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PlayVS Fall 2022 Coach Notes

Our weekly newsletter to let you know about league updates and announcements

Dec 19, 2022

December 19, 2022

What's New
Happy Holidays! The PlayVS office will be closed to observe the holiday season, 12/23/22 - 1/2/23. Please be advised that support will be limited during that time.

Game Reminders

December 12, 2022

What's New

Game Reminders

  • Spring ‘23: Spring Enrollment is Open!
  • Fall '22 Finals & Playoffs: To prepare for finals, please review the recently updated Playoffs & Championship Schedule. In addition, we recommend coaches to view their league's full bracket schedule.
  • Championship Game Format Changes: For Championship matches only, some titles will change their Best-of format.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate™ - changes to “Best of 5” games in “Best of 3” series
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - changes from “Best of 3” to “Best of 5”
  • Mario Kart: Wave 3 DLC releases December 7th, 2022. While this DLC is not required for playoffs, if during random race selection, if any player owns the DLC, then those tracks will be available as a race track selection.
  • Tiebreakers: PlayVS Scoring and tiebreakers information can be found in the PlayVS Tiebreakers FAQ.
  • Game Results/Match Reporting: We ask that the winning team’s coach submit the match results within 1 hour of match completion. Coaches are a crucial part in making sure the Playoff Brackets continue to progress. Any matches without scores submitted will be settled by League Officials so the playoffs can continue.
  • Support: Support@playvs.com is the best place to contact for game disputes, coach questions, connectivity concerns, and feedback overall. Please reach out to us anytime!

Season Dates

Roster Lock Dates

  • Colorado CHSAA: Currently locked
  • Massachusetts MSAA: Currently locked
  • Most Leagues: Currently locked
  • NBA2K: Currently locked

December 5, 2022

What's New

Championship Game Format Changes For Championship matches only, some titles will change their Best-of format.

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate™ - changes to “Best of 5” games in “Best of 3” series 
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - changes from “Best of 3” to “Best of 5”

Game Reminders

Spring ‘23 Spring Enrollment is Open!

Fall ‘22 Finals & Playoffs To prepare for finals, please review the recently updated Playoffs & Championship Schedule. In addition, we recommend coaches to view their league's full bracket schedule. 

Mario Kart Wave 3 DLC releases December 7th, 2022. While this DLC is not required for playoffs, if during random race selection, if any player owns the DLC, then those tracks will be available as a race track selection.

Tiebreakers PlayVS Scoring and tiebreakers information can be found in the PlayVS Tiebreakers FAQ.

Game Results/Match Reporting We ask that the winning team’s coach submit the match results within 1 hour of match completion. Coaches are a crucial part in making sure the Playoff Brackets continue to progress. Any matches without scores submitted will be settled by League Officials so the playoffs can continue. 

Support
Support@playvs.com is the best place to contact for game disputes, coach questions, connectivity concerns, and feedback overall. Please reach out to us anytime!

Season Dates

Roster Lock Dates

  • Colorado CHSAA: Currently locked
  • Massachusetts MSAA: Currently locked
  • Most Leagues: Currently locked
  • NBA2K: Currently locked

November 28, 2022

What's New

Game Reminders

  • Spring ‘23: Spring Enrollment is Open!
  • Playoffs: Review the Playoffs Start Dates and the Championship Schedule as we continue to add new details! Reminder to please check out this section in particular for your full playoffs schedule. Any playoff match that requires a reschedule must be completed, played and match results submitted within 24 hours of the originally scheduled date and time.
  • Mario Kart: Wave 3 DLC releases December 7th, 2022. While this DLC is not required for playoffs, if during random race selection, if any player owns the DLC, then those tracks will be available as a race track selection.
  • NBA 2K: Due to the highly limited time frame for Playoffs involving consecutive game days for brackets progress, playoff matches will not be rescheduled. It is important that all matches be completed with results submitted on the day they are expected to play.
  • Tiebreakers: PlayVS Scoring and tiebreakers information can be found in the PlayVS Tiebreakers FAQ.
  • Support: Support@playvs.com is the best place to contact for game disputes, coach questions, connectivity concerns, and feedback overall. Please reach out to us anytime!

