Winter 2020 Tournament Postponed
With the health crisis dominating the news, we’re thinking of all of our member clubs and students and wishing you well.
As school districts are closing, the situation requires that we shift from competition to community™, and in line with that shift, we are postponing the Winter 2020 League of Legends High School Scholastic Tournament until further notice. The current playoffs schedule will be frozen, and we will provide updates to competing teams as they become available.
Connections to family, friends and peers are critically important at this time. Given the present challenges and disruptions, NASEF realizes the need to use its connection of play and passion and learning, and its social network, to provide the support that people and communities need even more today.
To that end, NASEF’s education, gaming, and social experts have restructured our always-free environment to ensure that students and families can engage in safe and meaningful ways through our philanthropy and programming. Starting next week, we will be providing all NASEF clubs and members a free online space to hang out, embrace their love of esports, learn about the games they love and the people working in the industry, all in a safe and fully vetted and monitored social platform. Look for more details in your email and on NASEF’s social channels Sunday and Monday!
Why did the tournament have to be postponed? Can’t teams play from home?
With Club Sites (campuses, after-school centers, etc.) closing down, many students will lose access to their equipment, making them unable to participate despite advancing to the playoffs phase. It’s important that we provide a fair competition for all teams that have earned their spot in playoffs.
When will we know which teams made the playoffs?
We’re aiming for next week to publish the list of teams that made the playoffs! All tournament teams will receive an email with this information, and a discord announcement will be posted in the NASEF Community Discord.
What will happen to the current tournament schedule?
We are in the process of developing a new playoffs schedule. The current Playoffs Info Page will be used to communicate any updates regarding the playoffs schedule. We will notify all teams as soon as a new playoffs schedule is finalized, and include a link to the updated Playoffs Info page in our communications.
When will the tournament continue?
We hope to develop a new playoffs schedule within the next few weeks. We are looking to publish this schedule a few weeks before the new playoffs phase begins to give teams time to prepare and adjust to the new dates.
What should we do in the meantime?
We love esports just like you, and we’re excited to focus on the community. Starting next week, we will be providing all NASEF clubs and members a free online space to hang out, embrace their love of esports, learn about the games they love and the people working in the industry.
Our Winter 2020 Term is back!
League of Legends is back for Winter 2020! Just like our previous years, our tournament is COMPLETELY FREE and offers LEAGUE UNLOCKED to ALL participating teams at NO extra cost!
StreamRecap x NASEF
StreamRecap is a tool for automatic highlight creation.
On the StreamRecap x NASEF page below, you can look up any team participating in our Winter 2020 League of Legends tournament and their gameplay highlights.
League of Legends High School Scholastic Tournament
Our League of Legends High School Scholastic Tournament is back! NASEF is proud to offer the Winter 2020 League of Legends High School Scholastic Tournament in close partnership with Riot Games!
After our Winter 2019 League of Legends 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 compete 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.
Recommended Club Activation Period: November - January
TOURNAMENT OPT-IN OPENS: December
Coaching Opt-in Deadline: January 17
ROSTER DEADLINE EXTENSION: February 4
Swiss Rounds: February 10 - March 14
Playoffs: March 23 - April 11
Live Finals Event: April 25
Recommended Activation Period
Before you can start forming teams for the tournament, you need to do the following first:
- Activate a Club with NASEF. Our competitions are only open to NASEF Clubs -- everything we offer is free!
- Add students to your Club Members page in the Club Dashboard. Students need to complete their paperwork to be eligible to participate in our tournaments.
Don't worry! We have lots of helpful resources and instructions in the Club Dashboard that take you through the entire process step by step.
League Unlocked Opens
Q: What is League Unlocked?
League Unlocked is a service provided by our tournament partner, Riot Games. League Unlocked unlocks ALL champions in League of Legends for absolutely no cost -- This means your students have FREE access to ALL League of Legends champions for the duration of our tournament!
Q: How does League Unlocked work?
League Unlocked is applied to individual League of Legends game accounts. League Unlocked is tied to a user’s Summoner Name, which can be found on the League of Legends Client
We recommend this window of time to hold team tryouts, complete any missing student paperwork, and get in touch with your assigned coach. It may take more time to form and finalize a team roster, especially for club's competing for the first time!
As the deadline approaches, you'll receive reminder emails and a link to a document to check the status of your roster. The document will indicate which teams are complete and incomplete, and will be updated on a weekly basis.
Don't wait until the last minute to assemble and submit your roster! Always allot a few days between the moment you hit submit and the day of the deadline. This can give you extra time to resolve any last minute issues that may come up!
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:
- League Unlocked
- Tournament Management
- Live Final Event
- IT Support
- Weekly Broadcasts
...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 will be in a swiss format. This way teams can still play without getting eliminated immediately.
Playoffs will be conducted in a Single-Elimination style bracket.
Default Match Times
The default match time is Wednesday, 3:30 PM.
This may change during Playoffs to Thursday, 3:30 PM.
Each club can field up to two teams for the tournament.
A minimum of 5 students is required for each team roster. Teams may have up to 5 alternates per roster, making 10 the maximum number of players a roster can have.
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 will be found in the Club Dashboard once opt-in opens.
- League of Legends Tournament Checklist - Our helpful guides and resources about competition all in one place!
- 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!
- League of Legends 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!
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 Winter 2020 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 access to League Unlocked and free coaching, NASEF provides all our resources to students at absolutely no cost.