New Esports Parents

Prospective Esports Parents,

As the Head Coach of Toombs County Bulldogs Esports, I extend a warm welcome to you and your child as they express interest in joining our program. I understand that venturing into the world of esports can be both exciting and unfamiliar. I also recognize the importance of ensuring a supportive and nurturing environment for our students.

At Toombs County Bulldogs Esports, we strive to provide more than just a platform for gaming; we aim to foster growth, teamwork, and personal development. As a coach, I’m committed to guiding your child not only in their gameplay but also in their academic and personal endeavors. Esports offers unique opportunities for students to hone their skills, build confidence, and develop valuable life skills such as communication, leadership, and problem-solving.

I want to assure you that your child’s well-being and academic success are our top priorities. Our program emphasizes balance, encouraging students to excel in both their studies and their passion for gaming. We work closely with school administrators, teachers, and parents to create a supportive and inclusive environment where students can thrive both in and out of the game.

I invite you to join us on this journey as we embark on an exciting adventure in the world of esports. Together, we can provide your child with opportunities for growth, camaraderie, and success. Thank you for considering Toombs County Bulldogs Esports as a potential avenue for your child’s personal and academic development.

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 competitive video gaming. In essence, it involves players competing against each other in various video games, often in structured tournaments or leagues. Esports encompasses a wide range of games, from popular titles like League of Legends and Fortnite to strategy games like Dota 2 and real-time strategy games like StarCraft II. These competitions can take place on computers, consoles, or even mobile devices. In Georgia League Of Legends, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 3, Rocket League, and Madden are considered varsity titles.

B. Growth and Popularity of High School Esports

In recent years, high school esports has seen tremendous growth and popularity across the globe. As the gaming industry continues to expand, more schools are recognizing the value of incorporating esports into their extracurricular activities. Esports provides students with an opportunity to pursue their passion for gaming in a structured and competitive environment, fostering teamwork, strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills.

C. Toombs County Bulldogs Esports Program Overview

The Toombs County Bulldogs Esports program is dedicated to providing students with an opportunity to participate in competitive gaming at the high school level. As part of the Bulldogs family, students have access to state-of-the-art gaming equipment, dedicated coaching, and a supportive community of fellow gamers.
Our program offers a variety of games and leagues to cater to different interests and skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting, there’s a place for you on the Toombs County Bulldogs Esports team. We emphasize teamwork, sportsmanship, and personal growth, both in and out of the game.
Joining the Toombs County Bulldogs Esports team isn’t just about gaming—it’s about becoming part of a community, developing valuable skills, and having fun while doing what you love. So whether you’re a casual gamer or an aspiring pro, we invite your student to join us and experience the excitement of high school esports with the Bulldogs!

How Does Esports At Toombs County High School Work?

A. Toombs County Bulldogs Esports Is A Varsity Athletic Team.

If your child is interested in joining our team, please be aware that they will be required to attend all practices, which typically occur every Monday-Thursday. Additionally, they will need to attend all games, which usually take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 4:00 pm, depending on what games they play.

To ensure their eligibility to compete in GHSA-sanctioned events, your child will need to maintain good academic standing and follow all school rules. Furthermore, to enhance their skills and prepare for upcoming competitions, they will be expected to practice outside of regular team practices at home.

These expectations are no different than if they were to join the Football, Baseball, or Basketball team. As a Varsity Athletic Team, Esports players are held to the same standard as all other Toombs County Bulldogs Athletes.

B. Toombs County Bulldogs Esports Is A Year-Round Sport.

Esports, unlike traditional varsity sports, has a year-round calendar consisting of two seasons per year. The first season begins in August and ends in early December, while the second season begins in January and ends in April. This structure allows for a more consistent competitive environment, as opposed to the one-season-per-year structure of traditional sports. Esports players must be prepared to dedicate a significant portion of their extracurricular time to esports throughout the academic year.

Due to the year-round nature of esports, players must maintain a high level of commitment and dedication to their craft. Esports players must continually improve their skills and knowledge of the game, as well as adapt to changes in the meta and gameplay. Additionally, players must maintain their physical and mental health to perform at their best during competitions. The year-round calendar of esports provides ample opportunities for players to develop their skills and maintain their competitive edge.

Esports is a sport that requires constant practice and preparation, making the year-round calendar crucial for success. Esports players must constantly strive to improve their skills and stay ahead of the competition. With two seasons per year, players have more opportunities to compete and refine their strategies. The year-round nature of esports provides a unique challenge for players, requiring a high level of dedication and discipline. However, for those who are willing to put in the effort, the rewards can be substantial.

