Get the game started with our competitive Esports leagues for all levels with games such a Super Smash Bros, Rocket League, and Fortnite.

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.

Find a Team Near You!

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

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For more information contact:
Timolyn Hardy
Melody Kensinger at the Carondelet Park Rec Complex
Caitlyn Dorion at the Bayer YMCA
Martez Adams at the O'Fallon Park Rec Complex

  • Develop Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills
  • Boosts Self-Confidence
  • Opportunity to Connect with Friends
  • Improves Hand-Eye Coordination
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Leagues will focus on playing Super Smash Bros, Rocket League, and Fortnite.

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Console based play

  • Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PlayStation

PC based play

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

 

All equipment needed will be supplied by the YMCA for team members who participate at the Bayer YMCA, the Carondelet Park Rec Complex, and the O'Fallon Park Rec Complex. 

We do offer the option for virtual play, those team members will need to provide their own equipment for play at home. 

 

Fees include a team jersey, a tournament with medals, and coaching.

  • Fall: $85
  • Winter: $85
  • Summer: $85

Register here for Carondelet Park Rec Complex

Register here for O'Fallon Park Rec Complex

Register here for Bayer YMCA

 

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

Yes! We have options for teens to join or Esports League as a virtual team member. Virtual team members will need to have equipment available at their homes or place of play.

For more information on how to join as a virtual team member please contact, Timolyn Hardy.

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!

 

Thank you to our sponsors! 

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