Tournament Bracket Formats

All Tournament Pro software supports bracket formats that utilize Single Elimination, single elimination with consolation, double elimination, Round Robin, double round robin, Pool Play, Qualifying format, Team format and Olympic format. These formats allow you to have knockout, 2-game guarantee, and/or 3-game guarantee. You can structure your events using one bracket type or multiple bracket types to accommodate your competitors. Brackets are created automatically based on the number of teams in each division. Our brackets are html based, fast loading, and dynamically generated.

All Tournament Pro Bracket Formats

Single Elimination

One of the most popular draw formats commonly used in all sporting events. It is simple, lose 1 match and you are out. Winners continue advancing in the bracket playing other winners until a champion is determined. The 2 Players / Teams that lose in the semi final round have the option to play an additional match to determine the 3rd place finisher. For events with multiple clubs, the venue code is listed next to the time so players will not be confused regarding their game location. Director has the option to list the Court / Field / Ring number on the draw chart.

Single Elimination Sample Bracket

Single Elimination with Consolation Dropdown

Uses the Single Elimination draw format, but when a player team loses their first played match in the main draw, they drop down a separate consolation single elimination bracket. Players / Teams without a BYE in the first round drop down to a specific spot indicated by a match code in the main draw. Players / Teams that do have a BYE in the first round also drop down if they lose. In the event a seeded player / team wins in the main draw, a BYE is inserted in that sport in the consolation draw and the other team would advance to the next round. Director can customize the spots in the consolation bracket where losers drop down into.

Single Elimination with Consolation Bracket Sample

Round Robin Layout By Round

Best format for determining who the best player / team really is in a division because unlike any other division type, everyone has to play each other. This is a great draw format for a division with a small number of players / teams (3 – 6). Round Robin divisions with 7 or more teams or players creates a large number of games to have to play. There are 2 layout types for round robin draws. In Layout by Round, names and seeds are listed at the top, then below lists all the games ordered by the round the opponents will play. In director mode, quickly set all matches in the same round for the same time and print whichever layout you like best.

Round Robin Layout By Round Sample

Round Robin Layout By Player

Same draw format as the Round robin above, only the display is laid out differently. Layout By Player allows you to view the game chart in a schedule format where each player / team can scan across and find all games and times. Wins and loses are color coded making it easy to see who is winning.

Round Robin Layout By Player Sample Draw Schedule

Double Round Robin

Play everyone in the division like in a normal round robin, then play them all again in the same order. Great for small divisions (3-5 participants) when you want to give the players / teams more games. Printable in both Layout by player and layout by round views.

Double Round Robin Sample Draw Chart

Pool Play

Separate players/teams into different round robin groups or flights. Winners of each flight advance to a single elimination play-off bracket. Ideally used when director wants losers to get more competition instead of losing and being finished. Pool Play is commonly used for mid-sized divisions (6 – 24 participants) that are too big for a normal round robin. Director can customize the play-off bracket and allow any number of players / teams to advance from the pool play flights. Director can also add wildcards for an odd number of groups to make everyone have the same number of matches in the finals.

Pool Play Division Sample Draw

Double Elimination

All Players/Teams start in the winner’s bracket and continue advancing like a single elimination bracket. When a loss occurs for the player / team the first time, they are dropped down to a specific spot in the Losers’ Bracket and continue advancing in the drop down bracket as they win. After losing a second match, player/team is finished. Winner of the Loser bracket plays the winner of the winner bracket to determine the division champion. Optional “If game” to play extra final if winner's bracket player/team loses in the finals. Since it would be that participant’s first loss, director has the option to make it a true Double Elimination. Mostly used for draws with under 20 participants. Also use Double Elimination for divisions with 2 players where the winner of 2 out of 3 games determines the champion.

Double Elimination Sample Drawsheet

Olympic Format

Triple Drop Down bracket type. All Teams / Players start in a Gold division. Losers drop down into 3 different loser brackets based how far they advance bracket. This draw format is great for mid-sized draws (over 12 people). This format guarantees 3 matches when draw size is larger than 16 participants. When players lose in the first round, they drop down into a Red Division. Players losing in the first round of the Red division drop to the white division. Players winning their first match in the gold but then if they lose their second match, they drop to the blue division. Players / teams continue to advance like in a normal single elimination draw when they win.

Olympic Format Draw Sample

Pro Qualifier

This is a qualifier single elimination bracket where players/teams play for opening spots in the main draw. Seeded players / teams begin in the main draw and wait for qualifier matches to be completed before their opponent is determined. This draw type is commonly used for professional divisions where lower ranked players or teams have to compete for their chance to play against the pros in the main draw.

Pro Qualifier Sample Draw

Team Divisions

Teams consist of 3 members that may either be a singles player or a doubles team. Position 1 players, position 2 players, and position 3 players are each seeded into separate single elimination bracket based on the seeding of the team. The team draw combines all of these separate draws and displays them in on one drawsheet. In order for a team to advance to the next round, the team must win 2 out of 3 matches. The entire team advances, even though some players may lose their individual match, they still advance with the team to play in the next round. This draw type works for Individual Sports only.

Team Division Sample Bracket