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Customise Your Finals, Part 1

674ladderWant to know how to customise the finals for your competition?  This is a quick tutorial to set you off in the right direction and explain some of the options that TheBench makes available for you when it come to the finals.

Change the number of participating Clubs

By default, finals always run in the final 4 rounds of the standard home and away season.

The most simple level of customisation, lets you choose the number of Clubs that will participate in the finals.  As the Competition Manager you can choose any of a 2, 4, 5, 6 or 8 club finals series.  You can change this at any time before the finals start.

To change the finals model, just go to the Competition Manage page and change the “Finals Model” value as needed.

By default, the system will set you up as “Automatic” which means it will automatically select the number of Clubs in the finals based on the total number of Club in your Competition, eg. if you have 10 Clubs it will automatically set you up for a 5 Club finals series.

With the number of Clubs who will participate in the finals selected, the System will automatically setup your finals games as each finals round progresses.  If you are wondering how the games will get defined, based on the number of participating Clubs, you can checkout one of the help pages here. 

Bespoke finals

So what about if you want to run finals in the last 2 round of the season? Or perhaps you don’t like the way we setup the games in a 5 Club finals series.

Well, the good news is TheBench lets you customise the finals right down to individual games.

On the Competition Edit page, if you simply select the Finals Model “None/Custom”, the System effectively hands the keys over to you to setup the Finals to your liking.

In this mode, no finals games will be automatically created.  Instead, you will need to manually create the games as you see fit.

To create your custom finals games, from the Fixture tab, select “Edit Games” on the round in question.  This will take you to the Game Edit page where you can add, delete and edit games.  Just keep in mind that you will only be able to edit the games once the previous round has been finalised.

With this model, you will need to manually create the games each week and will need to manually decide who plays who based on your finals results.

So if you want to run finals in the last two weeks, continuing the home and away games for another two weeks, for example, you just manually create a set of standard games when everyone participates for the first two weeks and then manually create the finals games, in any format you like, for the remaining two.

Battle to the Bottom (Sacko)

Another options is to create an additional set of games through the finals rounds, for the bottom teams to battle it out.  Sacko style for any fans of “The League”.

This option is available even for all Finals Models so you can have the System automatically create your normal finals but you can then add in an extra set of bottom feeder finals.

 

So that is about it.  Hopefully enough options to carve up your finals however you like.

 

Part 2 of this will be coming out soon to give you some times one using the Game Builder Wizard.

 

 

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