New Esports Players

Prospective Esports Players,

Welcome to the thrilling world of esports, and thank you for considering joining our team at Toombs County Bulldogs Esports. I’m excited to extend an invitation to you as you embark on this journey of competitive gaming and personal growth.

As the Head Coach, I understand the excitement and anticipation that come with stepping onto the digital battlefield. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or new to competitive play, our program offers a supportive and dynamic environment where you can hone your skills, forge new friendships, and push the boundaries of your potential.

At Toombs County Bulldogs Esports, we believe in fostering a culture of excellence, teamwork, and sportsmanship. As a member of our team, you’ll have access to top-notch coaching, state-of-the-art facilities, and opportunities to compete at the highest levels of esports. But more than that, you’ll become part of a close-knit community where your voice is heard, your talents are celebrated, and your growth is nurtured.

I encourage you to seize this opportunity to pursue your passion for gaming and join us on this exciting adventure. Whether you dream of becoming a professional esports athlete or simply want to challenge yourself and have fun, Toombs County Bulldogs Esports is the place to be. We can’t wait to welcome you to the team and support you as you embark on your esports journey.

Sincerely,
Tyler Corley
Head Coach, Toombs County Bulldogs Esports

Understanding High School Esports

A. Definition of Esports:

Esports, short for electronic sports, refers to organized multiplayer video game competitions. These competitions can range from casual gaming events to highly professional tournaments with substantial prize pools. In high school esports, students compete in various video games as representatives of their schools, much like traditional sports teams.

B. Growth and Popularity of High School Esports:

High school esports has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, mirroring the rise of esports on a global scale. More high schools are recognizing the value of esports as a legitimate extracurricular activity, leading to the formation of official school teams and leagues. This growth is fueled by the increasing popularity of video games and the accessibility of online gaming platforms.

C. Benefits of Participating in High School Esports:

Participating in high school esports offers numerous benefits for students:

  1. Teamwork and Communication: Esports require teamwork and coordination among team members, fostering valuable interpersonal skills.

  2. Strategic Thinking: Many esports games involve strategic planning, problem-solving, and critical thinking, which can enhance cognitive abilities.

  3. Leadership Development: Students have opportunities to develop leadership skills by taking on roles such as team captain or strategist.

  4. Community and Belonging: Esports teams provide a sense of community and belonging for students who share a passion for gaming.

  5. College and Career Opportunities: High school esports can open doors to college scholarships, career paths in the gaming industry, and related fields such as technology and marketing.

D. Overview of Different Games and Leagues:

Toombs County Bulldogs Esports focuses on four main games:

  1. Splatoon 3: A colorful and fast-paced team-based shooter where players control characters called Inklings or Octolings and compete to cover the most territory with ink.

  2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: A beloved racing game featuring characters from the Mario franchise racing against each other on colorful tracks filled with obstacles and power-ups.

  3. Rocket League: A unique combination of soccer and vehicular mayhem, where players control rocket-powered cars to score goals in a futuristic arena.

  4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: A crossover fighting game featuring characters from various Nintendo franchises, where players battle each other to knock opponents off the stage.

These games are selected based on their suitability for high school competition and adherence to the guidelines set by the national federation of high schools. By participating in these games, students can experience the thrill of competitive gaming while representing Toombs County High School with pride.

Expectations Of A Varsity Athlete

A. Commitment to Practice Schedules:

As a varsity athlete at Toombs County Bulldogs Esports, commitment to practice schedules is paramount. Our team operates on a structured practice regimen designed to enhance skills, strategies, and teamwork. Players are expected to attend all scheduled practices promptly and actively participate in drills, scrimmages, and discussions. Consistent attendance and dedication to improvement are key to success both individually and as a team.

B. Importance of Teamwork and Communication:

Teamwork and communication are fundamental pillars of success in esports. In a fast-paced and dynamic gaming environment, effective communication and collaboration among teammates are essential for achieving victory. Varsity athletes are expected to communicate clearly, provide constructive feedback, and support each other during gameplay. Developing strong teamwork skills fosters cohesion and synergy, leading to improved performance and achievement of team goals.

