Basketball Brackets
Organizing and Hosting your Own Tournament

The basketball brackets below will help your organize and manage your own basketball tournament, something every coach should consider once they have established their program in their school. If you think back to your own playing days, or survey your current or past players, you can be sure that some of their most memorable experiences have been tournaments they have taken part in.

So why host your own tournament? True, it's some extra work, but it is a great way to build a sense of community within the team, the school and the larger community. It brings everyone together, working towards one goal, and brings in people from your community who are usually on the outside of things - parents, teachers and administrators, supporters - and makes them feel like part of the team. It gets them excited and personally connected to your players, your program, and your efforts to succeed.

It's also a great way to get in a few extra games off the league schedule, play a few teams that you may not otherwise get to play in the season, and try out a few new basketball plays.

Basketball Brackets
Organizing your Tournament

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There are lots of things you need to keep in mind when you are planning to host a tournament - venues, time frames, accommodations, and plenty more - but perhaps the most obvious is to create a playing schedule.

Below you will find blank brackets you can use to set up the tournament schedule.

Click on the schedule that matches the number of teams and format that you are planning for, then right-click to save-as and print.

These are, I think, the most common tournament schedules you will need - I don't know how often schools have a 32-team invitational - I would guess quite rarely. But if you have more teams in the schedule than noted here, check out the Print Your Brackets site, where you'll find basketball brackets for tournaments with over 100 teams.

So start your planning. Get organizing, start the hype, and go ahead and start sending out your invitations to that tournament - it will be a great experience and with a little work it could turn into an annual event.

"This is the second most exciting indoor sport, and the other one shouldn't have spectators."

- Dick Vertleib

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