PickHoops Frequently Asked Questions
1.1 What is PickHoops?
1.1 What is PickHoops?PickHoops hosts National College Basketball bracket contests online. Create a group, and you and your friends enter your picks. As tournament results come in, we update stats and standings automatically.
1.2 Didn't you guys used to be Pick 65?Pick 65 incorporated and became PickHoops, LLC in 2005.
1.3 How long has PickHoops been in business?The software that became PickHoops was created in 1996 to track brackets for our own amusement, and has gradually evolved to the masterpiece of web design you see before you.
2.1 What are the scoring options?The numerous PickHoops scoring options are described on the scoring and tiebreakers page.
2.2 Can you support my different scoring/tiebreaker system?If you have a scoring system or tiebreaker we don't support automatically, let us know. We may be able to add it.
2.3 How do you handle the play-in game?The Opening Round (previously "play-in") game is played between the 64th and 65th chosen teams on the Tuesday before the First Round games start, and the winner becomes the 16th seed in that region.
We don't use the play-in game itself for scoring or tiebreakers. You can pick the play-in winner as a #16 seed to advance in the tournament.
3.1 Can I enter multiple picks?The group owner can decide how many picks each player is allowed to enter, from 1 to 5. The owner is not subject to this restriction.
3.2 Can I enter picks for other people?The owner of a private group can enter picks on behalf of other people, regardless of whether they have registered online. This is especially useful for picks written by hand that are given to the group owner.
3.3 When can I enter my picks?Members can enter their picks the morning after tournament seeds are announced. The deadline for entering picks by group members is 11:30am Thursday just before the Round 1 games begin.
In 2005, pick entry opens the morning of Monday, March 14. Round 1 games for the Men's tournament begin Thursday, March 17 shortly after noon, and on Friday, March 19 at noon for the Women's tournament.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to get your picks in advance of the deadline. Response times may be unavoidably slow an hour or two before the first round games start.
3.4 Can I enter my picks after the games start?Group owners can submit late picks with no deadline. A log of all entries with timestamps is made available to all group members.
3.5 Can I change picks after they've been entered?Yes, up until the tournament games start.
Group owners can make pick edits at any time to correct errors, with a log of edits made public to all members of that group.
3.6 Can I delete picks I don't want?Let us know and we'll delete them for you. We'll need to know your group ID, the email address you used to sign up, and the name you've given to your pick.
3.7 Can I enter a pick without creating a group?You'll need to find a group to join, or get some friends together and make your own pool.
4.1 Can I delete a group I don't want?Let us know and we'll delete it for you. We'll need to know group ID to delete and the email address you used to sign up.
4.2 Is my group private?It's as private as you want it to be. Groups can have a password; send the password only to those you want to be able to join.
5.1 Can I upgrade my group later?You can upgrade your group to handle more brackets, up to 500, at any time for the difference in price plus a $1.00 transaction fee.
5.2 Can I downgrade my group later?In general, no. We have to make server allowances and purchasing decisions based on how many brackets you expect to receive for your group, even if you don't actually reach that number later.
5.3 What happens when my group reaches its bracket limit?Your group members can initially enter brackets above and beyond your limit. We'll notify you that your group is over the limit, and you can elect to delete some brackets down to your limit or upgrade your group. This system prevents your members from being locked out if there is a problem with the upgrade process.