UPA Tournament Formats: Eight Teams (2023)

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8. Eight Teams

Eight teams is a wonderful number to have. Besides the standard UPA options, there are other possibilities that can be used for non-UPA sanctioned play. They are listed at the end of this section. Not yet.
For Regional Championships:
Two days of play are expected for teams that will be competing for spots at nationals. You must use one of the two-day options.
For Sectional Championships:
As mentioned above, a one-day tournament is only permitted under extreme circumstances and only at Sectionals. (See the discussion on "A One-Day or Two-Day Format".) The fair one-day format, and thus the only exception to this rule, is when only one team advances. Care must be taken, however, so that no team plays more than four games in one day.

8.1. Seeding Into Two Pools Of Four

The pools should be set up so that pool A has seeds 1, 4, 5, and 8. Pool B should have seeds 2, 3, 6, and 7.

8.2. Four Fields

There are two pools of four, and each pool plays a round-robin. This takes up three rounds. This is followed by an eight-team double elimination format (see Table 8.1.1). The first round of the double elimination starts on the fourth round of the first day. In the table, A1 refers to the first place finisher of pool A, etc.

Note, if more than four teams are advancing, the format described in 8.3 can be used.

Note: what's the point of double elimination if only one team is advancing?

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8.3. Three or Four Fields; more than four teams advancing

This is a format that gives each team lots of games. It is an unaccaptable format, however, if less than four teams are advancing.

On the first day, play a round-robin. On the second day, split the teams as following: the top two teams in each pool move to pool A, the other two teams in each pool move to pool B. Then, the teams each new pool can play a round-robin. The teams from pool A finish in 1st through 4th. The teams from pool B finish in 5th through 8th.

The format can be done with only three fields, because, fortunately, two pools of four can be played on three fields, in four rounds. (See Table 8.2).

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Note that on the second day's play, each team will play one other team that they have already played the day before. If there is extreme weather (e.g., very hot, cold and rainy, etc.) or if many of the teams are new or low on numbers, you can eliminate the repeat game. In other words, pool A plays a round-robin on the second day, but instead of playing a repeat game, count the game from the day before. So, in effect, in each pool on the second day, two teams will be starting with a 1-0 record, and two teams with an 0-1 record, and will have to play two games to complete the round-robin. This format, then, gives each team three games the first day and two games the second day. This format was used in the Spring 1989 M.A. Regionals, where (a) some of the teams were new; (b) it was a very hot weekend; and, (c) all eight teams qualified for Easterns.

The schedule for the second day's pool play should be tailored to the strength of the teams. See the discussion of the "flexible" four team round-robin (4.2). You can also play, instead of the second day's round-robin, a modified four-team elimination on the second day (see Table 4.4).

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The reason why this format is unacceptable for qualifying four or less teams is that it is possible to finish fifth while losing only one game. If, in one of the pools, there is a three way tie for first, one of those teams will be relegated to the losers pool and can finish no higher than fifth despite losing only one game. This less of a problem if five or more teams are qualifying.

8.4. Four Fields, Four Or More Advancing, Round-Robin

The only two problems with round-robins are: (a) the three-way tie situation; and (b) not all the teams may be able to stand up to the rigors of seven games in one weekend. In other formats where there may be seven games, if a team can't hack it and forfeits, then that team simply doesn't go on. But in a round-robin, suppose a team is 2-4 going into the seventh round and drops out? What are you supposed to do with the teams that already lost to the dropping team? Suppose they drop out in the middle, creating an unfair "bye" situation?

If you're certain that teams will not drop out, and if you are qualifying more than four teams, a round-robin will guarantee the most possible games for everyone.

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A round-robin of eight teams takes seven rounds. If the first four rounds are the first day, and the last three on the second day, there is time for a finals pitting the top two teams, if everyone is up for it.

Table 8.1.1. Eight-Team Double Elimination Format

 Saturday Sunday . . . last Round 1 Round 2 round A1 ----- A ---------_ B4 ----- _ 1st place - winner of I E __________ 2nd place - winner of N B2 ----- _ _ 3rd place - loser of N B --------- _ 4th place - loser of M A3 ----- _ 5th place - winner of Q I _ ___________ 6th place - loser of Q A2 ----- _ first place 7th place - winner of P C ---------_ _ 8th place - loser of P B3 ----- _ _ F __________ B1 ----- _ D --------- A4 ----- Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 LA -------- G ---------- LB -------- J -----------_ LF --------- _ LC -------- M --------- H ---------- - _ LD -------- K ----------- N _ ____________ LE --------- _ second place LI ------- LG --------- P ----------- LH --------- LJ ---------- Q --------- LK ---------- 

