Whenever I run a game-based activity, such as teaching kids scrabble or chess during enrichment, I eventually create brackets for the competitions. In the past, this meant either drawing one up, or printing out a paper bracket and filling in their names. This time around, I figured someone had to have an easy online generator… thus:
This free site allows you to create a custom bracket in a few easy steps… just fill out their registration information, and you’re ready to go!
Click on “create new tournament” and you can customize the information – choose the type of bracket, set an address (something easy to remember for a URL), set the registration policy (“provide a list of participants” is the easiest — you can copy a student list from a spreadsheet and just paste it in), add a description, and you’re good to go!
Once you hit “create,” your next step is to add players — just click the green button, and you can type or paste them in or – alternatively – have kids register individually.
After this, you are ready to roll – the brackets are automatically filled, either at random or by however you seed the players. To select a winner, just click the little question mark next to any player’s name, enter the score, and choose the winner.
Back on the main screen, you can see all your tournaments, and their progress.
We hope you find this useful… and if you have a tip you’d like to share, please send it along!
Derek & Jeremy