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PlayVS Spring 2022 Coach Notes

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

May 02, 2022

May 2, 2022

What's New

Game Reminders

  • NBA 2K22 Spring Tournament
    - May 16-28
    - Register before May 8
  • PlayVS Cup
    - May 16-28
    - Participation in this tournament is FREE
    - Random seeding into a single-elimination bracket
    - Spring Champions to be sent invites May 3rd.
  • Championship title formats:
    - Rocket League is Best-of-7
    - League of Legends is Best-of-3
    - Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate is Best-of-5
    - Madden is Best-of-5
    - Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe is Best–of-5
    - Hearthstone remains a Best-of-5
    - Splatoon™ 2 remains a Best-of-5

April 25, 2022

What's New

Many teams will compete in finals this week! For all finals info, more details have been added to the Championships Article!

Game Reminders

  • NBA 2K22 Spring Tournament will take place May 16-28! 
    - Register before May 8! 
  • PlayVS Cup is also coming next month, May 23-28! 
    - Participation in the tournament is FREE!
  • Some playoff formats are different from the regular season format:
    - Rocket League is Best-of-7
    - League of Legends is Best-of-3
  • Championship formats  are also different from the regular season format:
    - Rocket League is Best-of-7
    - League of Legends is Best-of-3
    - Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate is Best-of-5
    - Madden is Best-of-5
    - Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe is Best–of-5
    - Hearthstone remains a Best-of-5
    - Splatoon™ 2 remains a Best-of-5

April 18, 2022

What's New

Congrats to all the Spring ‘22 finalists!

Game Reminders

  • NBA 2K22 Spring Tournament sign-ups are live - registration deadline is May 8!
    - The 2K22 tournament will coincide with the 2022 PlayVS Cup taking place May 23 - May 28.
    - Participation in the tournament is FREE!
  • Playoff formats for some games are different from the regular season format:
    - Rocket League is Best-of-7
    - League of Legends is Best-of-3

Season Dates

  • Playoffs: April 18, 2022 - April 27, 2022
  • Spring Championships: April 28, 2022 - April 30, 2022

April 11, 2022

What's New

  • PlayVS Cup Invite information will be sent out this week for Fall 2021 Champion teams. Be sure to keep an eye out for this invitation!

Game Reminders

Season Dates

  • Regular Season: February 21, 2022 - April 15, 2022
  • Playoffs: April 18, 2022 - April 27, 2022
  • Spring Championships: April 28, 2022 - April 30, 2022
    - Note: Some states will have specific state championship dates beyond April 30, 2022 and may include an in-person event. A full schedule will be available soon.  
  • More details can be found here.
    - Note: Oklahoma and New Mexico follow a different schedule.

April 4, 2022

Game Reminders

Any rescheduled  matches must be reported as noted below:

  • April 8th: NMAA & OSSAA
  • April 15th All Other States/Regions

Roster Lock Dates:  Finalize your roster before these lock dates:

  • April 4: NMAA & OSSAA 
  • April 11: All Other States/ Regions
  • April 15: CIAC 
  • April 18: MHSAA & MPA 

Season Dates

  • Regular Season: February 21, 2022 - April 15, 2022
  • Playoffs: April 18, 2022 - April 27, 2022
  • Spring Championships: April 28, 2022 - April 30, 2022
  • Note: Some states will have specific state championship dates beyond April 30, 2022 and may include an in-person event. A full schedule will be available soon.  
  • More details can be found here.
  • Note: Oklahoma and New Mexico follow a different schedule.

March 28, 2022

What's New

  • Configure notifications for only one of your teams or all your teams, turn off/on email notifications, and choose which email PlayVS will send notifications to. Visit the "Notifications" tab under your Account Settings
  • Some states have different playoff start dates, such as New Mexico and Virginia.

Game Reminders

  • Reminder for the last week of the season, matches would need to be played and results recorded by end of day as indicated below. Any Quarantined matches beyond this date will be settled and cannot be changed.
    - NMAA/OSSAA - April 8th
    - All Other States/Regions - April 15th
  • Roster Lock Dates: 
    - April 4: NMAA & OSSAA 
    - April 11: All Other States/ Regions

Season Dates

  • Regular Season: February 21, 2022 - April 15, 2022
  • Spring Break: Most teams will get the ability to designate a spring break week before the season starts
  • Playoffs: April 18, 2022 - April 27, 2022
  • Spring Championships: April 28, 2022 - April 30, 2022
    - Note: Some states will have specific state championship dates beyond April 30, 2022, and may include an in-person event. A full schedule will be available soon.  
  • More details can be found here.
  • Note: Oklahoma and New Mexico follow a different schedule.

