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The WAKA Founders Cup is headed to Atlanta! Flying V, reigning champs of GA Thunder League in Sandy Springs, came to their 2nd FC with a loaded roster, complete with well-recruited veteran free agents, and walked a difficult path to the championship - having to face and beat top-seeded defending champs OSC Kickball in a grueling extra-innings Sweet 16 match, before facing returning Finalist The Situation (#2) to clinch the championship with a 3-1 victory.
Bracketology can be a deep dark rabbit hole sometimes, so as WAKA's lead geek on the subject, I wanted to let some sunlight in and share the thought process we went through designing this year's Founders Cup brackets.
44 teams means 11 pools, and a plethora of possible approaches for reaching a Sweet 16 bracket -- all of them varying degrees of awkward. We weighed the pros and cons of a number of alternatives, but before we go into that, here's the structure we finally ran with:
- 21 Teams advance from Pool Play to the Elimination Rounds: 11 Pool Champs and 10 Wild Cards, being the 10 best Pool Play records from among the Pool Runners-Up.
- The 11 Pool Champs receive BYEs and proceed directly to the Sweet 16.
Last weekend, WAKA hosted it’s first West Coast Regional Tournament in LA with plenty of sun, food, and an awesome after party. The Kicktators from Long Beach took home the cup defeating SoCal Riot from San Diego in the finals. Among the highlights were a series of very competitive games, lunch at the fields from the Kogi BBQ food truck, and an impromptu pick up game that was full of silliness and debauchery. Teams closed out the night in Hollywood with beer pong and a big dance party. Click through our exclusive photo gallery from the entire weekend.
The Kickball Games are coming to Las Vegas on October 7th- 9th for the second annual celebration of the fun, social side of WAKA kickball. The Kickball Games are open to any WAKA player from 2011 and combine kickball, parties, and contests all weekend long. Karen Heffelfinger, captain of Your Mom, a team from CA Tinseltown in West Hollywood, CA, came to The Kickball Games 2010 and says the team can’t wait to come back and is looking forward to meeting new friends at the 2011 event!