Welcome to the home page for the 2023 41st Annual Pioneer Trails Open tournament hosted by Casper College and Southeastern Illinois College on Feb 10-11, 2023 for College students.

Status: Tournament Completed


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, Feb 8 at 6pm.  Please contact Paul Cummins (618-525-2749) for drops after this time.  $10 fee for drops Wed evening or Thurs.  $25 Drops the morning of the tournament.  $100 fee for dropping a judge day of the tournament.





Please log on Friday (9:00 - 10:00 AM {CST}) to confirm your entry.   


Help/Registration room:  HERE



Awards - Following the Final Starting at 5:30PM (CST)

ESTIMATED 7:15 PM Central Time.


Debate and Time Signals


Watch THIS video before your Debate, Impromptu, or Extemporaneous Speaking round.  


IE Event Groupings:

Flight A: EXT, PER, PRO, DUO, STE 

Flight B: IMP, INF, POE, DI, CA, POI




Judges on Standby should wait in THIS room.  You will get an email when standbys are released.
Judges can hang out in this room and chat at any time. If you are not able to wait in this room, just keep your email open and your cell phone handy. If we need to use you as a standby we will reach out.

Sample Ballot

Try out a sample eBallot ahead of time. 


EXT Prep Room HERE

Students should report to this room at the designated prep times.


Text or Call for HELP 

Doug 307.462.1511
Paul 618.525.2749


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.


Tab Room