Lives Policy

Lives policy is part of your sheet policy, and is available in the Settings sidebar.

Typical lives policy

You can set Lives policy on the Entries sheet, or on the Pool play sheet any time prior to initialising lives play.

Be sure to Save any changes before navigating to another sheet.


Chartroom will shuffle entries or qualifiers into random order for round 1.

Shuffle rounds

Chartroom will shuffle teams (within lives) for all rounds.

SCDP (Same Clubs Don't Play)

Will attempt a random draw such that teams from the same club or organisation don't play each other in round 1. Only check this if it makes sense for your event.

Groups of

Normally 16 or a power of 2. Required.

If you only want 1 big section then set this so it's greater than or equal to the field size and set binary byes to Top loaded.

Chartroom has robust algorithms for dividing fields of arbitrary size into viable sections.

Group text

Text to label each section. Can be edited on the lives paly charts at any time.

The default is "Section #", giving "Section 1", "Section 2" …
"Group #A" would give "Group A", "Group B" …


Select 1, 2, or 3.

Binary byes (1-life events)

Binary byes are allocated in Round 1 to reduce the field to a power of 2, and to facilitate splitting the field into viable sections.

Select one of:

Spreads byes across all sections. Sections will have a maximum of 16 teams in round 2 (irrespective of the value of Groups of).
Top loaded
All byes will be at the top of the draw, and no section will be larger than Groups of.

For most bowls events Balanced is recommended.

Ranking play roundOf

Specify the roundOf (number of teams in the final section) after which ranking play is to apply.

Limited to 4, 8, 16, 32, or 64.