis as to what happened this past weekend.  For now, here you go.

Rank Team Score # of Bouts Change from last rankings
1 Gotham 735.02 7 0
2 Rose City 678.59 10 0
3 Bay Area 620.27 9 0
4 Texas 565.01 7 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 Atlanta 484.76 7 0
12 Jacksonville 479.42 7 0
13 Arch Rival 474.26 9 0
14 Minnesota 471.41 9 0
15 Rocky Mtn 453.06 7 0
16 Tampa 405.99 7 0
17 Charm City 401.52 9 0
18 Rat City 397.30 6 0
19 Boston 396.70 10 2
20 Detroit 392.17 11 0
21 Montreal 384.35 8 -2
22 Team United 375.37 2 0
23 Terminal City 370.90 6 0
24 Dallas 366.33 9 1
25 Arizona 358.78 10 -1
26 Steel City 350.79 12 1
27 Ohio 348.67 11 -1
28 Sun State 348.27 3 0
29 Stockholm 347.24 2 0
30 Toronto 331.19 9 0
31 Queen City 322.21 7 0
32 Rideau Valley 306.69 11 0
33 Charlottesville 302.20 4 0
34 Naptown 299.78 13 0
35 Demolition City 299.35 12 0
36 No Coast 297.07 11 0
37 Madison 296.18 7 0
38 Jet City 291.85 4 0
39 Treasure Valley 291.78 7 0
40 St. Chux 291.17 11 0
41 Kansas City 289.29 10 0
42 Calgary 286.90 7 0
43 Santa Cruz 285.11 4 0
44 Wasatch 284.81 5 0
45 Columbia 282.18 7 0
46 Houston 276.46 14 0
47 Sin City 273.56 5 0
48 Glasgow 272.69 1 NEW
49 Chicago Outfit 272.40 11 3
50 Tri-City 272.10 6 -2
51 SoCal 271.84 3 -2
52 Nashville 271.31 11 -2
53 Bear City 269.57 11 0
54 Sacred City 267.83 4 -3
55 OK Victory 263.55 8 -1
56 Pikes Peak 263.13 2 -1
57 Auld Reekie 261.00 2 -1
58 Ft. Wayne 257.77 5 -1
59 Sac City 252.46 6 -1
60 Omaha 250.41 8 -1
61 Brandywine 249.60 6 2
62 Boulder County 246.45 6 -2
63 Helsinki 244.75 3 -2
64 Killamazoo 240.88 11 0
65 Blue Ridge 238.47 9 -3
66 New Hampshire 234.68 3 -1
67 Des Moines 233.18 2 -1
68 Tucson 231.93 6 -1
69 NW Arkansas 229.55 3 0
70 Brewcity 229.50 11 -2
71 Ann Arbor 227.42 9 -1
72 Old Capitol 225.62 7 8
73 DC 225.20 10 -2
74 Roc City 222.83 4 -1
75 Cincinnati 222.58 4 -1
76 Tiger Bay 221.80 4 -1
77 Ithaca 221.14 4 -1
78 Burning River 219.05 7 -1
79 Winnipeg 217.73 1 NEW
80 Grand Raggidy 217.05 10 -2
81 Suburbia 212.10 10 -2
82 Emerald City 210.52 3 -1
83 Big Easy 209.59 8 -11
84 North Star 207.27 5 -2
85 Gold Coast 206.53 9 -2
86 Carolina 205.02 6 -1
87 Sioux City 202.22 5 2
88 Charlotte 199.84 4 -1
89 Providence 197.63 3 -3
90 Fargo 193.19 6 -2
91 Memphis 192.16 3 -7
92 Twin City 184.52 11 -2
93 Green Mt 182.05 5 -2
94 Junction City 174.13 10 1
95 Dupage 173.88 3 -3
96 Rage City 172.91 2 -3
97 Oklahoma City 167.51 4 -3
98 Lansing 166.30 6 -2
99 Quad City 163.59 6 -2
100 Garden State 160.69 2 -2