I WANT TO RUN A TOURNAMENT IN OUR SCHOOL. WHAT DO I NEED TO CONSIDER?
There are a variety of tournament formats that you may use, and you should select the one that is going to best meet the goals and intended player experience of your school tournament.
The most common format is a single elimination bracket tournament, in which teams play head to head and only the winning team advances to the next round (e.g. quarterfinals > semifinals > finals). But there are other formats which may be better suited to the experience you are trying to craft for your students, each with their own pro’s and con’s. See the Tournament Guide on our Resources page for more details on these formats.
When playing competitively, it’s a good idea to separate the experienced and new players into different levels of competition. Players of both levels will usually have more fun competing with teammates and against opponents of similar experience.
There are online tournament platforms that help you create and seed brackets for your tournaments. This takes some of the workload off of you and lets you have all the necessary information in one place. For a beginner, Challonge is the easiest to use and the simplest to understand. Here’s an example.