We want to expand KanJam and have it grow with more individual tournaments around the world! Interested in starting your own KanJam tournament? Then you've come to the right place. Check out some tips below for getting started.
Location: Find an indoor space (gym, rec center, sports facility) or an outdoor space (park, beach) to hold the tournament. If there are rental fees, work with the rental coordinator in setting up a good time and price that works for you. For indoor facilities, it might be a good idea to get some dimensions to see exactly how many courts will fit. KanJam takes up a lot of space, especially when playing at the offical 50 ft distance.
Date/Time: Finalize an exact date and time for the tournament. In most cases, KanJam tournaments are on the weekends, so it may be best to go for a Saturday or Sunday. This will provide you with the best chance for success.
Costs: Determine your total costs and what the registration fee will be. In most KanJam tournaments, the registration fee is team-based, so collecting a flat registration per team is usually the best way to go, rather than trying to collect per player. Decide on what your total costs will be, which can include: rental facility cost, prizes, giveaways for players participating, equipment (KanJam sets). Once you have a total, you can then decide on how much money you want to collect per team to register for your event. You can also decide on how to collect. While you can try to collect cash at the tournament, it's always a good idea to get fees ahead of time. This makes teams more committed to showing up on tournament day if they already paid, and also provides a more accurate count of projected teams for tournament coordinators.
Tournament Page: Next, you will need to set up a tournament page. This will be where interested players will get information regarding the tournament and how to register. You can do this by creating a public Facebook event page, Eventbrite (which even allows you to collect payments ahead of time), or other similar service. This page should at least include the following:
- Name of the tournament
- Date and time
- Prizes or giveaway information (if any)
- Brief tournament format so players have an idea of what to expect
Promoting: Promote the link to your page on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and share the information with friends and those interested. If it helps, you can create posters and hang them up in surrounding locations close to where the tournament will take place.
Player information: It will be a good idea to collect player email addresses and phone numbers. By establishing a contact list, this will help with getting out updates and for future tournaments as well. This can either be done during the registration process, or, if you do not have that capability, a simple sheet with a clipboard at the tournament can be used to gather this data for future events.
Tournament Format: Determine the format - As previously mentioned, a brief tournament format should be listed on the tournament page, but this may need to be altered depending on how many teams ultimately show up on tournament day. That being said, it's a good rule of thumb to have a few ideas prepared. You will need to decide what format will work best for you based on the total number of teams, skill levels, and time allotted. There are endless possibilities, but we'd love to offer some that have worked well with KanJam:
- Regular Season play + Playoff Bracket: This has been the most successful format, and is used for the major tournaments (KanJam World Championship and KanJam Klassic). This breaks the field into either two or four divisions. Each division plays every team in their division one game. Teams track with a scoresheet. The top 4, 6, 8, 12, or 16 teams make the playoffs. The top teams (top 2 or top 4 from each division) can be granted a "bye" for the first round of the playoffs. Teams compete within their division only until one winner remains (seeded matches - top seed plays bottom seed, etc). Then the two top division winners square off in the finals to crown a winner. All playoff matches are best of 3, 5, or 7 game series. Keep in mind that this format will take longer, so tournaments with a smaller timeframe (less than 3 hours), might need to either alter Regular Season games to a lower score (11 or 15 points) and have lower best-of series for the playoffs (best of 3).
- Double-elimination Bracket: This a simple way to run a tournament. If there are a lot of teams (more than 40), you may want to divide it into two divisions and have two brackets, but in most cases, one bracket will work just fine. There are plenty of bracket generators out there (online and apps), so you can download one that will work no matter how many teams you have.
KanJam sets: Gather plenty of KanJam sets for tournament play! If you need to purchase, go to kanjam.com to get sets. If this is a one-time tournament, the sets can double as prizes to give away. Otherwise, it will be a great investment for future tournaments to ensure a successful event every year.