Tournament Plus Wrestling Tournament Software

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(updated 10/10/16)

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What is the latest version of Tournament Plus that is available and how can I update?

Tournament Plus 2.06.05c  [dated March 2014] is the latest version of the software. This release incorporated a few significant enhancements as well as a new installation scheme that eliminates the need to get new TourPlus.lic files along with the front end file to update to a later revision. The more important changes in 2.06.05 are listed below.

       Added pooled format for four round robin brackets (can be 2-person through 6 person RR) where 1st place winners go to 4-person double elimination final bracket for First through Fourth Place; 2nd place RR finalists go to 4-person single elimination with Fifth and Sixth Place (if 6-Places is selected) or to a 4-person double elimination for Fifth through Eighth Place (if 8-Places is selected). Other Round Robin pool formats are being introduced as well.

       Added the ability to have a text name assigned to any weight class (e.g., 215# = "HWT")

       Added scoring scheme for beach wrestling; win by fall, win by points, win by referee decision (in addition to normal results such as injury and forfeit); customized beach wrestling bout slips also provided

If you are a registered user of Tournament Plus and are interested in trying out version 2.06.05, contact me for a link to download the installation file. .


Tournament Plus 2.06.04b  [dated December 2011] is the latest released version of Tournament Plus.  The 2.06 series is the first single version that can be installed on XP, Vista and Windows 7, including 64bit operating systems.   See Revision History for updates in version 2.06.

Because this update affects the installation scheme for Tournament Plus, it is necessary to obtain a new installation file in order to update to version 2.06.04b. This new file is available to Registered users at no charge. Email me for a link to download 2.06.04b.
Email:  rbm@brownbagdata.com

Tournament Plus 2.05.15b  [dated February 2009] is the last version of the 2.05 series.  You will not be able to update beyond this without getting the full installation file for 2.06.01 or later. If you are a registered user of the 2.05 series of Tournament Plus, or earlier, contact me for a link to download the installation file for Tournament Plus 2.06 at no additional charge.


How do I purchase Tournament Plus 2.06?

You can purchase Tournament Plus on the "Purchase & Demo's" page.  To go their now, click here. 


General ...

1.     What do I need to run Tournament Plus?

2.     What types of brackets can I run?

3.     If I have an 8-person bracket and only 3 wrestlers, can I run a round-robin bracket for that weight only?

4.     How many brackets can I have? What about the number of wrestlers or divisions?

5.     How many teams can I have? Can I have team scoring?

6.     How are Divisions determined?

7.     After I specify a Division, how to I put a wrestler in that division?

8.     Can I pre-register wrestlers? Do I have to?

9.     How long does it take to enter a bracket?

10.  Once a bracket is entered, how long before we can start wrestling?

11.  When I enter results of a bout, do I have to go to a separate form or table?

12.  Can I print out an individual bracket sheet or bout slip? Do I have to wait for a division to finish before I can print out stuff for the next round?

13.  Where did Tournament Plus come from, and how come I haven't heard about it before?

14.  Is anything else being planned?


Using Vista ...

1.     Can I install the Vista-compatible version of Tournament Plus on a computer running a pre-Vista operating system (Windows 98SE, 2000, XP)?

2.     Can I run Tournament Plus on a network with computers running Vista and computers running a pre-Vista operating system?


Getting Started with Tournament Plus ...

1.     What is the tournament that appears when I first load Tournament Plus?

2.     What do I do with the Sample Tournament when I want to start my own?

3.     What do I do if I forgot to save the Sample Tournament to a floppy disk before I clicked on "Start a New Tournament"?


Running the Program ...

1.     Do I HAVE to use the Weight Classes and Mat Assignments screen to enter my brackets?

2.     Why won't the program allow me to enter my heavyweight bracket as "HVWT"?

3.     Why don't my bracket sheets print out for the First Consolation Round when I have a "Bye" in the first round?


Using Tournament Plus on a Network ...

1.     How do I install Tournament Plus on a network?

2.     I have the program loaded on two computers, but the remote computer can't find the data.

3.     I have loaded the full version of Tournament Plus on both computers, and both computers can see each other on the network.  Why do I get different data on each computer?

4.     How do I connect the remote program to a printer?

5.     I get a message saying that the data file (TourPlus_Data.mdb) is already in use and I cannot connect to it.


Other Features ...

1.     How do I use the "Team Scores Display Screen"?

2.     My Team Scores Display Screen is blank!

3.     Why don't all the teams show up?

4.     My laptop does not work at 800x600.  How can I get the best display?

5.     Can I make changes to the automatically calculated team score for a match?


General ...

What do I need to run Tournament Plus?

