HHSAA launches esports at Hawaii high schools this week

Rocket League is one of the games that will be played in "Season Zero" of an Esports league created by the HHSAA. Photo from Rocket League's official Twitter page.

Twenty-three schools around the state will participate this week in the first esports competition under a pilot program developed by the Hawaii High School Athletic Association.

According to a news release, the HHSAA has partnered with PlayVS for “Season Zero” of esports competition beginning Tuesday.

Esports is basically an organized competition of different multiplayer video games.

Under the pilot program, schools will participate in three different games a week and can put together as many teams as they want.

Each school will play matches from their own school campuses “in a Swiss-style tournament system where teams with equal win records are paired up to create fairer matchups.”

Teams will play “League of Legends” on Tuesdays, “SMITE” on Wednesdays and “Rocket League” on Thursdays. The format for “League of Legends” and “SMITE” are two consecutive games against a single opponent, while “Rocket League” will be a best-of-five matchup.

“We are very excited to offer our member schools organized esports competition where our student-athletes will be playing against other student-athletes in a scholastic environment,” HHSAA executive director Chris Chun said in the release.

The regular season will run from this week until the week of April 22 and the postseason will take place in mid-May. Matches will be played at 4 p.m.

The following schools will have teams ready to go this week, but under the pilot program, other schools are welcome to add teams as the season progresses.

For more information on joining, call the HHSAA at 800-4092 or reach out to your school’s athletic department.

The 23 schools to offer esports this week are below:

Campbell High School
Damien Memorial School
Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Hilo High School
Honokaa High & Intermediate School
Island School
Kamehameha Schools – Hawaii
Kapaa High School
Ka‘u High School
Kauai High School
Kea‘au High School
Kealakehe High School
Konawaena High School
Leilehua High School
Maui Preparatory Academy
McKinley High School
Pacific Buddhist Academy
Pahoa High & Intermediate School
Roosevelt High School
Saint Francis School
St. Joseph Catholic High School
Seabury Hall
Waialua High & Intermediate School


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