Tournament Pool & Bracket Tracker v0.4.0 Released

Ready for March Madness!

The Tournament Pool & Bracket Tracker is a J2EE application for easily administrating a sports tournament office pool. The main focus of this release is administration. Administrators can now create a new tournament, create teams and assign the seeds all from the user interface. This release makes irrelevant whether or not I release .sql files on the night that the brackets are revealed, because anyone can set it up. This release also adds the notion of a 'League' so that teams are properly grouped and you don't make the mistake of women's team in a men's tournament or
vice versa. Also added was the notion of a site
administrator. This is automatically the first person to register on the site. This person has the authority to create new tournaments, set them up with teams, and to assign other site admins.

The user interface was also updated in this release so that the focus is on particular tournaments. You can now go go one page that has all of the relevant information for that tournament only. Completed tournaments are archived but still available to view.

This application supports small groups or organizations who wish to provide an NCAA basketball tournament pool without a lot of administrative work in calculating up-to-date results and possibilities. Though it was built with the NCAA tournament in mind, it is built generically and should be able to handle most other sports tournament pools For instance, it has been demonstrated to work with the ACC tournament. It is web-based and thus users can register themselves and start enterring their brackets on their own. They can edit and change and play with their selections in an easy to use interface, until they are either happy or run out of time. After the adminstrator of a group adds them to the group and provides at least one pool, the user can submit their finished bracket. Once the tournament begins, they cannot change it. Users can submit a single bracket in as many pools as they want or switch them up. Once the tournament is underway, as games complete, users can keep track of their progress as the administrator for a tournament updates the results of games. The pool adminstrators can choose from many different scoring systems, and in the future may be able to define their own.

Posted by Avery J. Regier 2006-02-28

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