PLAY ESPORTS AT THE Y

Esports are video game competitions for individuals and teams of children ages 8 - 12 and ages 12 - 17. YMCA esports will encourage and promote healthy kids, families and communities by placing a priority on involvement, healthy competition rather than rivalry, the value of participation over winning, team-building as well as individual development, a positive self-image and mutual respect for others. Gamers in the Y's leagues and tournaments will enjoy gameplay in Fortnite, League of Legends, Minecraft, Rocket League, Smash Bros. Ultimate and many more! Find all open leagues here.

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Play remotely from your home device. Players use a lobby system to join matches.

Players can play multiple game titles.

Questions on Esports? 

Contact Christian Chamberlain, [email protected]

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why should I support my child in their interest of gaming and esports?

YMCA esports is the development of values through a progressive program stressing skill development, fun, physical fitness, and friendly competition.  All youth have an opportunity to play and families are encouraged to participate. 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.
  • In the span of just five years, over 125 higher education institutions have created varsity collegiate Esports programs.
  • More than thirty U.S. colleges and universities offer scholarships for gamers.

 Does the YMCA supply equipment?

All players will supply their own equipment for esports league and tournaments. Systems can include Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PlayStation or PC.

 Do I have to be a YMCA Member?

No, the league is open to anyone ages 8-12 and 12-17. YMCA members will receive a discounted program fee.

 Do I register as a team or does YMCA form teams?

All players that are participating in a multiplayer game must register as a team. The YMCA will not put players together to form teams. Register with fellow friends or classmates.