USAU Approximated Club Rankings: A First Look

Machine celebrates at the 2016 US Open. Photo: Burt Granofsky -- UltiPhotos.com
Machine celebrates at the 2016 US Open. Photo: Burt Granofsky — UltiPhotos.com

Ultiworld’s Cody Mills has put together a statistical tool to approximate the USA Ultimate rankings by using publicly available score data and applying the algorithm that USA Ultimate uses to run their numbers. While the results below are unofficial and could include some scores which are liable to be altered or removed from the official rankings, they are a good representation of the what the current rankings would look like.

Throughout the remainder of the club season, we will be running this USAU ranking approximation and, later, possibly applying different algorithms and/or ranking methods to test alternatives to the existing algorithm.

For more information about the USA Ultimate algorithm, ranking system, and some of its perceived flaws, see this FAQ from last year.

Men’s Division

The rankings below include only teams with at least five sanctioned games.

RANKTEAMRATING
#1Machine2512.75
#2Sockeye2492.57
#3Ironside2490.26
#4Revolver2371.78
#5GOAT2310.20
#6Florida United2290.84
#7Patrol2171.72
#8Chain Lightning2154.85
#9Madison Club2152.79
#10PoNY2065.96
#11Johnny Bravo2049.00
#12Sub Zero2020.39
#13Floodwall2013.00
#14High Five1921.50
#15Guerrilla1913.25
#16Freaks1872.91
#17Turbine1855.15
#18Rhino1849.88
#19Condors1802.61
#20Inception1796.94
#21Smokestack1765.96
#22Ironmen1748.92
#23Garden State Ultimate1705.14
#24Medicine Men1653.77
#25Mad Men1653.15

Implied Bid Allocation

Great Lakes: 2 bids
Mid-Atlantic: 2 bids
Northeast: 3 bids
Northwest: 1 bid
North Central: 2 bids
South Central: 1 bid
Southeast: 3 bids
Southwest: 2 bids

Discussion

With few games on the books at this point in the season, there isn’t a ton to draw from these early rankings, but there are some early stories to keep an eye on. A slow start for Rhino has the Northwest sitting with just one bid, and strong performances from Southeast teams have them sitting with three bids (Freaks is at the cutoff at #16, but these rankings do not yet include Ring of Fire!). It’s too early to make much of a single South Central bid, and even though Floodwall will drop out, Truck Stop will certainly claim a 2nd bid for the Mid-Atlantic.

Mixed Division

The rankings below include only teams with at least five sanctioned games.

RANKTEAMRATING
#1Steamboat2079.91
#2Slow White2027.97
#3AMP1965.49
#4The Chad Larson Experience1962.12
#5Seattle Mixtape1941.55
#6Bang!1912.80
#7Alloy1901.12
#8Drag'n Thrust1873.64
#9BFG1852.96
#10Metro North1807.28
#11Blackbird1806.82
#12NOISE1771.30
#13Bucket1709.96
#14Wild Card1688.61
#15Mischief1682.15
#16UPA1644.62
#17Charlotte Storm1644.30
#18shame.1638.19
#19Cosa Nostra1626.64
#20Pegasus1624.93
#217 Express1621.34
#22Dub Club1586.16
#23Love Tractor1577.20
#24Polar Bears1565.94
#25Birdfruit1547.81

Implied Bid Allocation

Great Lakes: 1 bid
Mid-Atlantic: 3 bids
Northeast: 3 bids
Northwest: 2 bids
North Central: 3 bids
South Central: 1 bid
Southeast: 1 bid
Southwest: 2 bids

Discussion

The same caveats in the Men’s Division apply here: these are early rankings and should change quite a bit. The Mid-Atlantic has to be thrilled, though, with three teams in the top 10. On the other hand, the Southwest has to be sweating with just two bids in hand at the moment. Revolution, a big Southwest tournament, sent a lot of points up to the Northwest for BFG as SW teams cannabalized each other1 with mixed results. Mischief is the second bid earner for the Southwest, and they are on the bubble at #15.

Women’s Division

The rankings below include only teams with at least five sanctioned games.

RANKTEAMRATING
#1Brute Squad2392.15
#2Seattle Riot2243.59
#3Molly Brown2177.06
#46ixers2110.21
#5Scandal2107.57
#6Fury2080.89
#7Nightlock1989.48
#8Wildfire1924.51
#9Phoenix1868.81
#10Underground1806.51
#11Schwa1781.13
#12Heist1773.70
#13BENT1727.32
#14Ozone1696.32
#15Green Means Go1676.25
#16Rival1668.28
#17Siege1643.94
#18Huck the Patriarchy1639.20
#19Nemesis1631.33
#20Showdown1622.57
#21Fusion1511.86
#22Stella1464.83
#23Hot Metal1453.49
#24Zephyr1385.76
#25Viva1380.27

Implied Bid Allocation

Great Lakes: 1 bid
Mid-Atlantic: 2 bids
Northeast: 3 bids
Northwest: 3 bids
North Central: 1 bid
South Central: 1 bid
Southeast: 2 bids
Southwest: 3 bids

Discussion

As it stands, New York Bent is the big winner coming out of the Elite-Select Challenge, as they float above other bid hunters like Green Means Go, Rival, and Siege. With Vancouver Traffic still to join the rankings (and they will almost certainly be a top 10 team by the end of the season), GMG’s bubble bid for the Mid-Atlantic could disappear.


  1. Classic. 

  1. Charlie Eisenhood
    Charlie Eisenhood

    Charlie Eisenhood is the editor-in-chief of Ultiworld. You can reach him by email (charlie@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@ceisenhood).

  2. Cody Mills
    Cody Mills

    Cody Mills is an Ultiworld contributor. He is a former captain and coach of the Stanford men's team and currently coaches Cal Poly SLOCORE. Before retiring due to injury in 2014 he played club for Boost FC and in the MLU for the San Francisco Dogfish. He also runs frisbee-rankings.com

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