You need a computer running Microsoft Windows and a printer.

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What types of brackets can I run?

You can run 8-person 16-person or 32-person double elimination brackets and 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6-person round robin brackets.

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If I have an 8-person bracket and only 3 wrestlers, can I run a round-robin bracket for that weight only?

Yes.  You can have any number of round robin brackets (2, 3 4, 5 or 6-person) mixed in with your 8, 16 or 32-person double elimination brackets.

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Can I run Pig-Tail matches to fill a bracket?

You can run a single elimination Pig-Tail bracket that will automatically populate the 8, 16 or 32-person double elimination bracket when completed. This way, you can handle up to 64 wrestlers at a specified weight

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How many brackets can I have? What about the number of wrestlers or divisions?

There is no limit to the number of brackets or the number of wrestlers.  Currently, there are provisions for up to ten divisions (e.g., "Bantam", "Novice", "12-Under", "Open", etc) that you can title to suit your tournament.  Each division can contain an unlimited number of brackets and wrestlers.

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How many teams can I have? Can I have team scoring?

There is no limit to the number of teams that you can have or the number of wrestlers that you designate as scorers.  You can keep team scores and customize the advancement points, win points and place points to meet your individual needs.  You can designate a wrestler as a scorer or non-scorer, and his or her points will be added to the team total or not, depending on their designation

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How are Divisions determined?

You specify the criteria.  The only constraint is that all divisions must use similar criteria.  For example, you can group by Grade by setting a range of grades for each division.  You can have Grades 5 thru 8 in a division, Grades 9 and 10 in a division, Grade 11 in a division, etc.

You can also group by Age, specifying a range such as 6 and Under (age 0-6), 12 to 13, 14 to 16 or 18 to 99 (Open division).  When you group by age, you have an option of using any date you want, including the day of the tournament, to determine the wrestlers age based on date of birth.

You can put everyone in a single division (like a high school meet) or you can simply specify groups by number with no other criteria (1 - Men - Open, 2 - Women, 3 - Senior Open).

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After I specify a Division, how to I put a wrestler in that division?

When you register a wrestler, you enter either a Grade, an Age or Date of Birth, or a Group Number.  Tournament Plus will automatically place him or her in that division.  For example, if your Novice Division is for Ages 12 through 13, when you enter a wrestler and type "12" in the Age field (or the appropriate date of birth in that field), that wrestler will automatically be designated as a Novice. 

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Can I pre-register wrestlers? Do I have to?

Pre-registration is not only available, it is recommended.  As your registrations come in, you can enter team information and all the information needed to print out weigh-in cards for each wrestler.  The weigh-in cards also provide all the information that pairings personnel will need, and provide an easy to read, consistent format that will minimize the chance for seeding and data entry errors.  Pre-registration also assigns a number to each wrestler that can be used to rapidly enter that wrestler in a bracket without typing in name, team and so on.

You don't have to pre-register.  It just saves time.  You can register wrestlers on the spot and print out the same weigh-in cards mentioned above, or you can enter wrestler by name and team directly into the brackets without going through the registration and weigh-in card routine.

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How long does it take to enter a bracket?

If you are issuing weigh-in cards and getting those cards back from the pairings people grouped the way they want them seeded, it takes as long to enter all the wrestlers in a bracket as it does to type in the numbers of all the wrestlers in the bracket.

For example, let's say you get the following cards back from the pairing people.  "Novice 125# Bracket" - Jim (#0025), Bill (#0122), Tim (#0092), Alan (#0003), Jon (#0088), Ted (#0006),  BYE (for Ted), and Brian (#0310).  You start a new record and type in "Novice, 125, 25,122, 92, 3, 88, 6, 0, 310".  How long did that take?

If you did not go the weigh-in card route, when you start a new bracket record, you type in the name of the wrestler and the team (or select from the drop down list of teams expected or registered) in the order you want them to wrestle.  A little longer and you might need someone who can type with more than one finger.

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Once a bracket is entered, how long before we can start wrestling?

With the bracket entered (as described above), click one button to send the Bracket Sheet directly to the printer and another button to print out the Bout Slips for the first round.  Post the Bracket Sheet, give the Bout Slips to the announcer and get going! You don't have to wait until the whole division is entered to start.

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When I enter results of a bout, do I have to go to a separate form or table?

Of course not! Who wants to have to type in a bunch of bout numbers and then hope that what you put in shows up correctly in the next round.  In Tournament Plus, you work with the bracket displayed in front of you and click on the winners name to enter the score or pin time.  The program does the rest - move the winner and loser to the next correct round and enter appropriate team points if you're doing Team Scoring. 

