Guest Series: “The Road To Playoffs – Feb 2019 edition”

It’s a new season for WFTDA competition, and with it we’ve had the first new official WFTDA rating for the season ( )
Throughout the year, however, those ratings and rankings will change – not just as the teams play more games, but also because the weighting of their past games will alter. Games will “age out” of the rating if they become more than 1 year old; and games which become more than 6 months old will count only 50% as much.

All the locations with teams in our top 100 (larger stars mean more than one team is in the list – for example, 2×4 and Sailor City in Buenos Aires).

Speedy Convalesce, Head NSO of Mannheim’s Delta Quads, as well as many other things, is here to help us better visualise what’s likely to happen at Playoff selection, however. This ongoing series will report the ratings and rankings of the top 100 WFTDA teams, calculated as if we were at June 30th 2019 [the ranking which will be used to decide Qualifications and seedings into both WFTDA Playoffs, and the Continental Cups].
Whilst we can’t predict the future, this will give the best guess of what teams need to do to qualify, based on what they’ve already done.

As well as attaining a minimum ranking, teams also need to play at least 4 bouts within the eligibility period (December 2018 to June 2019), and we’ll be tracking their progress on this measure, too.

The list: (# is number of bouts contributing to the ranking, whilst #El is the number of bouts contributing to their eligibility for playoffs). We’ll colour teams to indicate when they’ve played their minimum number of games for eligibility, but as yet, it’s too early for anyone to have met this. We’ve eliminated any teams which have played less than 2 games since July 2018 here.

1Rose City RollersN A WEST61277.690
2Victorian Roller Derby LeagueASIA PACIFIC51274.920
3Gotham Girls Roller DerbyN A EAST41193.050
4Denver Roller DerbyN A WEST51187.670
5Arch Rival Roller DerbyN A EAST71135.020
6Angel City DerbyN A WEST61011.880
7London RollergirlsEUROPE4861.020
8Texas RollergirlsN A WEST7858.860
9Crime City RollersEUROPE5849.520
10Minnesota RollerGirlsN A EAST3835.390
11Jacksonville RollergirlsN A EAST6817.810
12Montreal Roller DerbyN A EAST7803.010
132×4 Roller DerbyC/S AMERICA3788.70
14Rat City Roller DerbyN A WEST4773.870
15Santa Cruz Derby GirlsN A WEST3768.380
16Rainy City Roller DerbyEUROPE3753.280
17Bay Area DerbyN A WEST3753.060
18Atlanta Roller DerbyN A EAST5737.360
19Stockholm Roller DerbyEUROPE2711.80
20Canberra Roller Derby LeagueASIA PACIFIC3702.490
21Arizona Roller DerbyN A WEST3692.910
22Helsinki Roller DerbyEUROPE3667.730
23Ann Arbor Roller DerbyN A EAST2657.770
24Queen City Roller GirlsN A EAST2599.210
25Tampa Roller DerbyN A EAST3554.730
26Charlottesville Derby DamesN A EAST3550.510
27Philly Roller DerbyN A EAST3536.230
28Kallio Rolling RainbowEUROPE3528.370
29Windy City RollersN A EAST2515.780
30Boston Roller DerbyN A EAST4513.50
31Middlesbrough Roller DerbyEUROPE3487.920
32Dublin Roller DerbyEUROPE3487.690
33Blue Ridge RollergirlsN A EAST2474.810
34Team United Women’s Roller DerbyN A EAST4471.130
35Calgary Roller DerbyN A WEST4458.140
36Detroit Roller DerbyN A EAST4455.590
37Bear City Roller DerbyEUROPE2451.720
38North Star Roller DerbyN A EAST3444.610
39E-Ville Roller DerbyN A WEST3439.040
40Sun State Roller DerbyASIA PACIFIC3433.220
41Tiger Bay BrawlersEUROPE3433.050
42Dock City RollersEUROPE3432.340
43Mad Rollin’ Dolls Roller DerbyN A EAST3426.870
44Paris RollergirlsEUROPE2415.370
45Birmingham Blitz DamesEUROPE2414.860
46Terminal City RollergirlsN A WEST2405.140
47Orangeville Roller GirlsN A EAST3402.540
48Sailor City RollersC/S AMERICA2386.740
49Sacramento Roller DerbyN A WEST3386.550
50Rocky Mountain RollergirlsN A WEST3385.470
51Royal City Roller DerbyN A EAST3383.710
52Grand Raggidy Roller DerbyN A EAST2381.810
53Tucson Roller DerbyN A WEST3366.080
54Happy Valley Derby DarlinsN A WEST3364.620
55Ohio Roller DerbyN A EAST2361.810
56Central City RollerderbyEUROPE3344.360
57Charm City Roller GirlsN A EAST3340.230
58Columbia Quad SquadN A EAST3329.570
59Jet City Roller DerbyN A WEST3327.720
60Dub City Roller DerbyN A EAST3326.250
61No Coast Derby GirlsN A WEST3324.050
62Boulder County BombersN A WEST2304.960
63Classic City RollergirlsN A EAST4293.230
64Crossroads City DerbyN A WEST2289.230
65Red Stick Roller DerbyN A EAST5284.380
66Antwerp Roller DerbyEUROPE4266.950
67Appalachian Roller DerbyN A EAST5266.510
68Ottawa Valley Roller DerbyN A EAST2261.220
69Pikes Peak Derby DamesN A WEST2239.750
70Nottingham Hellfire HarlotsEUROPE2233.150
71Duke City DerbyN A WEST3229.870
72Brewcity BruisersN A EAST2222.750
73Nantes Derby GirlsEUROPE2221.441
74Amsterdam Roller DerbyEUROPE2219.090
75Newcastle Roller GirlsEUROPE2213.680
76Lehigh Valley Roller DerbyN A EAST2206.70
77Black Rose RollersN A EAST2201.580
78Dark River Derby CoalitionN A EAST2200.360
79State College Area Roller DerbyN A EAST2197.450
80Chattanooga Roller GirlsN A EAST4197.220
81Gold Coast Derby GrrlsN A EAST2197.190
82Brussels Derby PixiesEUROPE3185.70
83Penn Jersey Roller DerbyN A EAST3185.620
84SoCal DerbyN A WEST3184.880
85Big Easy RollergirlsN A EAST3180.170
86Confluence Crush Roller DerbyN A EAST3176.811
87Rockin City RollergirlsN A WEST4171.370
88Molly Roger RollergirlsN A EAST2171.190
89Sierra Regional Roller DerbyN A WEST4170.970
90Les Quads des ParisEUROPE3165.751
91Zurich City Roller DerbyEUROPE2164.50
92Sonoma County Roller DerbyN A WEST4157.120
93Panhandle United Roller DerbyN A EAST4155.460
94Roller Derby CaenEUROPE3154.352
95Free State Roller DerbyN A EAST2153.630
96Bakersfield Diamond DivasN A WEST2148.570
97The Royal Swedish Roller DerbyEUROPE2148.520
98Fayetteville Roller DerbyN A EAST4145.610
99Reading Derby GirlsN A EAST2145.280
100Salisbury RollergirlsN A EAST2142.10

[We plan to update this list each time WFTDA release a rating and ranking until Playoffs selections]

As you can see, the re-weighting isn’t just a technical thing, it produces real effects, visible at the very top of the table. For now, the focus on “more recent games” helps to push Rose above Victorian in our rating here; but these closely matched teams are likely to jostle a lot as the year progresses.

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