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We support 4 different types of NFL regular season pools. Weekly pick pools, confidence rank pools, survivor pools and box pools. We also support box pools, pick'em, confidence rank, survivor and bracket pools for NFL playoffs. We host NHL hockey player pools for the regular season, plus NHL bracket pools for the playoffs. Of course, March Madness Bracket, Sweet 16 and Pick 8 pools are available as well, plus pick'em and confidence rank pools for college bowl games. For info on how these pools work, click here.
Click on Home...Register and fill out all the required fields (indicated by an '*')
After having registered (or signing in), click on Home...Create Pool.
After having registered (or logged in), click on Home...Join Pool, and enter the username and password that was sent to you by the league commissioner.
No. As soon as you join a pool, you are a member of that pool and do not need to join again. In fact, the site will not allow you to re-join since you are already in the pool. If you are not logged into the site, click the login link on the top left (right below the www.simplysportsware.com logo). If you are part of one pool, you will be brought straight to that pool. If you belong to many pools, you will be presented with the Pool Selection screen. Click a pool name in the list to switch to that pool.
Each account on the site needs a unique email address. Below are 2 suggestions for people sharing an email address.
1) Create the other person as an alias using yourself as a proxy. The only drawback to this is that you can see each other's picks before the pick deadline.
2) Have the other person create another email address (Yahoo, Hotmail,...), register with that one, and disable all email notifications. The only drawback with this method is that the other person will not receive email confirmations of their picks. They will still receive all other emails since your account will be setup to receive all emails.
There's no need to worry about getting the point spreads. The site will be updated with the weekly point spreads every Tuesday morning throughout the NFL season. All pools on the site are set to use the same points spreads at the beginning of the week. The league commish can choose to override the point spreads by navigating to <a href="SpreadsAdmin.aspx">Admin...Adjust Spreads</a>.
No problem. Each member can go into Members...My Profile and click "Pool Settings" in order to enable the "Email notification" option. For NFL pools, an email will be sent to you reminding you to get your picks in 12 hours before your deadline.
Absolutely. From Members...My Profile, click "Pool Settings", enable "Send sheets" and click "Submit". From that point forward, once your pool's weekly pick deadline has passed, you will receive an email with everyone's picks.
From Members...My Profile, click "Pool Settings", enable "Submitted picks confirmation" and click "Submit". From that point forward, each time you submit picks, an email will be sent immediately with a list of your picks.
From Members...My Profile, click "Pool Settings", enable "Send Reports" and click "Submit". From that point forward, once the week is completed (early Tuesday morning), you will receive an email with the final results for the week.
From Members...My Profile, click "Pool Settings", enable "Alternate email" and click "Submit". You must also provide an alternate email in "Members...My Profile". After having done this, all emails will be sent to both addresses.
From Members...My Profile, click "Pool Settings", disable "Receive Poolwide Email" and click "Submit". You will no longer receive any emails pertaining to this pool.
From Members...My Profile, click "Sitewide Settings", disable "Receive Sitewide Email" and click "Submit". You will no longer receive any emails from www.simplysportsware.com.
This is fully customizable by the league commissioner. This can be set to any day of the week, and any hour by going into "Admin...Pool Setup".
Yes you can. When viewing a report, click on the Print icon located at the top right of the report page. A new Internet Explorer window will open that is in a printer-friendly format.
Yes. Each pool gets their own private message board, only viewable by your pool members. To access it, click the link on your pool's home page. The name of the message board will be the same name of the pool.
You can change your registered username at any time by going to "Members...My Profile". There is an option there that allows you to apply your new username to all pools you are registered for on the site.
Once you have switched to the pool, you can change your display name by going to "Members...My Profile" and clicking on "Pool Settings".
You can change your pool name at any time. Simply go to "Admin...Pool Setup" and change it from there. Your private discussion forum name will change as well.
You have 2 options in "Admin...Pool Setup". Either change your password or set the "Registration End Date" to a date earlier than the day you no longer want registrations.
Your pool commish is the only one that can remove you from the pool. Email your commish and they can then remove you by going to "Admin...Pool Members".
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At the top of this page, click the link to the FAQ page for the specific pool type.
No, there is a small hosting fee for most pools on the site. Check out our Pricing page for more details.
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In a Pick'em pool, you select the winner of select games from the picksheet each week and compete against other members in your pool.
This is customizable by your pool commish. Your commish can go into "Admin...Pool Setup" and click on the "Scoring System" tab to customize the scoring for your pool. In regular season pools, you can customize points for favorite wins and underdog wins. In the playoff pools, you can customize the points you receive per playoff round.
The site will award you half the points that game is worth. For example, if your pool is setup so that you receive 1 point for a favorite win, you pick the favorite and the game ends in a push, you get 0.5 points. If you had selected the underdog in this game and your pool is setup to award you 2 points for an underdog win, you receive 1 point for a push.
You can go to "Admin...Pool Setup" and enable "Force Half Point Spreads", which will cause all spreads for your pool to initially get set to half point spreads. Click here for more details.
Absolutely. "Key Picks" are available in our regular season pools. Go to "Admin...Pool Setup", click the "Scoring System" tab and set the "Key Picks" to the number of picks that will be flagged as "Key Picks" each week. You can also set the "Key Pick Value" which indicates how many points are awarded for a correct "Key Pick".
You set this to the number of total points you believe will be scored in the weekly tie-breaker game. This is used as a tie-breaker when determining the weekly winner. There are three options for the tie-breaker that the commissioner can set from the rules form.
  • None
  • Tie-Breaker Points
  • Tie-Breaker Points Without Going Over
The first option should be used if you do not wish to use a weekly tie-breaker.
The second option uses the point difference between the actual total of the tie-breaker score and the predicted combined score.
The third option uses the point difference between the actual total of the tie-breaker score and the predicted combined score, without going over. If all tied members have gone over, the winner is the member closest to the tie-breaker total. If there is still a tie, then there will be multiple winners.

