As always, the ratings used in preparing these previews are my Estimated Dynamic NTRP Ratings. And for the purposes of comparing teams, I'm calculating the average of the top-8 players on each National's roster.
Not every section is sending a 5.0+ team to Nationals meaning there are just 15 teams in 3 flights. I'm guessing that means there will be a wildcard that makes the semis, so a little extra incentive and a second chance for the teams that lose early.
Unlike the 5.0+ women, there is a team that has an average over 5.0 at 5.04, but the lower end is lower at just 4.58.
Flight 6 has Middle States, Midwest, New England, Northern Cal, and Pacific Northwest with the #1, #3, #10, #12, and #14 teams. It looks like there is a good chance the wildcard comes from this flight.
Flight 5 with Caribbean, Eastern, Intermountain, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern has the #2, #5, #8, #9, and #15 teams. This flight probably has the next best chance of having the wildcard.
If you'd like more details on any of the flights, I can generate a flight report for any of the them that will show the average rating for the roster and the top-8 average.
Or if you want to see details about a team including each player's rating and a summary of their record and courts played on the team through each phase of the season, a team report is a great resource for your team or any opponent as a tool to scout them.
Contact me if you are interested in any reports.
Note: As always, average ratings for a team does not win a team match. Who plays in the match, the line-ups and how they match-up, and how a given player plays on that day are what determine who wins. So the highest rated teams using top-8 average may or may not win, but it is interesting to look at.