The YMCA of Greater Brandywine is excited to launch our first Esports league! Esports is a competitive video game experience that allows individuals the opportunity to compete as a team in a fun, safe environment. Participants will develop important skills that they can utilize to thrive in all areas of life, including communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills in an individual or team environment.
Esports is a virtual option for youth to stay connected, develop new friendships and learn important life skills from the comfort of their own home. All players must supply their own equipment for Esports leagues.
Virtual Spring Esports Leagues
April 12 - June 3, 2021
For boys and girls in Grades 5 - 12 consisting of NBA 2K, Rocket League, and Super Smash Bros. Each session will last 8 weeks, with participants meeting 2 times per week, 1 hour for practice and 1 hour for gameplay. Each practice will be led by a trained coach who will support participants in a wide variety of areas, including positive competition, team-building activities and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
More Information about Esports
Do I need my own equipment?
Participants will need the following equipment in order to play:
- Game for which they are registering for: NBA 2K, Rocket League or Super Smash Bros.
- Gaming console (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox or PC)
- Online gaming capabilities for the gaming console.
An email address used for access to Leaguespot and Discord servers
What games will participants play?
Leagues are available for the following games:
NBA 2K21 is a basketball simulation game depicting players and teams from the National Basketball Association (NBA). Participants will face off 1 vs. 1 against another competitor, with each controlling their whole team. Individuals will learn to use each unique player’s skills for the best chance of success.
Rocket League is a unique, high-octane arcade style game that combines elements of both racing games and soccer. Participants compete in a 3 vs. 3 environment and attempt to use their rocket-powered vehicles to hit an oversized soccer ball into their opponent’s goal and score points over the course of the match. Individuals will work alongside their teammates to develop strategies and perfect their moves in order to defeat their competition.
Super Smash Bros. incorporates our favorite Nintendo characters such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Pikachu and many others in an arcade style battle game. Participants compete in a 1 vs. 1 match, attempting to use their character’s special abilities to knock their opponent out of the designated arena.
Why should I enroll my child in an Esports league?
YMCA Esports is the development of values through a progressive program stressing skill development, fun, physical fitness, and friendly competition. Additional benefits include:
- Improved hand-eye coordination
- Improved attention & visual acuity
- Improved basic visual processing and executive function
- Problem-solving & strategy skill development
- 71% of parents report gaming having net positive effects for children
- Boosts self-confidence and player socialization
- 54% of gamers say gaming helps them connect with friends
- At least ten St. Louis area high schools compete in the top national high school Esports league
- In the span of just five years, over 125 higher education institutions have created varsity collegiate Esports.
- More than thirty U.S. colleges and universities offer scholarships for gamers
What are the age groups for leagues?
Participants will be broken into two age groups. Younger players will be placed in the 5 - 8th grade group and older players will be grouped with teammates between 9 - 12th grade.
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