Please note that for the NFL playoff pools, the Tie-Breaker Points defaults to the Super Bowl points, and for the NCAA College Bowl pool, the tie-breaker Points is replaced by the Championship Game points.
This means that the week's submit deadline has not passed yet and you have enabled "Hide Picks Before Deadline" in "Admin...Pool Setup". This prevents members from seeing the picks of the rest of the members until the deadline has passed.
Go into "Admin...Pool Setup" and enable "Hide Picks From Commish". Please note that doing this prevents you from submitting picks for any members other than yourself and your aliases.
While games are being played, this will open up a Java applet that updates the scores every 30 seconds, and refreshes your pool's weekly picksheet live.
Yes. Please go to the Java website and download the latest version of the Java runtime.
This is most likely due to an older version of the Java runtime being installed. Please download the latest version from the Java website.
This usually occurs when the network you are on is behind a proxy firewall (ISA Server). Contact your system administrator to install the proxy client and enabled it. You can also get more information by visiting the website for your operating system.
You will receive the weekly pick sheet, a listing of all games and everybody's picks.
You will receive a listing including the top 30 standings for the week.
Absolutely. Go to "Admin...Pool Setup" and enable "Auto-Generate Picks". Click here for more info.
No problem. Go to "Admin...Pool Setup" and set "Weeks To Include In Overall Standings" to the number of weeks you want counted. The site will include the best 'n' weeks when calculating the overall standings for your pool.
No you do not. They are enabled by default, but you can disable this option from "Admin...Pool Setup".
In a Confidence Rank Pool, you select games from the picksheet each week and rank each game from lowest (1 point) to highest (16 points in most weeks). You should use your highest number for the game you are most sure about.
You get the rank that you placed on that pick as your points for a correct pick.
The site will award you half the points you placed on that pick. For example, if you selected a game and placed 8 points on that game, you would receive 4 points if the game ended in a push.
You can go to "Admin...Pool Setup" and enable "Force Half Point Spreads", which will cause all spreads for your pool to initially get set to half point spreads. Click here for more details.
You set this to the number of total points you believe will be scored in the tie-breaker game. This is used as a tie-breaker when determining the weekly winner. There are two options for the tie-breaker that the commissioner can set from the rules form.
  • None
  • Tie-Breaker Points
  • Tie-Breaker Points Without Going Over
The first option should be used if you do not wish to use a weekly tie-breaker. Note that submitting picks still requires you to enter the tie-breaker points.
The second option uses the point difference between the actual total of the tie-breaker score and the predicted combined score.
The third option uses the point difference between the actual total of the tie-breaker score and the predicted combined score, without going over. If all tied members have gone over, the winner is the member closest to the tie-breaker total. If there is still a tie, there are multiple winners.

