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2015 WFTDA Rankings Review

2015 WFTDA Rankings Review Photo Credit: Donna Olmstead Photography. facebook.com/donnaOphoto

The WFTDA had released its first rankings update since Championships, and as of November 30th, 2015 it’s not really surprising that Gotham is still #1 even though they suffered their first loss in 5 years at the hands of Rose City. Since a team’s ranking is comprised of an average of points earned from 12 months of games, things can take awhile to change as more games are played. (For more information, go here for the rankings white papers.)

Here are some highlights of where things lay now in the top 100 ranked teams compared to January.

2015 MRDA Fall Rankings & Champs Seeding

2015 MRDA Fall Rankings & Champs Seeding Photo by Donna Olmstead Photography. facebook.com/donnaOphoto

The Fall 2015 rankings for the Men’s Roller Derby Association have been released and with its reveal, post-season placement for October’s MRDA’s trophy chase now takes shape.

Playoff Possibilities

Playoff Possibilities Jacksonville vs. Texas at 2014 D1 Playoffs in Evansville. Photo by Donna Olmstead Photography.

Just six months ago, we were discussing the growth of Roller Derby, specifically to the WFTDA, and how 20% of the top 60 teams were from outside the United States. At the time, only seven of those leagues were in the top 40. Now 12 non-U.S. teams are headed to Division 1 playoffs and 1 is headed to Division 2.

The tournament season will also include 8 teams who are entirely new to playoffs, with a few more making a return after a year or more away from tournaments. With all this new blood in the mix, the 2015 WFTDA tournaments should be unpredictable and exciting.

WFTDA Rankings & Playoff Bracket Speculations

WFTDA Rankings & Playoff Bracket Speculations Photo by Joe Mac. facebook.com/joemacphoto

This will be the third year that the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association has utilized Divisions for Playoffs, which provides more teams the opportunity to play, but arguably can be a costly trip for some. Ranking speculations about this year’s tournament season includes 8 participating countries, making these “International Tournaments”  true to their name.

We have gathered together a few lists, by some nerdy derby mathematicians, of the predicted top 60 teams, and how WFTDA’s recent announcements will affect those invited to a tournament this fall.

March 2015 MRDA Recap

March 2015 MRDA Recap Your Mom vs New York. Photo by Donna Olmstead Photography.

Highlights in March from the Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) included its eminent league staving a hard charge from the team positioned two slots behind, early tremors from a San Diego-based squad and pushes by those that aim to crack the Top 20.