C. Maintaining Academic Eligibility:

At Toombs County Bulldogs Esports, we prioritize academic excellence alongside athletic achievement. Varsity athletes must maintain eligibility requirements set forth by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) to participate in competitions. This includes meeting minimum GPA standards and adhering to academic integrity policies. Our coaches and staff are committed to supporting student-athletes in balancing their academic and athletic responsibilities, ensuring that education remains the top priority.

D. Representing the School and Community with Sportsmanship:

As representatives of Toombs County High School, varsity athletes are held to high standards of sportsmanship and conduct both on and off the virtual battlefield. Respect for opponents, officials, teammates, and spectators is non-negotiable. Our players are ambassadors of our school and community, and their behavior reflects the values and principles we uphold. Demonstrating integrity, humility, and grace in victory and defeat is essential to maintaining the integrity and reputation of Toombs County Bulldogs Esports.

By embracing these expectations and embodying the qualities of a true varsity athlete, our players contribute to the positive and inclusive culture of our esports program. Together, we strive for excellence, sportsmanship, and camaraderie, fostering a supportive environment where all members can thrive and succeed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have Fortnite, Call of Duty, Rainbow 6 Seige, Overwatch, or Apex?

Unfortunately, due to concerns about school violence, the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) does not permit the playing of games such as Fortnite, Call of Duty, Rainbow 6 Siege, Overwatch, or Apex in Georgia high schools. This is a decision made by the GHSA to ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff. Therefore, it is not possible to play these games in high schools in Georgia. 

Do you choose the games the team plays?

Coach Corley does not decide what games are offered. The games offered are determined by PlayVS, a company that provides the platform and infrastructure for high school esports leagues. Coach Corley then decides which games the Toombs County Bulldogs Esports team will play from the selection provided by PlayVS. This ensures that the team is competing in games that are appropriate and fair for high school-level competition. 

Can I play Esports and Baseball, Football, Soccer, Basketball, etc.?

Esports is a varsity athletic offering at Toombs County High School and is a year-round activity. As such, it is not possible to participate in another varsity sport during the same semester in which you participate in esports. 

I'm a girl. Can I play?

Esports is not a boys-only sport. Girls can also participate in varsity esports at Toombs County High School. Esports is open to all students regardless of their gender and it’s a great opportunity for everyone to showcase their skills and passion for gaming. 

I'm a student at another high school in Toombs County. Can I participate in Esports?

Toombs County Bulldogs Esports is only open to current students of Toombs County High School. Students from other high schools in Toombs County are not eligible to participate. The program is specifically for Toombs County High School students to represent their school and compete against other schools’ esports teams. 

Do I have to meet GHSA eligibility?

All students who participate in Toombs County Bulldogs Esports must meet the eligibility requirements set by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) because esports is a varsity sports offering. This includes maintaining good academic standing, and adhering to the rules and policies set by GHSA. It is important for all students to understand that esports is a competitive sport and being eligible means that you can participate in an organized and fair game with other high schools. 

Can I bring my own equipment? (Switch, Controller, Bag, Etc.?)

Esports players at Toombs County High School are encouraged, but not required, to bring their own controllers to use during competitions and practices. This can help players become more comfortable and familiar with the equipment and give them an edge in the competition. Additionally, players are encouraged to use their own Nintendo Switch if they are participating in any Nintendo titles. This can help ensure that the players are familiar and comfortable with their own devices and it also helps to avoid any potential issues with equipment malfunction or compatibility. 

Do I have to attend every practice and game for the whole year?

All members of the Toombs County Bulldogs Esports team are required to attend all practices and games until the end of the season. They may not leave the team to start another varsity sport before the esports season is over. This is to ensure that the team is able to field a full roster for each match and to give the best chance of success in competition. It also shows commitment to the team and respect for the other members. It’s important for student-athletes to understand that being a part of a team means they have to fulfill their commitment to that team until the end of the season. 

Do you have a team at Toombs County Middle School?

At Toombs County Middle School, we currently do not have an esports team. However, we did have a middle school team in the Spring of 2021 and our goal is to once again offer esports at the Middle School. We are actively searching for leadership for the program, and encourage current middle school-aged students at Toombs County Middle School to participate in the esports program at the Lyons Recreation Department until the Summer before their Freshman year.