DCSD High Schools Have Esports, the Newest and Officially Sanctioned Activity Under CHSAA

DCSD High Schools Have Esports, the Newest and Officially Sanctioned Activity Under CHSAA
Posted on 01/17/2023
Esports made its debut in DCSD about a year ago. Esports is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world and one of the fastest-growing activities in DCSD. Esports are organized competitive video gaming, which involves strategy, strong hand-eye coordination, and teamwork. Teams compete against each other in tournaments. Consoles such as the Nintendo Switch make up most of the devices. Other events require personal computers that are capable of running the software. Internet speed and connection are important to the success of the program. Current popular and CHSAA-sanctioned games include Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, League of Legends, Rocket League, Mario Kart, Splatoon, Hearthstone, Madden 23, and NBA 2k3.

There are two 8-week seasons with three weeks of playoffs and a championship. The first season starts in the fall shortly after school begins. The other season begins right after winter break. Like other sports, a coach is vital to the program and makes sure players get connected, understand the rules and play professionally, in addition to fundraising, creating uniforms, and keeping equipment running and in good shape.
 
Esports allows students with all levels of abilities to participate. Students with physical and mental limitations compete right alongside their peers. Some DCSD schools have a Unified esports team, which further promotes acceptance for all students in the activity. Esports often appeal to students who have never participated in a high school activity before. After a semester of esports, they tend to try other opportunities at school. It improves their social skills and willingness to put themselves out there to take a chance on other passions. Esports is underway at all nine traditional high schools. Congratulations to Chaparral High School for placing 2nd in the state in esports in the CHSAA Colorado League of Legends. Castle View High School made the quarterfinals for the State CHSAA Rocket League.

young man playing a game participating in esports
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