Season Dates
Roster Lock Dates

  • Colorado CHSAA: Currently locked
  • Massachusetts MSAA: Currently locked
  • Most Leagues: Currently locked
  • NBA2K: Currently locked

November 21, 2022

What’s New 

Congratulations to all playoff finalists! We’ve added minor updates to Playoffs Start Dates. Also, in the Championship Schedule, you’ll find broadcast times and addresses for the championship matches. Please check both articles as we continue to add new details.

Playoff Brackets Our team is currently in the process of finalizing standings and seeding teams appropriately. Some leagues have already been seeded and we will continue this process through the week. Coaches and teams can expect to see their playoff brackets in their dashboard before the Thanksgiving break for leagues that have completed their regular season.

Playoff Reminders Due to the length of period for playoffs to take place before finals, playoff matches will occur on different days of the week than the regular season. Teams that win their matches may also be required to play multiple times in a week as they progress through the playoffs. Coaches can prepare ahead of time by following the steps here, in order to view your league's full bracket schedule. 

League of Legends  Patch 12.22 notes from Riot on 11/16 introduced some new items, objectives, and in-game mechanics. PlayVS highly recommends having your players practice with this new update as these changes will be included in the upcoming League of Legends Playoffs.

Game Reminders

Spring ‘23 Spring Enrollment is Open!

NBA 2K
Due to the highly limited time frame for Playoffs involving consecutive game days for brackets progress, playoff matches will not be rescheduled. It is important that all matches be completed with results submitted on the day they are expected to play. 

League of Legends If the lobby code for game 1, 2, or 3 are not automatically generated, please follow the custom game format listed in the Game Day Protocol.

Tiebreakers PlayVS Scoring and tiebreakers information can be found in the PlayVS Tiebreakers FAQ.

Support Support@playvs.com is the best place to contact for game disputes, coach questions, connectivity concerns, and feedback overall. Please reach out!

Office Closure The PlayVS Staff will be on holiday for the Thanksgiving holiday November 24th & 25th.  Any tickets to the Customer Experience team will be addressed upon return November 28th.

Season Dates

Roster Lock Dates

  • Colorado CHSAA: Currently locked
  • Massachusetts MSAA: Currently locked
  • All Other Leagues (except NBA2K): 11/20/22 at 11:59 PM League Time
  • NBA2K: 11/27/22 at 11:59 PM League Time

November 14, 2022

What’s New 

Playoffs & Championships: We’ve released the Fall '22 Playoff Start Dates and the Championships Broadcast Schedule! Please also review How Playoffs Brackets are Determined and Scheduled. Good luck teams!

End of Season Matches/Reschedule Requests: The dates below represent the last day that all matches must be completed by and results entered to be properly recorded. For any questions, please reach out to Customer Experience.

  • League of Legends - 11/16
    - (BCSS League of Legends - 11/22)
  • Splatoon 3 - 11/16
  • Smash Ultimate - 11/17
  • Hearthstone - 11/18
  • Madden - 11/18
  • Mario Kart 8 - 11/18
  • Rocket League 11/18
  • NBA 2k - 12/01

Game Reminders

Support@playvs.com is the best place to contact for game disputes, coach questions, connectivity concerns, and feedback overall. Please reach out to us at anytime!

Season Dates

Roster Lock Dates

  • Colorado CHSAA: Currently locked
  • Massachusetts MSAA: Currently locked
  • All Other Leagues (except NBA2K): 11/20/22 at 11:59 PM League Time
  • NBA2K: 11/27/22 at 11:59 PM League Time

November 7, 2022

What’s New 

Game Reminders 

  • Contact Us: Support@playvs.com is the best place to contact for game disputes, coach questions, connectivity concerns, and feedback overall. Please reach out to us at anytime!
  • All Games:All starting players must be registered to a team and must have title specific accounts connected before scheduled matches are to begin. (Section 3.3 High School Competition Rulebook).