Table 8.1.2. Eight-Team Modified Elimination Format

NOTE: This format is not UPA approved for when more than one team advances. In such cases, the format in Table 8.1.1 should be used (or some variation).
 Sunday . . . Round 1 Round 2 round A1 ----- A ---------_ B4 ----- _ E ___________ B2 ----- _ _ B ---------_ _ A3 ----- _ I _ ___________ A2 ----- _ 1st place C --------- _ B3 ----- _ _ 1st place - winner of I F ___________ 2nd place - loser of I B1 ----- _ 3rd place - winner of K D --------- 4th place - loser of K A4 ----- 5th place - winner of J 6th place - loser of J LA --------- 7th place - winner of M G -----------_ 8th place - loser of M LB --------- J _ __________ LC --------- _ 5th place H ----------- LD --------- LE ----------- K ---------- LF ----------- 3rd place LG ----------- M --------- LH ----------- 7th place 

Table 8.2. Two Pools Of Four On Three Fields

 A1-A3 A2-A4 B1-B4 A1-A4 B1-B3 B2-B4 A2-A3 B1-B2 B3-B4 A1-A2 A3-A4 B2-B3 

Table 8.3. Eight Team Round-Robin

 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - - - - - - - 1 - 7 2 5 3 6 8 4 1 v 2 3 v 8 4 v 7 5 v 6 2 - 6 1 4 7 8 5 3 1 v 5 2 v 4 3 v 6 7 v 8 3 - 5 8 6 1 4 7 2 1 v 3 2 v 7 4 v 5 6 v 8 4 - 8 7 2 5 3 6 1 1 v 6 2 v 8 3 v 4 5 v 7 5 - 3 6 1 4 7 2 8 1 v 8 2 v 5 3 v 7 4 v 6 6 - 2 5 3 8 1 4 7 1 v 4 2 v 3 5 v 8 6 v 7 7 - 1 4 8 2 5 3 6 1 v 7 2 v 6 3 v 5 4 v 8 8 - 4 3 7 6 2 1 5 

8.5. Two-Division Modified Single Elimination

(Note - this is not to be used for UPA qualifying tournaments; however it is an excellent format for other tournaments where the object is to pick a single winner, while giving all teams as many games as possible).
 DIVISION I Round #1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 3 A1 ----- LE ----------- A ---------_ K --------- D2 ----- _ LF ----------- 3rd place E _----------_ B2 ----- _ _ LG ----------- B --------- _ M --------- C1 ----- _ LH ----------- 7th place I _____________ A2 ----- _ 1st place C ---------_ _ D1 ----- _ _ F _---------- B1 ----- _ D --------- C2 ----- LA--------- G ----------_ LB--------- J _____________ LC--------- _ 5th place H ---------- LD--------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------- DIVISION II Round #1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 3 A3 ----- LE ----------- A ---------_ K --------- D4 ----- _ LF ----------- 3rd place E _----------_ B4 ----- _ _ LG ----------- B --------- _ M --------- C3 ----- _ LH ----------- 7th place I _____________ A4 ----- _ 1st place C ---------_ _ D3 ----- _ _ F _---------- B3 ----- _ D --------- C4 ----- LA--------- G ----------_ LB--------- J _____________ LC--------- _ 5th place H ---------- LD--------- Recommendation: All games to 15, except Division I games E, F, and I, which are to 17, and I to 19 by mutual agreement. For the sixteen game schedule, all games to 17, and Division I finals to 19 by mutual agreement. 


How do you run a tournament with 8 teams? ›

Another way to refer to an eight team bracket is the 4-2-1 tournament format. With an eight team bracket, the seeding isn't difficult either. Using the first match-up as the top (#1) seed against the lowest seed (#8), you can just then go down the list — 2 plays 7, 3 plays 6, and the 4th seed plays the 5th seed.

How many games are in a 8 team tournament? ›

To determine the number of matches, subtract one from the total number of participants. For example if you have 8 participants/teams taking part, simply 8-1=7, therefore there will be 7 total matches to determine a champion.

How many games in a 8 team round-robin tournament? ›

A round-robin of eight teams takes seven rounds.

How many games to be played if there are 8 teams competing in a double elimination round? ›

The number of games in a double-elimination tournament is one or two less than twice the number of teams participating (e.g. 8 teams would see 14 or 15 games).

How many games do 8 teams play each other twice? ›

If each team has to play each of the 11 other trams twice, that would be 12•11•2=264, but each game has two participants, so you have to divide that number by 2, and so it is 132 games.

How does a 8 team round robin tournament work? ›

A round robin styled tournament is where teams play one another an equal number of times, accumulating points as they win (or none if they lose). In a round robin tournament, the team with the best record is the winner.

