Tips To Running An Office NCAA Bracket Pool

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March Madness is upon us.

Here we are just a week away from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. After Selection Sunday, the bracket will be set and the pools will begin.

If your office doesn’t have a bracket pool, and you would like to start one, here are some helpful tips.

Interest & Fee

Most importantly make sure there is an interest, nothing is worse than a lackluster pool. The more people you have then obviously the larger the pot and the fee per bracket can be kept lower. I would recommend keeping it between $5- $20 per bracket in the office.

Put a Limit On Brackets

If IT guy who has never watched hoops wants in. Let him, but he'll probably win.

I always like to allow a maximum of three brackets per person, but it depends upon how fair you would like to keep it.

You can also have an additional fee for additional brackets. For example, if the cost per bracket is $10 once an individual has purchased the “max allowed” and would like to fill out more, you could then raise the fee to $15 or $20.

Keep in mind if you are going to be the person running the pool you need to have an understanding of the tournament set up because you are going to be responsible for setting up the scoring.

Managing The Pool

A really great place to go to get started is www.funofficepools.com. It will give a step by step process on not only to how to set up and start your league, but also to set up your scoring.

Scoring

Basic scoring begins with 1 point per win in the first round, 2 points in the second, 4 for the third (or Sweet 16 round), 8 for the fourth (or Elite 8), and sixteen for fifth (Final Four), and 32 for the championship game.

Often times, predicting total points or the score of the of the championship game will help determine the outcome. Now if you want to keep it more competitive, simply have the
points comparable to the round: Round 1=1 point per win, Round 2=2 points per win, etc.

Market It, But Be Smart

Once you set up your office pool you will have to send out invites as the commissioner of the league. I would recommend here that you have everyone’s personal email, not their professional the invite email will not be blocked or spamed. And you keep HR away.

If you choose not to use the web you are going to have to put in a little more work because you are going to be responsible for keeping track of all the scoring on your own. Also you are going to have to collect all the individual brackets; I would not recommend this for a large scale pool.

I hope this gave you an idea where to start. Feel free to add your own signature to your bracket pool, but just keep it honest.

The website I recommended is very helpful, and once you get registered it will give all the tools you need to get it going.

Good luck with your brackets this year and I’ll be back after Selection Sunday with my breakdown of the bracket this year, along with who are my contenders and pretenders.

Zachary Rendin

Written by Zachary Rendin

Zachary has been working in sports journalism for about a year. He produces for CBS Radio, hosts a sports podcast twice a week and a sports talk show on ESPN 1300 in Baltimore on Sundays. Read his blog for more musings.

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