What is a March Madness Office Pool?
The March Madness Tournament Bracket Office Pool is by far the most popular pool there is. This pool is ran during the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. The steps below explain how to run this pool. If you're looking for another office pool to run during the tournament view our complete list of March Madness Office Pools, we highly recommend trying our March Madness Block Pool which is similar to the Super Bowl Squares, except you use the final score from every game of the tournament.
Print out this March Madness Bracket, estimate the total number of people you think will be interested in entering the pool and print/copy that many brackets.
Pass the printed brackets out to friends, family, and co-workers. Each person is to completely fill in the bracket with the team they think will win each game. For a tie breaker have each person write down what they think the total number of points scored in the championship game will be.
Collect the brackets from each participant before the tournament begins. If you want to to do a little extra for the participants, print every person in the pool a copy of every other person's bracket. This is a lot of printing but ensures to all people that the pool is being run fairly, and also allows them to see how well they are doing in the pool.
Each round is worth a set number of points, you can determine this on your own, but be sure to let all of the entries know before the tournament begins what the scoring system will be(you should write the point values under each round at the top of the bracket). We have set up a Fillable March Madness Bracket that allows you to type in the points per round, that way there are no handwritten instructions on the bracket. There is no standard for the point's system, everyone does it differently. View our NCAA Bracket Scoring Systems article for an overview of possible scoring systems.
We prefer doing it as follows:
First Round= 1 point
Second Round= 2 Points
Third Round= 3 Points
Fourth Round=4 Points
Fifth Round= 6 Points
Sixth Round=10 Points
The person with the highest point total at the end of the tournament is the winner.