Earlier this year, the NFHS sanctioned esports in partnership with PlayVS. Connecticut is one of the first states in the nation to offer esports and Spring Season 2019 will soon begin in February
This page will provide all the information for schools to get involved with PlayVS and Esports and information for fans following the season.
Registration is now open for Season One featuring three games: Rocket League, SMITE and League of Legends. Schools are able to build as many teams as they’d like, creating a truly inclusive activity.
The deadline to register your school for this upcoming season is February 8th! Players have until February 22nd to sign up. This Spring, schools can compete in three games: League of Legends, SMITE and Rocket League.
SPRING SEASON 2019 STRUCTURE
- The regular season will run from February 25th – April 22nd.
- Matches will be played at 3:30pm on the following days for each league:
Tuesdays: League of Legends – Two consecutive games against a single opponent
Wednesdays: SMITE – Two consecutive games against a single opponent
Thursdays: Rocket League – Best of five match against a single opponent
IMPORTANT DATES FOR SPRING 2019 SEASON
- February 8th: Deadline for schools to register
- February 22nd: Deadline for students to sign up
- February 25th: Spring 2019 Season Begins!
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
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.
- The Spring 2019 Season will begin the week of February 25th and end in April, with playoffs taking place in May 2019. The last day for schools to register for the Inaugural Season is February 8th.
- 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!