In 2018, the NFHS sanctioned esports in partnership with PlayVS. Connecticut is one of the first states in the nation to offer esports.
This page will provide all the information for schools to get involved with PlayVS and Esports and information for fans following the season.
This spring CIAC crowned their Fall 2019 esports champions! It was another great season with a growing number of schools and teams taking part, culminating in a great championship event. A huge congratulations to our Rocket League champions, Xavier High School, and our League of Legends champions, Manchester High School!
Registration is now open for Spring 2020. Quickly get started below or schedule a call with a PlayVS school activation specialist to walk you through building an esports program and answer any questions you might have.
SPRING 2020 DATES
- 01/31/2020 – Activation deadline – to qualify for preseason
- 02/03 – 02/14/2020 – Preseason
- 02/14/2020 – Activation deadline
- 02/17/2020 – Season begins
- 04/21/2020 – Playoffs begins
- All championships are completed by Saturday, May-30
PlayVS has provided the following helpful documents if you are trying to decide or want more information on getting esports started at your school. There is also information regarding the technical process needed to get a team up and running. Check out any of the following documents which will hopefully answer your questions and get your school ready to take part in Season One.
- What is esports?
- How Does the PlayVS League Work
- PlayVS Hardware-Network Specifications
- How to Get Started For Coaches
- The Parents Guide to High School Esports
ABOUT THE GAMES
Rocket League is a sports-action game that combines soccer with driving. Students will compete in teams of three to get as many goals as they can in five-minutes. The game’s combination of familiar objectives and fresh mechanics made it an instant hit in the world of video games.
SMITE is a multi-player online battleground where players pilot mythological characters and battle for control of a three-lane map. Teams of five players must work together to level up their characters and secure map objectives to siege the enemy’s base and conquer the opposing Titan. SMITE offers a third-person perspective which is unique in the genre.
League of Legends combines the speed and intensity of a real-time strategy game with role playing game elements, as two teams of five compete head-to-head across multiple battlefields and game modes. Each player has a specific role and must support one another to succeed.
- Each school is required to have an esports coach who is onsite for matches.
- Each school is able to build as many teams as it would like. Rocket League is played in teams of three, while SMITE and League of Legends are played in teams of five.
- Each student needs the following: one computer/laptop and one set of peripherals (mouse, keyboard, headset). Students can use their own, or schools could provide these. Jerseys are optional.
- The participation fee for each student is $64/season, which can be paid for by the school, parent or sponsor.
What Season Zero teams are saying:
“Esports brings out the best in people and really show the flame of passion that people have towards a game where it takes grit and grime to play at a competitive level.” – Antonio Valdez, Manchester High School Team Captain
“When I saw them senior year and they were involved in our esports team, they were leaders, they were captains,” Warner said. “Their personality came out and shined, their confidence was strongly there. It just blew my mind. This is unbelievable that it can take kids that in certain areas of the school, don’t have their confidence quite yet, but it allows them to take an area and let them shine.” – Sam Warner, Manchester High School Coach
Esports in the CT news:
Jeff Jacobs: A new breed of high school legends born in state’s esports league
The Hartford Courant: Esports is sweeping the nation and Connecticut high schools are the latest groups to join in
Get your school signed up and invite players to start building your esports team today!
PlayVS is the official NFHS and CIAC partner for high school esports, enabling students to compete for an esports state championship title. PlayVS provides an all-in-one online platform for schools to build teams, manage league schedules, track season statistics and more.
If you have any questions about the platform, the onboarding process, the league, etc., please contact supportplayvscom or visit the PlayVS Help Center.