Bracket Formats

The R2sports event management software supports multiple draw type formats

Brackets that can be used for tournaments, leagues, and seasons include:

Elimination Brackets with consolation options supporting up to 256 participants, Round Robins with different display options up to 16 competitors, Pool Play divisions up to 160 competitors in 10 different groups, and Heats with up to 200 competitors.

R2sports Screen Shots: Elimination Brackets

Feed-In with Consolation


A feed-in with consolation describes a draw system in which all participants start in the main Single elimination bracket. Losers of all matches through the quarter finals drop into a feed-in dropdown that itself also has a feed-in dropdown for its losers.

The feed-in with consolation can be thought of as a consolation bracket with another consolation. This draw system guarantees competitors three games of play.

This format is used for tournament competition and is not recommended for leagues and seasons because the winners play a lot more than the losers.

Advantages:

Allows final standings in a division to be determined all the way to 12th place. The main bracket determines places 1st 4th. The first feed-in dropdown determines places 5th 8th, and the feed-in with consolation of the first loser feed in bracket is used to find places 9th 12th.

A team with an early loss is able to achieve up to 5th place in the division, in contrast with Triple Knockout tournament brackets where a first round loser in the main draw could only get a high of 9th place.

Disadvantages:

In the feed-in with consolation, more games are required to schedule when compared with the Olympic format division system because multiple losing rounds from the main draw drop into the first feed-in dropdown.