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Esports at the Y

Esports is one of the fastest-growing activities among kids today and could lead to thousands of dollars in college scholarships - just like traditional sports! The Y offers esports leagues and tournaments for kids 8 to 18, supported by trained Y coaches in a safe online environment!

Our next esports tournament is coming up in January!

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What Is Esports?
Simply put, esports is organized online gaming that includes games and tournaments just like a traditional sports league. The league is virtual – play at home but with the structure and coaching of playing at an off-site lab. The Y's esports league play consists of 4 games, two that are 1v1 and two that are 3v3. Gamers should register as individuals and they will be grouped for 3v3 games once on the league.

Is Esports Safe For My Child?
Playing esports with the Y is the safe way to play! Participants only play against other Y gamers in the league and a Y instructor is in the game with the participants at all times. Just like a coach out on the field, our trained Y staff are there to support and guide your kids as they learn the basics of esports and gain skills and confidence!

More Esports Fun Facts

  • In the 2018-19 school year, some 200 colleges in the U.S. offered $16 million in esports scholarships, more than a threefold increase since 2015.
  • Nearly eight-in-ten online-gaming teens (78%) say they feel more connected to their existing friends they play games with.
  • A study showed that kids that played online games almost every day score 15 points above the average in math and reading and 17 points above the average in science on the PISA.

Esports at the Y helps your child...

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Build Self-confidence
When kids are active in esports their self-esteem grows as they learn how sharp their minds are and develop the mental skills of the game and self-reliance.
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Practice Sportsmanship
Being a good sport shows respect for others and helps keep the game in perspective. Understanding sportsmanship fosters positive habits - in online and offline sports!
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Gain New Skills
Kids learn the basics of online gaming and refine existing skills under the supervision of caring, skilled, and supportive coaches. Creativity and resilience are key in esports!
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Learn Discipline
Practicing any sport regularly helps kids learn the importance of discipline, organization, showing self-control, and staying focused. Esports takes dedication like any other sport.

Financial Assistance

At the Y, no one is ever turned away from programs or memberships due to an inability to pay. Community giving helps to support financial assistance to those in need.

Virtual Y

YMCA members can access youth sports videos, skills drills, and more anywhere, anytime with YMCA360. Your training can continue even between practices!

Facts About Esports

Did you know that playing esports has been proven to help kids build confidence, create new friendships and learn teamwork, self-regulation and problem-solving skills?