2022 National Championships Seeding Predictions: Men’s Division

My best guess at USAU's seeding.

Washington DC Truck Stop's Christian Boxley. Photo: Alex Fraser -- UltiPhotos.com
Washington DC Truck Stop’s Christian Boxley. Photo: Alex Fraser — UltiPhotos.com

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Now that Regionals are wrapped up, it’s time to turn our attention to the National Championships. It’s now been three years since we had a normal regular season with rankings — we’re going back to the algorithm for seeding, folks! The language around seeding is the same as it was in 2019: it’s primarily about regular season performance and rankings, and “the order of finish at Regionals will be strongly considered in determining seeding for nationals, but will not be binding.”

I do my best to follow USA Ultimate’s guidelines for my seeding predictions: USAU’s post-Regionals rankings are very heavily weighted, head-to-head wins matter at the margin, and historic success is considered. We do not explicitly try to avoid regional matchups.

Let’s kick things off right away with the pools generated by my predicted seeding.

Truck Stop (1)Ring of Fire (2)Machine (3)PoNY (4)
Doublewide (8)Rhino Slam! (7)Chain Lightning (6)Sockeye (5)
Revolver (12)Omen (11)Temper (10)Johnny Bravo (9)
GOAT (13)Vault (14)Mad Men (15)Condors (16)

1. Washington DC Truck Stop

The no-doubt #1 seed. #1 in the rankings, 2-0 vs. Ring of Fire. Won both the US Open and Pro Championships.

2. Raleigh Ring of Fire

Yes, I know they lost to Chain in the Southeast regional final. But their only other losses are to Truck. They’re #2 in the rankings. They are the defending champs and a good example of why USAU stopped binding Regionals results to seeding order.

3. Chicago Machine

For all the weird Sunday losses, Machine still had a very strong year and ended up #4 in the rankings. They have a H2H win over PoNY that should get them the #3 spot.

4. New York PoNY

#3 in the rankings. H2H loss to Machine. Didn’t play Sockeye.

5. Seattle Sockeye

#5 in the rankings.

6. Atlanta Chain Lightning

#6 in the rankings.

7. Portland Rhino Slam!

OK, here’s where things get interesting. The ranking order is Bravo/Rhino/Doublewide. But Rhino is only a few points behind Bravo and has a H2H win, so they should get the #7 seed. Easy enough but…

8. Austin Doublewide

…what do you do with Doublewide and Bravo? Now that we are directly comparing the two of them for the next two slots, it seems hard to justify putting Bravo ahead of Doublewide after the Regionals upset. DW is about 70 points behind Bravo in the post-Regionals algo. I’m not sure what will happen here. If Bravo had a H2H win over Rhino, they probably would have ended up in the #7 slot with Rhino at #8 and Doublewide at #9. But as it stands, I think Bravo dropping to the #9 makes the most sense.

9. Denver Johnny Bravo

See above. They could go at #8.

10. Pittsburgh Temper

Next up in the rankings.

11. Cincinnati Omen

After Regionals, Omen is up to the #12 spot in the rankings and has a H2H win over GOAT.

12. San Francisco Revolver

Next in the rankings.

13. Toronto GOAT

Next in the rankings. H2H win over Vault.

14. Virginia Vault

Next in the rankings

15. Madison Mad Men

H2H loss to Vault.

16. SoCal Condors

Rankings have Condors lower than Mad Men. Condors only has one win against the field. Mad Men has zero. I wouldn’t be shocked if USAU decided to put Mad Men last (it feels right), but the rankings are the rankings.

  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).

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