The YMCA of the North is excited to launch our first Esports league! Esports is a competitive video game experience that allows individuals the opportunity to compete as a team in a fun, safe environment. Participants will develop important skills that they can utilize to thrive in all areas of life, including communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills in an individual or team environment.
Beginning April 5, the YMCA will offer Esports Leagues for participants in Grades 5-8 consisting of NBA 2K, Rocket League, and Super Smash Bros. Each session will last 8 weeks, with participants meeting 2 times per week. Each day will include a short practice session followed by gameplay. Practice and gameplay will be led by a trained coach who will support participants in a wide variety of areas, including positive competition, team-building activities and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
Esports is a virtual option for youth to stay connected, develop new friendships and learn important life skills from the comfort of their own home. All players must supply their own equipment for Esports leagues. Participants will need the following equipment in order to play:
- Game for which they are registering for: NBA 2K, Rocket League or Super Smash Bros.
- Gaming console (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox or PC)
- Online gaming capabilities for the console in which they are playing on
NBA 2K21 is a basketball simulation game depicting players and teams from the National Basketball Association (NBA). Participants will face off 1 vs. 1 against another competitor, with each controlling their whole team. Individuals will learn to use each unique player’s skills for the best chance of success.
Rocket League is a unique, high-octane arcade style game that combines elements of both racing games and soccer. Participants compete in a 3 vs. 3 environment and attempt to use their rocket-powered vehicles to hit an oversized soccer ball into their opponent’s goal and score points over the course of the match. Individuals will work alongside their teammates to develop strategies and perfect their moves in order to defeat their competition.
Super Smash Bros. incorporates our favorite Nintendo characters such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Pikachu and many others in an arcade style battle game. Participants compete in a 1 vs. 1 match, attempting to use their character’s special abilities to knock their opponent out of the designated arena.
For more information
Please contact Tommy Wasylik, West Region Senior Sports Director at Tommy.Wasylik@ymcanorth.org or 763-445-3646