Our Fall 2019 Season is back, with more options for competition!
After a receiving feedback from our students, General Managers and coaches, we're excited to announce two tournament offerings for this Fall. In addition to our Overwatch® High School Scholastic Tournament, we're also hosting an Overwatch® Community Play-In Tournament!
Overwatch® High School Scholastic Tournament
Our Overwatch® High School Scholastic Tournament is back! NASEF is proud to offer the Overwatch® High School Scholastic Tournament in close partnership with Blizzard Entertainment!
After our Fall 2018 Overwatch® Season, we received a lot of feedback on team balancing, match scheduling and seeding. This year, we'd like to offer a more competitive experience for teams looking to play at a higher level. We're also changing up the format and dividing the competition into four different regions - West, Mountain, Central, and East. Many teams experienced schedule conflicts last year, and we hope by dividing regions by time zones, it could help alleviate those issues.
We're also offering another opportunity to compete for teams that don't qualify for Playoffs: Our Overwatch® Community Play-In Tournament.
Recommended Club Activation Period: July - August
Tournament Opt-in Period: August 1 - September 19
Coaching Opt-in Deadline: September 6
Roster Deadline: September 19
IP Addresses Deadline: September 19
Regular Season: September 30 - November 16
Playoffs: November 18 - December 7
Championship: January 18
Overwatch® Community Play-In Tournament
This year, we have a new competitive option designed for teams just getting their esports journey started! Our Overwatch® Community Play-In gives clubs more time to assemble their teams, practice with their coaches, and a bit more flexibility within the tournament structure.
Additionally, teams that don't qualify for Playoffs in our Overwatch® High School Scholastic Tournament can opt-in for the Community Play-In playoffs.
Recommended Club Activation Period: July - September
Tournament Opt-in Period: August 1 - October 3
Coaching Opt-in Deadline: September 6
Roster Deadline: October 3
IP Addresses Deadline: October 3
Regular Season: October 14 - November 9
Playoffs: November 18 - December 7
Online Finals: December 14
Eligibility & Code of Conduct
Any teams interested in competing MUST have a club activated with NASEF, meeting all club and student requirements below.
Additionally, clubs will be able to opt-in for coaching, powered by Connected Camps.
Please note: this tournament will be conducted via PC only.
Ready to make the jump? Visit our Getting Started page and start your Activation process!
All high schools and community-based organizations located in North America, including the United States, including its territories, Mexico and Canada are eligible to sign-up to become a “Club” within the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF).
How Do We Define High School or Community-Based Organization?
High schools serving grades 9-12 private, public, charter, college-preparatory, homeschool, and virtual recognized by their State Board of Education.
- American Samoa: High schools serving grades 9-12 can be private, public, charter, college-preparatory, homeschool, and virtual recognized by their Board of Education.
- Guam: High schools serving grades 9-12 private, public, charter, college-preparatory, homeschool, and virtual recognized by their Board of Education.
- Northern Mariana Islands: High schools serving grades 9-12 private, public, charter, college-preparatory, homeschool, and virtual recognized by their Board of Education.
- Puerto Rico: Upper Secondary School serving grades 10-12. They can be private, public, charter, college-preparatory, homeschool, and virtual recognized by their Board of Education.
- United States Virgin Islands: High schools serving grades 9-12 private, public, charter, college-preparatory, homeschool, and virtual recognized by their Board of Education.
High schools serving grades 9-12. They can be public, private, at-home education, English or French schools recognized by their province.
Preparatoria (High School or Preparatory School) serving grades 10-12. They can be public, private, at-home education, international schools recognized by the Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP), or by Mexico’s states, through various state departments of education.
**NOTE** To be recognized as a Community-Based Organization in the NASEF Club Dashboard, you must upload your organization's 501(c)(3) documentation.
United States and the U.S. Territories
According to 20 U.S.C.A § 7801(6), the term “community-based organization” means “a public or private nonprofit organization of demonstrated effectiveness that:
- is representative of a community or significant segments of a community; and
- provides educational or related services to individuals in the community.”
Examples of community-based organizations may include but are not limited to:
- Public libraries
- Youth development programs (Girl Scouts, YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, 4-H, etc.)
