2015 inaugural rankings started out with a Top 25 that reflected mostly the past play of the regions formidable teams, released on January 20th. Version 2.0 stood as a reflection of current performance in tournament and league play as of April 6th, including the Snow Bowl and Faoro Tournaments. Since then we have a had a slew of activity and new championship crowns have been distributed in leagues and tournaments, including the Mayhem, TOC, Liberty Bowl and SUSU tournaments.
As the year continues there will be plenty of opportunities to compete in the regions best 8v8 tournaments in an attempt to knock out the teams above you and hopefully pull away with some hardware to justify your position amongst the best. As the year moves ahead NWFF will use the following criteria for our rankings:
- (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
- Tournament championships / Strength of tournament competition
Who is in our Top 10 and why?
- Seattle Baddogs: Started the year ranked #5 and rose fast to #1 after taking home the Faoro tournament championship as the strongest tournament in the region due to so many ranked teams in attendance. With v3.0 The Baddogs further secured their #1 spot with another tournament victory in the Spokane Spring Mayhem. No stranger to tournament championships in years past, the Baddogs have just been on a roll in 2015, after having never won more than one major tournament in any given year prior. Two contingencies of Baddogs players also entered both the TOC as Beast Squad and the SUSU as Dem Boys, and took home the trophy in the TOC and pulled 2nd in the SUSU. Considering past accomplishments and current success in the 2015 season, the Baddogs sit alone atop the NWFF rankings challenged only by a few teams at this point. Currently the best team in Washington State.
- Medford Dynasty: Began the year in #6 place and established quickly that they deserve to be at the top. Dynasty laid claim to the 2015 Medford Snow Bowl Championship and made a great showing at the very distant Faoro tournament. Version 2.0 placed them at #3, but after another big tournament championship victory at the Liberty Bowl Team Dynasty deserved to be at the top 1-2. If not for equal championships and a unfavorable head to head competition with the Baddogs, Team Dynasty would otherwise be the #1 team. Dynasty caries experience and skill that is rarely rivaled in the region. Currently the best team in Oregon.
- Vancouver Cobras: The Cobras started off the year at #7 and were the third TFFL team featured in the top 10 behind the Villains and Moose. The Cobras have been amongst the best in their league and tournament play often against rivals Villains and Moose, but after securing the current league championship in the strongest league in the region we couldn't help but recognize their place amongst the top, supplanting the other two. The Cobras made a decent showing in the Faoro and SUSU but could not find a semifinal appearance in either. Depending how the rest of the year shapes up in the WCFFC and FFF the Cobras may be able to move up further with a pair of championships, but may struggle to be in the 1-2 discussion without them. Currently the best team in British Columbia.
- Seattle Chiefs: Began the 2015 season ranked #10 only to get a nice bump after the Faoro Tournament semi-final appearance to #5 in v2.0. Considering their local success in 8v8 and 9v9, in addition to sending a solid contingency of players representing as Hands Team in the SUSU- and taking home the crown, NWFF chose to bump them to #4 for our v3.0. The team boasts the best QB in the region and has a variety of weapons on offense. With another tournament trophy and some solid head to head wins against ranked teams, they will find themselves in the 1-3 discussion by the end of 2015.
- Vancouver Villains: #3 to start off 2015, The Villains rose to #2 after they were the runner-up in the Faoro tournament. Since then they have not put together impressive showings at the tournament or league level. The Villains are generally a perennial local finalist in the strongest league in the region (TFFL,) they have definitely been battle tested against solid competition. It will be interesting to see how well the Villains do in this years WCFFC as it favors their style. With a couple tournament and/or league victories we may be able to claim the upper end of the top 5.
- Salem Skally Wags: As a top team in Oregon, Skally started 2015 in the #4 spot and given plenty of opportunity to rise. Two tournaments they’ve competed in since then and both 2nd place finishes losing to their in-state rival Dynasty. In v2.0 and v3.0 Skally was moved and settled to the #6 spot behind some very good teams. As one of the top 1-2 teams in Oregon and the proven ability to win tournament championships, this team is one trophy away from breaking into the top 5 again.
