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Tournament Pool & Bracket Tracker v0.5.1 Released

The Tournament Pool & Bracket Tracker is a J2EE application for easily administrating a sports tournament office pool. This is a major feature enhancement release. This release adds adds 16 feature requests and changes the license to the GNU Affero General Public License version 3.

Most features in this release allows just about anything that could be done with the interface to be undone, and to provide lists of players, pools, groups, brackets, teams, leagues, and tournaments. You can delete or remove any item that is not used elsewhere, allowing administrators and players to clean up mistakes and keep a clean site without resorting to hacking the database.

In addition there are a few interface improvements. There is a common header for navigation. The time that any tournament was last updated is shown. The Show Group screen has been reorganized and the tournament filter now applies there.

There are a few new fun features as well. There is a new tie breaker called the 'Upset Prediction Delta' that counts the number of upsets predicted correctly - the number of upsets not predicted - number of upsets predicted incorrectly. The system will also analyze any pool and add comments to indicate winners, the maximum rank a player can
attain, who each player is rooting for, and who is out.

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 entering 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 administrator 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 administrators can choose from many different scoring systems, and in the future may be able to define their own.

Posted by Avery J. Regier 2007-12-31

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