IHSA created the very first series of esports states
NON DATE (WREX) – High school players can officially see who’s the best in the state!
The Illinois High School Association will host its first-ever esports state series in April 2022 with the first state tournament featuring three titles: NBA2K, Rocket league, and Super Smash Brothers.
“It is exciting any time we can expand IHSA’s mission by providing another opportunity for students to represent their schools in competition,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “We appreciate the time and effort of our staff and committee members who helped us get to this point. “
Esport becomes the 10th activity offered by IHSA, joining bass fishing, chess, debate, group theater and interpretation, speech, journalism, music and school bowl. The addition of esports brings the total offering of the IHSA State Series to 41 sports and activities in total.
The IHSA State Series esports will take place during weeks 42 and 43 of the standardized IHSA calendar (April 17-April 30, 2022). Association staff will immediately begin the process of finding a final home location for the state and submit a recommendation to the Board of Directors later this year.
“Much like when IHSA added bass fishing, some may wonder how esports fits into IHSA’s offerings, but we’ve never wavered in our belief that we want to align the association on the interests of our high school students, ”Anderson said. “Research shows that there are educational, mental and social benefits to having students compete for their high school in any activity or sport, so we look forward to high school students in Illinois who are passionate about the esport can take advantage of these benefits. “