- Post Falls Bad Intentions: A totally unknown prior to joining the Spokane League and competing in the 2015 Spring Mayhem tourney. They dominated their home leagues in Post Falls Idaho and decided to make a longer trek to play in the more competitive Spokane Parks and Rec League in 2015. Played at the top of the Spokane league in the regular season play already; and then took early games against the #1 ranked Baddogs, #2 ranked Dynasty and then against two other top 15 teams in tournament play, only losing in the championship game at the Mayhem tournament. If this team travels regionally they should be amongst the favorites to win any time. Could be a top 5 team easy.
- Spokane Outlaws: Starting off the year well ranked at #2 with some historical clout, we saw the Outlaws drop a bit after the Faoro tournament but held a strong top 10 presence at #8. NWFF finds them unmoved, yet behind a new strong local rival Post Falls Bad Intentions at #7. This team has held down the eastern half of Washington State since the disbanding of Spokane WMD’s, and now the Outlaws find themselves in a solid trio of teams from the Spokane league, including the Spokane B.I.T.E. The Outlaws provide some contrast to the other top state teams in the Baddogs and Chiefs, and hold victories over many top teams in tournament play including the Baddogs and Dynasty on their 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 was the first newcomer to break the top 10 after having not been previously unranked, and has not moved for v3.9 sitting nice at #9. 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. They have taken on the hyper competitive 7v7 contact Show Up or Shut Up tournament in Seattle, which they made it to the finals in 2014 and competed well in 2015. 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 which 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, but they need 8v8 tournament victories and head to head victories with more top 10 teams to be moved higher.
- Vancouver Moose: Began the 2015 tour ranked #1 due to demonstrating success in a variety of formats: locally in a very strong league (TFFL), local tournaments (WCFFC) and winning tournaments abroad (Spokane.) Moose had since fallen to #4 after the shortcomings in the Faoro Tournament. In v3.0 the Moose inability to secure the local league championship or find success in regional tournaments drops them to #10. The Moose have formed a solid nucleus of experience and athleticism over the years that allows them to compete well and pull championships when at full strength. 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 5 spot in NWFF rankings.
(3) Vancouver Cobras
(7) Post Falls Bad Intentions
The Cobras have put together a good campaign this year and despite not winning a tournament yet in 2015 they pulled out a regular season championship in the toughest league in the region TFFL in Vancouver BC. They deserve an opportunity to compete for the 2015 regional crown as well, and depending on how the year shapes up we will see how well deserved a current #3 ranking will be.
Post Falls Bad Intentions definitely needs a surprise mention. In 2015 they put together a 7-1 record in the regular season in the strong Spokane league, and a 4-1 record in the Spring Mayhem tournament. Securing victories against the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the NW, and barely falling short of a tournament championship makes this team an automatic top 10 nod and will be looked at to rise further.
(13) Seattle Time Out
(21) Grants Pass Legit
Time Out is no stranger to championships but has not really been tested abroad in tournaments. After a bit of a hiatus Time Out pulled out a regular season 8v8 championship which they haven't done in a couple years. A very capable team, Time Out just needs some better consistency and commitment and they could break the top 10.
Grants Pass Legit has been quietly making a name for themselves in the higher ranks of the competitive divisions in tournaments and definitely has some experience competing against top Oregon teams. Depending on how well they can manage moving up to the Elite division and putting together some victories and strong showings in tournaments, they may be able to creep into the top 15 in this year or future seasons.
British Columbia WCFFC - August 1st - 2nd
Seattle Flag Football Frenzy - August 26th - 27th
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 team’s 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 your team, other developments, tournaments, or leagues please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll be sure to find a spot in our coverage. Next up Abbotsford!