Welcome to the home page for the 2021 Highland Cougar Classic tournament hosted by Highland Community College on Nov 12-13, 2021 for College students.

Status: Tournament Completed


We can't wait to host you virtually on November 12-13!

FULL INVITATION (Updates from initial invitation in red)



Registration is now closed -- please text/email Harry with any late drops!


Registration Room: https://8x8.vc/hccregistration

Judges Lounge: https://8x8.vc/hccjudgeslounge (Standby judges -- please wait in this room until judges are released)

Student Lounge (We encourage you to hang out and meet competitors from other teams between rounds!): https://8x8.vc/hccstudentlounge

IPDA/Extemp Draw Room: https://8x8.vc/hccpreproom

Help Room: https://8x8.vc/hcchelproom

Awards Ceremonies: Awards for both days will be hosted over ZOOM -- finalists will be encouraged to turn cameras on (as though "on stage") if possible (but not required). Zoom links will be posted here after finals end to limit the possibility of Zoom-bombing.

IE Awards: Zoom Link (Password if necessary: HCCAwards)


Check Your Internet Speed: Speedof.me (recommended to have at least 6 mbps download and 2 mbps upload speed)

Fill Out a Sample E-Ballot: https://forensicstournament.net/sampleeballot

Debate and Time Signals: Watch this video before your debate, impromptu or extemporaneous speaking round (thanks to Jeff Przybylo of Harper College for this video!)

Creating Your Team Room: It's easy! Just begin typing a URL with https://8x8.vc/ -- then add your team name ("bestschoolever") and add a 10 digit random number ("https://8x8.vc/bestschoolever3845869735") -- this room will be live for you to use for warmups, etc.



FRIDAY (11/12) (IPDA) (All times in CST!)
10:00-10:30 AM -- Registration (Go to 8x8 Registration Room)
10:30 -- Round 1 Draw
11:00 -- Round 1 Speak
12:00 -- Round 2 Draw
12:30 -- Round 2 Speak
1:15 -- Round 3 Draw
1:45 -- Round 3 Speak
2:30 -- Round 4 Draw
3:00 -- Round 4 Speak
4:00 -- Semifinal Draw
4:30 -- Semifinal Speak
5:15 -- Final Draw
5:45 -- Final Speak
ASAP -- IPDA Awards

SATURDAY (11/13) (IE) (All Times in CST!)
8:15-8:45 -- Registration (Go to 8x8 Registration Room)
9:00 -- Round 1A
10:15 -- Round 2A
11:15-12:00 -- Lunch Break
12:00 -- Extemp Draw, Round 1B
12:30 -- Round 1B
1:30 -- Extemp Draw, Round 2B
2:00 -- Round 2B
3:30 -- Finals, Flight A
4:45 -- Extemp Draw, Finals
5:00 -- Finals, Flight B (Extemp @ 5:15)
ASAP -- Awards
**We will make every effort to collapse finals if at all possible on Saturday**


Notes for Online Tournaments: 

Please share with students, judges, and coaches.


Look Over These Guideshttps://forensicstournament.net/online


If you are having Connection Issues

1. Use a different browser (Firefox and Chrome work best).  Make sure you are in ONE room at a time.

2. Reboot your computer

3. Make sure your mic, camera, and speaker settings are operational

4. If you are using a tablet or phone us the 8x8meet APP instead of a browser

5. Test your internet.  You need a minimum of 6mbps. https://www.speedtest.net

6.  Seek help in the help room


Tablet Users may want to use the "8x8 Meet" App.  When possible, PC/Laptops will be more effective than tablets and phones. However, if you have unstable internet at any point the "8x8 Meet" App is a great alternative.

"POSTINGS" are left of here.  Room and Ballot Links will be emailed to judges, students, and coaches 15 minutes before rounds.  In order to avoid "8x8 bombing," we cannot post the room URLs publicly. Tab Staff can also share a room with you.


Observers- Once emails (postings/rounds) go out, students/coaches can share their room-link with teammates.  Observers are welcome to observe.  Mics off, please. In order to avoid "8x8 bombing," we cannot post the room URLs publicly. Tab Staff can also share a room with you.


Private Messages- Students, please do not PM with each other in the 8x8 rooms during speeches.


Email-v-Text-- We have found that it's better to mark each of your judges and students as receiving their ballots through email instead of text.  You can make these choices on your student roster and judge roster.


Empty Room- If you or one of your students is sitting ALONE AND ONTIME in an empty 8 x 8 room something is wrong. Jump into the help room.