The Top Three Reasons Why You Should Sign Your Child Up for an Esports Program

Esports leagues at the YMCA of Greater Brandywine

Esports is a fast-growing addition to school athletic departments, college team and youth programs across the nation. While the virtual elements of the pandemic may have helped to speed its rise, the sport has been quietly growing for years.

For parents who spend so much time worrying about the amount of time our children spend in front of a screen, Esports sound like a tough sell – so why the boom?

Esports Builds Collaboration and Teamwork 
For children and young adults interested in video games and game play, Esports leagues can help to teach sportsmanship, teamwork and leadership skills. While most modern gaming systems allow players to communicate and play against one another, Esports programs place players onto teams and facilitate league play. Teams learn to communicate, collaborate and work together. 

Cognitive Development and Problem Solving
Gamers, given the speed in which games are played, need to develop strong hand-eye coordination, quick reaction times and the ability to quickly problem solve. Research also suggests that action video games can be beneficial in building skills related to cognitive ability, reading ability, reaction time and sensorimotor skills.

Communities and Opportunities
Millions are on the line. The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), a non-profit organization developing the structure and tools to advance collegiate esports, has more than 170 member schools offering a collective $16 million in esports scholarships and aid and the number continues to grow. 

There are many reasons – above and beyond these three - to give esports a try.

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine has a dedicated esports classroom at the Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center where they host leagues, events and tournaments for children and adults. For more information, please visit browse our Esports offerings and frequently asked questions. 

Category: Youth Programs