It all happens in front of you so you see exactly what is happening, as it happens.

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Can I print out an individual bracket sheet or bout slip? Do I have to wait for a division to finish before I can print out stuff for the next round?

Yes.  No.  You can print out a bracket sheet or bout slip for any round and any bout at anytime.  You can print out entire divisions or bout slips for entire rounds all at once, or you can print out bracket sheets or bout slips for all brackets above or below a specified weight at once.

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Where did Tournament Plus come from, and how come I haven't heard about it before?

Tournament Plus is a home-grown application developed by people who run wrestling tournaments, for people who run wrestling tournaments.  It is not simply a double elimination tournament program made to work for wrestling tournaments.

We have been using Tournament Plus in one form or another since 1994 to run our local tournaments. As our events grew, we needed a program to handle the number of wrestlers, the number of teams and the number of matches being run at once.  We developed Tournament Plus as a Microsoft Access application to handle this.  We are now comfortably handling tournaments of 1100+ wrestlers.  Our major tournament typically includes over 65 teams (with team scoring),  in at least four divisions, wrestling up to 16 bouts at a time.

As new tools have become available, we can now provide this application in a runtime version that does not require Microsoft Access.  Now we feel comfortable making it available to others.  To this point, we have shared it with some of our neighboring teams to help them run more efficient tournaments.  The response from them has been great.  Their programs are growing and people aren't spending all day and half the evening at their tournaments.

For a typical tournament of 300 to 400 wrestlers, with 6 or 8 matches going on at the same time, a single computer and a single printer can handle all the data entry and printout demands.  For larger tournaments, Tournament Plus can be run on a network using multiple computers and printers.

For our largest tournaments, we have run up to 4 computers.  We were able to handle registration for a subsequent division in one area while wrestling is going on, a Question-and-Answer station, a data entry station and a backup computer where we could look ahead. 

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Is anything else being planned?

LOTS!! 

We are putting some finishing touches on a true Round Robin tournament format, vertical pairing.  This format is typically used in many Freestyle and Greco tournaments.  This will provide the same type of What You See is What You Get tournament information and ease of printing out bout slips and bracket sheets. Watch for more information.

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Using Vista ...

Can I install the Vista-compatible version of Tournament Plus on a computer running a pre-Vista operating system (Windows 98SE, 2000, XP)?

Yes.  The only difference between the Vista and pre-Vista versions is in the installation scheme and the file locations.  If you already have a version of Tournament Plus on your computer, uninstall Tournament Plus before you attempt to install the Vista-compatible version on that computer.  Your previously saved tournament files will not be affected by this re-installation.

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Can I run Tournament Plus on a network with computers running Vista and computers running a pre-Vista operating system?

Yes you can.  My experience has shown that it is easier to use a pre-Vista computer as your Primary computer (the one with the full Tournament Plus installation).  Vista is too picky about allowing the file sharing permissions that need to be established to allow remote computers (workstation installation) to update data on the Primary computer. 

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Getting Started with Tournament Plus ...

What is the tournament that appears when I first load Tournament Plus?

A sample tournament is already loaded in the Tournament Plus program.  This is for you to use to try out the different functions and to see how things will look by the time your tournament has completed.  Try out some of the reports and print out some of the bout slips and bracket sheets to see how easy it is.  This sample data is also copied to the Tournament Plus/Save/Sample folder on installation.

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What do I do with the Sample Tournament when I want to start my own?

You can simply click on Start a New Tournament and begin entering your setup options.  You might want to use the sample tournament to try saving a tournament to a USB drive or to your hard drive and reloading it.

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What do I do if I forgot to save the Sample Tournament to a floppy disk before I clicked on "Start a New Tournament"?

Just reload the sample tournament from the opening screen.  You can get a new copy of the Sample Tournament files from the "Purchase and Demos" page on this site if you need to. Instructions for downloading and installation are also there.  The sample files are also on the installation CD, and can be loaded from there.

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Running the Program ...

Do I HAVE to use the Weight Classes and Mat Assignments screen to enter my brackets?

No.  All information (i.e., Division, Weight, Mat, Bracket Size, etc.) can be entered at the Data Entry screen either at the time of entering wrestlers into the brackets or prior to entering any wresters.  Also, you do not have to add brackets in order.  They will be shown as ordered by Division and then by Weight Class after they are entered.

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Why won't the program allow me to enter my heavyweight bracket as "HVWT"?

Weight Classes must be entered as numeric values.  You can use 275 as the heavyweight bracket (high school) or the highest weight in you heavy bracket.  You can use numbers with one decimal place.  Similarly, if you want to have more than one bracket at a given weight, you can use a decimal format like "103.1", "103.2", etc.