Season Dates

Roster Lock Dates

  • Colorado CHSAA: Currently locked
  • Massachusetts MSAA: 11/13/22 at 11:59 PM League Time
  • All Other Leagues (except NBA2K): 11/20/22 at 11:59 PM League Time
  • NBA2K: 11/27/22 at 11:59 PM League Time

October 31, 2022

What’s New 

Game Reminders

  • Contact Us: We’re the best place to contact for game disputes, coach questions, connectivity concerns, and feedback overall. Please reach out to us at anytime at support@playvs.com!
  • All Games: All starting players must be registered to a team and must have title specific accounts connected before scheduled matches are to begin. (Section 3.3 High School Competition Rulebook)
  • Splatoon 3: Nintendo temporarily removed "Rain Maker" mode.  Due to this, play should continue as normal and move on to the next game mode listed in our Rulebook and Game Day Protocol. In the event that Game 5 needs to be played, then "Turf War" should be used as the final game mode.  We will update once the map has returned and is available for play.
  • Game Spectating: Reminder that Spectating is only allowed if both coaches agree to it within the games, however spectating of any form is not allowed with any Nintendo titles.

Season Dates

Roster Lock Dates

  • Colorado CHSAA: 10/30/22 at 11:59 PM League Time
  • Massachusetts MSAA: 11/13/22 at 11:59 PM League Time
  • All Other Leagues (except NBA2K): 11/20/22 at 11:59 PM League Time
  • NBA2K: 11/27/22 at 11:59 PM League Time

October 24, 2022

What’s New 

  • Nintendo Connection Issues: If you have experienced issues with Nintendo game competitions in regards to connections, please fill out this form to help us gather the needed information to share with Nintendo.
  • Spring ‘23 Schedule: The Spring ‘23 schedule is here! We will be adding more information throughout the Fall season. Please check back for updates! 

Game Reminders

  • All Games: All starting players must be registered to a team and must have title specific accounts connected before scheduled matches are to begin. (Section 3.3 High School Competition Rulebook)
  • Coach Expectations: Coaches are required to be present for all matches.  This will allow for coaches to discuss any issues to resolution or reach out to the Customer Experience team if needed.
  • Tiebreakers & Standings: PlayVS Tiebreakers and Standings FAQ’s 

Season Dates

Roster Lock Dates

  • Colorado CHSAA: 10/30/22 at 11:59 PM League Time
  • Massachusetts MSAA: 11/13/22 at 11:59 PM League Time
  • All Other Leagues (except NBA2K): 11/20/22 at 11:59 PM League Time
  • NBA2K: 11/27/22 at 11:59 PM League Time

October 17, 2022

Game Reminders

  • Fall Changes: Find a summary of most Fall 22 Rule Changes here!
  • Smart Scheduler: To maximize playtime for all players, please familiarize your team with the Smart Scheduler Overview. If your opponent forfeits before your match begins, then your team will need to join the queue to find another opponent. Coaches must join the Match Queue to find an opponent, not team captains or other students. Team starting rosters will need to be filled 30 minutes prior to their match start time.  Empty or partial rosters will result in a forfeit with the Smart Scheduler as the team will be seen as not prepared.
  • Pre Match: IT Support  Find this season’s IT checklists here in the article for Hardware Network Specifications (Inclusion Lists).

October 10, 2022

Game Reminders

  • Fall Changes: Find a summary of most Fall 22 Rule Changes here!
  • Smart Scheduler: To maximize playtime for all players, please familiarize your team with the Smart Scheduler Overview. If your opponent forfeits before your match begins, then your team will need to join the queue to find another opponent. Coaches must join the Match Queue to find an opponent, not team captains or other students. Team starting rosters will need to be filled 30 minutes prior to their match start time.  Empty or partial rosters will result in a forfeit with the Smart Scheduler as the team will be seen as not prepared.
  • Pre Match: IT Support  Find this season’s IT checklists here in the article for Hardware Network Specifications (Inclusion Lists).

Season Dates

October 3, 2022

What’s New

  • Splatoon 3: In-Game Requirements To Join - Players must have completed the in-game tutorial and played at least one (1) online initial turf war match in order to get the prompt to create a Player ID and join custom lobbies.  If a player has not completed these in-game steps, they will be unable to join a custom lobby as needed to participate in a match.
  • Pre Match: IT Support  - Find this season’s IT checklists here in the article for Hardware Network Specifications (Inclusion Lists).
  • Chat with us about your PlayVS experience to earn an Amazon gift card! - We are currently recruiting coaches to participate in user experience research, 1:1 for 45 minute interviews conducted over Google Meet. This is an opportunity for us to better understand your experience with PlayVS! All coaches who participate receive a $50 Amazon gift card as a thank you for your time!. If interested, please fill out this form: https://playvs022936.typeform.com/to/FjJjwMxp

Game Reminders

  • League of Legends: Best of 3
  • Rocket League: Best of 5
  • Fall Changes: Find a summary of most Fall 22 Rule Changes here!
  • Smart Scheduler: To maximize playtime for all players, please familiarize your team with the Smart Scheduler Overview. If your opponent forfeits before your match begins, then your team will need to join the queue to find another opponent. Coaches must join the Match Queue to find an opponent, not team captains or other students. Team starting rosters will need to be filled 30 minutes prior to their match start time.  Empty or partial rosters will result in a forfeit with the Smart Scheduler as the team will be seen as not prepared.

