Tuesday, April 11, 2017

An early preview of 2017 18 & over 3.5 Nationals - Current top teams in the country

It is April, and I did a preview of what appear to be the top teams in the 40 & over division, so it is now time to look at the 18 & over division.

As usual, I'll be using my Estimated Dynamic NTRP Ratings to calculate the average dynamic rating for the top-8 players on the teams' rosters.  And I'll show the section/district/flight to let you know where the teams are from, but omit the team name to keep it a little mysterious.  Contact me if you are wanting more details on your team or what the actual teams are, or if you are interested in your own report, or a team or sub-flight report.

To start, we'll take a look at the 18 & over division 3.5 level for men and women.

First, the top-30 and ties men's teams.

RankLocationAverage
1MIDWEST / CHICAGO3.71
1SOUTHERN / TENNESSEE / TN - MEMPHIS3.71
3TEXAS / SAN ANTONIO3.70
4SOUTHERN / ALABAMA / AL - BIRMINGHAM - 20173.67
5MISSOURI VALLEY / HEART OF AMERICA3.64
6TEXAS / FORT WORTH3.63
6TEXAS / DALLAS3.63
6TEXAS / DALLAS3.63
9SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - CLARKE OCONEE - COTA - 20173.61
9FLORIDA / REGION_8 / SOUTH MIAMI/DADE3.61
9TEXAS / FORT WORTH3.61
12NEW ENGLAND / NORTHERN CONNECTICUT3.60
12FLORIDA / REGION_8 / SOUTH MIAMI/DADE3.60
12SOUTHERN / ALABAMA / AL - HUNTSVILLE - 20173.60
15MIDWEST / CHICAGO3.59
15FLORIDA / REGION_3 / HILLSBOROUGH3.59
17SOUTHERN / ALABAMA / AL - BIRMINGHAM - 20173.58
17SOUTHERN / SOUTH CAROLINA / SC - LEXINGTON-LATA3.58
17FLORIDA / REGION_8 / BROWARD3.58
17NEW ENGLAND / NORTHERN CONNECTICUT3.58
21SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - ATLANTA - 20173.57
21NORTHERN / NORTHERN / TWIN CITIES - 20173.57
21SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - CHEROKEE - CCTA - 20173.57
21MIDWEST / OHIO VALLEY / COLUMBUS3.57
21MISSOURI VALLEY / ST. LOUIS3.57
21FLORIDA / REGION_8 / BROWARD3.57
27MISSOURI VALLEY / ST. LOUIS3.56
27FLORIDA / REGION_8 / SOUTH MIAMI/DADE3.56
29SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - ATLANTA - 20173.55
29SOUTHERN / TENNESSEE / TN - MEMPHIS3.55
29FLORIDA / REGION_8 / BROWARD3.55
29SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - MACON -20173.55
29MIDWEST / CHICAGO3.55
29PACIFIC NW / EASTERN WASHINGTON3.55
29SOUTHWEST / GREATER EL PASO3.55

Yes folks, these are 3.5 teams, all with top-8 averages of 3.55 or higher and several at 3.70 or higher!  And four of top-five spots are represented by different sections, although the Southern and Texas Sectionals appear like they will be hotly contested.

Whether there is sandbagging going on, or 18+ just has players that are improving more rapidly, these teams are rated a lot higher than the 40+ 3.5 were where the top team was at 3.60 and the last of the top-30 was at 3.50.

Then the top-30 and ties women's teams.

RankLocationAverage
1FLORIDA / REGION_8 / BROWARD3.61
2NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 3.5 - MP3.58
3MIDWEST / NORTHERN ILLINOIS3.57
4SOUTHERN / SOUTH CAROLINA / SC - LEXINGTON-LATA3.56
4NEW ENGLAND / SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT / Southern CT3.56
4SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - ATLANTA - 20173.56
4SOUTHWEST / CENTRAL ARIZONA3.56
4MISSOURI VALLEY / HEART OF AMERICA3.56
9MIDWEST / CHICAGO3.55
9NORTHERN / NORTHERN / TWIN CITIES - 20173.55
9TEXAS / DALLAS3.55
9TEXAS / AUSTIN3.55
9SOUTHERN / TENNESSEE / TN - MEMPHIS3.55
9FLORIDA / REGION_3 / HILLSBOROUGH3.55
9SO. CALIFORNIA / SO.CALIFORNIA / SAN GABRIEL VALLEY3.55
9MIDDLE STATES / PHILADELPHIA3.55
17MIDDLE STATES / NEW JERSEY3.54
17NEW ENGLAND / NORTHERN CONNECTICUT3.54
19FLORIDA / REGION_7 / LEE/CHARLOTTE3.53
19NEW ENGLAND / SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT / Southern CT3.53
19MIDWEST / OHIO VALLEY / COLUMBUS3.53
19FLORIDA / REGION_8 / SOUTH MIAMI/DADE3.53
23NEW ENGLAND / NORTHERN CONNECTICUT3.52
23MIDWEST / NORTHERN ILLINOIS3.52
23SOUTHWEST / SOUTHERN ARIZONA3.52
23FLORIDA / REGION_8 / BROWARD3.52
23NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 3.5 - EB3.52
23SOUTHERN / ALABAMA / AL - TUSCALOOSA3.52
29MISSOURI VALLEY / HEART OF AMERICA3.51
29NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 3.5 - SB - 23.51
29MIDWEST / OHIO VALLEY / COLUMBUS3.51
29SOUTHERN / LOUISIANA / LA - BATON ROUGE3.51
29TEXAS / DALLAS3.51
29NEW ENGLAND / SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT / Southern CT3.51
29MISSOURI VALLEY / ST. LOUIS3.51
29FLORIDA / REGION_8 / BROWARD3.51
29SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - ATLANTA - 20173.51
29EASTERN / NEW JERSEY REGION / North Jersey Day3.51
29SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - ATLANTA - 20173.51

The women are not as high as the men, but are deeper with a full 39 teams comprising the top-30 and all fitting in the range of 3.51-3.61 and a bunch of sections represented at the top.

It looks like there is going to be some good competition this year!