Getting Started

This page will walk you through getting started as a registered user with The Bachelor Bracket. Following these steps will allow you to create an account, join a league, and edit your first bracket. More detailed information on other aspects of The Bachelor Bracket can be found in our Tutorials and Help Center.

Step 1. Create an Account

We have three ways that you can create an account:

  • - Register with your Email and Password
  • - Using your Twitter account
  • - Using your Facebook account

At the top right of the navigation bar, you will see the buttons which allow you to choose one of these three options.

The Sign In and Register Buttons

Signing In and Registering with Facebook or Twitter

Signing Up with Facebook or Twitter is as easy as clicking the Login button at the top of the page. If you are not currently a registered member then it will automatically create your account. And, if you are a registered memeber, you will be logged in. Note: you can only have one account per email address. So, if your Facebook account uses the same email as an already existing email account you have with The Bachelor Bracket, registration will fail.

Registering with Email and Password

You will first need to create an account by going to the Sign Up page.

Once you are on the Sign Up page, you will need to fill in our email address and a secure password. The email address you use will be what you use to sign in and also receive notification and help emails from The Bachelor Bracket.

The Sign Up Form

After you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email to the email account you registered with.

Step 2. Join a League

The next step is to join a league by going to the All Leagues page. This page allows you to select and find a league that suits your interest. Or, if you can find none, then there is a button which will allow you to create your own league.

Sponsored Leagues by The Bachelor Bracket

At the top of the All Leagues page are two sponsored leagues that are open to all members of The Bachelor Bracket community. One is for Standard Game and the other is for the Week to Week Game styles. You can join one or both of these leagues to compete against other members of the community!

The Sponsored Leagues

Popular Leagues

Also on the All Leagues page are the Top 10 trending leagues currently that are either Public or Request Only. These are leagues made by other Bachelor Bracket members which you can join.

Example Trending Leagues

Searching for Leagues

It is also possible to search for leagues on this page to find one which you like.

For the purposes of this Getting Started guide, let's say that we joined one of the Sponsored Leagues. After clicking "Join League" we are redirected to that League's Home Page.

The League Home Page

A League Home Page Example

Above we see an example league home page for one of the Promoted Games. It shows information such as the current number of points you have, your ranking, and members of the league. Also important are some navigation controls it has, such as:

  • Edit Bracket - Takes you to a page to edit your bracket.
  • View Bracket - Takes you to a page to view your bracket.
  • Manage Bracket - A Page where you can set the privacy controls of your bracket.
  • Master Bracket - This is the bracket that is used as a reference for what the correct picks were.

At this point, we need to edit our bracket.

Step 3. Edit your Bracket

To get started editing your bracket you'll need to head over to the desired bracket's edit page. This can be found by going to the page of a league you are in and then clicking on Edit Bracket, or by going to the My Leagues and Brackets page and finding the bracket for the league you want to edit.

Once you are on the Edit Bracket page, it should have your bracket in the middle panel, on the bottom a panel of contestants, and on the right side some saving and sharing information.

The Bracket Edit Page

For each round there are blue labels which show the # of contestants which are allowed to be added, the status of whether the round is "open" or "closed" and the # of points each correct pick is worth.

A Bracket Round's Status

To add a contestant, you need a Javascript enabled browser to click and drag a contestant over to the panel you want to drop them into. They will then be added to that round and the contestant totals should update. You can not drag over more than the allowed number of contestants. When you have dragged over the max number of contestants, then the # of contestants will turn green to signify you are at the max.

Contestants Dropped in a Round

A Completed Round - All Contestants Dropped

When you are done editing you must press the save button otherwise your edits will not be recorded. The save button is on the top right corner of the page.

You can also hover over a dropped contestant to see some options. The two options are "Propagte" and "Remove". Propagate will add this contestant down to the next round without you having to drag them over again. So if you know you have "Jenny" winning, you can put "Jenny" in round one and then just click the down arrow to "Propagate" her to the last round! There is also a Remove function that will alllow you to remove the contestant from the current round and automatically takes them out of all subsequent rounds!

When you hover over a contestant in a bracket round, you get added controls such as the ability to "propagate" or "remove" them.

Remember, once you are finished editing to hit the save button. From here, you can then share or view your bracket, or return to your league home page!

Step 4. Win Your League!

Well, that's basically it! Your bracket has been edited and saved. Make sure to fill out all the rounds to complete it and hit save. You can now use your league message board to chat with other members of your league, check out a blog post or two, maybe even start a league of your own!

Use our Tutorials page for help on aspects that weren't directly covered here. And, also feel free to contact us if you have any other questions, comments, or problems.

-The Bachelor Bracket Team