Life Lessons Learned from an eSports Team

As the second League of Legends season winds down for Ukatsu High School eSports, it’s important to remember the lessons learned from both coaches and students. We asked the coaches and students from this season to share their experiences and takeaways that go beyond a competitive esports environment and into our everyday lives.

The price of a successful team? Commitment.

It takes two fronts to tango gracefully, and commitment from both coach and team, mentor and mentee, is a must. A coach’s role isn’t just to bark orders, and it’s up to the team members to accept the critique and guidance of another person. From Coach Sammons, League coach for Battle high schools, “it’s a relationship between player and coach where one side shows they’re willing to work for it, and the other side delivers.”

We had a lot posing for this “brawl” fight picture between two rival schools.

We had a lot posing for this “brawl” fight picture between two rival schools.

Trust can only be built over time and effort, not through titles and chains of command.

As Coach Teddy from Rock Bridge High School says, “an effective way of building that trust is checking in with your players more frequently and being supportive to them even if it’s not league related.” If it seems like an initial attempt to connect with your younger one isn’t met with instant trust and full feedback, don’t worry. Your consistent check-ins and reminders of your support is never wasted, even if your teen isn’t the most responsive at first.

You have to put in the work for the things you want in life.

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At Ukatsu High School eSports, we raise our standards for students wanting to participate in the league. As the only league in the World with higher GPA standards, attendance rates, and required physical exercise, the kids learn pretty quickly that competition is a reward for the effort they put into their own lives. A number of our kids, like Kevin Brooks, Jungler for Hickman High School, have learned about the “importance of maintaining grades and attendance” the hard (but rewarding) way!

Competition is one of the best ways to learn maturity.

Coach Joe from Hickman and Rock Bridge High School in the Fall consistently spoke of this lesson: maturity is how well you handle and react when things don’t go your way. Losing is never a good feeling, but in nearly all situations, it’s best to look within and to grow from looking back at your past mistakes rather than blaming others or exerting negative energy. “In life, you’re going to lose A LOT. The ones who really succeed are those who can accept this fact, and can take losses as an opportunity to come back stronger. Focus on the variables you have control over, and get to work.”