Q: What is Esports?

A:  Also known as electronic sports, Esports is a form of competition that is facilitated through computer gaming.  Most commonly, esports takes the form of organized, multiplayer online video game competitions. These competitions often incorporate live broadcasts with commentary and award prize money to competitors. Esports is also one of the fastest growing sports in the world.  

Q: What is the Orange County High School Esports League?

A:  The Orange County High School Esports League connects the rapidly growing form of Esports entertainment (70 million worldwide watch esports*) with resilient, adaptive, and effective learning. Given the rich social context in which Esports play takes place and the opportunities for the development of technical expertise, we are launching this effort as a means to connect students’ interest in esports to sportsmanship, entrepreneurship, and STEM interests.

The Orange County High School Esports League is rooted in providing Orange County high school students with the opportunity to pursue their interests, develop a greater community, and enhance their skills in leadership, teamwork, problem-solving and communication.

Q: When is registration open and when does the league play begin?

A:   Registration for Season 1 and opened on November 6, 2017 and close on December 22, 2017. League schedules were announced in December and official league play will began in January 2018.

If you are interested in registering for Season 2, please fill out this quick Google Form, and you will be notified when it opens! https://goo.gl/forms/BSrDI1vDXBJm5V8I2

Is there a Season 2? How can my school get involved?

A: We would love to have you! To notify us of your interest, please complete this quick Google Form. https://goo.gl/forms/BSrDI1vDXBJm5V8I2

Q: Will there be a playoff/championship round?

A: Yes, the Round of 16 and Quarterfinals will take place on April 14-15, 2018. The Semifinals and Finals will take place on April 28, 2018. The location for this year’s live events are at the Esports Arena in Santa Ana.

Registration is free and open to the public! Learn more here

Q: What are the eligibility requirements for participation?

A:  A student must be currently enrolled in a qualifying high school for at least 20 semester units of work. The student must also have earned a GPA of at least 2.0 in all subjects and satisfactory citizenship (No N or U) during the most recent grading period.

Q: What is the cost to participate?

A:   There is no cost to participate but all high schools are responsible for their equipment and technology.

Q: Why do we have a research partner?

A:  The Connected Learning Lab (CLL), a research unit at the University of California, Irvine, is the research partner for the inaugural season of the Orange County High School Esports League. The CLL will be conducting an evaluation to determine program strengths and weaknesses as well as its educational and teamwork benefits for participating students.

Q: What kind of research data will be collected, and how will it be collected?

A:  CLL will be interviewing student players, their coaches and General Managers from several of the league’s esports teams. The evaluation team will also be observing team practices. It is important to note that all participant information in the evaluation will be strictly anonymous. No interviews or observations will occur without the permission of adult participants or the written consent of parents for their child’s participation. No in-game data will be collected.

Q: How will this data be shared?

A:  All findings will be anonymized in any reports that are made to the Orange County High School Esports League stakeholders as well as the general public. All identifying participant information (such as school names, in-game handles, etc.) will be altered or removed.

Q: I’m not familiar with League of Legends. What are the general rules of play?

A:  Players assume the role of an unseen “summoner” that controls a “champion” with unique abilities and battle against a team of other players or computer-controlled champions. The goal is usually to destroy the opposing team’s “nexus,” a structure which lies at the heart of a base protected by defensive structures, although other distinct game modes exist as well. Each LoL match is discrete, with all champions starting off fairly weak but increasing in strength by accumulating items and experience over the course of the game.

Q: What if I want to opt out of research?

A:  Participation in the research component of this project is strictly voluntary. In order to “opt out” of the interviews or observations simply do not complete the parental consent form. If you or your child would like to stop participation in the research at any time, you are free to do so by informing one of the research team members. It will not affect participation in the League.

Q: Can a participating team fundraise and/or seek corporate sponsors?

A: Teams are able to acquire and represent sponsors so long that they follow the guidelines laid out by their school and district administration, as well as the guidelines below. Additionally, teams may not acquire “title sponsors,” as teams will solely be represented by their High School name and a unique team logo without additional branding. 

If the sponsor falls under the ensuing limited categories then the sponsorship may not be displayed by the Players during the use or play of LoL, adjacent to LoL related material, the OC League, or any Riot- and OC League-affiliated events. The OC League officials have the ability to update the category list at any time. 

Teams may not be sponsored by:

  • Gambling Websitesli>
  • Non-“over-the-counter” drugs.
  • Account sharing/skin-selling websites.li>
  • Firearms, handguns, or ammunition providers.
  • Websites displaying or related to pornographic imagery or products.
  • Tobacco, smoking, or vaping products.

