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The YMCA is excited to bring Esports to our facilities and our families. Why Esports? Electronic Sports or Esports is one of the fastest growing trends for youth engagement. This program focuses on team gaming as well as lessons on mental and physical health and incorporating the Y’s core values. This program is a part of a YMCA National Esports League with 125 different YMCAs participating that will run through LeagueSpot, so our teams will play against other YMCA’s teams.
The game we will start our pilot program with is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We will be using Ninetendo Switch's for our gaming consoles. A limited number of Switch's will be available on site. All meetings with the groups will be in person. Through this program, we can provide an online platform where kids can be safe, moderated, gain leadership skills, teamwork, communication skills, and build character.
The cost is $72 for YMCA members and $112 for community members. The cost includes a team jersey.
League play will start January 17th on Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00PM. The league is for ages 9-14.
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
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.”
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.