(Traveled Tournaments>Local Tournaments>Local Leagues)
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
Who is in our Top 10 and why?
- Seattle Baddogs: The Faoro tournament stands as the strongest tournament in the region due to so many ranked teams in attendance, and with the championship the Baddogs sit alone atop the NWFF rankings as of now. The Baddogs are no strangers to the top of the winners circle in regional tournaments though, and were previously ranked as #5 regionally due to their willingness to travel and ability to win. This team plays locally as Leny’s Crew and/or the Baddogs combining and splitting as personnel limitations requires, and frequently competes for the top spots in local 9v9, 8v8, and 7v7 leagues. Currently the best team in Washington State.
- Vancouver Villains: The Villains were the runner-up in the strongest tournament in the region, and they carry a pedigree behind them that is unrivaled. As a perennial local finalist in the strongest league in the region (TFFL,) they have definitely been battle tested against solid competition. The Villains tend to shine in the high caliber WCFFC as it favors their style. Could easily be ranked #1 with a tournament victory plus another good tournament showing this year. Currently the best team in British Columbia.
- Medford Dynasty: Dynasty has claim to the 2015 Medford Snow Bowl Championship and made a great showing at the very distant Faoro tournament. Team Dynasty carries experience and skill that is rarely rivaled in their state. Dynasty stands as the vanguard for a growing local community in the Rogue Valley and is hungry to show their talent across the region. Known to be flaunting Man^ gear, this team definitely does just that in competition. Currently the best team in Oregon.
- Vancouver Moose: The Moose are amongst the top teams in the region after having demonstrating success in the past locally in a very strong league (TFFL), winning local tournaments (WCFFC) and winning tournaments abroad (Spokane.) The Moose have formed a solid nucleus of experience and athleticism that allows them to compete well in many formats. If the Moose can come away with a tournament victory and some more strong tournament showings in 2015 they will be in contention for a top spot in NWFF rankings.
- Seattle Chiefs: A relatively new team to the NWFF rankings but are making waves due to their local success and semi-final appearance at the Faoro tournament. This rag tag group brings a lot of youthful fire and a bit of a chip on their shoulder. A great young QB and plenty of skilled targets make this team difficult to deal with. With a tournament win in 2015, this team will see themselves as a top 3 candidate.
- Salem Skally Wags: A team not known to travel outside of their state, but definitely amongst the best in Oregon. This team has battled the #3 ranked Dynasty in slug match after slug match over the years and has come out on top enough for us to take notice. The Skally Wags rest atop the young Willamette Valley Flag football League, and are attempting to grow their league to new heights. As one of the top teams in Oregon and the proven ability to win tournament championships, this team is one trophy away from breaking into the top 5 again.
- Vancouver Cobras: The Cobras are the third TFFL team to be featured in the top 10 and it is not by accident. The Cobras have been amongst the best in their league and tournament play often against rivals Villains and Moose, and have come away victorious enough to garner mention. The Cobras would be dominant if transplanted to many weaker regional leagues, so they sacrifice hardware for the iron-on-iron sharpening effects of their talented Vancouver league.
- Spokane Outlaws: Moving a bit down the rankings The Outlaws are starting off the year a little slower than normal due to the difficulties in traveling with teams for tournaments. This team is holding down the eastern half of Washington State for quite some time. The Outlaws provide some contrast to the other top state teams in the Baddogs and Chiefs. The Outlaws have beaten the traveling Baddogs on their Spokane home turf, so they are known to bring a punch when in full form. It’s only a matter of time before they snag a tournament championship and firmly place themselves in top 5 company.
- Olympia Setina Nation: Setina Nation is our first newcomer to break the top 10 after having not been previously ranked. Setina Nation is no stranger to the flag football world, winning various formats of six and seven players, and traveling abroad for speed tournaments and often coming home with trophies. Our first look at them in addition to their first time playing the contact style, was in the hyper competitive 7v7 contact Show Up or Shut Up tournament in Seattle, which they made it to the finals. The Faoro tournament was this team’s first attempt at the most competitive format, 8v8 full field blocking, and finishing with a semi-finals appearance is huge in our opinion. Playing a free wheeling spread style offers a change of pace that our ranked teams need to take notice of. If Setina Nation can keep up their success they will be inevitably climbing even further to the the top of our rankings.
- Bellingham Expendables: Without much knowledge on this team it was difficult to rank where they should be in regards to the Faoro pre-tournament power rankings. However, after day one the Expendables turned heads by going 2-0 against higher seeded teams and breaking into the Elite bracket as a scary adversary. While not advancing further in the tournament, the community took notice by voting a couple players into the all tournament team, and making their way through tournament scuttlebutt. If this team can stay engaged we may be talking about them near the top at the end of the year. Started from the bottom? We will see.
Who surprised us?
(9) Olympia Setina Nation
(10) Bellingham Expendables
Both teams showed up as relatively unknowns to one of the most competitive tournaments and balled out. If they can keep their momentum they will be great additions to our regional tournament's Elite divisions and give plenty of headache to our more long standing teams.
(12) Spokane B.I.T.E.
(17) Medford The Biz
Another set of teams that are relatively new to regional competition. The Biz gave Medford Dynasty a run for their money in their Semi-final match in the Snow Bowl. The B.I.T.E. were formed from Spokane league veterans and made a solid showing at the Faoro tournament. Both efforts deserve mentioning, and ultimately gave NWFF something to ponder when our v2.0 rankings were developing being previously unranked. We are looking forward to seeing how these two teams compete through the year.
- Spokane Spring Mayhem - May
- Willamette Valley Freedom Bowl - June
- Tacoma Tournament of Champions - June
- Seattle Show Up or Shut Up (7v7) - July
- British Columbia WCFFC - Early August
- Seattle Flag Football Frenzy - Late August
- Spokane Turkey Bowl - November
- Eugene Northwest Championships - December
- Tacoma Holiday Bash (7v7) - December
We’ll be keeping everyone up to date on the latest flag football news of the region, so stay plugged in. We encourage teams to map out tournaments that can fit their teams schedule so that they can get out there and compete against the best regional talent. If you would like NWFF to add or take notice to other developments, tournaments, or leagues please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com, and we’ll be sure to find a spot in our coverage. Next up Spokane Spring Mayhem!