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Growing Life Skills Through Esports

Strengthen your students' 'soft' skills in a coached esports enviornment.

Thom Fain
Feb 02, 2021

It’s no secret that competitive gaming produces an environment conducive of learning and growing — both as a student and as an individual. While the pathways toward scholarship and career opportunities provide an added bonus to esports participation – it’s the life skills and sense of community that provide the biggest opportunity for students seeking an extracurricular activity. 

Our Super Coaches are hands-on with all team activities, and develop learning opportunities through video review sessions and weekly team practices. Through esports, kids from all walks of life learn to play together, communicate ideas and think decisively. 

As with other sports, esports athletes must also prove academic progress in order to maintain eligibility throughout the season. And the results are clear: esports players see substantial benefits to their education, which reach beyond high school and into the real world.

Growing Confidence

In PlayVS, teams often include students who aren’t involved in other sports or activities. Outside of the action that happens in the gaming lab, they form friendships with one another and earn much-deserved respect from their peers after competing against other schools and broadcasting the results. 

The energy and excitement from the games also carries over into other aspects of their lives. 

Not unlike in baseball, getting incrementally better each and every day allows an athlete in esports to develop self-respect and confidence in their abilities to learn and grow. That helps them focus and manage a tough schedule while forming strong character traits that help them navigate an increasingly complex world.    

Enhanced Communication Skills

By offering esports, schools can reach introverts and other students that might otherwise feel a little checked out. That includes the type who barely talk in class, who tend to develop critical interpersonal skills after some time in a team setting. 

In-game adjustments and play calling force esports athletes to communicate through their headsets in the gaming lab, and in big matches miscommunication often results in a loss. But in the outside world, we often see esports players develop health interpersonal skills with a noticeable difference in their body language and more open to compromise or assertiveness. 

Through learning good sportsmanship – by prioritizing fun over winning, and learning through both defeat and success – esports players can glean pro-social attitudes through the means of cooperation on the team. 

Coaches will instill a sense of discipline and resilience in each and every player on the roster, but that’s not all: Esports remains a healthy and fun way to learn how to be proactive towards problem solving, while breaking down barriers between groups of people.