Ducks NHL 20 High School Scholastic Tournament

for xbox one and playstation 4

NASEF is proud to offer the Ducks NHL 20 High School Scholastic Tournament in close partnership with the Anaheim Ducks and Anaheim Ducks Foundation! Students from participating NASEF Clubs will be able to compete against their peers using EA Sports' NHL 20 for the chance to earn awards and compete at the live finals in Anaheim, CA this February 2020. 

Below, you will find all information related to the Ducks NHL 20 High School Scholastic Tournament. If you have any questions, please email us at info@esportsfed.org!

Key Dates

Recommended Club Activation Period: December - January
TOURNAMENT OPT-IN OPENS: December
TOURNAMENT OPT-IN CLOSES AND ROSTERS DUE: January 11
Regular Season: January 12 - February 8
Tiebreakers: February 9 - February 15
Live Finals Event: February 22 (Anaheim, CA)

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Tournament Details

Regular Season (January 12 - February 8)

  • Format: Swiss-style bracket divided by region and platform (Xbox, Playstation)
  • Students play two (2) best-of-three matches a week
    • Matches are scheduled for Tuesdays at 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM
  • Location: Online (Xbox Live, Playstation Plus)

Live Finals (February 22)

NASEF will fly out the winner of each regional bracket and one chaperone to compete in the live finals that will take place in Southern California! 

Helpful Resources

  • NHL 20 Tournament Checklist (Coming Soon!) Our helpful guides and resources about competition all in one place!
  • NHL 20 Tournament Ruleset (Coming Soon!) - All rules in connection to official NHL 20 tournament play.
  • 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!

NASEF-sponsored NHL 20 Packages for Clubs

NASEF is pleased to offer special NHL 20 packages for interested Clubs and their students. We will offer Clubs up to two of the following:

  • (1) EA Sports NHL 20 Game for choice of XBox or Playstation 4 consoles
  • (1) 3-month subscription to choice of XBox Live Gold or Playstation Plus

Please note: Clubs must have at least two students on the competing roster in order to receive two full NHL 20 packages. The Club will be expected to compete in the tournament. All NHL 20 packages will be sent to the address indicated in the Club Dashboard.

Ducks NHL 20 Beyond the Game Challenges

We will announce the special Beyond the Game Challenge details and information January 2020, but in the meantime, students may participate in our Winter Beyond the Game Challenges (due January 31, 2020)

Eligibility & Code of Conduct

All official NASEF Clubs are eligible to submit students for participation in our Ducks NHL 20 High School Scholastic Tournament, provided they also meet the Club and Player Eligibility requirements listed below. 

Looking for the nearest NASEF Club? Visit our Locations page to see our community across North America! 

Looking to join NASEF? 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

United States

High schools serving grades 9-12 private, public, charter, college-preparatory, homeschool, and virtual recognized by their State Board of Education.

U.S. Territories

  • 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.

Canada

High schools serving grades 9-12. They can be public, private, at-home education, English or French schools recognized by their province.

Mexico

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.


Community-Based Organizations

**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:

  1. is representative of a community or significant segments of a community; and
  2. 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.

Canada

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.

Mexico

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.

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!

Common Questions

Regular Season Format

    • Seeding: Random
    • Format: Swiss-style
    • Duration: Four weeks
    • Matches: Two best-of-three a week
    • Location: Online (Xbox Live, Playstation Plus)

Default Match Time

  • Tuesdays 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM
  • Students who are signed up to participate in the tournament are placed into regional brackets divided by platform (Xbox, PlayStation 4)

Live Finals 

The winner of each bracket will be crowned as a regional champion and invited to play against the other finalists at in Anaheim, CA to crown a culminating champion. The live finals will be a single-elimination, best-of-five series bracket. 

Registration

$0. There are no fees associated with activating a NASEF Club or submitting students to participate in the tournament. 

Equipment

NASEF Clubs will need to confirm each competing student has access to the following equipment for their matches:

Xbox

  • (1) EA SPORTS NHL 20 for Xbox One (Note: NHL 19 copies may not be used as an alternative)
  • (1) Xbox One console + controller
  • (1) Xbox Live subscription active for the duration of the tournament 
  • (1) monitor

PlayStation

  • (1) EA SPORTS NHL 20 for PS4 (Note: NHL 19 copies may not be used as an alternative)
  • (1) PlayStation console + controller
  • (1) PlayStation plus subscription, active for the duration of the tournament 
  • (1) monitor

NASEF-sponsored Equipment

NASEF is pleased to offer special NHL 20 packages for interested Clubs and their students. We will offer Clubs up to two of the following:

  • (1) EA Sports NHL 20 Game for choice of XBox or Playstation 4 consoles
  • (1) 3-month subscription to choice of XBox Live Gold or Playstation Plus

Please note: Clubs must have at least two students on the competing roster in order to receive two full NHL 20 packages. The Club will be expected to compete in the tournament. All NHL 20 packages will be sent to the address indicated in the Club Dashboard.

Students will compete individually, and there is no limit to the amount of students a NASEF Club may submit to participate in the tournament. 

Clubs may submit students to participate by having their General Manager log into their Club Dashboard once the roster submission goes live in December.

No, students are not required to play their official matches from their Club site. 

"I have a student who would like to participate, they are not able to play from our Club site or from home. What are my options?" We encourage our Clubs to reaching out to local venues such as Microsoft Stores, LAN centers, and esports arenas. Building relationships within the community can help connect you to resources that support your students. 




Congratulations again to our Ducks NHL 19 participants!

Ducks NHL 19 High School Scholastic Tournament - Final Four

First place Andrew V. – Tesoro High School, $5,000 scholarship
Second place Max M. – Troy High School, $2,500 scholarship
Third place Luke M. – Tesoro High School, $1,500 scholarship
Fourth place Alex M. – Troy High School , $1,000 scholarship

Ducks NHL 19 Beyond the Game Challenges - Scholarship Recipients

Spencer H. - Mexico High School, $1,000 scholarship
Joshua L. - Troy High School, $1,000 scholarship
Daniel T. - Westminster High School, $1,000 scholarship
Singing Coyote M. - Magnolia High School, $1,000 scholarship
Joshua L. - Los Alamitos High School, $1,000 scholarship

And a special thank you to Twitch Streamer Leslie "Fuslie" Fu for coming out! 

NASEF students and members of the "Fuslie Fam" were able to sit down with Fuslie to hear about her personal journey, advice for those looking to start a career in games, and ask questions directly! Thank you again, Fuslie!