When you Really, Really Need to use Pencil and Paper

It happens to even the most well-prepared teams: sometimes at a tournament, using Takedown isn’t an option. Not enough iPads or iPads aren’t charged or iPads got run over by team bus or iPads gotten eaten by hungry wrestlers or nobody available who knows how to use an iPad. Blah, blah. It happens. What to do?

It’s Tournaments

Takedown users can always and easily score a dual meet. One wrestler at a time, bouts sequentially wrestled in a known order, rosters available in advance or, at least, at weigh in, all activity on a single mat, iPad fully charged lasts for entire event. One iPad, one operator, 1-2 hours. Easy.

You Might be OK

If you’re at a Track or FloArena tournament, you might be OK even if you can’t use Takedown. It’s easy to transcribe scoring from those platforms into Takedown — just find the relevant event scorebook online. Still, table scorers are focused on match outcomes, not scoring accuracy and, as such, there are plenty of “+1” and “+2” entries in the scoring transcripts. You can spend a lot of time trying to divine the meaning of a “+1” or “+2.” In addition, some tournaments only record match outcomes to Track or Flo, not scoring transcripts. And, finally, some tournaments don’t use digital scoring at all. Good luck asking the head table for the original bout sheet.*

Get out the Paper

When Takedown isn’t an option, many coaches revert to paper score books and transcribe those results into Takedown at a later time, perhaps in between rounds or after the event. The challenge with popular branded paper score books is that they aren’t optimized for transcribing tournament results into Takedown.

Typical branded score books are designed to be durable as well as accommodate a wide variety of use cases. They are expensive ($15-$30), bulky (11” x 15”, 70-118 pages), complicated and crammed with info. For Takedown users, branded score books aren’t just overkill; their “features” get in the way.

Optimized for Takedown Users

When paper scoring is inevitable, we believe Takedown users deserve a solution that’s optimized for the task at hand. In that light, we developed a score book format and packaging specifically for Takedown users. The format is spacious, uncomplicated and instructive with an example scored bout on each page. Each score sheet is 8.5 x 11” on plain white paper stock glue-bound on the long edge. Each pad contains 50 sheets and, at six bouts per sheet, that’s a capacity of 300 matches per pad. At volume, these pads would be priced at less than $6 each, delivered, about 2 cents per scored bout.

Here’s a look at one of the scoring pads from the first shipment:

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(ignore the shadows on the photo — the page is white)

If you’re interesting in checking out this new type of paper scoring pad, let us know by sending a message to info@levelchanger.com or by tapping on the green “Help” icon in the lower corner of your screen.


  • Advanced technique for the truly pushy: if the scoring table is accessible, take a photo of the final bout sheet using your cell phone camera.



Takedown Scoring and Stats is a single-team focused, mobile app for scoring wrestling matches, recording video, creating stats, managing teams and rosters, and engaging fans via social media. Download from the App Store.

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