By Emily McCoy
The 2020-21 school year has been a wild year for sports. Many sports, including football, soccer and basketball, have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many fans are not allowed to view their favorite games for fear of the virus. One Snider sports team, however, does not have to worry about fans gathering in large groups or players passing around a COVID-infected ball.
The Snider Esports team is a relatively new player in the school sports arena. Having started in the spring of 2020, there are more than 50 players on the team. Players are divided into groups based on which of five games they are interested in playing: Hearthstone, League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League and Valorant. Once a player has decided what game they would like to play, they are put onto one of two teams—Black or Gold.
Just like any other sport, players are expected to work together, develop teamwork skills and compete in tournaments.
“Some of our athletes believe it’s game time,” Mr. John Tudor, one of the esports coaches, said. “But to be competitive in this you’ve got to understand strategy and teamwork.”
Students from many different areas of interest have come together to join the team. Logan Scherer, sophomore, joined the team for the first time this fall season. During his freshman year, Scherer played on the freshman football team, however he has always had an interest in esports.
“Football just got boring so I just decided to try something new,” said Scherer. “I’ve done competitive stuff in the past. I played for competitive teams and gone into competitions.”
Not all students compete competitively, however. Some veteran players spend their time coaching others. Junior Pierre Loya is one of the few students taking on this role for the Overwatch team.
“I’m a manager and analyst. Basically, I just look at how they play and I practice with them. I give them things that they can do better and tell them things that they’re doing well. I can come up with plays for them,” Loya said.
Students interested in joining the team during the 2020-21 school year can still participate. There will be a callout meeting on Tuesday, January 26th at 5PM for any student interested in playing in the upcoming spring season. This will be a virtual meeting held on Zoom.
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The team has added chess to their list of competitive games and hopes to form a Super Smash Bros team.
Tournaments can be viewed live on twitch.com under the handle SniderHighSchoolEsports. The official twitter account is @Snider_Esports.