NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket template It's the big dilemma for the fantasy NCAA basketball tournament pool manager: paper brackets or digital? Whichever option you choose, I've got you covered.
When I was a young kid, the announcement of the teams and seedings in the NCAA men's basketball tournament was always accompanied by furious scribbling as I tried to manually create an instant tournament bracket. I just couldn't wait until the newspaper arrived the next morning to begin making my picks.
The advent of the VCR reduced the furious scribbling, and the Web eliminated the need to write down teams at all. Now we get all the information as soon as it's reported. There are a lot of good free NCAA tournament "pick 'em" games online, including a bracket challenge at the official NCAA site and long-standing fantasy contests at ESPN, Yahoo, The Sporting News, and CBS SportsLine.
Prizes include tickets to the 2009 Final Four and plasma TVs, so expect competition to be fierce. In fact, if you've got a Yahoo account and would like to join my competition, create your bracket and join private group 122313. The password is "br00kl0p3z"...can you tell I'm a Stanford fan? I can't promise any prizes, but I'll work on it. While finding free games is not hard online, creating your own private tournament office or contest pool is not.
For a quality free solution all-in-one, I continue to recommend FreeTrak, a bare-bones application that includes all of the 2008 seedings and teams. If you're looking to take your pool up a notch, check out Turbo Turbo or Tourney Tourney Pro. The software is built to run any sort of tournament, and it has loads of features for handling NCAA pools.
However, sometimes the easiest way to build interest in a pool is to personally hand out printed brackets. The software mentioned above will also certainly allow printing blank brackets, but you can't really customize them very much. If you're buying a basic, customizable, printable bracket for offline pools, I've got you covered there too. Using the free design application Inkscape, I created a printable NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket template for anyone to download. Inkscape is a simple program to use; the only big problem I encountered involved aligning copied brackets. Inkscape is a vector graphics editor, which means that images and objects can certainly scale, so team brackets and names can be resized as you like. The SVG file is included in a downloadable ZIP file on the template product page.
Inkscape exports PDF files, so I created a printable version of the bracket if you need a down-and-dirty printout for brainstorming upset picks or tracking winners. The hottest games of winter. The PDF file is also included in the downloadable ZIP. In order to print the PDF file, you'll need a PDF reader like Adobe Acrobat Reader or Foxit PDF Reader. In order to edit the SVG file, you'll need a vector graphics editor like the aforementioned Inkscape or Adobe Illustrator.
So what do you use to manage your NCAA basketball tournament pool? Software, printable brackets, or both?
Tell me about it in the comments. P.S. If anyone is interested, I'd be glad to make SVG and PDF versions of the bracket for the NCAA women's basketball tournament as well. Ask in the comments just.