Welcome! This is a single-elimination tournament bracket system. It can handle up to 1024 contestants. (Hopefully that’s enough!) And the cool part is, this doc automatically generates a
. This doc was built for the specific purpose of voting on movies. It could be adapted for more general purposes and used as a tournament management tool. (I plan to publish that generalized version sometime soon.)
During Covid-19 quarantine, my friends began a new tradition. Every week we nominated movies to watch collectively from our homes. On Fridays we got together via videochat to vote on one film to watch. Initially, we used separate online tournament bracket and voting apps. I noticed it was cumbersome for the hosts who had to collect the nominations, rank them by hand in a speadsheet, and then manage two apps during voting that did not communicate with each other. I made this doc to smooth out the workflow and make everything available in one place.
This page is where you add all the nominations from the tournament participants. Include all nominations, even repeats, because films with multiple nominations will receive higher seeding in the bracket. Double check that all repeat nominations are spelled exactly the same so that they are registered as the same film. The film title will turn orange to indicate that it is indeed a repeat.
Once the entries are done, press the
Add Entries to Contestants
button. This will give all contestants a random ranking with exception to films with multiple nominations which will receive the highest positions. Press this button as many times as you like to re-seed the tournament. You can also manually adjust the rows to tweak the rankings to your liking.
to send the contestants to the tournament. This button will delete any existing bracket and build a new one with the current
. This button requires a few moments, at least 5 seconds, to complete the action.
for the tournament. This person will be the only user able to use the Game Master Controls during the tournament. If you need to add a new user to the Game Master select list, click either the
Add Me as User
Add Other as User
buttons to add yourself or someone else. Then go to the select list and choose the new user.
Erase & Reset Doc
button if you’d like to wipe all past tournament data from the doc.
to copy of this doc to your own Coda workspace. I suggest copying a new doc at the start of every tournament, so that you can keep an archive all past tournaments
Now we’re ready for the big event!
During the tournament, all participants can stay open on this page in a web browser or in the coda app. The IMDB info and voting buttons will appear for the current contest of the tournament. The voting buttons are specific to each user and will indicate with a “👍” for which film their vote has been cast.
The voting meter shows the number of votes for each contestant. Once votes are cast and a contestant has a majority of votes, the Game Master can close the poll and advance the winner of that round. The page will now update to the next contest in the tournament.
Participants can click on the thumbnail of the tournament bracket to zoom in and see it in detail.
Close Poll & Advance Winner
to end voting and move to the next round. This button will be disabled if no votes are cast or the voting ends in a tie.
Clear Votes for Current Round
to restart voting for a round.
Navigate bracket includes 3 buttons:
. The left and right arrows will move to the previous and next rounds respectively. The return arrow will move to the next unplayed round in the tournament.
In the event that a tie cannot be resolved or if it is decided a certain contestant should win regardless of the votes, the Game Master has 2 buttons available under the
banner. Whichever contestant they press will be declared the winner of that round and the tournament will advance to the next round.
This is a large, isolated view of the bracket. This view will update in real time as the tournament is played. Participants may enjoy having this page up on their computer and the voting page open on their phone.
Save Final Bracket as PDF
To save the final bracket as a PDF, highlight the cell containing the
. Copy the cell and paste it into your web browser. The SVG bracket will appear which you can save as a PDF through your browser’s print dialogue.