A quick reference guide to using the Tools menu in Tournament Manager.

Team Check In


  • Select teams when they arrive and indicate what teams are present at an event.
  • Important task to perform if the schedule needs to be re-run during the event.
  • Can be done via paper and manually transferred to Tournament Manager or wirelessly via the Web Server



  • Select team and indicate if they have partially completed or passed inspection
  • Can be done via paper and manually transferred to Tournament Manager or wirelessly via the Web Server

Mobile Devices


  • Authorize and configure mobile devices to score matches, skills, start/stop matches, and inspection.
  • Mobile devices must connect using the TM Mobile app
  • Mobile devices time out every 2 hours so regularly select “Enable All Devices” to keep them from disconnecting during the event.
  • For more information on using mobile devices, visit the Knowledge Base article on Tablet Scoring.

Elimination/Finals Match Queue

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    When running Elimination or Finals matches, use this feature to assign each match to a specific field. This will ensure that each match displays on the correct field timer.
  • Matches must be assigned after each elimination round.

Run Wizard


  • Used when a brand new Tournament Manager file needs to be created.
  • Using this feature erases all event data.
  • Ensure “Save a copy of the tournament file” is checked as a backup
  • At an event, if the schedule needs to be regenerated, the “Regenerate Match Schedule” option should be used instead.

Regenerate Match Schedule


  • Used when a new match schedule needs to be created.
  • Ensure “Save a copy of the tournament file” is checked as a backup
  • If all teams have not checked in, a prompt will appear asking to use all teams or exclude those that have not checked in


  • When the match schedule has been regenerated, if Skills Challenge scores have already been recorded, ensure the “Preserve skills scores” box is checked to save any previously entered Skills Challenge data




  • Used to access or change initial event configurations
  • For events with Finals matches only (VIQRC), select “Finals” to confirm the number of desired Finals alliances is correct.
  • For events with Elimination matches, select “Elimination Wins" and check for accuracy. To determine what setting to configure for Elimination Finals matches, reference the flowchart below.


Field Set Control

A quick reference guide to using the Field Set Control menu in Tournament Manager.


  • Select Field Set Control > Correct Field Set to queue matches, start and stop matches, play match sounds, and control audience display
    • For information on how to use the Field Set Control screen, visit the KB article on Running Practice/Qualification Matches
  • Select Skills Field Sets when operating Skills Challenge Fields



A quick reference guide to using the Displays menu in Tournament Manager.

Pit Display

Qualification Ranking Pit Display

Skills Challenge Pit Display


Elimination Bracket Pit Display


Inspection Pit Display

A Pit Display is set up and configured to show live data during an event. These displays are commonly set up throughout the venue using projectors or large HDTV screens.

  • Common uses for this display:
  • Qualification Match Rankings
  • Skills Challenge Rankings
  • Inspection
  • Elimination Bracket
  • Logos
  • Schedules

If not set up during the initial Tournament Manager file creation, additional Pit Displays can be set up in Tools > Options > Pit Displays. Information displayed on a specific Pit Display can be changed at any time by selecting Displays > Pit Display Control and choosing what display to change. Best Practice: Name the Pit Display something related to where it is in the venue so it is easy to find and change is needed.


Audience Display

An Audience Display is set up to provide information to the event spectators. Information shown on this display includes the match timer, match score results, alliance selection, camera feed with overlay (if using cameras), and award ceremony slides. Most events that use the Audience Display will show it on a large screen that faces the audience using a projector. Additionally, the Audience Display program generates the game sounds, such as the start-of-match bell and end-of-match buzzer. Typically, the audio output of the Audience Display computer will be connected to the A/V system in the competition venue to allow competitors and spectators to hear the game sounds.

Additional Audience Displays can be set up by selecting Displays > Start New Display > Audience Display Full or Overlay. Overlays are only used with video cameras. If no video cameras are being used, select Full. When a Field Set is selected and active, information displayed on the Audience Display can be changed at any time by selecting the desired information on the corresponding Field Set screen

Field Queue Display



The Field Queue Display is meant to be located close to a competition field and shows information specific to that field only. Prior to a match, the Field Queue Display shows which teams are scheduled to compete in the next match on that field and how much time remains before the match is scheduled to begin. During a match the Field Queue Display shows the match timer for that field. Events which use the Field Queue Display typically show it on a regular computer monitor located close to the field. A bracket is available for purchase if an Event Partner wants the monitor attached directly to a VRC-related field perimeter..

Remember, all 3 display programs are optional. However, most tournaments will want to at least use an Audience Display as this program is where the match timer is displayed and also generates the match sounds.

Configure Remote Displays (Raspberry Pi’s)

Raspberry Pi’s are fast and efficient means to configure any and all displays at an event. When a raspberry pi is connected to the network, it can be set up as any of the 3 display types, assigned to any field/field set, and given a name for easy location. If a raspberry pi needs updating (highlighted in red with a *) it can be done easily from this menu by selecting the Pi > Update Display Software. Please visit the Raspberry Pi KB article to learn about the required equipment and technical set up procedures.


A quick reference guide to using the Reports menu and commonly used Reports in Tournament Manager.

Team Lists

  • A report used for team check in, the judging room, and general areas that need to know who all the teams are.

Match Lists and Results

  • Match lists can be printed and given to teams, the scoring table, and queuing volunteers

Qualification Rankings

  • A report regularly requested by judges to help determine awards.
  • Shows qualification rankings at an event.
  • Can not be separated by age group if at a blended event.

Skills Challenge

  • A report regularly requested by judges to help determine awards.
  • Shows Skills Challenge rankings at an event
  • Can be separated by age group if at a blended event.

Elimination Ladder (VRC/VEX U/Aerial Drone Competition)

  • A report useful for queuing volunteers, emcees, and field staff during VRC/VEX U/Aerial Drone Competition elimination matches.

Awards/Award Ceremony Script

  • When judged awards are entered and performance based results are completed (Auto Fill Winners in the Awards tab), select this report to get all award scripts with the winners printed for the Awards Ceremony.

Announcer Sheets

  • Reports that emcees regularly use and reference.


  • Pit signs can be printed and placed at pit tables
  • Field signs can be secured to fields for audience and team reference
  • Alliance selection signs are used for any event that does this process before elimination matches


  • Can be printed and given to teams
  • Used in addition to or in place of trophies.

Game Documents

  • A place to print score sheets if using paper-based scoring or if tablet scoring stops working.


A quick reference guide to using the Help menu in Tournament Manager.


User Guide

TM Mobile User Guide

  • Full guide on tablet scoring and how to connect mobile devices.

Get IP Address

  • Shows the server computer IP address.
  • Never post the server IP address or share with anyone.

Check for Updates

  • When Tournament Manager is opened, it will automatically check for updates but can be checked in this menu option as well.

About Tournament Manager

  • Can check current version of Tournament Manager