YMCA of Youngstown





Level Up Your Game

eSports League

When: Starting January 12th

Youth 9-12 yrs: 5pm-6:20pm (Game Rating E for Everyone)

Teens 13-17 yrs: 6:30pm-8pm (Game Rating E for Everyone and T for Teen)

20 person max per group, Members $30/Non-Members $60

Ages 9-12, Thursdays

Time: 5:00pm-6:20pm

Location: Davis Family Y, Community Room 

Ages 13-17, Thursdays

Time: 6:30pm-8pm

Location: Davis Family Y, Community Room 

Youngstown eSport

What is eSports?

eSports is video game competition for individuals and teams. Gamers in the Y’s leagues and tournaments will enjoy game play in Rocket League, Madden, Smash, Fortnite, Pokemon, NBA2K, FIFA and more!

As with all YMCA leagues, YMCA eSports will encourage and promote healthy kids, families and communities by placing a priority on involvement, healthy competition rather than rivalry, the value of participation over winning, team-building as well as individual development, a positive self-image and mutual respect for others.

eSports Club: $35 Member /$60 Non-Member (per session)

video game controller

Types of Play

OPEN: “Drop in” online or at a Y gaming center to play other Y gamers during regularly scheduled times. *must be registered
TEAMS: Form teams to compete in area leagues.
LEAGUE: Compete against other Ys in the area. Top teams will compete in Regional and National Championships! TBD
Multi-platform gaming including PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Switch. Games include NBA 2K, Fortnite, Super Smash Bros. and more!

eSports League

Benefits of Video Games

  • Boosts eye-hand coordination
  • Increases problem-solving skills
  • Boosts self-confidence and player socialization
  • Critical Thinking
  • Improves attention and visual acuity
  • Improves basic visual processing and executive function
  • Problem-solving and strategy skill development

eSports at the Y Promotes

Games often involve working together on a team to complete a task, goal or objective. Players must be able to differentiate when to take the lead and when to follow for the overall good of the group.

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.

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

Of course, playing on a team develops social skills, working in a group and more, but not every game will be a team cooperative. At times, players will need to rely on their own skills, which helps boost confidence. There is multitude of opportunity for youth to grow and thrive.

All players can come to the table with the same set of skills and opportunity. Playing behind the screen eliminates bias and any preconceived notions players may have for or against one another. Instead, we promote a positive, inclusive environment where everyone can succeed.

Frequently Asked Questions

– Why should I support my child in their interest of gaming and eSports?
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. 

-Does the YMCA supply equipment?
YMCA of Youngstown will supply some equipment, but All players will be encouraged supply their own equipment for eSports league and tournaments. Systems can include Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PlayStation or PC.

-What will my student be learning? 
We will talk weekly about online safety, teamwork, leadership and career advancement in the field. 


We would like to thank the Youngstown Rotary Club for supporting the esports league.

Youngstown Rotary Club