Please note that for the NFL playoff pools, the Tie-Breaker Points defaults to Super Bowl points, and for the NCAA College Bowl pool, the Tie-Breaker Points is replaced by the Championship Game points.
This means that the week's submit deadline has not passed yet and you have enabled "Hide Picks Before Deadline" in "Admin...Pool Setup". This prevents members from seeing the picks of the rest of the members until the deadline has passed.
Go into "Admin...Pool Setup" and enable "Hide Picks From Commish". Please note that doing this prevents you from submitting picks for any members other than yourself and your aliases.
While games are being played, this will open up a Java applet that updates the scores every 30 seconds, and refreshes your pool's weekly picksheet live.
Yes. Please go to the Java website and download the latest version of the Java runtime.
This is most likely due to an older version of the Java runtime being installed. Please download the latest version from the Java website.
This usually occurs when the network you are on is behind a proxy firewall (ISA Server). Contact your system administrator to install the proxy client and enabled it. You can also get more information by visiting the website for your operating system.
You will receive the weekly pick sheet, a listing of all games and everybody's picks.
You will receive a listing including the top 30 standings for the week.
Absolutely. Go to "Admin...Pool Setup" and enable "Auto-Generate Picks". Click here for more info.
No problem. Go to "Admin...Pool Setup" and set "Weeks To Include In Overall Standings" to the number of weeks you want counted. The site will include the best 'n' weeks when calculating the overall standings for your pool.
Yes you can. They are disabled by default, but you can enable this option from "Admin...Pool Setup".

NFL Survivor FAQ

In a Survivor Pool, your job is to select one winning team each week. If that team wins, you advance. If they lose or tie, you are eliminated for the season.
By default you are not, but the pool commish can go to "Admin...Pool Setup" and disable "Select Team Once".
Yes it is. Go to "Admin...Pool Setup" and change the "Selection Format" to Losers.
If your commish allows it, they can go to "Admin...Pool Members" then click on "Revive Members" to revive eliminated members.
This means that the week's submit deadline has not passed yet and you have enabled "Hide Picks Before Deadline" in "Admin...Pool Setup". This prevents members from seeing the picks of the rest of the members until the deadline has passed.
Go into "Admin...Pool Setup" and enable "Hide Picks From Commish". Please note that doing this prevents you from submitting picks for any members other than yourself and your aliases.
You will receive the "Survivor Breakdown" report, which list each team picked, and how many times they were picked.
You will receive a listing of all members that were eliminated that week.
Absolutely. Go to "Admin...Pool Setup" and enable "Auto-Generate Picks". Click here for more info.
The site goes through all available teams for each member, starting with the favorite that has the highest point spread each week, working its way down until it finds the first team available. If your pool does not use point spreads, it will use the sitewide spreads.
Yes you can. They are disabled by default, but you can enable this option from "Admin...Pool Setup".
In an NFL playoff bracket pool, you select the winners of each playoff game, all the way through the Super Bowl.
This is customizable by your pool commish. Your commish can go into "Admin...Pool Setup" and click the "Scoring System" tab to customize the scoring for each playoff round.
The site automatically determines the matchup based on the teams you choose to win in the first round, and updates the picksheet. Reglardless of the actual outcome of the games, any time a team you selected to advance to the next round wins, you will get points for that win.
You set this to the number of total points you believe will be scored in the Super Bowl. This is used as a tie-breaker when determining the overall winner. There are three options for the tie-breaker that the commissioner can set from the rules form.
  • None
  • Super Bowl Points
  • Super Bowl Points Without Going Over
The first option should be used if you do not wish to use an overall tie-breaker.
The second option uses the point difference between the actual total of the Super Bowl score and the predicted combined score.
The third option uses the point difference between the actual total of the Super Bowl score and the predicted combined score, without going over. If all tied members have gone over, the winner is the member closest to the tie-breaker total. If there is still a tie, there will be multiple winners.
If your commish has enabled "Hide Picks Before Deadline" in "Admin...Pool Setup", you will be able to see all picks once your pool's custom pick deadline has passed. If this option is disabled, you will be able to see all picks at any time.
Go into "Admin...Pool Setup" and enable "Hide Picks From Commish". Please note that doing this prevents you from submitting picks for any members other than yourself and your aliases.
While games are being played, this will open up a Java applet that updates the scores every 30 seconds, and refreshes your pool's weekly picksheet live.
Yes. Please go to the Java website and download the latest version of the Java runtime.
This is most likely due to an older version of the Java runtime being installed. Please download the latest version from the Java website.
This usually occurs when the network you are on is behind a proxy firewall (ISA Server). Contact your system administrator to install the proxy client and enabled it. You can also get more information by visiting the website for your operating system.
You will receive the pick sheet, including a listing of everybody's picks.
You will receive a listing including the final standings.
We have 3 types of March Madness pools. Bracket Pools, Sweet 16 Pools and Pick 8 Pools.
In a standard bracket pool, you select all the games in the entire tournament. In a Sweet 16 pools, you select all games from the 3rd round on (Sweet 16). In a Pick 8 pool, you select any 8 teams in the tournament. Each time your team wins, that team's rank gets added to your overall standings.
You can now create your March Madness pools from the Create Pool section.
You must first register on the site, for free, with a unique username. You can register by clicking here.

