You have students in your building right now that are not engaged in their school community and do not participate in any school functions or activities.  How would you like to change that?  Consider starting an esports team or club!

Approximately 45% of students who participate in esports have never participated in any sort of extra-curricular activity!

The Michigan High School Esports League (MHSEL) can help. Our league is in its third year of operation and we are growing and reaching schools all across the state. We would love to have your school join us this fall season which starts on September 26th. The students are already playing the games on their own, so why not offer a safe and collaborative environment where students can practice and compete, all while practicing skills related to communication, strategy, teamwork and more? Whether students’ interests are in competing, social media, shoutcasting, production, design, analytics, or just spending time with friends — high school esports provides students with a sense of connection to their school while exploring curricular and career development. It’s also one of the only coed varsity sports a school can offer! 

MHSEL offers more than just competitive, online gameplay between schools. We also offer in-person state championships for both fall and spring seasons (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 articles) and run additional tournament opportunities (Pistons GT Tournament). For the 2022-23 school year, MHSEL plans to increase offerings to include more tournaments, clinical sessions, and other events listed below:

  • Explore Esports, a one-day conference with semi-final matches that will precede the Fall 2022 Season State Championships at Oakland University on December 9 & 10!
  • Rocket League Tournament @ WMU on October 29
  • Super Smash Bros. Tournament @ Divine Child High School in March 2023
  • Esports on the Floor at Little Caesars Arena with the Detroit Pistons GT in February 2023
  • Virtual Strategy Session for Players via Twitch
  • And more!

The season is almost here, but it’s not too late to join.  The Preseason started this week, but there is still time to get enrolled and competing for the regular season. The enrollment deadline for the Fall 2022 season is September 16th.

So how do you know if students are even interested in esports at your school? Use this survey and find out!  If students know this is an option, they will spread the word and find others who are interested.  

What about a coach? Our platform partner PlayVS makes it easy for an adult that has little to no knowledge on esports to coach a team. Students are experts in most of the game titles, let them take on a leadership role. Students simply need a responsible adult who can monitor and communicate league and match info in the computer lab/classroom where the competitions will take place. There are many resources available to support coaches on our webpage

If you want to learn more about getting started, please join us for our upcoming free Intro to Esports 101 webinar on Wednesday, September 7th at 3:00 PM.  Click here to register!

At MHSEL, we want to make this opportunity possible for your school and, more importantly, your students, and we would love to have you be a part of MHSEL, where gamers become athletes! 

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By Ryan Cayce, Director of Esports, MHSEL