- Faith-based organizations (churches, synagogues, etc.)
- STEM rich institutions (museums, planetariums, etc.)
- Associations (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Community Nonprofit Associations, etc.)
Public and private nonprofit organizations are subject to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. (26 U.S.C.A. § 501(C)(3).)
Community-Based Organizations serving students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate.
According to Government of Canada, registered charities are charitable organizations, public foundations, or private foundations that are created and resident in Canada. In addition, non-profit organizations are associations, clubs, or societies that are not charities and are organized and operated exclusively for social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure, recreation, or any other purpose except profit.
Both registered charities and non-profit organizations are eligible to participate.
The following forms of non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations in Mexico are eligible to participate:
- The civil association (AC), established pursuant to state civil codes; and
- The civil society (SC), established pursuant to state civil codes.
Eligibility Requirements for Club Participation and Competition:
All students participating in the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for club participation regardless of where the Club is located (school or community-based organization):
- NASEF participation is open to high school students.
- The high school student must enroll in the NASEF Club at a high school or community-based organization.
- The high school student is currently enrolled in at least 20 semester units of work at a high school as defined in the Club Eligibility guidelines.
- The high school student maintained satisfactory citizenship (no N or U) during previous grading period at a high school or is good standing at the community-based organization.
- The high school student must have earned a grade point average of 2.0 or better in all subjects during the previous grading period preceding his/her participation.
NASEF Code of Conduct - It's helpful to start the school year by introducing ground rules!
All NASEF activities, including main season tournaments, require that all participants abide by our Code of Conduct. We strive to create an environment of safety, inclusivity and fun!
NASEF's mission is to provide resources, including our season long tournaments, to ALL students at NO COST!
For this tournament, we are providing:
- Game Licenses
- Tournament Management
- Live Final Event
- IT Support
...All completely free, at no cost to students, families, schools and community-based organizations.
This year, we're looking to split teams into regional brackets. This way, teams only play other teams in the same time zone. We're hoping this alleviates some of the scheduling burdens some teams encountered last year.
The regular season for both Scholastic and Play-In tournaments will be in a swiss format. This way teams can still play without getting eliminated immediately.
Playoffs for both season will be conducted in a Single-Elimination style bracket. For our Scholastic tournament, we'll be utilizing the Towers of Doom format we used for Fall 2018.
Default Match Times
The default match time for the Scholastic and Play-In tournament is Wednesday, 3:30 PM.
This may change during Playoffs to Thursday, 3:30 PM.
Each club can field up to two teams for both tournaments.
We're also reducing our maximum roster size from last year -- Now, you can only have up to 9 total players on a team (meaning only 3 substitutes are allowed!).
Teams (and by teams, we mean the same students on those teams as well) can only join one of the tournaments!
We encourage teams to play nice and play fair.
In an effort to be more inclusive to our online school and home school communities, we are permitting teams to play from home as long as they complete and submit our online waiver and wait for NASEF approval.
The waiver must be completed before each tournament's competitive matches begin. A link to the waiver can be found on the Club Dashboard, accessible by the General Manager of a NASEF Club.
- NASEF Code of Conduct - It's helpful to start the school year by introducing ground rules!
- NASEF Community Discord - Get connected with other students, general managers, and the NASEF Leadership team!
- Overwatch IT Help Page - Need help installing the game on club sites? Keep getting disconnected? Check out our resources here!
- Active Roster Information - Everything you need to gather when assembling your tournament roster, all in one place!
- Coaching Info - Did you know NASEF provides free coaching to all participating teams? Meet our coaches here!
- Overwatch Tournament Checklist - Our helpful guides and resources about competition in one place!
Ready to play?
If your club is already activated with NASEF, remember that your General Manager has to complete the renewal process! This will allow your club to opt-in to our Fall 2019 competitions.
Have your General Manager log in to the Club Dashboard here.
Not a NASEF Club yet?
Our main season tournaments are exclusive to Clubs activated under NASEF! With no fees, free game licenses and free coaching, NASEF provides all our resources to students at absolutely no cost.