If already registered, click here.
Once you have created your pool, you can click on "Admin...Send Invitation". Enter all email addresses you wish, separated by semi-colons and enter your message. The email will be sent to those in the list. Go ahead and try it out by sending yourself an invitation.
Absolutely. We have an "Alias" feature on our website. When creating your pool, there is an option to allow users to create aliases. If this is enabled, each member can add as many aliases as they like through the "Members" section, or through the picksheet directly. Once an alias has been added for a member, the "Submit Bracket" form will include a list which will include all aliases belonging to that member. Selecting a different name in that list will refresh the pick sheet.

If you do not wish to implement this feature, leave it disabled in the pool entry form.
Yes you can. Up until the pick deadline, each member can modify their brackets. The pool commish will be able to modify all brackets throughout the tournament.
You must select "Brackets...My Bracket" on the left-hand navigation menu. An easy entry form will be presented. All you have to do is click on each team you think will win, and that team name will appear in the bracket for the next round.

The pick sheet ensures that you have selected all games, and the tie-breaker, which is the total score in the final game. The person whose tie-breaker is closest to the total score of the game will receive a higher ranking at the end of the tournament.

JavaScript must be enabled in your browser to use this form.
The pick sheet will be ready shortly after the brackets are announced on "Selection Sunday".
No. The team name will be "Play-In-Winner", and this value can be selected in the pick sheet.
No. Our site does all the work for you. All you have to do is sit back, enjoy the games and the site, and root for your teams.
The scores are updated live - every 30 seconds.
The standings will be updated immediately after each game has completed.
There are 5 options for bonus points, all controlled by round:
  • No bonus points.
  • Assign an "Add Seed " bonus for each round. An "Add Seed" bonus assigns extra points each time one of your picks is correct. The number of points assigned is the winning teams' seed. For example, if you pick LSU (6th) to beat UAB (11th) in the first round and your pool commish has enabled the "Add Seed" bonus, you will receive 6 extra points. The commish can turn this option on from "Admin...Pool Setup".
  • Assign a "Seed Differential" bonus for each round. A "Seed Differential" bonus assigns extra points when an underdog wins. The number of points assigned is the difference between the 2 seeds. For example, if you pick UAB (11th) to beat LSU (6th) in the first round and your pool commish has enabled the "Seed Differential" bonus, you will receive 5 extra points (11 - 6). The commish can turn this option on from "Admin...Pool Setup".
  • Assign a "Multiply Seed " bonus for each round. A "Multiply Seed" bonus assigns extra points each time one of your picks is correct. The number of points assigned is the winning team's seed, multiplied by the number of points for a correct pick. For example, if your pool is setup to award each correct pick with 2 points in the first round, you pick LSU (6th) to beat UAB (11th) in the first round and your pool commish has enabled the "Multiply Seed" bonus, you will receive 12 extra points. The commish can turn this option on from "Admin...Pool Setup".
  • Assign an "Underdog Bonus" for each round. An "Underdog Bonus" assigns a specific number of points each time one of your underdog picks is correct. The number of points assigned is set by the commish.
You can view a sample of all of the features we have for our March Madness bracket pool by taking our Site Tour.
In an NHL playoff bracket pool, you select the winners of each playoff series, along with the number of games predicted to win the series, all the way through the Stanley Cup.
This is fully customizable by your pool commish. Your commish can go into "Admin...Pool Setup" and click the "Scoring System" tab to customize the scoring for each playoff round. Custom scoring can also be set for the difference between the number of games predicted for a team winning a series, and the actual number of games.
The site automatically determines the matchup based on the teams you choose to win in the first round, and updates the picksheet. Reglardless of the actual outcome of the games, any time a team you selected to advance to the next round wins, you will get points for that win.
If your commish has enabled "Hide Picks Before Deadline" in "Admin...Pool Setup", you will be able to see all picks once your pool's custom pick deadline has passed. If this option is disabled, you will be able to see all picks at any time.
Go into "Admin...Pool Setup" and enable "Hide Picks From Commish". Please note that doing this prevents you from submitting picks for any members other than yourself and your aliases.
Absolutely. Just click on "Members...My Profile", click "Pool Settings" and enable "Submitted Picks Confirmation".
You will receive a listing including the up-to-date standings at the end of each round.
The site will remain free for the first couple of games in the playoffs. This way, you can try out the site before making payment.
In an NHL player playoff pool, you and your pool members select NHL players and accumulate points based on their actual playoff stats.
Absolutely. The categories available are games_played, goals, assists, points, shots on goal, plus/minus, penalty minutes, power play goals, short handed goals, game winning goals, hattricks, goalie games started, wins, losses, ot losses, goals against, shots against, saves and shutouts.
Forwards, defensemen, goalies and NHL teams are available for drafting.
Absolutely. You can customize the scoring system for each position based on the scoring categories available.
Absolutely. Each stat category can be any number between -999.99 and 999.99.
We have 4 custom categories available. You define the scoring system for each custom category you wish to use and create your own custom name for it.
An easy-to-use form is available for entering all players. The pool commish can enter all players for each pool member, or the pool commish can decide to allow each member to submit their own roster. Javascript must be enabled in your browser in order to use this form.

