How to create and work with brackets

Create brackets

When registration is closed its time to create your brackets. Go to your "registrations" page and click "create bracket".

You can create brackets one by one by clicking the "Create bracket" next to the group/division. Brackets will be created in the background so you can continue to work with Smoothcomp while they are being created!

Batch create brackets

If you have many brackets we recommend using our batch create function and our bracket packages. This allows you to create several brackets at the same time with just a click of a button!

1. Filter your brackets so that they all have the same fighting time (length of the match)
2. Toggle all groups you wish to include in the process
3. Press "Batch create brackets" and then choose use your bracket package or choose each bracket individually.

A summary of the brackets you are about to create will be displayed in the next step

If you have created a bracket package, choose it here.

Now choose the settings for all brackets you are about to create and then press create bracket.

Brackets are by default generated with optimum separation in regards to academy and team so two fighters from the same academy will not fight each other until the finals. You can change this for single and double elimination bracket under your bracket settings. Learn more here.

The edit button takes you to all settings for the bracket.

1. Change bracket type
If you want to change the type of bracket (from single to double elimination for example)

2. Automatic redraw (includes unplaced fighters)
This will perform an automatic redraw and any unplaced athletes will be included. Use this if you havent published your bracket yet.

3. Unpublish bracket
A bracket can be unpublished in the schedule (only you as the organizer can see it). Perfect if you are updating the bracket during the event but want to have it in the schedule.

4. Delete bracket
If you for some reason need to delete your created bracket you can do this from the settings menu for the bracket. Just make sure that you havent started the bracket! :)

5. Save manual seed

After you make any changes in the seed you need to save your changes with this button.

If you click Bracket settings you can change the settings for this bracket

1. Rounds per match

Should the fight be for one consecutive round or divided in several rounds?

2. Time per round
How long is each round?

3. Rest between rounds
If you are using rounds, determine the rest between the rounds

4. Estimated time per match
This is used to calculate the ETA:s for your event. You need to consider how fast you are working per match and the average time it takes to complete a fight. If you are working fast and have the next match ready directly after the first fight has ended we recommend to add one (1) minute more than the figh time. So for a fight that is 5 minutes, put 6 minutes as estimated time.

5. Scoreboard
Which scoreboard should be used for this bracket? You can set your default scoreboard under settings for the event!

6. Mat
On which mat (ring, cage, room) should this bracket be assigned?


When you make changes (or an athlete cancels) the bracket displays an orange color in registrations.

A a red warning flag is also displayed in the overview of all brackets to indicate that you have changes in the bracket, after it was created.

In this example Bruce was approved  after the bracket was created (WTF!!). The red arrow in bracket show how this has affected the bracket and you need to place Bruce in the bracket (or he will use his one inch power punch on you....)

You can reach the edit seed section from registrations by clicking the arrow down button.

Drag the athlete (Bruce) to the area at the bottom in the bracket where it says "drop athlete here" and press "Save manual seed" to save the bracket with the same order as it was. If you dont mind the order you can press "Automatic random redraw" and that will add the new "non placed" fighter and recreate the bracket again.

Publish brackets

When you are ready to show the schedule and all brackets to the public you need to publish your brackets by going to the settings page of your event and check the box “Publish brackets”. Once you have saved you will also have the option to share them on Facebook. 

When brackets are published they are available for everyone to view by visiting the event and it also displays for all athletes on their accounts under “Your next match”.

Print brackets

From “Schedule & Brackets” click “All brackets” to print your brackets. You can filter per fighting area and day. It can be very handy to print all brackets as a safety measure in case you have a breakdown of computers, loose connection to internet etc.. We recommend keeping printed brackets at each table/fighting area for the staff to fall back to if anything happens!

Read more here on how to use our scheduling blocks to split your bracket.

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