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Mary Sakuma, Butte County Superintendent of Schools & Esports

Mary Sakuma, Butte County Superintendent of Schools & Esports

Mary Sakuma, Butte County Superintendent of Schools“BCOE is committed to continuing to lead the way in the scholastic esports movement as we see a multitude of benefits captured for all involved students. Esports provides a level playing field for children and adolescents from all walks of life and connects critical learning to activities that kids enjoy. BCOE created the Northern California Esports League in response to the demand and to provide our rural and small school partners with the tools and resources to enable esports participation on their campuses.” - Mary Sakuma, Butte County Superintendent of Schools

Northern California Esports League

The NCEL is in agreement with the mission, vision, and values of the North America Scholastic Esports Federation with a unique focus on bringing esports and related educational opportunities to students in rural California.
North America Scholastic ESports Federation

North America Scholastic ESports Federation

WHAT IS ESPORTS?

WHAT IS ESPORTS?

The word ‘esports’ is the shortened version of electronic sports and is used to describe competitive video gameplay between teams of individual players.  Popular game titles include League of Legends, Fortnite, Rocket League, NBA-Y2K, and Overwatch.  Comparable to participation in traditional athletic endeavors, esports captures the inherent benefits of team and community while engaged in an activity that naturally stimulates neuro and cognitive developments.  
ABOUT Northern California Esports League

ABOUT Northern California Esports League

The Northern California Esports League (NCEL) and NCEL-Middle School (MS) are orchestrated under the auspices of the Butte County Office of Education’s Division of Statewide and Local Support Services.  Our mission is to use esports as a platform for ALL students to acquire critical communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills that enable life-long learning as well as workplace and civic literacy.  Partnered with the North American Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) as the very first program affiliate, the NCEL provides an array of programs, tools, and services to our predominantly rural and small school league members to enable program start-up and growth on their campuses.  The NCEL-MS is the first middle-school league in operation nationally and hosts teams across the Western U.S. in Rocket League, Smash Bros., and Mario Kart.  As evangelists for the whole esports ecosystem and career ladder the NCEL is uniquely positioned to assist our members in connecting life-transforming learning experiences and a cutting-edge curriculum to our competitive endeavors.  We are committed to meeting students “where they’re at” and seek to leverage the esports phenomena as a means to accelerate and incentivize learning.
ESPORTS AND EDUCATION

ESPORTS AND EDUCATION

We’re about more than just games and gaming!  The NCEL strives to provide opportunities to connect game experience to the skills needed to thrive in work and life.  We emphasize the “scholastic” in school-based esports as it holds an undeniable link to educational attainment.  Esports have been proven to increase GPAs and attendance rates in school as our teams and league offer a sense of connectedness and have proven to increase school engagement.  By forming a scholastic esports club on their campuses, schools find that their students are more invested in their education.  Teachers and administrators who are involved with NCEL programming share countless stories of student success where disengagement, social isolation, and poor school performance has been overcome. NCEL member clubs are seeing their athletes become better players and more importantly, better students with stronger career and life aspirations..  As science advances, the positive connection between learning and play becomes all the more undeniable. The integration of esports into the high school curriculum and sports clubs has quickly become the gold standard for interest-driven learning, the notion that students learn crucial academic and life skills best when engaged in activity geared toward students' genuine interests. BCOE is working to ensure all students not only thrive in their educational journeys but have fun along the way!
NCEL Middle-School Esports 

NCEL Middle-School Esports 

Club Registration:
Register your club here! Each school site has to only submit a Single Registration but may submit multiple teams for the tournament. Please opt in to each tournament below, especially if different teams will have different managers/coaches
In order to complete each student must have a Parent Packet on file with us. Complete and submit them to James Wood at jwood@achievecharter.org
 
Tech Requirements/Rules:
Rocket League will be cross-platform, PC, or Mac with wired controllers offer the best performance, but all consoles are eligible for use.
Super Smash Brothers Ultimate (SSBU) will be played on the Nintendo Switch.
 
Upcoming Events and Deadlines:
Please visit the NCEL League Spot website for more information. Registered teams will receive updates via email.
LEARN MORE

LEARN MORE

Interested in esports? Want to see esports on your campus? Whether you're a student, teacher, school administrator, aspiring esports coach, or just want to learn more, connect with NCEL! 
 
Visit the NCEL website or one of the NCEL social media pages: FacebookInstagramYouTubeTwitter, and Discord
 
You can also email us anytime at ncel@bcoe.org
 
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