A. Regional 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
1. Seattle Chiefs: The third place finisher for 2015 finds themselves at the top of the rankings in v3.0 for 2016. After having pulled out a come from behind victory against hometown rivals in the Spokane Mayhem tournament the Chiefs move into the top spot. Their grit showed in the tournament as they struggled at times but found ways to make plays when it mattered. Adam Kruz, the Chiefs QB may soon cement himself in the national picture for top 5 QB’s. He is easily a top contender in the NW and if the Chiefs can continue their momentum to regional tournament outside the NW they will launch into the national spotlight with Adam, and his WRs at the forefront. Take nothing away from this team though. They have a great Defense too, and it showed in the Spokane Mayhem tournament as they came up with big stops at crucial times. Consistency will be the key for the Chiefs as they try to finish out the year atop the rankings.
2. Seattle Baddogs: The Baddogs have an impressive resume in 2016: 3 first place finishes and a 2nd place finish. While most teams might easily be in the #1 spot with that resume, the team ahead of them beat the Baddogs head to head, in overtime of a championship game, on neutral ground. Seams hard to argue differently until the full body of work starts to show as the year winds down. The Baddogs did struggle a bit at times in Salem and the momentum they started off so strong with might be slowing. Two big tournaments left in 2016 and the Baddogs know how to win, will depend on which team that shows up.
3. Salem Skally Wags: The Skally Wags look stronger than they have been in a few years. Their team is coming off a remarkably successful 9-man tackle season which allowed them to compete for a national title and they found great success in some local tournaments early in the year. They battled with the Baddogs in Salem, winning on day 1 and falling in the championship game on day 2. The QB play is superb and the D-Line is as strong as ever. The Skally Wags are their own worst enemy and can become predictable in their game plan as tournaments move into day 2 play. If they can keep momentum and get a balanced attack they can easily get into a win streak and bring home a few trophies as the year closes.
4. Vancouver Cobras: The Cobras started off 2015 very strong. They were a finalist at the F|H WCFFC tournament and looked like a favorite to win their league championship. But the momentum seems to be fading. Not far enough to knock them from the Top 5 though, they still have a big arm at QB, a solid O and D line and plenty of playmakers to be a contender, but they appear to be sliding even after making the trip to the Show Up or Shut Up in Seattle. The ticket for their success will be more exposure to a wider range of teams and styles of play. As they say, Iron sharpens Iron, outside of the F|H WCFFC tournament, the Cobras haven’t been able to travel and compete with their core group and the additional exposure could really propel them to some hardware, either this year or next!
5. Spokane Outlaws: The Spokane Outlaws again missed the hardware round, this time in their backyard. They barely make it into the Top 5, mainly based on the fact that their main tournament losses in the past year have been to teams ahead of them in the rankings. They are a well balanced team who seems to pick up key players ahead of each tournament. However, like the Cobras, they seem to be sliding, and will need a stronger tournament finish to stay high in the ranking. The things the Outlaws bring to the table include a strong D-line, a stable QB who can keep drives alive and a balanced mix of player types and plays that almost always give them a chance win. They have a little bit of heritage that warrants consideration but lack of current hardware makes them likely to slip to other teams winning championships as we finish out the year.
6. Medford Dynasty: Dynasty has seen a drop off since their remarkable run of 2015. They closed out the year very strong and continued the trend into the Snow Bowl and the 9-man tackle season. But they’re run has been exhausting for the team and they seem to be slowing down. A few injuries and busy schedules with a change in focus as a team has lead a sinking in the rankings but don’t let that fool you, this team is capable of competing against the best in the NW and we expect them to rise up in the next few months and start challenging again.
7. Spokane Not Fast or Furious: A young team with a few tournaments under their belts. They mostly play local and had some hardware in 2015, but outside of some success at the league level they haven't done enough at the tournament level in 2016 to warrant a rise into the Top 5. They have a great QB and athletes all over the place and can be a nightmare to match up with. They are capable of competing with any Top 10 team but need to find offensive consistency to get over the hump. We will see if they can find a way to start traveling in the next few months with a few tournaments on the horizon.
8. Vancouver ‘Cons: Boasting a Spring league championship in the tough Vancouver Top Flight Flag Football league the ‘Cons are on the rise… again. The team has evolved over the years, starting as the Moose, splitting into two teams and coming back together as the ‘Cons. It is with the unified approach that they have found the most success with balance on O and D. They have one of the best secondaries in the region and a consistent QB. They, like the Cobras, will get a lot better very fast, as they start to travel more and play a wide variety of teams. They could use some tournament hardware to climb into the Top 5 for 2016.
9. Salem Rooskies: Well, well, well, the Rooskies are on the climb! This team will get some latitude here since they have a long successful history in the Salem area went on a bit of a hiatus for a few years before getting the band back together for 2016. They had some growing pains early on as they got back into the mix but a couple semi-final appearances at the last two tournaments definately got them back on our radar. One of the most well balanced teams, nothing about them looks extremely flashy but they find ways to make plays. Their offense uses everybody with well designed plays to the lineman and effective scrambling by the QB. They will need some hardware to really establish themselves in the top 5 but they have the ability to do just that.
10. Grants Pass Venom: The final team in the top 10 might be a surprise but they are our dark-horse team to sneak into the top 5 as the year winds down. They have a Comp championship under their belt and semi final appearance and finals appearance with some Elite level tournaments. They have a great RB and a every effective QB. Their defense is stout with a good rotation of O and D line. They are a few plays and maybe a few key players from really breaking it open in the Elite level.
(9) Salem Rooskies
As noted, after a 2 or 3 year hiatus they appear back and on the rise. Look out for them over the close of the year and a firm rank going into 2017.
(10) Grants Pass Venom
A comp level championship and two top 4 finishes against some other Elite teams. Team has many of the pieces to really be dangerous and with the right mix at the right time they will get an opportunity to compete for a spot in the top 5.
(11) Seattle Game of Cones
Winner of the Show Up or Shut up tournament, a short field format that draws teams from all over Puget Sound and a few traveling teams from across the NW. In a stacked field this year they climbed to the top and took home the crown. They have a few local league championships at the 7v7 level and could move up to compete at the 8v8 level at anytime.
1) Flag Football Frenzy - August 27th & 28th
- Mudd Bowl (October Mid)
3) Maximus Sports NW Championships - December Early
- Holiday Bash 7man (Dec 10th & 11th)
We hope to start adding coverage and visibility to other high caliber regional teams in the women’s, co-ed, and non-contact formats as well. If you are a regional team making waves in your local league and want to know where the next level of competition is, let us know who you are and we will try to give the top teams regionally info on how to find the best tournaments around.