The weight given to tournament victories can depend on how competitive a tournament is, and what your team’s/league’s strengths are. We use the following outline as our general guide in ranking teams starting from highest to lowest in regards to swaying a team’s rank.
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 are the top 5 and why?
1. Grants Pass Tight Endz
The Tight Endz have been going toe to toe with most of the other teams in the top 5 for the entire year. They missed a dream matchup with the Seattle Majestics because they went to San Diego to compete against some top California teams. The Tight Endz closed out the year with a Liberty Bowl Championship and a NW Champions Trophy in Euguene. They have 3 other 2nd place finishes and have many of the pieces in place for a strong run in 2017. The team is going to represent the NW at some national tournaments over the next year and we anticipate this will only make them stronger as the year goes on. Exposure to more teams that do things slightly different presents a learning opportunity. We have found that the more teams travel the better they get!
2. Seattle Majestics
The Majestics took the flag football world by storm at the Flag Football Frenzy tournament. With roots in the tackle game, the team was more than prepared from a conceptual basis and had the athletes to make plays all over the field. With men's teams, it often takes a tackle based team a tournament or two to adjust to the style of play but the Majestics showed how the transition should look. They had a strong O and D line, and great play at the QB position. The real strength of the team is probably in their defensive secondary though. They are able to force opposing teams into 3rd and long situations and then feast on poorly thrown balls as the opposition tries to convert.
3. Salem Storm
The team is pretty new relative to the other teams in the top 5 but many of their players had played before on other teams. They have a great core group and picked up some key players after playing in Flag Football Frenzy in Seattle. They team was more prepared in the next tournament and took the lessons they learned from 3F to get better. It was very apparent in December at the NW Champions tournament, when the team made it to the championship game, losing to the #1 ranked team, The Tight Endz. We think the team has the best shot at making a run to the top spot next year. They need a dynamic playmaker on Defense and a way to create more stops and turnovers if they are going to consistently knock off the other teams in the top 5.
The Lady Legit team is well traveled over the last year. They compete in California and all over the NW. They started off the year strong but we suspect injuries and burnout contributed to their decline as the second half of the year got going. A disappointing finish at the Liberty Bowl in June and a mixed roster for Flag Football Frenzy really saw a drop off from the normal level of play we have been accustomed to seeing from this team. Do we expect the same thing in 2017? Probably not! We expect that a small break in action, some recovery time and re-energized team to emerge and be ready for another run!
5. Eugene Relentless
Honestly, we don’t know a ton about this team from a style of play perspective. But they showed up strong as the year ended, specifically at the NW Champions Tournament in Eugene. They went toe to toe with the top teams at that tournament and won the Dog Days of Summer Tournament in August. Are they significantly better than the teams immediately below them? Probably not, but they have found ways to win and are competitive with the top teams. They easily round out the top 5 and probably have a legitimate chance to make a run at the top spot in 2017.
Who Surprised Us!
We guess we could have just done a top 6 recap, but Cascadia United just misses the top 5 due to lack of playing resume and lack of tournament championships. They are a blended team that grew from the roots of the Seattle 20Pick6 team. They need a little time but we anticipate they will crack the top 5 pretty quickly in 2017.
- Medford Snow Bowl - Late Feb
- Spokane Spring Mayhem - June 11th & 12th
- Spring Leagues (Check with your local directors)
If you have a women’s team that isn’t showing up on our rankings but you think you deserve some recognition, let us know. We can’t get to every tournament and don’t always get full feedback from directors in all locations. Tell us about your team and why we need to take notice and your squad may just be featured in our next ranking.