USAU Approximated Club Rankings: A Final Look

The official final rankings should be out later today.

Ironside's Tyler Chan. Photo: Burt Granofsky --
Ironside’s Tyler Chan. Photo: Burt Granofsky —

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

2Truck Stop2215.62MA
5Johnny Bravo2052.67SC
6Chicago Machine2026.89GL
7Madison Club2011.75NC
12Florida United1897.11SE
14HIGH FIVE1858.60GL
16Sub Zero1823.31NC
17Prairie Fire1812.01NC
18Ring of Fire1787.99SE
19SoCal Condors1774.60SW
21Chain Lightning1747.10SE
24Furious George1609.48NW

Implied Bid Allocation

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


Although Prairie Fire did almost everything they could with a stellar weekend at the Pro Flight Finale, they couldn’t crack the top 16 and the overall bid allocation appears that it will remain the same after the final weekend of the regular season. Even if score changes alter the above rankings in the final USAU edition of the rankings due later today, Sub Zero (another North Central team) sits on the bubble, meaning a swap wouldn’t affect allocation.

Perhaps the biggest news from this week is that Sockeye plummeted in the rankings after a very rough PFF and will surely have a tougher road at Nationals now.

Two one bid regions will be left smarting — the Southeast and Southwest. In the former, three perennial qualifiers — Ring of Fire, Florida United, and Chain Lightning — will have to duke it out for the lone bid. In the latter, the SoCal Condors’ plan to start building towards a Worlds qualification may have to wait a year unless they can unseat Revolver with a shock upset at Regionals.

The South Central is flush with bids after H.I.P. continued their strong play at the Bro Flight Finale and will easily earn a third bid for the region. They’ll get their first true test of the year at Regionals when they face off against powerhouses Johnny Bravo and Doublewide. And perhaps the door cracked open for a sleeper team like Inception to steal a bid.

Mixed Division

2Slow White2029.20NE
3Drag'n Thrust1925.67NC
4Seattle Mixtape1904.90NW
6The Chad Larson Experience1775.45NC
8Metro North1755.78NE
12Love Tractor1660.88SC
14Cosa Nostra1655.12SC
16Polar Bears1634.16SW
19Wild Card1589.43NE
20Ambiguous Grey1577.47MA
21Minnesota Star Power1502.28NC
22Charlotte Storm1495.28SE
24Swing State1490.24SE
25Orlando Friends1490.24SE

Implied Bid Allocation

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


While there is definitely the possibility for score changes or dropped results to affect the bid outcome at the bubble in the Mixed Division, it does appear that the Southwest has hit one at the buzzer as the Polar Bears climb to #16 after the Pro Flight Finale. Not only that, but it seems that Blackbird also helped out the region by playing so badly at PFF that they sunk the Northwest’s BFG, whose ranking was inflated by two close games with Blackbird, to #17 outside the bid region. Wild!

Of course, the 13 points of ranking separation means this is a very tentative result. But it is clear that Blackbird’s brutal PFF weekend is going to pull BFG down with them, opening the door for the Southwest to get a second bid.

Otherwise, there are few surprises here. The Great Lakes should be exciting as a strong Steamboat team has to fend off a UPA team that has been waiting in the wings. The Northeast is in a down year with just two bids, but with two very strong teams at the top. And the South Central is going to hang on to three bids after shame. stays put at #11.

Women’s Division

1Seattle Riot2301.00NW
2Brute Squad2213.25NE
3Molly Brown2110.48SC
15Green Means Go1531.67MA
24Colorado Small Batch1154.06SC
25Hot Metal1143.96MA

Implied Bid Allocation

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


No changes in allocation this week in the Women’s Division with little opportunity for anything to change, even in the case of dropped results. The Northeast is the biggest loser, as the region finishes with the first three teams outside the cutoff (#16 Bent, #17 Siege, and #18 Iris)1

Schwa couldn’t make up ground at the Pro Flight Finale, so the Northwest will have just three bids this season. It will likely be a battle between Underground and Schwa for the last berth at Nationals.

The Women’s bid picture has changed little over the last few weeks.

  1. The Great Lakes’ autobid took away the Bent bid. 

  1. Charlie Eisenhood
    Charlie Eisenhood

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

  2. Cody Mills
    Cody Mills

    Cody Mills currently coaches New York PoNY, Cal Poly SLO, and the USA U-20 Open team. He was a captain then coach at Stanford and has previously coached San Francisco Revolver and Oakland Guerrilla in the club men’s division. He also runs

TAGGED: , , , , , , , , ,


More from Ultiworld
Comments on "USAU Approximated Club Rankings: A Final Look"

Ultiworld comments were powered by our forums between 7/10/2016 and 1/16/2017. Learn more about how they work here.

Find us on Twitter

Recent Comments

Find us on Facebook

Subscriber Exclusives

  • Pro-Elite Challenge West 2024: Tournament Recap (Women’s Division)
    Subscriber article
  • Huckin’ Eh Subscriber Bonus: Inside look at Boston Invite ft. Kelsey Hayden
    Subscriber podcast
  • Huckin’ Eh: US Tourney and BC Senior Regionals Recaps, No Borders and WJUC Previews
    podcast with bonus segment
  • Club Power Rankings [7/17/24]
    article with bonus content