Please note that an online draft is not available at the present time.
Yes. The pool commish can choose whether or not an NHL player can belong to more than one pool member.
We have tons of detailed reports for NHL player pools. For a full list, check out our Site Features section and select NHL Playoff Pools.
The stats are updated each day, from 3:00 AM ET.
You must first assign the number of pool members (either in the Create Pool screen or in "Admin...Pool Setup"). You can then click on "Admin...Send Invitation". An email is sent to your friends with a link to the Join Pool screen for your pool. They must first create a free account on the site. At that point, they will be presented with a list of pool members not yet assigned for your pool and can link themselves to that member.
You can set this up in the "Create Pool" screen, or in "Admin...Pool Setup". You first set the number of players on each member's roster, and then set the number of players included in the standings.
Yes we do. The pool commish can process trades between 2 members, plus you can allow waiver pickups.
Yes they can. The commish can select the waiver frequency (custom schedule, daily, weekly or by round).
A limit can be set for the entire playoffs, and for each waiver period if custom waiver periods are setup.
NHL player pools cost $1 US per member up to a maximum of $15.
The site will remain free for the first couple of games of the playoffs. This way, you can try out the site before making payment.
In an NHL player playoff box pool, there are 18 boxes containing 5 players each. You and your pool members select one player from each box.
Absolutely. The categories available are games_played, goals, assists, points, shots on goal, plus/minus, penalty minutes, power play goals, short handed goals, game winning goals, hattricks, goalie games started, wins, losses, ot losses, goals against, shots against, saves and shutouts.
Forwards, defensemen, goalies and NHL teams are available for drafting.
Absolutely. You can customize the scoring system for each position based on the scoring categories available.
Absolutely. Each stat category can be any number between -999.99 and 999.99.
We have 4 custom categories available. You define the scoring system for each custom category you wish to use and create your own custom name for it.
We define the boxes once all playoff teams have been determined, but the pool commish can customize all players in each box.
Yes. The pool commish assigns any scoring category to each individual box.
We have tons of detailed reports for NHL player box pools. For a full list, check out our Site Features section and select NHL Playoff Pools.
The stats are updated each day, from 3:00 AM ET.
Your members can be invited by clicking on "Admin...Send Invitation". An email is sent to your friends with a link to the Join Pool screen for your pool. They must first create a free account on the site. At that point, they can join your pool.
You can set this up in the "Create Pool" screen, or in "Admin...Pool Setup". All 18 boxes must be selected, but you can choose how many of the lowest point-getters are dropped by member.
Transactions are not currently supported for playoff player box pools.
NHL player pools cost $1 US per member up to a maximum of $15.
The site will remain free for the first couple of games of the playoffs. This way, you can try out the site before making payment.