March 21, 2022

Game Reminders

  • Reschedules: Matches can be rescheduled either up to 7 days before the originally scheduled game day or up to 6 days after the originally scheduled date. 
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  • Roster Lock Dates: 
    - April 4: NMAA & OSSAA
    - April 11: All Other Regions/States
  • Rocket League: If your players are using Steam for Rocket League, have your students change their Steam name to match their Epic display name. This will help avoid match disputes.
  • Lobby Chat: Coaches should be readily available for match lobby chat during the duration of the match to help address coach to coach concerns and help avoid potential disputes.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Omega & Battlefield variation stages are not permitted. For extra clarity, check out the stage section of the rulebook.
Season Dates
  • Regular Season: February 21, 2022 - April 15, 2022
  • Spring Break: Most teams will get the ability to designate a spring break week before the season starts
  • Playoffs: April 18, 2022 - April 27, 2022
  • Spring Championships: April 28, 2022 - April 30, 2022
    - Note: Some states will have specific state championship dates beyond April 30, 2022 and may include an in-person event. A full schedule will be available soon.  
  • More details can be found here.
  • Note: Oklahoma and New Mexico follow a different schedules.

March 14, 2022

What's New

Game Reminders
  • School break weeks will still show a match but the opponent will be “TBD”. Don’t worry! This is just a temporary placeholder and not awaiting an opponent.
  • Rocket League is a best-of-5 format, the first team to 3 wins will win the match.
Season Dates
  • Regular Season: February 21, 2022 - April 15, 2022
  • Spring Break: Most teams will get the ability to designate a spring break week before the season starts
  • Playoffs: April 18, 2022 - April 27, 2022
  • Spring Championships: April 28, 2022 - April 30, 2022
  • More details can be found here.
  • Note: Oklahoma and New Mexico follow a different schedules.

March 7, 2022

What's New
Game Reminders
  • No custom playbooks, please! Find more info in section 3.3 of the Madden NFL 22 Rulebook.
  • The Super Smash Bros.  Ultimate Rulebook has been updated to include rules around picking stages a player has already won on. Find more info in section 1.6.3 of the Rulebook.

Season Dates
  • Regular Season: February 21, 2022 - April 15, 2022
  • Spring Break: Most teams will get the ability to designate a spring break week before the season starts
  • Playoffs: April 18, 2022 - April 27, 2022
  • Spring Championships: April 28, 2022 - April 30, 2022
  • More details can be found here.
  • Note: Oklahoma and New Mexico follow a different schedules.

February 28, 2022

What's New
Game Reminders
Season Dates
  • Regular Season: February 21, 2022 - April 15, 2022
  • Spring Break: Most teams will get the ability to designate a spring break week before the season starts
  • Playoffs: April 18, 2022 - April 27, 2022
  • Spring Championships: April 28, 2022 - April 30, 2022
  • More details can be found here.

Note: Oklahoma and New Mexico follow a different schedule.

February 22, 2022

What's New
Game Reminders
  • Don’t forget to submit your results for all matches as the Spring 2022 season is underway in all areas! More information on match results submissions found here!
  • Come game time, for all coach-to-coach communication, make sure you are using the Match Lobby Chat.
  • Reminder for Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate for Spring that not all 9 matches are required to be played.  Please review the game format and photo example in the Smash Game Day Protocol.
  • For League of Legends, make sure your student’s in-game Summoner name matches up with your team roster’s Summoner name. This will help you avoid game disputes and issues. This is mentioned in step 3 of the setup steps in the League of Legends Game Day Protocol.
Season Dates
  • Regular Season: February 21, 2022 - April 15, 2022
  • Spring Break: Most teams will get the ability to designate a spring break week before the season starts
  • Playoffs: April 18, 2022 - April 27, 2022
  • Spring Championships: April 28, 2022 - April 30, 2022
  • More details can be found here.

Note: Oklahoma and New Mexico follow a different schedule.

February 14, 2022

What's New
  • Enrollment may be over for the majority of schools (Oklahoma & New Mexico seasons are underway) but you can still scrimmage in any of our titles before official matches begin! For extra practice for both enrolled and unenrolled teams, set up a few Scrimmages
  • This week, Oklahoma begins their official season with Week 1 matches!
Game Reminders
Season Dates
  • Registration Deadline: February 11, 2022
  • Preseason: January 31, 2022 - February 18, 2022
  • Regular Season: February 21, 2022 - April 15, 2022
  • Spring Break: Most teams will get the ability to designate a spring break week before the season starts
  • Playoffs: April 18, 2022 - April 27, 2022
  • Spring Championships: April 28, 2022 - April 30, 2022
  • More details can be found here.
    Note: Oklahoma and New Mexico follow a different schedule.

