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Introducing the ECA Platform UI Rework

15 May 2024

We are excited to announce a significant update to our ECA platform, designed to provide a more intuitive and seamless user experience. This update marks a pivotal step in our ongoing commitment to empower aspiring esports coaches with better programming.

What Makes a Good Coach: 10 Essential Traits for Success

8 May 2024

In the world of esports, coaching encompasses a broad spectrum of skills, from strategic thinking to interpersonal effectiveness. At the Esports Coaching Academy, we understand that a good coach can be the difference between a great esports program and an okay esports program. Here’s our insight into the 10 qualities that we think truly make an outstanding youth esports coach.

Creating a Growth Mindset in Youth Esports Coaching

8 Apr 2024

In the rapidly evolving world of esports, where competition is fierce and the stakes are high, the psychological makeup of young players can significantly influence their performance and development. One concept that has gained considerable attention in the field of education and sports psychology, and which holds tremendous potential for esports coaching, is the Growth Mindset. This article aims to demystify the concept of growth mindset encouragement and explore its application in the context of coaching youth in esports at the grassroots level.

The power of praise.

2 Apr 2024

In the Esports Coaching Academy, we've had the pleasure of conducting hundreds of sessions with young esports athletes in clubs and esports programs all over the world, each and everytime we come into a new club to set the groundwork or help an already built-up infrastructure, we see that some of the basics are missing, so in this blog we're here to talk about one of them, praise.

Uniting Esports and Traditional Sports in Education

25 Mar 2024

In the rapidly evolving landscape of competitive arenas, the line between traditional sports and esports becomes increasingly blurred. Both realms command a level of skill, dedication, and teamwork that transcends the physical and digital divide, challenging the preconceived notions of what constitutes a "real" sport. This conversation is particularly relevant in the context of education, where the integration of esports into school curriculums and extracurricular activities is gaining momentum. Let's delve into the core similarities between esports and traditional sports, particularly at the grassroots level, and explore why esports warrants recognition alongside its physical counterparts in educational environments.

The Growth of Esports

14 Mar 2024

Esports isn't just growing; it's skyrocketing to become a central pillar of digital entertainment. Imagine stepping into a world where, by 2024, the esports market is estimated to be worth a staggering $2.39 billion, expected to soar to $10.9 billion by 2032​​. This rise is supported by an audience projected to exceed 640 million globally by 2025​​. But it's not just the numbers that tell the story; it's the vibrant communities, the intense competitions, and the boundless opportunities for innovation that truly define the esports phenomenon.

Is Esports a Sport?

29 Feb 2024

We at the ECA think the debate over whether esports can be considered sports reflects a broader question about the evolution of competition and entertainment. As the line between physical and digital realms blurs, esports challenges traditional notions, pushing us to expand our understanding of what constitutes a sport.

Assemble your Esports Training Plan using Modules

19 Jan 2024

We at ECA strive to bring you and your trainees the best content possible for your youth esports programs. Now, at the start of 2024, we are introducing Modules to take our content and your training experience to the next level.

Esports & Parenting: How to Support Your Child's Gaming Passion.

29 May 2023

Video games are a huge industry with about 3.09 billion active players worldwide, with 618 million players under 18 years old. Esports have, in turn, increased in popularity and become a more viable future professional opportunity for children. You might be one of many parents struggling to find ways to support their child’s gaming hobby, not for lack of trying but for lack of understanding the different ways to connect with your child and their hobby. 

How to Get Started as an Esports Coach.

20 Jun 2023

So, you've got your eyes set on the dynamic and exhilarating world of competitive gaming? Whether you're a passionate gamer or looking to explore a new frontier, becoming an esports coach is an exciting journey that can lead to a fulfilling career. In this article, we'll delve into the steps you can take to kickstart your path to becoming an esports coach.

How ECA's Esports Coaching Certification Can Help You Succeed.

24 May 2023

“All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them.” – Magic Johnson In the context of esports, that "somebody" is a coach. A coach plays a critical role in the success of a youth program. A good coach can help players develop into better individuals, set and achieve goals, have fun, and build connections with their teammates. In fact, studies have shown that coaches who prioritize player development over winning produce athletes who are more motivated, confident, and have higher self-esteem.

Esports & Parenting: How to Help Your Child Control & Understand Their Emotions.

21 May 2023

We at the ECA fully understand how important it is for children to be able to control and understand their emotions. Staying calm during a stressful situation can greatly affect performance and the game's outcomes, whether they win or lose. There are certain tools you can teach your child to handle stressful or agitating situations better.

Top 3 Ways for Structuring Your Youth Esports Program.

20 May 2023

If you're thinking about starting a youth esports program, there are many different ways to structure it. You could offer multi-month semesters, multi-week courses, or shorter boot camps with longer sessions. You can tailor your program to meet the interests and preferences of your community's kids. To make the most of your business while meeting customer needs, you'll need to balance different program types and services.

Tips to Become a Great Youth Esports Coach.

9 May 2023

In the past four years, the Icelandic grassroots youth esports scene has gone through tremendous changes, where kids are now pursuing their gaming hobby in structured environments. Today about 3,000 kids practice esports weekly in a gaming arena or at a local sports club. These weekly training sessions are led by esports coaches who teach kids of all ages and skill levels how to improve in the game they are passionate about, along with improving their physical fitness and cognitive skills.

Esports & Parenting: How to Help Your Child Navigate Gamer Toxicity

2 May 2023

Toxic gamer behavior, also known as gamer toxicity, has been present in gaming culture since before the internet era. It refers to negative attitudes and aggressive behavior displayed by some players.