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Why don't my bracket sheets print out for the First Consolation Round when I have a "Bye" in the first round?

To avoid printing bout slips for invalid or blank brackets. Tournament Plus looks at the field for the first wrestler in each bracket.  If that field is empty, it assumes it is an invalid bracket.  When you give a wrestler a Bye in the first round, identify his "opponent" by entering a zero (0) in the Wrestler Number field.  This will put "Bye" in the name field and progress the Bye accordingly.

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Using Tournament Plus on a Network ...

How do I install Tournament Plus on a network?

Tournament Plus needs to be installed, either in a "Server" or "Full" format, on one computer (the computer to be used as the primary computer). If you plan to use the primary computer for data entry or to run any Tournament Plus functions, use the "Full" format. This computer needs to remain on whenever Tournament Plus is being used by other computers.  All other computers included on the network will need the Tournament Plus "Workstation" format installed.  The installation disk will prompt you for the installation format.  The screen will look like this:

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I have the program loaded on two computers, but the remote computer can't find the data.

You need to tell Tournament Plus where to find the data table (which is installed only on the primary computer) in order for the remote computers to be able to use the data.  You will know whether or not the remote computer(s) can find the data as soon as you try to access the "Setup Options" or other forms.  You will get a message like this:



Click "OK" and then select Refresh Data Link and click on the "Refresh Link to Tournament Plus Data Tables" menu bar dropdown.



If Tournament Plus cannot find the file "TourPlus_Data.mdb" on the computer, you will be given a directory screen to point to that file.  The file will be found in the directory that you specified to install Tournament Plus on the primary computer (the default location is C:/Program Files/TourPlus).  You must have a network connection established between the two computers in order to link the remote program to the data table.

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I loaded the full version of Tournament Plus on both computers, and both of computers can see each other on the network.  Why do I get different data on each computer?

When you install a full version of Tournament Plus, you install the program files and the data tables in the same directory.  The program files are linked to the data tables in that directory. When you have two full installations, you have two programs using separate data tables. You need to uninstall the full version from the remote computer, reinstall the "Workstation" version, and establish the link to the data as described above.

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How do I connect the remote program to a printer?

You have two options when connecting a printer.  First, you can use a printer connected to one of the computers and share it on the network.  This may be a little slower and will require the computer that the printer is connected to (using the local printer port or USB connection).  The other option is to use a network printer connected to a router or print server.  In both cases, you must set the printer you want to use as the Default Printer for each individual computer using the Windows printer setup.

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I get a message saying that the data file (TourPlus_Data.mdb) is already in use and I cannot connect to it.

Make sure that the folder where this file is located (typically C:\Program Files\TourPlus on the "primary" computer or server) is shared and allows network users to modify data.  Some operating systems will not allow you to share the Program Files directory.  In this event, go to the TourPlus directory and share it.  The sharing window in Windows XP looks like this:

Both the "Share this folder on the network" and the "Allow network users to change my files" must be checked.  Network users will only have change authority in this folder.

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Other Features ...

How do I use the "Team Scores Display Screen"?

The "Team Scores Display Screen" will let you display up-to-date Team Scores (refreshed about every 2 minutes) on a separate computer display or on a projector.  Set up either the projector or the screen/monitor of a remote computer (requires a networked setup) to display Tournament Plus from that computer.  One the remote computer, select "Show Team Score's Display Screen" on the Scoring menu bar item.  When the Team Scores screen is displayed, select the Division(s) that you want to show.  Leave this computer and screen/monitor/projector alone and watch the scores change as the results of the matches are entered.

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My Team Scores Display Screen is blank!

Try recalculating Team Scores by selecting "Calculate Team Scores" on the Scoring menu bar item. Every time team scores are refreshed, the appropriate data table is deleted and rebuilt.  That table may not have been built when you set up this feature.

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Why don't all the teams show up?

This screen only displays the top 25 teams in each Division.  If your windows task bar covers up the bottom of the screen, you should set the task bar to "Auto-Hide".  This screen is displayed best at 800x600 resolution.

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My laptop does not work at 800x600.  How can I get the best display?

Set your laptop display (using Control Panel - Display - Settings - Advanced) DPI setting to Large Size (125% normal size).  This will give you an approximately 800x600 display with a 1024x768 resolution.

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Can I make changes to the automatically calculated team score for a match?

Yes, simply edit the field where the team score is shown by clicking on it, highlighting the old score and typing in the new one.  This change will be reflected the next time you choose "Calculate Team Scores".  If you are displaying Team Scores on a separate computer or projecting them onto a screen or wall, they will automatically change in about 30 seconds.

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