eSports

eSports is a very exciting program with so many possibilities! Our aim is to teach youth how to play Rocket League, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, or Minecraft in a team sports environment. They will learn to improve their teamwork, communication, problem solving skills, and sportsmanship. We also incorporate the YMCA values, honesty, caring, respect, responsibility into our lessons. eSports is available at these Y locations: CHASCO Family YMCA, or Twin Lakes Family YMCA.

Open Play

Open play will allow members to use the YMCA eSports equipment to play Rocket League or Minecraft! (Smash Bros. coming soon.) Systems can be played on LAN against each other, grab some friends and sign up for open play today! Open Play is Monday, Wednesday, Friday at the CHASCO and Twin Lakes locations from 5-8pm. Spots must be booked for the eSports lab prior to entering.

Youth League Play

The Youth League will focus on teaching skills such as communication, teamwork and strategy and applying these skills through Rocket League! The league will meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-6:15pm. Tuesdays will focus on practicing with their teammates and coaches, and Thursdays will focus on playing against other YMCA Rocket League teams.
Ages 7-10 / 11-14

Homeschool eSports

Welcome to eSports! YMCA eSports takes video gaming to another level with our Alienware gaming systems and our state-of-the-art gaming center through organized competitive gameplay between teams and individuals. We've mixed video gaming and eSports capabilities with learning curriculums rooted in STEM to engage, interact, and educate students in a fun way.
Tuesdays 9am-11:15am at Twin Lakes OR Wednesdays 9am-12:45pm at CHASCO

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 they 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.

Birthday Parties
Host a tournament for your birthday boy or girl for Rocket League, Smash Bros, or Minecraft for up to 3 hours! Not interested in a structured tournament? Let the kids do free play, with the option of 1 to 3 hours. 

Adult League Play
Participants 18 and up can compete in a league or tournament in Rocket League, Smash Bros, and potentially additional games. 

Private Lessons
1 on 1 coaching session for 1 or 2 hours. These sessions focus on teaching participants how they can improve through film review or drills on a specified topic. 

Online tournaments
Tournaments are hosted for players to play from home. These tournaments are less restricted.

LAN tournaments
Tournaments that are hosted at the Y offer the option of a larger group to our own participants in a controlled environment.

What is eSports?
A multi-player video game that is played competitively for spectators. 

What will your child learn?
eSports is a great way to improve communication skills and increase group collaboration. Playing games in a competitive environment requires strategy from all players, and preparing counter strategies will help develop the thought process behind problem solving.

What does a typical eSports lesson look like?
Participants will practice drills, then they will play scrimmage matches against each other. Matches will be reviewed by a coach, who will give them feedback and constructive criticism on their decision making and in game mechanics.

What equipment will they be using during the camp?
The YMCA provides Alienware computers, keyboards, mice, headsets, and monitors for use at the YMCA facility. 

What programs does the YMCA offer?
We host camps during the summer and winter, while we also collaborate with some of the local school districts to host an eSports league. Coming soon: enrichment program, private lessons, birthday parties, and more! 

Will my child be able to use their own account?
No. We ask that they use the accounts provided by the YMCA to ensure a safe and positive environment for all players. 

Will more games be added in the future?
Yes. We are planning on offering Super Smash Brothers Ultimate and Minecraft in the near future. We are looking to add more games, but we always want to pick games that align with the values of the YMCA. 

What kind of equipment do they need in order to play at home?
It depends on the game, but players can use a console (Xbox or Playstation), headset, controller, and a monitor or TV for most games. You can also use a windows computer with a dedicated graphics card