How to Run a NCAA March Madness Tournament

By: Christopher Jenkins

Every March millions of people across the United States gear up for the greatest tournament event in the world, March Madness. Family, friends, and co-workers all try their luck at the tournament bracket pick-em office pool, which will forever be the king of all office pools. Many people do not realize that there are other exciting office pools that can be ran for the March Madness Tournament. The information below gives step by step instructions on a version that I prefer to run for the Championship Game. This is the NCAA March Madness 100 Square Grid Office Pool.

Step 1

You will first need to print a copyof the square grid. You can do this by visiting the link at the bottom of this article. From there you will go to Office Pools and find the Ncaa Basketball 100 Square Grid. Once this is printed you are ready to begin the pool.

Step 2

Sell each square for a set dollar amount until all squares are full, a player may buy as many squares as they wish. Once the player pays for the squares they are to write their name in the squares of their choice. If you don't feel you can sell 100 squares check out our 25 square grid and 50 square grid.

Step 3

Once all the squares are full it is time to set up the drawing. This can be done in many ways, listed below are 2 examples. After determining the drawing method, draw the numbers one at a time placing the numbers from left to right starting with the first gray square box in the top row, continue across the top row until the numbers are gone. After that is complete you will redraw the numbers, this time placing the drawn numbers in the gray square boxes in the left column, starting at the top. Example 1: Write the numbers 0-9 on pieces of paper and place them in a hat. Example 2: Get a deck of cards A through 10, the ace represents a one, the 10 represents a 0, 2-9 are face value

Step 4

Now is time for the fun!! Begin watching the game, at the end of each half match the last digit of each teams score with the grid. Example: At the end of the first half if the team listed up top has 37 and the team listed on the left side has 34. Go to the top row of numbers and find the number 7(last digit of 37) then go to the left column of numbers and find the number 4(last digit of 34) find where these two numbers intersect on the grid and the name in that square wins the first half.

Payout's

There are a few different ways to split up the prize pool , make sure this is discussed before selling the squares. The most common method is to give the winner of each half 50% of the prize pool. It is possible that a player can win both halves and the whole prize pool. Be sure to discuss what is going to be done in case of an overtime, some people will just ignore the overtime score, some people will substitute the overtime score for the second half, and others will divide the prize pool in thirds. Once again to avoid problems make sure all of this is discussed before selling the squares.

How does this vary from the normal Super Bowl Squares?

The concept is the same, the difference is there are not four quarters in a college basketball game but instead two halves, therfore there will only be 2 winners, one at the end of the first half and one at the end of the second half. The best time to run this pool is for the Ncaa Tournament Championship game, but it can be ran for any game of the season.

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