How does an 8 team bracket work? ›

For example, in an eight-competitor double-elimination tournament, the four losers of the first round, W bracket quarter finals, pair off in the first stage of the L bracket, the L bracket minor semifinals. The two losers are eliminated, while the two winners proceed to the L bracket major semifinals.

How many byes are given in a tournament of 8 teams? ›

Now in this case 8 teams are playing match (given). ∴ 8 is the power of 2. As per the rules no bye is given to any teams, hence the answer is 0 bye.

What sport has a team of 8? ›

There are two sports which contain a team of eight players. Those two games are Tug of war and Korfball. Tug of war is a team game where two teams go against each other in a show of strength. Teams are on the opposite ends of a rope where they fight to bring the rope to one end against the other.

What is 8s round robin? ›

A round robin is a series of concurrent parlays on the same ticket. Instead of creating a five-team parlay where one loss would cause the ticket to lose, betting a round robin would break those five teams into smaller parlays.

What is round robin strategy? ›

In small groups of 3 to 5 students, pose a problem or question and have the students go around the circle quickly sharing their ideas or answers. This technique is a good one to use for brainstorming or to elicit quick responses from students. Student Level: Any Level.

How does double elimination work with 8 teams? ›

In an 8 team double elimination bracket, each team plays at least two games, with the winners advancing and the losers dropping to a "losers" bracket. In the first round, the eight teams are randomly paired and play a single game. The winners advance to the next round and the losers drop to the losers bracket.

How many possible outcomes are there in 8 matches? ›

8 matches allow 3^8 = 6561 different outcomes.

What are the tournament formats? ›

Nine types of tournaments or leagues are described in this book: single elimination, double elimination, multilevel, straight round robin, round robin double split, round robin triple split, round robin quadruple split, semi-round robins, and extended (such as ladder and pyramid tournaments).

How many games is a round robin with 7 teams? ›

How many matches will be played in a league format consisting 7 teams? To determine the number of games for a single round robin tournament, use the following formula: N x (N - 1)/2. Thus, a total number of 21 matches will be played.

What is the formula of double round robin? ›

The formula for calculating the number of games in a double round-robin format is, n(n-1), assuming n is the number of teams in the tournament. E.g., IPL usually has 8 teams, which means n=8, and therefore: Number of league games in IPL = 8(8-1) = 8(7) = 56 matches.

How many matches if 10 teams play each other twice? ›

Newcomers, Lucknow Super Giants is Team 9 in group A and Gujarat Titans is corresponding team 10 in group B. Each team plays the other teams in its group twice, which makes it eight matches.

What is an 8 leg round robin parlay? ›

An 8 leg round robin with two bets in each parlay would create 28 separate parlay bets, all with the exact same stake. The OddsJam round robin calculator will determine the maximum amount of money you can win with your round robin bet.

What will the number of matches in single league tournament if the team is 8? ›

There shall be 8 teams in each group. Each team in a group shall be playing with every other team. Hence total number of matches shall be (7×8)2=28 in one group. Hence in both the groups there shall be 56 matches.

How do tournament work with odd number of teams? ›

Bye Round or Round-Robin

If an odd number of teams is unavoidable, the use of a bye round also known as round-robin is the next best option. One team will get a bye in each preliminary round, as it is impossible for all teams to play in the same round.

How do 8 team fantasy playoffs work? ›

8 team playoff system and week options

The top 8 teams in the league standings at end of the regular season qualify for a 3-week postseason tournament to determine a league champion (there's no consolation bracket). Playoff week options are: Weeks 14, 15, and 16. Weeks 15, 16 and 17.

How are teams assigned to the bracket? ›

The committee will look at record, strength of schedule and quality of wins and losses, among other factors, to rank the field of teams from 1 to 68. Theoretically, the top four teams will earn the No. 1 seeds, and the next four on the list will receive the No. 2 seeds, and so on.

How do you determine a bracket winner? ›

Using a standard 1-2-4-8-16-32 scoring system, you'll score your bracket out of a possible 192 points. The player with the highest number of points at the end of the tournament wins their pool.

How many byes are given in a knockout tournament when 13 teams are participating a 8 B 1 C 6 D 3? ›

For example, if 13 teams competed, the number of byes would be 16 – 13 = 3, and if 25 teams competed, the number of byes would be 32 – 25 = 7.

What is the difference between seeding and bye? ›

Seeding is a method of set up matches in such a way that strong teams do not play against each other in earlier matches. Bye is the method to qualify the strong teams for further matches without any qualifying match.

How do you calculate the number of rounds in a tournament? ›

✓. So, ( N = Number of teams) . To determine the number of games for a single round robin tournament, as seen above, use the following formula, N x (N-1)/2. With a tournament of 6 teams, the calculation would be: 6 x (6-1)/2 = 6 x 5/2 = 30/2 = 15 games.