C. All Toombs County Bulldogs Esports Athletes Attend Tryouts.

Toombs County Bulldogs Esports is an elite team that competes at a very high level. In order to maintain the high level of play, all athletes must attend regularly scheduled tryouts. These tryouts are an opportunity for the coaching staff to evaluate each player’s skills and determine who will make the team. It is important to note that not all who try out will make the team.

Esports at the high school level is highly competitive and requires a level of skill and teamwork that cannot be achieved by playing alone at home. The team practices and competes together regularly, which is very different from the solitary gaming experience that many young gamers are used to. The coaching staff is looking for players who are not only skilled but also able to work well with others and communicate effectively.

It is important to emphasize that not making the team on the first attempt is not a reflection of the athlete’s worth or value. There are many factors that go into the selection process, and the coaching staff carefully considers each player’s skills and potential. If a player does not make the team on their first attempt, they are always welcome to attend the next open tryouts and try again. With hard work, dedication, and continued improvement, they may earn a spot on the team in the future.

D. All Toombs County Bulldogs Esports Games and Practices Are Closed To The Public.

Toombs County Bulldogs Esports has a policy of closing all practices and games to the public. This means that parents, fans, and other spectators cannot attend the team’s practices or games in person. This policy has been put in place to ensure that the athletes have the best possible environment to practice and improve their skills. Esports requires a significant amount of concentration and focus, and having a crowded room can be distracting and detrimental to the team’s performance.

Although practices and games are closed to the public, there are still ways for fans and supporters to stay connected to the team. The team’s Twitch channel live streams our games, so fans can tune in to watch our matches from anywhere in the world. Additionally, the team’s Facebook page is frequently updated with the latest news, results, and upcoming events.

There are certain exceptions to the closed practice/game policy, such as championship matches and other special occasions when outside attendance is allowed. In these cases, the team will communicate with parents and fans to ensure that everyone is aware of the details and can plan accordingly. Overall, the policy of closed practices and games is in place to ensure that the team can focus on their training and perform to the best of their abilities.

Esports Parent FAQs

Can Esports Be A Career?

Yes, esports can certainly be a career for those who have the necessary skills and passion for the industry. Professional esports players can earn a living by competing in tournaments and leagues, receiving salaries from teams, and earning endorsements and sponsorships from various brands.

In addition to players, there are also other career paths within esports such as coaches, analysts, team managers, event organizers, broadcasters, and content creators. These roles require different skill sets, but all contribute to the growth and success of the industry.

Esports is a rapidly growing industry with a huge fan base and increasing opportunities for career growth. It requires dedication, hard work, and a willingness to continually improve and adapt to the ever-changing landscape of the industry.

Is Esports Considered A Sport?

Esports is definitely considered a sport. While esports doesn’t involve physical activity in the same way as traditional sports, it does require a high level of skill, strategy, and mental agility.

Esports can be considered a form of competitive gaming that is recognized as a sport by many major sports organizations. The International Olympic Committee has also recognized esports as a sporting activity, although it is not yet part of the Olympic program.

It is undeniable that Esports has become a highly competitive and lucrative industry with a dedicated fanbase and professional players who are skilled and passionate about their craft.

Will My Child Be Considered A Student-Athlete?

Toombs County High School Athletics department recognizes all of its Esports players as student-athletes. These players are entitled to all the benefits and responsibilities that any other athlete would have. This decision was made based on the fact that Esports is a highly competitive and strategic sport that requires extensive training, discipline, and teamwork. Thus, the Esports players are expected to demonstrate the same level of commitment and dedication to their sport as any other athlete.

As part of this recognition, Toombs County Bulldogs Esports players will earn a varsity letter at the end of each athletic season. This is a significant achievement for the players as it symbolizes their dedication and contribution to the school’s athletic program. Furthermore, the players will also be eligible to receive a letterman jacket, which is a traditional honor bestowed upon athletes who have excelled in their respective sports. 

To be eligible for all these benefits, Toombs County Bulldogs Esports players must meet the GHSA eligibility requirements, just like any other athlete. This includes maintaining good academic standing, attending school regularly, and following the school’s code of conduct. The GHSA eligibility requirements ensure that student-athletes balance their academic and athletic responsibilities effectively. This emphasizes that Toombs County High School Athletics department takes the academic and athletic achievements of its Esports players seriously and ensures they are held to the same standards as any other athlete.

Is Esports Healthy?

A. Addressing Common Misconceptions

There are many misconceptions surrounding esports and its impact on health. One common misconception is that esports is solely sedentary and detrimental to physical health. However, when approached mindfully, esports can offer various health benefits, including improved cognitive function, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving skills. It’s essential to address these misconceptions and recognize the potential positive aspects of esports participation.

