Schedule:

April 1st: Registration Due
April 8th : Registration done in Mission Control
April 15th: Week 1 Divisioning Round
May 6th: Regular Season Week 1
June 17th: Semi-Final Round
June 24th: 1v1 Finals
June 25th: 2v2 Traditional & Unified Finals

Schedule:

April 1st: Registration Due
April 8th : Registration done in Mission Control
April 15th: Week 1 Divisioning Round
May 6th: Regular Season Week 1
June 17th: Semi-Final Round
June 24th: 1v1 Finals
June 25th: 2v2 Traditional & Unified Finals

Esports are a form of sport competition using video games. Due to their competitive implications, remote accessibility, and opportunities for players to improve, esports are an excellent fit for Special Olympics NY athletes.

If you’re thinking of becoming a Special Olympics NY esports athlete, here’s an overview of the experience.
Esports are a form of sport competition using video games. Due to their competitive implications, remote accessibility, and opportunities for players to improve, esports are an excellent fit for Special Olympics NY athletes.

If you’re thinking of becoming a Special Olympics NY esports athlete, here’s an overview of the experience.

Esports players need a reliable internet connection and a compatible console or personal computer. Athletes and Unified Partners must be at least 8 years old to participate. Athletes ages 8 – 18 must have a parent or guardian’s permission to participate.
Our Esports competitions are currently conducted via the game Rocket League. Rocket League is a sports video game in which players use cars to play several real-life sports, including soccer, basketball, and hockey. Players advance balls or pucks by driving into them with their cars. Players can also drive into opposing cars to defend against shots and passes. Games have a set time limit, and whichever team or player has the most points when time expires wins. Rocket League can be downloaded for free on Nintendo Switch, Play Station 4 or 5, Xbox X, S, or One, and PC.
Video games offer the following benefits:
  • Cognitive – Multiple studies have found that video games strengthen a wide range of cognitive skills including problem-solving, spatial attention, multi-tasking, and short term and long- term memory.
  • Communicative – Cooperative video games require teammates to communicate effectively in order to achieve their best. Clear communication is essential, especially because many video game players are not playing together in-person.
  • Emotional – Similar to traditional sports, players enjoy the positive feelings of well-earned victories and learn to manage the negative feelings of disappointing losses.
  • Social – Despite stereotypes portraying gamers as socially isolated individuals, gamers prefer playing with other people. For teens, gaming is a primary way to interact with peers.

How do I join?

Contact your regional staff to learn more about current or upcoming opportunities in your area.