Throughout the registration period, you can monitor the events and event groupings. This can be done without actually creating what we'll refer to as "player brackets" or simply "brackets".
Maybe some terminology may be helpful:
- Event: A basic play item for the tournament, ie Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, Mixed Doubles, etc.
- Play Bracket: A play group within a particular event, such as Men's Doubles 50-54 or Women's Doubles 3.0. Play brackets consist of the group of players/teams that will compete against each other to determine a winner.
When registration is closed, the following are the normal steps:
- Final registration changes (matching partners, posting player lists)
- Ratings verification
- Initial Bracket creation: This places teams/players into the expected groupings for seeding purposes.
- Seeding: placing teams in order according to their expected finish.
- Bracket spliting: Some large tournaments split large groups to award a second set of medals.
- First round checks so players don't immediately play players from their own club, state, or partner in another event.
- Final Bracket drawing
We currently support the following chart types:
- Single Elimination - up to 16 teams
- Double Elimination - up to 64 teams (top seed vs bottom seed)
- Double Elimination - up to 64 teams (top seed vs middle seed)
- Double Elimination w/drop-down and consolation for more than 14 teams
- Round Robin - up to 16 teams
Custom charts are available: Basically any chart where the winner and loser proceed to following matches can be configured. Currently not programmed to handle matches where a player is possible from two different preceeding matches.
All bracket splitting is done after the initial seeding. The seed numbers determine which teams go into which brackets. Two options are cupported:
- Split into two smaller brackets - This divides an existing bracket into two smaller brackets for play. These brackets DO NOT merge back together for a single set of medals.
- Pool Brackets - This divides an existing bracket into multiple smaller brackets and optionally a winners bracket for the winners. You specify the number of pools, charts, and teams in the optional winners bracket. The seedings are spread across the pools evenly. Example: seed 1 in pool 1, seed 2 in pool 2, seed 3 in pool 3, etc... After playing the pools, a final seeding is done on the winners bracket to specify which teams play and in which position. The system DOES NOT automatically decide who flows from the pools to the winners bracket.