2. Seedings to Tournament Bracket

This guide presumes you have a list of top eight players, already seeded. This could be from round-robin qualification or open qualification.

The list should look something like this:

  • 1. Andrew.
  • 2. Bethany.
  • 3. Doreen.
  • 4. Eric.
  • 5. Helen.
  • 6. Mike.
  • 7. Sammy.
  • 8. Rachel.

Now it's time to populate the tournament structure with the names from the final list. The following steps produce a good balance between fairness for the players, excitement for the audience, as well as creating chances for different match-ups between players from one tournament to the next.

This process can be done in private by the tournament director, but for the sake of openness and fairness, and to add drama to the event, it's good to do it in public, for the audience to see, just before the knockout rounds.

Break the list into three sections. The first two players, the next two players, and the lowest four players.

Top two:

  • 1. Andrew.
  • 2. Bethany.

Next two:

  • 4. Doreen.
  • 3. Eric.

Bottom four:

  • 5. Helen.
  • 6. Mike.
  • 7. Sammy.
  • 8. Rachel.

The basic tournament sheet will look something like this:

Players Round 1 matches Semi-Final matches Third place match Final match Winner
1. 1 vs 2 Semi-Final 1 Loser of semi-final 1 Winner of semi-final 1 Winner
2.
3. 3 vs 4
4.
5. 5 vs 6 Semi-Final 2 Loser of semi-final 2 Winner of semi-final 1
6.
7. 7 vs 8
8.

To populate the list, first put the first two players in position 1 and 8. It'll look like this (here shown with the player's seed following their name):

Players Round 1 matches Semi-Final matches Third place match Final match Winner
1. Andrew (1) 1 vs 2 Semi-Final 1 Loser of semi-final 1 Winner of semi-final 1 Winner
2.
3. 3 vs 4
4.
5. 5 vs 6 Semi-Final 2 Loser of semi-final 2 Winner of semi-final 1
6.
7. 7 vs 8
8. Bethany (2)

The next step involves randomness. Most draws at sports events use numbered balls literally drawn from a bowl. In a tournament this small it's easy enough to flip a coin enough times.

So using a coin flip, or numbered or colored balls, randomly pick a player seeded 3rd or 4th to go in space 4, and put the other into space 5.

Players Round 1 matches Semi-Final matches Third place match Final match Winner
1. Andrew (1) 1 vs 2 Semi-Final 1 Loser of semi-final 1 Winner of semi-final 1 Winner
2.
3. 3 vs 4
4. Eric (4)
5. Doreen (3) 5 vs 6 Semi-Final 2 Loser of semi-final 2 Winner of semi-final 1
6.
7. 7 vs 8
8. Bethany (2)

Next, the last four seeds are placed on the chart randomly in the remaining four spaces. This can be down by a random draw of four number, or you can flip a coin to which of the 5th and 6th seed will face the 3rd and 4th seeds (in slots 3 and 6), and then flip a coin to which of the 7th and 8th seed will face the 1st and 2nd seeds (in slots 2 and 7).

Players Round 1 matches Semi-Final matches Third place match Final match Winner
1. Andrew (1) 1 vs 2 Semi-Final 1 Loser of semi-final 1 Winner of semi-final 1 Winner
2. Rachel (8)
3. Helen (5) 3 vs 4
4. Eric (4)
5. Doreen (3) 5 vs 6 Semi-Final 2 Loser of semi-final 2 Winner of semi-final 1
6. Mike (6)
7. Sammy (7) 7 vs 8
8. Bethany (2)

That's it! Easy!

Now the draw is complete, it's time for the knockout tournament to begin!

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