Types of Tournaments
What are the different types of tournament formats?
Single Elimination Tournament
Double Elimination Tournament
The double elimination tournament is my favorite format, and along with single elimination is the most popular. To be eliminated from this type of tourney, a team or player must lose two times. There is a winner's bracket and a loser's bracket, everyone starts in the winner's bracket. Upon defeat they will move to the loser's bracket where they will battle their way to play in the championship match, which they must defeat the winner's bracket champion twice. Check out our Double Elimination Tournament Brackets.
Triple Elimination Tournament
Not quite as popular as the Single and the Double, the triple elimination format is good to add to you arsenal if you are looking to add a few extra matches for the participants. Just as with the other two, Triple Elimination simply means that a team or player needs to lose 3 times in order to be eliminated from the tournament. When a team loses in the winner's bracket they will drop to loser's Bracket 1, when they lose there they will drop to loser's bracket 2. If beaten in loser's bracket 2 they are eliminated from the tournament. Check out our Triple Elimination Tournament Brackets.
3 Game Guarantee Tournament
The 3 Game Guarantee format is popular in the Softball world as it allows teams traveling from far distances to be assured they are getting in enough games to make it worth their time and money. Each team will play a minimum of 3 games, the format is similar to double elimination. There is a winner's bracket and a loser's bracket, the main difference being teams that lose their first two games will get to play an extra game in the loser's bracket in order to assure everyone gets to play at least 3 games. Check out our 3 Game Guarantee Tournament Brackets.
Last, but not least, is the consolation tournament, which is popular in the wrestling world. There are quite a few variations to the consolation brackets, but the basic idea behind them is the same. When a team wins in the first round they move/stay in the winner's bracket for the duration of the tournament and will be playing for the overall championship. When a team loses in the first round they will be moved to the Consolation Bracket where they will have no chance of winning the tournament, but instead be competing for the consolation championship. Some Consolation Brackets will also have the losers of later rounds of the winner's bracket drop down to the consolation bracket to compete for the consolation championship. Check out our printable Consolation Tournament Brackets.