Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to sign up for an account?
How do I sign up for an account?
How do I make a bracket? How do I join a pool?
How do I enter my bracket picks?
When I'm joining a pool, what if I don't know the pool password?
Am I limited to only one bracket per pool?
How do I create my own pool?
How can I invite others to join the pool I just created?
What makes this site different from all the other "pool" sites?
What do I do when I find a mistake in how results are calculated? Or just a mistake anywhere in the website?
When's the latest I'm allowed to create a pool? When's the latest I'm allowed to submit/update my brackets?
How do I find out who picked the crazy upsets (like George Mason advancing to the Final Four in 2006)?
When will the tournament field be available on Selection Sunday?
How does this site check for bad passwords?



Do I need to sign up for an account?


In order to join in on the madness, you'll need to create an account. Simply use the Create An Account link at the upper right part of the screen.


How do I sign up for an account?


Use the Create An Account link at the upper right part of the screen. You'll need to supply your name, email address, as well your favorite D1 NCAA Basketball team.


How do I make a bracket? How do I join a pool?


First, Create An Account if necessary and sign in. Use the Create Bracket/Join Pool and find the pool you wish to join. Click on the "Click Here to JOIN" link. Enter a nickname for your bracket. If the pool you are joining is a private pool, you will need to enter the "pool password". The owner of that pool may have sent you an official "invite" email that contains the password you need.


How do I enter my bracket picks?


Click on the My Brackets link. Find the bracket you wish to update and use the "Configure Bracket" link to navigate to the "Bracket Progress" page for your bracket. Click on each region to fill out your picks for that region. After finishing the 4 regions, proceed to the Final Four page. If necessary, you'll need to fill out your selections for the tiebreakers for your pool.


When I'm joining a pool, what if I don't know the pool password?


Contact the owner of the pool in order to discover the pool password.


Am I limited to only one bracket per pool?


No. The amount of brackets you can own is unlimited.


How do I create my own pool?


Use the Create Pool link. Enter the name of your pool, the password (if necessary), and the number of prizes for your pool. Then select the number of points you want awarded for a correct pick in each round of the tournament. Lastly, choose any tiebreakers you wish to enforce for your pool.


How can I invite others to join the pool I just created?


After you've created your pool, use the My Pools link. Click the "Invite Others" link. Enter a list of email addresses (separated by commas) of people you'd like to invite to join your pool. Include any additional comments in the space provided. PoolTools will send an email to each address which includes your pool password (if necessary) and your comments.


What makes this site different from all the other "pool" sites?


  • PoolTools.net boasts UpsetTracker, a unique insight into the brackets that proved worthy of predicting the most ridiculous upsets.
  • Need to know what you need to happen in the tournament that will take your bracket to the top of the ranking? You can with PoolTools.net. Once the Elite 8 is set, simply use the "Possible Pool Results" link.



What do I do when I find a mistake in how results are calculated? Or just a mistake anywhere in the website?


Contact PoolTools immediately.


When's the latest I'm allowed to create a pool? When's the latest I'm allowed to submit/update my brackets?


PoolTools will shut down the ability to create pools and submit/update brackets once the first games tip off on Thursday.


How do I find out who picked the crazy upsets (like George Mason advancing to the Final Four in 2006)?


UpsetTracker is the tool for you.


When will the tournament field be available on Selection Sunday?


The tournament field will be set within a matter of minutes after it is announced on Selection Sunday.


How does this site check for bad passwords?


PoolTools uses a free service here to disallow passwords that have been found to be compromised in a data breach.