February 7, 2022

What's New
Game Reminders
Article Updates
Season Dates
  • Registration Deadline: February 11, 2022
  • Preseason: January 31, 2022 - February 18, 2022
  • Regular Season: February 21, 2022 - April 15, 2022
  • Spring Break: Most teams will get the ability to designate a spring break week before the season starts
  • Playoffs: April 18, 2022 - April 27, 2022
  • Spring Championships: April 28, 2022 - April 30, 2022
  • More details can be found here.
    Note: Oklahoma and New Mexico follow a different schedule.

January 31, 2022

What's New

Everything you need to know to help you prep for the preseason:

  1. For enrollment help visit Spring Enrollment FAQ’s.
  2. For info on  seasonal changes, review our  Spring ‘22 Season Changes & Additions.
  3. For spring break, follow instructions from our spring break week designation guide.
Article Updates

To help with Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate, we included a graphic to help explain how wins work.  This can be found under Match Format in the Game Day Protocol Article.

Season Dates*
  • Registration Deadline: February 11, 2022
  • Preseason: January 31, 2022 - February 18, 2022
  • Regular Season: February 21, 2022 - April 15, 2022
  • Spring Break: Most teams will get the ability to designate a spring break week before the season starts
  • Playoffs: April 18, 2022 - April 27, 2022
  • Spring Championships: April 28, 2022 - April 30, 2022
  • More details can be found here.
    *NOTE: Oklahoma and New Mexico follow a different schedule.
Get Ready for the Spring Season

With the Spring 2022 season right around the corner, a lot of you will surely have some questions. How do I navigate the PlayVS platform? What are the match protocols this season? Where the heck do I even begin with coaching an esports program?

Don’t worry! PlayVS is here to help. 

We’ll be hosting two informational webinars before the Spring regular season begins on February 21. You bring the questions, we’ll bring the answers. 

Register for the session that works best for you below:
Click here to register for February 2 
Click here to register for February 10 

January 24, 2022

What’s New 

Next week, Monday January 31, marks Week 1 of Preseason

  1. For enrollment help, review Spring Enrollment FAQ’s.
  2. For seasonal changes, review Spring ‘22 Season Changes & Additions.
  3. For your spring break, follow instructions from spring break week designation.

If your team must opt out of preseason only, review how to Opt Out of Preseason.

New article for coaches, Create a Coach Account on PlayVS.


League Reminders

Reminder, our Nintendo Connectivity Troubleshooting article can be used for schools having trouble connecting or staying online with switch games.

 Helpful information for IT Administrators  can be found in our Network Specification List article; tips include information on making sure proper ports are on the network for competing, and more.

Article Updates
  • Over the years, there have been a number of nuances and practices that have evolved naturally to provide a great experience for players. We rounded up these best practices for you, check them out here in our new Coach Expectations Article.
  • To showcase the benefits of match lobby chat, we have added a video to our article, Introducing Match Lobby Chat. 
  • Some new titles have arrived for Spring enrollment! More information can be found in the League Rules section of the PlayVS Help Support Page.
Season Dates*
  • Registration Deadline: February 11, 2022
  • Preseason Dates: January 31, 2022 - February 18, 2022
  • Regular Season Dates: February 21, 2022 - April 15, 2022
  • Break: Most teams will get the ability to designate a spring break week before the season starts
  • Playoff Dates: April 18, 2022 - April 27, 2022
  • Spring Championship Dates: April 28, 2022 - April 30, 2022
  • More details can be found here.
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January 10, 2022

Happy New Year from our entire PlayVS team! 

We are kicking things off by sharing a few reminders and updates about our Spring 2022 season: 

What's New

Hearthstone Joins the Spring Roster

Pull up a chair by the hearth! We are happy to announce our official, exclusive license with Activision Blizzard and the addition of Hearthstone to our regional leagues starting this Spring season! Teams of 3 will compete in Hearthstone on Thursdays. You can learn more about Hearthstone here.

League Reminders

Season Dates 
  • Registration Deadline: February 11, 2022
  • Preseason Dates: January 31, 2022 - February 18, 2022
  • Regular Season Dates: February 21, 2022 - April 15, 2022
  • Break: Most teams will get the ability to designate a spring break week before the season starts
  • Playoff Dates: April 18, 2022 - April 27, 2022
  • Spring Championship Dates: April 28, 2022 - April 30, 2022
  • More details can be found here.

New Mexico Schedule

Reminders for those in New Mexico: NMAA will follow a different schedule, which can be found here.

Oklahoma Schedule

Reminders for those in Oklahoma: OSSAA will follow a different schedule, which can be found here.

Article Updates

Rulebooks for our Spring 2022 season for all titles have been added and updated! You can view them all HERE

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