B. Importance of Balance and Moderation

Like any other activity, balance and moderation are key when it comes to esports. While gaming can be an enjoyable and rewarding hobby, it’s crucial to maintain a healthy balance between gaming and other aspects of life, such as school, physical activity, and social interactions. Setting limits on screen time, taking regular breaks, and prioritizing physical activity are essential for maintaining overall health and well-being.

C. Strategies for Promoting Physical and Mental Well-being

  1. Regular Exercise: Encourage players to incorporate regular exercise into their routine to counteract the sedentary nature of gaming. Activities such as stretching, yoga, or even short walks can help reduce muscle tension and improve circulation.

  2. Healthy Eating Habits: Emphasize the importance of a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Avoiding excessive consumption of sugary snacks and energy drinks can help maintain energy levels and concentration during gaming sessions.

  3. Mindfulness and Stress Management: Teach players techniques for managing stress and promoting mental well-being, such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, or mindfulness practices. Encourage open communication and provide resources for seeking support if needed.

  4. Regular Screen Breaks: Encourage players to take regular breaks from screens to rest their eyes and reduce eye strain. Suggest the 20-20-20 rule, where every 20 minutes, players take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away to reduce eye fatigue.

By promoting balance, moderation, and healthy habits, we can ensure that esports participation contributes positively to both physical and mental well-being. Remember, the goal is not to discourage gaming but to encourage a holistic approach to health that supports overall well-being both in and out of the game.

Can Esports Pay For My Child's College?

Esports has grown rapidly over the past few years, and many colleges and universities are starting to recognize the potential of esports as a competitive activity. As a result, some schools are now offering esports scholarships that can help pay for some or all of a student’s college education.

Esports scholarships work similarly to traditional athletic scholarships in that they are awarded to students who have demonstrated exceptional skill and ability in the game. These scholarships can cover a range of expenses, including tuition, room and board, and other fees associated with attending college.

We are proud to share that our program had our first player offered a college scholarship to continue playing esports in college this year. This demonstrates that earning a college athletic scholarship through esports is a very real possibility. Like any other sport or activity, success in esports requires hard work, dedication, and a strong commitment to improving one’s skills. With the right training, coaching, and support, your child could be on their way to earning an esports scholarship and achieving their dream of a college education.

Suggested Equipment

Toombs County Bulldogs Esports is a premier esports team that plays in a state-of-the-art facility provided by the Toombs County School System. This facility was created at great expense to provide our team with the best possible gaming environment. As a result, parents are not required to provide any equipment for their child to participate. However, while owning personal equipment is not necessary, having a few essentials can make any esports player’s participation more comfortable and convenient.

Controllers

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Xbox Controller

As a parent, you want your child to have the best possible gaming experience, and having their own controller is an essential part of that experience. It allows them to personalize their gaming style, adjust settings to their liking, and take ownership of their gameplay. When your child has their own controller, they can fully immerse themselves in the game, and this enhances their enjoyment and engagement.

For Nintendo Switch titles, we strongly recommend the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. This controller is wireless, supports motion controls, and has excellent ergonomics, making it perfect for extended gaming sessions. With the Pro Controller, your child can play at a high level, and it’s responsive buttons and precise analog sticks ensure smooth gameplay.

Similarly, for PC games, we suggest using an Xbox controller. The Xbox controller is made by Microsoft, the company that also makes the operating system for our gaming PCs. The Xbox controller is widely regarded as one of the best controllers for PC gaming. It has a comfortable grip, responsive buttons, and triggers, making it ideal for a wide range of games, from shooters to racing games.

While we do have extra controllers on hand, owning your own controller is like owning your own baseball bat if you play baseball. It is essential to have a personalized gaming experience, and owning a controller is part of that experience. By investing in a controller, your child can take their gaming to the next level, and fully enjoy the games they love.

Earphones

Gaming Headset

Earbuds

As a precaution against unnecessary noise, Toombs County Bulldogs Esports has decided not to include external sound for gaming stations. This is because the sound from multiple gaming stations playing at once can be extremely distracting and disruptive to other players in the facility. The noise can also be a nuisance to those who may be trying to focus on other activities.

Therefore, it is crucial that every player has their own set of earphones to hear their gameplay. Without earphones, it will be difficult for your child to hear the in-game sounds and communicate with their teammates. Not being able to hear these sounds can negatively impact their gaming experience and may even result in them underperforming during competitions.

While gaming headphones are not necessarily required, some form of personal listening device is essential. This ensures that the sound from the game is contained within the headphones, allowing your child to hear the game without disturbing others. Providing your child with a pair of earphones will not only benefit them but will also show consideration and respect for other players in the facility.

Additional Resources

These links to outside resources are a wealth of knowledge about issues related to high school esports and athletic participation.