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Coach Guide Sept 2020
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Coaches Guide To Online Tournaments

ForensicsTournament.net (September 1, 2020)


This guide is designed to help coaches who are registering their schools to compete in an online tournament using ForensicsTournament.net.

The main steps you will need to do are saving email/phone information for competitors & judges, updating posting/ballot preferences, and verifying the data.

Tutorial Video

Step 1 - Competitor Setup

One of the main differences when competing in an online tournament is the need to save a competitor’s email and/or phone number on the website. This allows ForensicsTournament.net to email or text a copy of the student’s postings to them for each competition round.

First, go to the Student Roster page under your account.

  1. New Students

  1. Existing Students

If you already have students from a previous academic year on your student roster, you can easily add their contact information and update their posting preference.  

  1. Verify Contact Information

Next, we need to make sure the email or phone number has been entered correctly. You can send a verification email and/or text to the students. Once your student has received the verification, instruct them to click on the link. This will confirm ForensicsTournament.net can successfully connect with the student.

You can also quickly verify all contact information by clicking the “Verify Contact Information” link. This will take you to a summary page which will tell you who has verified their information and who still needs to verify.

At this point, your students are all set to compete in online tournaments.  During the tournament, the tournament directors will send out ePostings to all students via text or email a few minutes before the start of each round. Students simply need to click on the link in the text or email to go to their competition room.  See the Competitor Guide for more information.

Step 2 - Judge Setup

Just as with students, judges need to have an email and/or phone saved in order for us to send them an eBallot during the tournament.

NOTE: It is helpful to have both email and phone numbers as that helps the tournament contact the judge if needed.

First, go to the Judge Roster page under your account.

  1. New Judges

  1. Existing Judges

If you already have judges from a previous academic year on your judge roster, you can easily add their contact information and update their posting preference.  

  1. Verify Contact Information

Next, we need to make sure the email or phone number has been entered correctly. You can send a verification email and/or text to the judges. Once your judge has received the verification, instruct them to click on the link. This will confirm ForensicsTournament.net can successfully connect with the judge.

You can also quickly verify all contact information by clicking the “Verify Contact Information” link. This will take you to a summary page which will tell you who has verified their information and who still needs to verify.

At this point, your judges are all set to judge at online tournaments.  During the tournament, the tournament directors will send out eBallots to all judges via text or email a few minutes before the start of each round. Judges simply need to click on the link in the text or email to go to their eBallot. Their eBallot will then direct them to the competition room and allow them to enter feedback, ranks, and rates.  See the Judge Guide for more information.