Q: The Orange County High School Esports League logo is trademarked. Who do I contact for permission to use the official logo?

A: Please send inquiries for logo use to info@ochighschoolesports.org.

Q: FOR PARENTS: Where can I find specific information about the League of Legends platform?

A:  Detailed information about the League of Legends platform can be found at commonsensemedia.org and Entertainment Software Rating Board websites. These resources cover topics such as rating categories, content descriptors and include parent and/or user reviews.

Q: FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS: What schools are eligible to participate?

A:  League registration is open to all public, private and charter high schools in Orange County.

Q: FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS: How many teams are schools allowed to register?

A:  Each participating school is allowed to register up two teams.

Q: FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS: Does my school have to meet minimum technical requirements?

A:  Yes. All participating schools must verify that they have the following:

  • After-school access to a practice space with a minimum of six machines, with keyboards and mice, meeting the specifications outlined below to enable the team to practice and compete.  More machines are strongly recommended to enable a greater number of students to participate concurrently.
    • League of Legends Minimum System Requirements
      • PC Computers:
        • OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 3 ONLY), Vista, 7, 8, or 10
        • Processor: 2 GHz processor (supporting SSE2 instruction set or higher)
        • Video Card: Shader version 2.0 capable video card
        • Memory: 1 GB RAM (2 GB of RAM for Windows Vista and newer)
        • Storage: 8 GB available hard disk space
        • Display Resolution: Screen resolutions up to 1920 x 1200
        • Other: Support for DirectX v9.0c or better
      • Mac Computers
        • OS: Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher
        • Processor: 2 GHz processor (supporting SSE2 instruction set or higher)
        • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT / ATI Radeon HD 2600 or better
        • Memory: 2 GB RAM (4 GB is strongly recommended)
        • Storage: 5 GB available hard disk space
        • Display Resolution: Screen resolutions up to 1920 x 1200
  • If your school is selected for coaching assistance, one additional machine must be available to facilitate communication with the coach.
    • The computer should be equipped with videoconferencing capability using a Skype, Google Hangouts, or a similar type platform. Exact requirements will depend on which videoconferencing is determined.
  • Verified access to the following websites on the team computers for use during the league season.  Please note that this list is not exhaustive and additional access needs may be shared throughout the season.

Q: FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS: Will on-site IT and related tech support be offered?

A:  Unfortunately, the Orange County High School Esports League cannot provide direct tech support to school sites. Riot Games has an online League of Legends help center at https://support.riotgames.com/hc/en-us that might be helpful for schools.

Q: FOR GENERAL MANAGERS: What is the the role of the General Manager?

A:   For the Orange County High School Esport League, a faculty advisor is called a General Manager (GM).  GMs play a vital role in the league but are not required to have expertise in the game being played. GMs have the following responsibilities:

  • Attend an orientation event to explore the league structures and network with other general managers.
  • Facilitate the creation of a club charter, following the processes described at the orientation.
  • Collect and organize all student and parent forms.
  • Commit to supervising at least two 2-hour practices per week at the school site.
  • Commit to attending and supervising students at league tournaments.
  • Consult with the virtual coach, as needed, with respect to players and team dynamics.
  • Verify player eligibility at the outset of the league and before any league competitions.
  • Provide feedback that can be used for future development of the league.
  • Participate in the research study.

Q: FOR GENERAL MANAGERS: What if I am a General Manager and am new to esports?

A:   The Orange County High School Esports League is excited to announce a partnership with Connected Camps that will provide coaching support for up to 30 high schools. The coaching support will be provided virtually both in and out of games. The coaches are will have expertise in League of Legends, experience working with youth, and will be either be a student currently enrolled in college or a recent graduate. Connected Camps will run background checks as part of their hiring and selection process. You must apply for coaching support during the registration process. We may have a lottery depending on the number of applications.

Q: FOR GENERAL MANAGERS: If I receive coaching support, how does the coaching process work?

A:  Connected Camps League of Legends Coaches will work closely with teams and their General Managers to create an effective training program emphasizing teamwork, communication, sportsmanship, conflict resolution, and strategy. Coaches will also ensure that teams feel well supported, informed, and prepared for league participation.

Q: FOR GENERAL MANAGERS: When will my school know if we will receive coaching support?

A:  Connected Camps League of Legends Coaches will be assigned prior to the start of league play.