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2024 March Madness Pool - Rules


Using the 64 team NCAA Tournament bracket, choose who you think will win each game all the way to the National Championship.
Points will be awarded for each correct pick according to the point structure below.
Additional points will be awarded for the seed number of the winning teams you choose.


Each correct pick in the 1st Round: 1 point 
Each correct pick in the 2nd Round: 2 points
Each correct pick in the 3rd Round: 4 points
Each correct pick in the 4th Round: 8 points
Each correct pick in the Final Four: 16 points
Correct Pick in the Championship Game: 32 points 

For purposes of this pool, the First Round is considered to be the Round of 64. Play-In games do not count in this pool.


The seed of the winning team is added to your point total. Since anyone can pick the higher-ranking teams and do relatively well, a twist has been added to reward those that pick upset winners. 


If you choose the #16 seed and they win in Round 1, you receive 17 points for that correct pick.
(16 (seed) + 1 (correct pick in Round 1) = 17 points) 

If you choose #10 seed and they win in Round 4, you receive 18 points for that correct pick.
(10 (seed) + 8 (correct pick in Round 4) = 18 points) 

You must get the pick correct in order to get the bonus points


The winner is the entry that accumulates the most points according to their correct picks and additional points will become the March Madness Pool champion. (It is not the most correct picks, but the most points accumulated)

Tiebreaker #1: If there is a tie, the entry that selects the most correct picks in the entire pool will win the tiebreaker.

Tiebreaker #2: If tiebreaker #1 does not break the tie, the total score of the championship game closest (high or low) will break the tie. If there is still a tie, payout will be split by the number of entries tied.


To increase your chances of winning, you may play as many times as you wish. Each entry will be scored separately.

If you would like to play a 2nd or 3rd entry, you may choose them at signup. If you have already signed up and wish to add additional entries, please contact me at


IF YOU PLAYED LAST SEASON, when the pool is ready for the new season, you will receive an email invitation from me. There will be a link inside the email that will take you to a renewal form. Just complete the form, pay for your entries, and you should be good to go. If you wish to sign up sooner, you can also use the regular method to sign up for the pool. 

IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE POOL, you will need to sign up before you can make selections online. The sign-up link is at the top of this page. Here's how to sign up:

Please follow these steps closely for a pain free sign-up process.  

1.) Click the "Sign Up Now" button in the "Cost to Play" section at the top right of this page. This will take you to the sign-up page.
2.) Complete the sign-up page, then click "Submit" at the bottom of the sign-up page. Make sure you complete all required fields or it won't submit.

After you have signed up, you should receive email instructions (check your junk mail folder if you don't see them in your inbox) on how to access and pay for your entry/entries.

If you have any questions during the process, please don't hesitate to contact me. Just click on the email address at the bottom of this page.

Please note that in order to maintain the highest integrity of these pools, payments for all entries must be received by the pool deadline. If entries are not paid by the deadline, they will be removed from the pool for non-payment. If you are having trouble with payment, please contact me. 

IMPORTANT: We use Office Pool Stop (OPS) to run these pools, however, please DO NOT signup through them. For your convenience, by signing up on this site, we simplify the process, so you only have to sign up once. You will only have to login to get started. 

ALREADY HAVE AN OPS ACCOUNT? Even if you have an account with them, please use our signup pages, but enter your existing OPS login credentials. We use OPS for many of our pools, so this will ensure all your pools will stay together under your existing account.

Once added, you can login anytime using the "Login" link at the top right of any page at Prime Fantasy Sports. Just choose the "March Madness" login option when it becomes available. 


Selections for the entire tournament are due prior to tip off of the first game on Thursday, March 21 (which is typically around noontime ET). Once the deadline has passed for that first game, your picks are locked in for the tournament.

PICKS POSTED BY COMMISH: If you need help making your selections or are having computer problems, please contact me with your selections before the deadline and I will enter them for you. This must be done before the tournament starts or you are out of luck. 


WHEN ARE SELECTIONS POSTED: Selections are posted shortly after the first game of the tournament starts.

WHEN ARE RESULTS POSTED: Results are posted shortly after the conclusion of each game.

We would be happy to answer any questions on rules not covered here. Please contact the league office at

Cost To Play

$25 Per Entry

$26 Online

What You Win

Total Payout:

Minimum $450

or 70% total entries
(whichever is higher)

Sample Pages

Sample Madness OPSClick on Image to View Sample Pages

League Champions

2024: Russ Fell

2023: Jason Martinez

2022: Lance Adams

2021: David Doyle

2020: No Pool

2019: Ian Bell

2018: Darryl Smith

2017: Geoff Umberger

2016: Tom Giacolona

2015: Justin Morris

2014: Jack Clark

2013: Jason Martinez

2012: Stan Ritter

2011: Paul Skalman

2010: Tony Godino

2009: Wayne Hallee