Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 10/10/2019 - 6:30 PM
Category: APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
Type: Action
Subject: VHSL Esports Pilot for the Spring
ACPS Division Objective :
Objective 3
We will improve opportunity and achievement.
Policy:
Enclosure:
File Attachment:
Summary: The Virginia High School League (VHSL) Executive Committee approved a one-year pilot program for esports at its May 2019 meeting. Esports competitions have grown in recent years and many high school students are engaging in cooperative, collaborative, and competitive activities on their own. The VHSL will use PlayVS as the esports platform provider. PlayVS is the official esports partner of the National Federation of State High School Associations, and works with several other state associations to provide esports programming for their students.

Students maintain eligibility to participate as other students in VHSL activities. Practices and competitions happen after school in a supervised environment. No travel is necessary, competitions occur online. Three game titles will be offered; League of Legends, Rocket League, and SMITE. In the pilot year, schools may enter more than one team (comprised of different students) in each game title competition. Two seasons will be offered: Season One – October to January; and Season Two – TBD. All three high schools will be piloting their participation during Season Two.

More Information can be found at the VHSL website dedicated to Esports: https://www.vhsl.org/esports/
Funding: Cost per student is $64 per game title, per season. Schools coordinate payment of fees directly with PlayVS.
Recommendation: Receive for information.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jay Thomas - Director of Secondary Education
Signed By:
Debora Collins - Deputy Superintendent
Signed By:
Dr. Matthew Haas - Superintendent