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|
|Current D1 #2 Seeds|
|Current D1 #3 Seeds|
|Current D1 #4 Seeds|
|Current D1 #5 Seeds|
|Current D1 #6 Seeds|
|Current D1 #7 Seeds|
|Current D1 #8 Seeds|
|Current D1 #9 Seeds|
|Current D1 #10 Seeds|
|Current D2 #1 & #2 Seeds|
|Current D2 #3 & #4 Seeds|
|Current D2 #5 & #6 Seeds|
|Current D2 #7 & #8 Seeds|
|Current D2 #9 & #10 Seeds|
|Outside Looking In|