With the release of the official 2014 playoff brackets and new rankings this week, we now have the full tournament picture as we make our way to the Hydra.
WFTDA today released the brackets and seedings for 2014 playoffs. They lined up pretty well with our predictions; the changes were all caused by teams declining invitations.
After the quiet of Independence Day weekend, things are back into full swing this weekend as teams across WFTDA start their playoff preparations in earnest--and, perversely, play the first bouts that count towards 2015 playoff qualification. Gotham in the UK
The official WFTDA June rankings and bracket announcements won’t be out until July 15th, and unless any teams decline invites to playoffs, we posted what the likely brackets will be for Division 2 last week.
Last weekend we saw a whole lot of action that set the final few pieces of the playoff picture. This weekend--and for the next few weeks--things settle into a little bit of a pre-Rollercon lull as teams start to amp up their playoff preparations. Let's take a look at what we've got. Last Weekend Pac Destruction
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The WFTDA and MRDA have signed a new agreement that will see the two governing bodies collaborate on a number of administrative areas, while researching ways to extend membership to leagues with men's and women's teams.
Now all the relevant games are done and the scores are in, we have a very good idea who's going to be invited to WFTDA playoffs as the mathematical ranking system lets us work out exactly who will be where, as games happen.
Painting the Playoff Picture East Coast Derby Extravaganza provided many games last weekend and showcased the true talents of more of the top European teams.
There have been around 800 WFTDA sanctioned bouts this season, and it all comes down to this weekend with the final few percent of ranking points for the year to be awarded.
What is for all real purposes the 2013-14 WFTDA regular season is days away from ending, and the playoff picture is almost clear. The race is over 95% run--fewer than 5% of the year's rating points are on offer in the next few days, and the amount of movement possible is very limited. So let's look at how the land lies after last weekend. VRDL
We’re now two weekends out from final playoff determinations, and while a few D2 teams look to be set in stone, there is still plenty of room for movement. Last weekend’s results will certainly create some waves in D2 ranks on July 1, and upcoming games are becoming even more important for many D2 teams hoping to make it into playoffs. Last Weekend
ECDX is just around the corner. With 22 sanctioned bouts across three days, it's going to go a long way to sorting out the few remaining question marks over the WFTDA playoff picture and answering a few other important questions too.
With two weekends to go, the 2014 playoff picture is becoming increasingly clear … so let's take a closer look. Top Ten
We have been fielding a lot of questions about WFTDA rankings recently, and thought we'd step up to demystify the process a little. The purpose of WFTDA rankings is twofold: to provide the order in which teams will be invited to playoffs (on July 1), and determine which division teams will be in for the following calendar year (on December 1).
The USA Roller Sports Roller Derby Committee today announced a last-minute "restructuring" of its 2014 tournament calendar: it is cancelling its regional qualifying tournaments and will only run a championship tournament this year.
The Men's Roller Derby World Cup (MRDWC) has announced that all future events will be managed by derby nations, for derby nations.
There are a little over two weeks left this season and the WFTDA league table is taking shape.
May Rankings and Pending Playoffs This month sees teams, hungry for tournament action, and looking to add the final points to their ranking in order to cement placement for playoffs in the fall. The Division 2 cutoff is #60--but, as the playoff appearance last year of #65 Suburbia makes clear, there's likely a little wiggle room at the bottom for surprise inclusions.
The biggest roller derby event in the world, The Great Southern Slam, took place in Adelaide, Australia over the weekend, bringing together 45 teams from across the Asia-Pacific region to compete for the third tournament title.
Off the back of a strong performance at Gold Coast's Beach Brawl, Bear City's Berlin Bombshells posted a massive rankings rise this month to sneak briefly into WFTDA's top 60 at #57 with a 52-place jump.
Derby season is certainly in full swing with yet another big tournament taking place last weekend and several other significant games happening across the WFTDA spectrum. In Wisconsin, the 2014 Midwest Brewhaha brought three very full days of derby action with many Division 2 teams looking to bring home wins.
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