Esport player safety is our #1 priority!
What are these games rated?
All games offered to high school students for competition purposes are either rated "T for Teen" -- games that are appropriate for students 13 years or older -- or "E for Everyone" -- games for all ages. Players must be 13 years or older to participate in the PlayVS high school leagues. Here at the Ozark School District we only offer esports at the OJHS and OHS currently.
Should I be worried that my student is playing too much?
The amount of screen time should always be discussed and monitored. Just as in traditional sports, student-athletes must find a balance between practice, games, school work, rest, proper nutrition, social time, and, of course, sleep. One of the benefits of joining a formal esports team is that rules and practice schedules can be set and monitored regarding how much students can play during the week and on weekends. Setting clear guidelines for device and computer-free times and zones in your home will help your student find a proper balance between all of their interests.
Additionally, with an esports coach, parents are able to discuss concerns and develop plans with them to help students stay on top of academics and extracurricular activities. We also require the same acedemic grade levels and attendance as all other activities offered by the Ozark Schools.
PlayVS is building the infrastructure and platform for amateur esports, starting with high schools. They work directly with game publishers and states to build and operate sanctioned leagues across the country. Through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), PlayVS is empowering students to compete in esports on behalf of their high school, with the opportunity to win a championship, just like any other youth sport. Our coaches at the Ozark Schools have direct lines to PlayVS managers for questions and help for anything we need.