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Does your child like video games? Are you looking for a way to give purpose to their gaming time? The YMCA Esports Program is for you! This program offers curriculum-based learning, while also being engaging and fun for kids who are passionate about video games. Using Nintendo Switches and popular Nintendo games, such as NBA 2K, Mario Kart, Nintendo Sports, Rocket League, and Super Smash Bros, players will improve their gaming strategies, while also learning valuable skills such as teamwork and communication. You do not need your own Switch to participate.

Who:  6 to 14 year-olds. There will be a junior division of 6 to 9 year-olds and a 10 to 14 year-old division.

When: Practice begins June 19th and continues every Monday. The junior division (age 6-9) will be 4:00-5:15pm, the 10-14 division will be 5:30-7:00pm. The program ends on August 14th. 

Where: For Yolo residents - Yolo County YMCA, 1300 College St, Woodland. For Sacramento Area residents - Sacramento Central YMCA, 2021 W St, Sacramento. For Fair Oaks and Orangevale area residents - Rollingwood YMCA, 9373 Winding Oak Drive, Fair Oaks. For Oroville residents - Oroville YMCA Convention Center, 1200 Myers St, Oroville.

Coaches will be qualified YMCA employees.

Register: $92 for YMCA members and $112 for Community Members.  Registration ends June 18th. There is a $20 competition jersey fee if you don't already own one.

Financial assistance available through Y-Assist.



What is Esports? 

Esports is a competitive sport through a video game requiring the use of strategy, collaboration, communication and problem solving skills to achieve individual or team success. And it’s bigger than ‘just gaming’. Esports allows for youth and teens who do not get involved in more traditional sports programs to be engaged through this outlet.

In our work with youth, teens and families we listen and respond. As we navigate the ‘new normal’ in the midst of the pandemic, we recognize more fully that youth need to engage with us in different ways. The Y has been a leader in developing and implementing Youth Sports programs over the years that facilitate the learning of teamwork, health and wellness habits and self-discipline. With the addition and option of Esports, these opportunities continue, along with additional benefits:

  • 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
  • As of 2021, approximately 200 universities have offered some kind of varsity Esports program and have spent nearly $15 million on related scholarship programs for top-tier video gamers.
  • For the first time, e-sport competitions were held at the 2021 Summer Olympics. The e-sport competitions were divided into the following disciplines: sailing: virtual regatta • cycling: Union Cyclist Internationale • rowing: open format• motorsport: FIA/Grand Tourism • baseball: World Baseball Softball Confederation - E-baseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020

Esports Pledge: 

We encourage players, coaches, and parents to recite this pledge prior to the beginning of each Esports game:

“I pledge to play the game the best I can, to be a team player, to respect my opponents and to improve myself in spirit, mind, and body.”


Esports Sponsorship: 

Interested to help support our Esports program? Consider sponsoring the league and receive marketing benefits for your company while helping make the program more affordable for youth. 

View Sponsorship Opportunities