Who is in our Top 10 and why?
- Seattle Chiefs: Finishing 3rd in 2015, they were well placed in all the tournaments they entered all year, but they only played teams who happened to show up in their backyard. Will they be able to travel? They boast one of the best QB’s in the region, and a core group of winners; many played for the semi-pro national championship team in 2015. They seem to be getting better each season which is why we see their rise to the top spot in 2016, but only time will tell. They are a hard matchup for many teams with enough athletes to create mismatches coupled with a strong D-rush. We will see if they can hold onto the top spot throughout 2016.
- Medford Dynasty: The 2015 champion will maintain a high level in 2016. They have plenty of experience, and a lot of unique schemes that can create matchup problems for defenses. The team will be splitting time in the semi-pro circuit as the Dynasty Generals. They have plenty of Bigs and plenty of skill guys to bring fresh rotation on all fronts, all game, so if you don’t have the personnel they will gas you out. Their defense is stout but the offense will need to play at a top notch level on a consistent basis to stay in the top 3.
- Seattle Baddogs: They started 2015 strong with two tournament wins, but cooled off as the year went on. The 2015 runner-up will still bring some of the most schematic flag football around and maintain a top 3 status. Their strength is in their defense, keeping pressure on the QB’s and generating key turnovers that lead to scores. Their offense lacks the explosiveness of more high caliber teams, but seem to find ways to win - even if it's ugly - with guys making key plays. They will need to find another gear on offense if they are going to keep winning and stay in the top 5.
- Vancouver Moose: When this team has the right pieces in place they are hard to stop. One of the few teams with hardware in 2015, we see good things for this team in 2016 if they bring their A game. Their secondary is tops in the region and they do an excellent job keeping opposing QB’s guessing. The offense keeps the pressure on and rarely forces plays, instead taking what is there and keeping drives alive.
- Post Falls Bad Intentions: This team thrives by creating lots of pressure and their D-Line is tough to handle. They often force teams to change game plans, and can dictate the direction of a game. They play efficient offense and keep drives alive with precise quick passes and calculated downfield shots. The offense plays with discipline but can become one dimensional over the course of a game. We anticipate a steady place in the Top 5 for Bad Intentions, assuming they can bring home some hardware in 2016 they may move higher.
- Spokane Outlaws: One of the more well balanced teams in the NW, and well regarded in the region. They consistently challenge teams for the top spot in tournaments. The Outlaws fell short a few times in 2015 finishing well enough overall at tournaments attended. They have great ball control on offense and create a bend but don’t break defense. Teams have to come with a gameplan and play a near flawless game to come away with a win.
- Vancouver Villains: They have a top 3 QB in the NW, and he is a student of the game; if given time he will pick the opposing team's defense apart. They are built in the traditional Canadian style, with a huge O-Line and lots of skill on the edges. Their defense will need to rise to the occasion to bring home the hardware in 2016. The team has flashes of brilliance, but doesn’t have a well rounded ground game. They have a tough time playing from behind, but when they are clicking they become frustratingly unbeatable.
- Salem Skally Wags: The Skally Wags’ performance rides on their ability to play as a team. While not possessing the best at any given position, their collective whole seems to continually find themselves in the championship game of various tournaments, showing their ability to come together as a unit. When at full health their QB is able to keep defenses on their heals blending a great mix of runs, passes, and scrambles. The defense has some holes, but they make up for it in tenacity. They haven’t found consistency yet, but have a few local tournament victories in the past. A little more reliable play and a regional tournament win will find a Top 5 finish in 2016 for the Skally Wags.
- Spokane Not Fast or Furious: The team is full of young talent. Plenty of D1 players - still fresh from national titles at EWU - that litter the roster. Their defense is great, well balanced with a strong rush, but for the team to stay in the top ten they are going to have to put their neck out and perform at a few tournaments. If they do they easily climb back to the Top 5, especially if their QB can continue to put points on the board. They don’t play consistently throughout the year to warrant a higher ranking at this time, but they are one of the 5 teams to bring home an Elite division trophy in 2015.
- Eugene Dirty Birds: They have all the pieces to make a run at the top 5. A good QB, a blend of skills, bigs, and hybrid players that can all move around on the field as necessary. One of their few weaknesses is that they turn the ball over more than a team can, and still win consistently. They have won a few local tournament championships, as well as finals appearances in some notable regional tournaments, but don’t yet have the hardware to match the swagger.
Who is in our Top 50?
What to expect throughout the year?
Our ranking takes into consideration placement in Traveled Tournaments > Local Tournaments > Local Leagues. We often seek the input of Regional league and tournament Directors and then other regional Stakeholders that we refer to collectively as our RDS poll.
A. Tournament Performance
- Tournament championships / Strength of tournament competition
- Tournament finals appearances
- Tournament semi-finals appearances
- Head to Head tournament match-ups/record
- Tournament appearances
- League championships / Strength of local league competition
- Years active, Talent, Depth, Roster Size
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Tournament Calendar Quick Look
- Medford Snow Bowl - Feb 27th & 28th
- Everett Faoro | Hicks West Coast Championship - March 19th & 20th
- Spokane Spring Mayhem World Championship Circuit - June 11th & 12th
- Redmond Flag Football Frenzy - August 27th & 28th
- Spokane Turkey Bowl - November Mid
- Eugene Maximus Sports NW Championships - December Early
- Liberty Bowl (June 28th & 29th)
- Show up or Shut Up 7man (July 11th & 12th)
- Mudd Bowl (October Mid)
- Holiday Bash 7man (Dec 10th & 11th)