Get the game started with our competitive esports leagues with beginner, intermediate, and advances levels with games such a Super Smash Bros, Rocket League, and NBA 2K21.

Esports is a competitive sport through a video game requiring the use of strategy, collaboration, communication, and problem-solving skills to achieve individual or team success. And it’s bigger than ‘just gaming’. Esports allows teens to be engaged in a non-traditional sports program.

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Esports will be available for youth ages 9 - 17. Youth will compete against other YMCA Participants in a supervised setting.

  • Develop Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills
  • Boosts Self-Confidence
  • Opportunity to Connect with Friends
  • Improves Hand-Eye Coordination

Check out our experimental 3-week open play league at the Bayer YMCA and Carondelet Park Rec Complex. This 3-week session allows teens, ages 11 -14, the opportunity to play for free while helping us test out our gaming platform and equipment. The program runs from November 30 - December 18, 2020. 



Leagues will focus on playing Super Smash Bros, Rocket League, and NBA 2K21.

Console based play

  • Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PlayStation

PC based play

  • Monitor, PC, keyboard, headset w/ microphone, mouse (hardwired)


No, all equipment needed will be supplied by the YMCA.

Fees are based upon level.

Beginner: Console Based Play

  • Fall: $60
  • Winter: $60
  • Summer: $45
    • Includes: Jersey, Console, Controller, Games, Chair, 1 Tournament

Intermediate: Console/Beginner PC Based Play

  • Fall: $75
  • Winter: $75
  • Summer: $60
    • Includes: Jersey, Console, Controller, Games, Chair, Keyboard, Mouse, Headset w/ microphone, 1 Tournament

Advanced: PC Based Play

  • Fall: $150
  • Winter: $150
  • Summer: $135
    • Includes: Upgraded Jersey, PC, Games, Chair, Keyboard, Mouse, Headset w/ microphone, 2 Tournaments

YMCA Esports is the development of values through a progressive program stressing skill development, fun, physical fitness, and friendly competition.  All youth have an opportunity to play and families are encouraged to participate. Additional benefits include:

  • Improved hand-eye coordination
  • Improved attention & visual acuity
  • Improved basic visual processing and executive function
  • Problem-solving & strategy skill development
  • 71% of parents report gaming having net positive effects for children
  • Boosts self-confidence and player socialization
  • 54% of gamers say gaming helps them connect with friends
  • At least ten St. Louis area high schools compete in the top national high school Esports league
  • In the span of just five years, over 125 higher education institutions have created varsity collegiate Esports programs including three locally - Maryville, Fontbonne, and St. Louis Universities
  • More than thirty U.S. colleges and universities offer scholarships for gamers

Another component of our Esports program will be for teens to learn how to build gaming PCs. This element of the program is designed to give our participants new skills that will benefit them as they age along with giving accountability to the ownership of the program.

Yes, this program is only available to Y members. For more information on membership please click here

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are one of the most important elements in an Esports program. Volunteers will work closely with players and coaches to identify strengths and areas for growth and make sure everyone is playing their best while having fun. 

Volunteers are needed at our Carondelet Park Rec Complex and Bayer YMCA. Apply Today!