OVERVIEW Tournament consists of a multi round structure where round leaders advance to subsequent rounds. The tournament is designed to have a similar format to the Soccer World Cup System.
Each entrant will draft a group of participating teams in the NCAA tournament and the entrant’s performance will be based on their teams’ performances. The tournament will be broken down into three weekends. All pool entrants participate in WEEKEND 1. The top 4 entrants from weekend 1 will advance to weekend 2. The top 2 entrants from WEEKEND 2 will advance to the FINAL FOUR WEEKEND.
All eligible tournament entrants will meet prior to each weekend for team selections via draft process. NOTE: Point values from previous weekends do not carry over, each participant starts each weekend with zero points.
WEEKEND 1, (March 15 – March 18) Entrants will be divided into 3 - 4 Groups. The groups shall be a minimum of 3 entrants and a maximum of 4 entrants, and this will be determined by total number of entrants. The entrants will be placed in a group based on a random drawing. Each entrant will be competing only against the other entrants in his/her group for this weekend.
The entrants within each group will draft teams from the 64 team NCAA field (the play in game will not count). The draft order will be determined from a random drawing, please see DRAFT PROCEDURE for the draft structure. The draft will consist of 16 or 21 rounds depending on the number of entrants within the group. An entrant earns points each time one of his/her teams advances in the NCAA tournament. Please see POINT SCORING for scoring details. The final entrant score for the weekend will be the total combined points earned by his/her teams during the weekend. The entrants will advance to WEEKEND 2 based on the GROUP STRUCTURE.
WEEKEND 2, (March 22 – March 25) After the first weekend the remaining 4 entrants will be regrouped according to the GROUP STRUCTURE. The two members in each group will draft the remaining 16 NCAA teams, (8 each). See GROUP STRUCTURE for draft order and DRAFT PROCEDURE for the draft structure. Point scoring for this weekend will be identical to that of the first weekend. The top performer from each group will advance to the FINAL FOUR WEEKEND.
FINAL FOUR WEEKEND, (March 30 – April 1) The two remaining entrants will then conduct a draft of the 4 remaining teams. The top point scorer from Weekend 2 will pick first, the second entrant will then have picks 2 and 3, and the first entrant will get the final pick. The entrant who scores the most points in this weekend wins the tournament.
GROUP STRUCTURE (Assumes minimum of 8 entrants) 8 Entrants Weekend 1 Total Groups: A,B Entrants per Group: 4 Entrants to advance: Top 2 finishers in each group Weekend 2 Group C – 1st in Group A (first pick), 2nd in Group B Group D – 1st in Group B (first pick), 2nd in Group A. Final Four Weekend Group E – Winners of Groups C & D, first pick determined by higher score. 9 Entrants Weekend 1 Total Groups: A,B,C Entrants per Group: 3 Entrants to advance: Top finisher in each group, and wildcard (highest point scorer of the remaining entrants). Weekend 2 Group D –Group winner with most points (first pick), Wildcard Group E – Group winner with 2nd most points (first pick), Remaining Group winner Final Four Weekend Group F – Winners of Groups D & E, first pick determined by higher score. 12 Entrants Weekend 1 Total Groups: A,B,C, D Entrants per Group: 3 Entrants to advance: Top finisher in each group Weekend 2 Group E –Group A Winner vs. Group B winner (first pick to higher scoring entrant) Group F – Group C Winner vs. Group D winner (first pick to higher scoring entrant) Final Four Weekend Group G – Group E Winner vs. Group F winner (first pick to higher scoring entrant) 16 Entrants Weekend 1 Total Groups: A,B,C, D Entrants per Group: 4 Entrants to advance: Top finisher in each group Weekend 2 Group E – Group A Winner vs. Group B winner (first pick to higher scoring entrant) Group F – Group C Winner vs. Group D winner (first pick to higher scoring entrant) Final Four Weekend Group G – Group E Winner vs. Group F winner (first pick to higher scoring entrant)
DRAFT PROCEDURE For each subsequent round within a draft session, the picking order of the entrants will be reversed. Example: There are 4 entrants in the group and Entrant 1 has first pick for Weekend 1. First round draft order – Entrant 1, Entrant 2, Entrant 3, Entrant 4 Second round draft order – Entrant 4, Entrant 3, Entrant 2, Entrant 1 Third round draft order – Entrant 1, Entrant 2, Entrant 3, Entrant 4 Fourth round draft order – Entrant 4, Entrant 3, Entrant 2, Entrant 1 Etc.
POINT SCORING For every team that advances to the next round, the entrant will receive 4 points. For example, if an entrant has 5 teams advance to the next round, that entrant will receive 5(teams) x 4(points) = 20 pts. Upset bonus: An upset occurs when a team with a seed 3 or more below its opposition wins the game. If an upset occurs, you will receive 4 points for the win, plus bonus points equal to the difference between the two seeds of the teams. See examples…
Example 1: # 12 seed beats #5 seed in first round The 12th seed wins 4 point for advancing to the 2nd round plus 12-5 = 7pts for the upset. The total points won in that game is 11.
Example 2: #6 seed beats #2 in sweet sixteen round The 6th seed wins 4 pts for advancing to the Elite Eight round plus 6-2 = 4pts for the upset. The total points won in that game is 8.
Tiebreakers: If two entrants have equal points at the conclusion of the weekend 1 or weekend 2 the winner will be determined by the following criteria 1. Most number of remaining teams still in the tournament. 2. Sum of total seed numbers for each remaining team. 3. Coin flip.
For the final four weekend, a tie will be broken by the point total of the final game. Each entrant will provide a point total for the final game prior to the final four weekend draft.