Level Up Your Game

YMCA eSports is a competitive program that allows kids the opportunity to come together and enjoy playing videogames as a team or individually in a positive, safe, and inclusive environment.

Electronic sports, known commonly nowadays as “esports,” is an activity that keeps youth engaged and connected, and is quickly becoming one of the most popular experiences for boys and girls of all ages. In fact, within the last few years, 125+ higher education institutions have created collegiate esports programs, and more than 30 colleges and universities around the US offer scholarships for gamers! Through the Y’s eSports program, children and teens are welcome to be who they are, excel at what they love, and develop skills that help them grow into thriving adults.

Current Season Info

Season Dates

September 14 – November 12

Availability

Available for kids ages 12 years and older whose family are current Y members.

Practices

Grades 6–8: Tuesdays, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Grades 9–12: Wednesdays, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Games

Playoffs based on scores achieved during the week will take place on Fridays from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Program Overview

YMCA eSports is a virtual and in-person program for kids and teens to stay connected, make friends, and learn new skills! Participants can develop their communication, collaboration, and critical-thinking skills in an individual or team environment all while having a blast.

Teamwork

Gaming involves working together on a team to complete a task, goal, or objective. Players will learn how to be able to differentiate when they should take the lead and when to follow others for the overall good of the group.

Online Safety

Games are monitored by an adult Y team member at all times in a safe environment. All identities will be known of everyone who is playing together, eliminating the “stranger danger” that is often seen in online communities.

Leadership

Teams are successful when there is a leader offering guidance and delegating tasks. Leaders can shift from minute to minute in fast-paced games, and players should be ready to take on the challenge.

Equity Focus

All players can come to the table with the same opportunities. Playing behind the screen can help to eliminate bias and any preconceived stereotypes. Instead, we promote an encouraging, inclusive environment where everyone can succeed.

Individual Growth

Of course gaming with a team helps kids learn about working in a group, but not every game will be a team cooperative. At times, players will need to rely on their own skills, which will help boost their own self-confidence as they improve over time.

Locations

Our eSports program will only be available at select locations as we roll out this exciting new offering. Please check back to see if your family center is added at a later date if it’s currently not listed.

Dr. P. Phillips YMCA

7000 Dr Phillips Blvd.,
Orlando, FL 32819
407-351-9417

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