Setting a path to scholarships and success for esports athletes
A guide for esports athletes
Before you decide to jump into the collegiate scene, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I intend to play competitively or leisurely?
- Am I ready to commit to being my best academically while competing at the collegiate level? You are not just playing video games, you are getting your degree, THEN playing your respective game.
- Am I willing to be my best self, give my best effort and teamwork even if I am not getting a full-ride scholarship? Am I willing to be a team player?
What to Look For: Program Development
Get an idea of the strength and stability of the university esports programs you are considering. Here are good questions to ask to gain that understanding:
- How long has the university esports program been in existence?
- How long has the coaching staff been at the program?
- How does the program develop its athletes as players and people?
- Does the school offer academic support?
- How does the coaching staff coach and support players in and out of game?
- How does the university administration support the esports program?
- What is the graduation rate of student-athletes in the program?
- Growth and sustainability
- Does the institution have the capacity or willingness to support additional space, staffing and budget needs should the program grow?
- Is a plan in place to sustain rapid growth with needed resources (equipment, budget and staff) while maintaining a quality experience?
I highly recommend that prospective esports players define their own criteria of needs and categorize them by importance:
- Will I have a developmental program to continue striving for excellence?
- Will I be supported academically to be my best?
- Will I have the proper equipment, tools and structure to become the best version of myself?
The answer to these questions needs to be “yes,” as student-athletes research the best fit for themselves and a university esports program.