Can a 8 8 team make the playoffs? ›

Aside from the 1982 strike-shortened season, which had two 4-5 teams in the postseason, there have been 14 teams with 8-8 records or worse go to the playoffs in the league's history. Some of them actually ended up winning in the postseason!

Has an 8 8 team made the playoffs? ›

10. 1999 Dallas Cowboys (8-8) This Chan Gailey-led football team lost three of their last five games, but still managed to make it into the playoffs.

Are round robins worth it? ›

Round robins typically take a larger investment than traditional parlays, but it also increases potential profit while lessening the chance of a total loss. Round robins also offer the opportunity to hedge and minimize losses. Hedging involves picking the other side of a wager.

Are round robins better than parlays? ›

A round robin creates smaller parlay combinations and thus better odds of winning compared to a traditional four team parlay where each individual bet has to win. Round robin bets keep the entertainment value alive if one of your parlay teams loses.

What is a round robin bet example? ›

A round robin bet allows you to create a series of smaller parlays from a larger list of teams or players. Say you pick three teams for your round robin: You'd get one parlay with Team A and Team B, one with Team A and Team C, and one with Team B and Team C.

What are 4 types of tournament? ›

There are four main types of tournaments which are listed below: a Knockout or elimination tournament. b League or round robin tournament. c Combination tournament. d Challenge tournament.

What is a tournament structure? ›

From QBWiki. Tournament format refers to what matches are played at a tournament and how they relate to each other and to the tournament's standings. (The same phrase is also sometimes used to refer the set of rules used at a tournament.)

Are there four main tournaments? ›

The four Grand Slam tournaments are the Australian Open in January, the French Open from late May to early June, Wimbledon in late June to early July, and the US Open in August–September, with each played over two weeks.

What is fishbowl teaching strategy? ›

Students are separated into an inner and outer circle. In the inner circle or fishbowl, students have a discussion; students in the outer circle listen to the discussion and take notes. This engaging and student-centered strategy builds comprehension of complex texts/ideas while developing group discussion skills.

What is talking chips strategy? ›

Talking Chips have students participate in a group discussion, surrendering a token each time they speak. The purpose of this activity is to ensure equitable participation within groups by regulating how often each group member is allowed to speak.

What is jigsaw teaching strategy? ›

The Jigsaw strategy asks a group of students to become “experts” on a specific text or body of knowledge and then share that material with another group of students. This strategy offers a way to help students understand and retain information while they develop their collaboration skills.

How do you do a tournament with an odd number of teams? ›

Bye Round or Round-Robin

If an odd number of teams is unavoidable, the use of a bye round also known as round-robin is the next best option. One team will get a bye in each preliminary round, as it is impossible for all teams to play in the same round.

How do 8 ball pool tournaments work? ›

game is for one player or team to pocket the solid balls numbered 1 to 7 or the striped balls numbered 9 to 15, and then marking and pocketing the 8 ball before his/her opponent. Choice of balls to be pocketed is made by the player legally pocketing the first ball of the game.

How many outcomes are possible with 8 teams? ›

a. Generate a list of 24 possible data outcomes (8 teams which can either Win, Lose, or Draw). b.

How many wires will be given if there are 8 teams in the league tournament? ›

Now in this case 8 teams are playing match (given). ∴ 8 is the power of 2. As per the rules no bye is given to any teams, hence the answer is 0 bye.

What is a bracket with an odd number of teams? ›

A round robin bracket is one where each participant plays all the other participants in turn. Protip: If you have an odd number of teams, one team get a bye match every round. Or to think about it another way, every team will get a bye match.

What is the formula to divide an odd number of teams? ›

Answer. Explanation: Number of teams in the upper half = n+1/2.

What is the best type of tournament to be use if there are too many number of teams are participating and less amount of time? ›

Round Robin

In a round-robin tournament, each competing team plays every other team, and no team ever plays the same team twice. To play a full Round Robin requires one fewer number of rounds than the number of teams. (That is, if there are 8 teams, a full Round Robin requires 7 rounds.)

What are the types of tournament bracket? ›

Nine types of tournaments or leagues are described in this book: single elimination, double elimination, multilevel, straight round robin, round robin double split, round robin triple split, round robin quadruple split, semi-round robins, and extended (such as ladder and pyramid tournaments).

How can I earn money by playing 8 ball pool? ›

You can make money on 8 ball pool by participating and winning in the competitive cash games on the app. Once you win, you can withdraw your cash by the methods explained above. 8 Ball Pool Download-How To Register And Login?

How many outcomes have a sum of 8? ›

Find the probability of getting : (i) a doublet (ii) a sum of 8 - India Site. So there are 36 equally likely outcomes.


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