September 26, 2022

Game Reminders

  • Fall Changes: We've highlighted the major Fall 22 Rule Changes here!
  • Account Names: Ready up for gameday and make sure your in-game names match the connected account names of PlayVS. This ensures your team's attendance and prevents potential match disputes.
  • Smart Scheduler: To maximize playtime for all players, teams will be using new game schedule setup instructions this Fall 22 season! Please familiarize your team with the Smart Scheduler Overview.
  • Coaches must set up the Smart Scheduler, not team captains or other students.
  • The team starting rosters will need to be filled 30 minutes prior to their match start time.  Empty or partial rosters will result in a forfeit with the Smart Scheduler as the team will be seen as not prepared.

September 19, 2022

What's New

Game Reminders

  • Smart Scheduler: To maximize playtime for all players, teams will be using new game schedule setup instructions this Fall 22 season! Please familiarize your team with the Smart Scheduler Overview.
  • Only a coach from the school is able to queue up the team with the Smart Scheduler, not team captains or other students.
  • For all Fall ‘22 rule changes in one place, Coach Notes has you covered with the Fall Rule Changes Summary Article.

Season Dates

September 13, 2022

What's New

  • Fall 22 Rule Changes Summary Article - Summary of rule additions, updates, & changes across all titles for the Fall 22 season.
  • PlayVS Tiebreakers FAQ - If teams are tied, PlayVS will use the tiebreaker system to determine mid-season rank, weekly match pairing, and playoff seedings. We have updated the system for the Fall 2022 season.
  • Registration Deadline Extended - We’re moving our Fall season registration deadline back a few days to September 21!

Preseason Reminders

Please familiarize your team with the Smart Scheduler Overview.

  • This feature will be utilized for each game throughout the season to ensure maximum playtime for all teams.
  • On game day, schools with multiple teams in the same esport will need to have separate tabs open for each team and join the queue for each team.
  • Important: If your team does not have a full roster, you will not be able to join the match queue.

Game Reminders

  • Splatoon 3 Preseason begins this week! -After you have installed Splatoon 3 please ensure your players have played through the tutorial, their first match of turf war, and set their nickname in game. These steps are required to unlock the ability to create and join private/custom matches.
  • League Unlocked -The League Unlocked issue from last week was resolved by Riot and we start submitting your players for League Unlock on Monday, 9/12.
  • League of Legends -Games this season will be a Best of 3 format.

September 6, 2022

What's New

  • New Navigation - We consolidated and simplified site navigation into a single panel on the left-hand side of the page.
  • New School Billing Page - We updated the School Billing page to let you view and track your players' passes at-a-glance, as well as information about your school's annual plan, including player pack size, enrollment dates, and how passes work.
  • The Smart Scheduler is a new scheduling method used this season to allow for adaptability and flexibility.  More information can be found here

Preseason Reminders

  • All teams planning to compete this week will need to join the match queue to be paired up with an opponent.  Details on the smart scheduler and how to join the match queue can be found here
  • Note: If your team does not have a full roster you will not be able to join the match queue. 

Game Reminders

  • League of Legends -  Preseason will be Blind pick and not use the lobby code. Champion Unlock will occur on a weekly basis leading up to the start of the season.
  • Game Rulebooks - Game Rulebooks and Game Day protocols are posted in the Game Rules Collection. NBA 2K23 and Splatoon 3 rulebooks and game-day protocols will be updated after the launch day of these games. 
  • NBA2K 23 - due to the game release, a separate schedule will be available for NBA2K. 
  • Splatoon 3 - due to the game release, Splatoon will have a shorter preseason session.  Key distribution will not begin until after the release of the game on Sept 9th.

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