The following is a quick summary of the steps required to get going with Bracket Builder.
- TOURNAMENTS. Create a tournament on the Tournaments screen.
There are a number of parameters can be set for each tournament including: a league from which to select teams (optional), the # of teams (rounds) in the tournament, single|double elimination, scheduling method, and the presence of a consolation game (single elim), or “repechage” game (double elim). This screen is explained in detail on the Tournaments manual page.
Teams may also be assigned to the tournament on this screen, however this step is NOT required. See the Manage Teams and Manage Venues man pages for detailed information on creating a database of teams and their playing venues, which are shared with the MSTW League Manager plugin. (Note that the tournament teams can be selected from the Teams database without specifying a league for the tournament.)
- UPDATE GAMES. All information on tournament games is entered on the Update Games screen. This includes scheduling information – date, time, location, home team – and status information – period, time remaining, in progress scores, and final score. If you use the Teams database to enter teams on the Tournaments screen, they are automatically entered in the first round based on scheduling method and seeds, and in all other rounds based on game results. Otherwise teams can be entered as text for the first round, and all rounds. See the tUpdate Games manual page for more details on this screen.
- ADD SHORTCODES. Shortcodes are available to display tournament schedules and results in table and graphical (bracket) formats. Add them where you want them on your sites pages. Details on using the shortcodes are available on the Shortcodes manual page.