Welcome to the home page for the 2020 The (FREE!) October Surprise tournament hosted by Mt. San Antonio College - Online on Oct 24-25, 2020 for College students.

Status: System shutdown (No new schools, changes, adds, or drops )

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD YOUR AWARD CERTIFICATES for the Saturday Portion of our Tournament:



Thank you for your participation in the October Surprise! Just a few things to make sure the day runs smoothly.

THERE ARE NO FEES! All Times Pacific  

If you need assistance during the tournament


Extemp topics will be distributed in the following room


Standby Judges should wait in


For judges:

  • You will receive an email 10 minutes before the round. It will either provide you a link to your round room and eballot, or ask that you please stand by in case we need to push you a ballot. The judges stand by room can be visited at this link: https://8x8.vc/OctoberSurpriseJudgeStandby
  • If you do not receive an email 10 minutes before the round, please head to the judges stand by room.
  • If we do not need you for the round, you will get another email after letting you know you are good to go for the round.
  • Please make sure to check your spam folders for your ballots.

For competitors:

  • Please make sure competitors also check their spam folders for postings.
  • The postings will contain their room link, and will also be sent 10 minutes before the round.

For the IE portion of the tournament:

  • Competitors who are double entered will receive links to both of their rooms. To sign in, please have competitors type their name in the chat to mirror signing into a classroom, before heading to their other round.
  • Please inform competitors to make sure they enter rooms with muted microphones, as to not interrupt another speaker.

Again, feel free to call, text, or email me at tpham91@mtsac.edu and 714-553-0260 for any questions.

- Twee Pham, Tournament Director


  • To prepare your competitors and judges for this new online format, please see the guides available on the online resources page: https://forensicstournament.net/online 
  • Because this is an online tournament, slow internet speeds can cause issues for speakers, judges, and tournament staff. Test your internet speed on https://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/ Anything less than 6 mbps upload/download will cause video/audio problems.
  • We strongly recommend each school has judges on standby who are familiar with internet tournaments in case there are internet issues for their originally registered judges.
  • The tournament will use synchronous video conferencing. Please see the Best Practices section of this invite for tips on how to effectively use the platform.
  • The awards ceremony will be live-streamed on YouTube each day.





  • Wed 10/21/20 6:00 pm Pacific
    Drops Only
  • Fri 10/09/20 12:00 am Mountain
    Accepting Entries
  • Tue 10/20/20 6:05 pm Pacific
    Adds, Changes, Drops for Existing Schools only