The purpose of the esports program is to engage members in competitive gaming with a focus on healthy physical and mental practices linked to the experience. Members will support their Club team, compete in esports, and learn techniques to create a positive player experience. Playing with Purpose is at the core of the esports program experience.
Formula for Impact
Through gaming, members will develop skills in critical thinking. As part of the esports program, members will utilize thinking strategies as they analyze gameplay and develop competitive strategies to improve their in-game performance. Members will embrace the concept of “Playing with Purpose” as they start, learn, practice, and excel in esports.
Good Character & Leadership
Gaming creates many opportunities to develop character and leadership, both peer to peer and member to adult. As part of the esports program, members will work as a team to improve the skills of all players. Team building will be a key element within each Club as members mentor each other through positive social interaction.
A key element of the esports program is Healthy Lifestyles, both emotional and physical.
As a player, gamers go through many emotions as part of a competitive gaming or sports experience. It is key for members to learn techniques to identify and manage their emotional state. This encompasses frustration management, conflict resolution, and staying cool under pressure. Members will learn skills in communication, collaboration, and self-reflection as part of learning about and raising their emotional intelligence. Finally, members will learn about escapism and its impact of game / life balance.
There is also a physical component to competitive esports that is an essential part of peak performance. Members will develop a healthy approach to gaming time, practice, and participation. Techniques to relieve eye strain and hand fatigue will be taught and practiced. In addition, back and neck stretches and leg stretching will be emphasized.
Rounding out the physical, members will practice their reaction time and eye hand coordination. Finally, good nutrition will be a part of the esports program.
Esports Club Edition
The Club edition of the esports program is designed as a more causal experience, focusing on the key elements of healthy play and learning the games. Members in this program will practice both the gameplay to move them into the competition program and the techniques for healthy mental and physical participation.
Introduction to Esports
Members will learn what esports are, how to setup the games, some basic exercises, and will practice the first game session.
This will be a core practice with game practice and player analysis and review.
Round Robin Practice
In this practice session players will work to play every other player in the group. They will keep track of the wins and losses.
King of the Hill Practice
In this practice session, players will claim a station and the winner will stay while the challengers will cycle in and out of the games.
This will be the first recorded tournament to practice play, reporting, and motivation of the team and other players.
Play Your Weakness Practice
This practice will center around analysis and reflection. Players will target their weaknesses and work to improve their game skills.
Play Your Challenge Practice
This practice will challenge the players to play as the opponent, loadout, or style that gives them the most trouble.
Tournament Prep Practice
In this practice players will prepare for the Session 9 tournament. They will develop their strategy, counters, and plan for tournament play.
This is the big tournament of the program. Setup a tournament and play through to choose the Club champion.
Awards and Recognition
This is the final session of the program, players will be awarded based on tournament results, improvement, teamwork, and contribution. Free play will follow.