At the end of last season, the Women's Flat Track Derby Association decided to change its format. While previously it had been based on four geographic regions, with a tournament held to crown a championship in each, now the whole of the WFTDA world would be considered together.
The WFTDA implemented a scores-based ranking system to replace the old voted-in structure, and the top 40 teams would be placed into divisional tournaments based on an S-curve system. This meant that each tournament should have the same "difficulty" or "strength" as each other one.
So far, with two of the four division I tournaments done, this has been a rousing success!
It has meant that teams who may not have been invited ordinarily based on voting had an opportunity to compete and succeed. One such team is New Hampshire, who DNN describe as being "relatively unknown."
Using the fact that rankings are now based on a points matrix, they were able to figure which opponents would best serve the purpose of climbing the rankings. Then, they played those bouts well, recording a 5-1 record for the season.
Their tournament started with New Hampshire at 33rd in the WFTDA, facing number 32 Jacksonville. They were given a 9% chance of victory by Flat Track Stats, and exceeded those expectations to win a close bout 231-212.
Although they were unable to score any more wins this weekend, New Hampshire showed how the new structure allows a previously "unknown" team to put together a successful plan under the new system and bring a great deal of excitement to the track!