MHSEL Horizontal Logo Fall 2022

MHSEL is hosted by Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) and the Michigan Association of Student Councils & Honors Societies (MASC/MAHS) in partnership with PlayVS. Our mission is to provide safe, competitive, and curricular environments that allow student athletes the opportunity to build critical skill sets, explore vast career paths, and contribute to their school culture within varsity esports. Our vision is to be Michigan's elite high school esports league. 

You can establish an esports program in your school with little to no experience while fitting any budget. All you need is computers/consoles, players and a coach, we provide everything else your esports program needs. Please refer to the information below to learn about esports and how to get started at your school.

Spring '24 Season Info, Post-Season Competition & Events

Spring 2024 In-Person Semi-Finals & Championships

Know Before You Go

All the information you need to know before you attend! 

Spring MHSEL State Leagues '24 Playoff Schedules & Brackets

View List of Qualifying Schools for Playoffs

View Playoff Brackets

Visit PlayVS Michigan Webpage to View Live Brackets

  • League of Legends (Top 8):
    • 4/24, 4/26, 4/30
  • Madden (Top 16):
    • 4/19, 4/23, 4/25, 5/2
  • Mario Kart (Top 32):
    • 4/16, 4/18, 4/22, 4/27 at OU
  • NBA2K (Top 8):
    • 4/24, 4/26, 5/1
  • Overwatch (Top 16):
    • 4/15, 4/17, 4/27 at OU
  • Rocket League (Top 32):
    • 4/15, 4/17, 4/19, 4/27 at OU
  • Splatoon (Top 16):
    • 4/19, 4/23, 4/25, 5/2 
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Top 64):
    • 4/15, 4/17, 4/19, 4/23, 4/27 at OU
  • “Silver” Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Top 32):
    • 4/17, 4/19, 4/23, 4/25, 5/1
    • The Silver Smash bracket will feature the next 32 highest-ranked teams who did not qualify for the MHSEL Championship (64) Bracket. Schools that qualified 2 teams for the larger bracket can only qualify 1 additional team for the Silver bracket.  All others can qualify 2 teams with traditional playoff rules applying thereafter. 
  • Valorant (Top 16):
    • 4/16, 4/18, 4/22, 4/24 (Championship Streamed on at 4:00pm ET)

Spring MHSEL Eastern Regional League '24 Playoffs

  • Hearthstone (Top 16):
    • 4/22, 4/24, 4/26 plus finals match

Spring '24 Updates from MHSEL

The Michigan High School Esports League (MHSEL) in partnership with PlayVS, is pleased to announce that our state league will now be FREE for all high school students, teams and schools in Michigan starting this Spring season!

In order to support and grow the esports environment for high school students, this free opportunity will allow any high school, regardless of size or budget, the ability to create, support and compete with their esports programs!  

To read the official announcement from PlayVS's new CEO, John Chapman, please click here.

Additionally, we have added a 10th game title by popular demand, VALORANT! Click here to read the full announcement. Some of you may have decision-makers in your school share concerns about participating in a first-person shooter-style game title. We suggest sharing the following talking points with those individuals:

  • Valorant is a Top 3 game title at the collegiate level. Are we doing a disservice to students by not participating in a game title in which they can receive college opportunities and scholarships?
  • Games like these are incredibly popular and students are already playing them outside of school and at home. Schools have the unique opportunity to provide a safe, constructive environment to play this game with adult supervision and feedback.
  • Valorant is rated T for Teen by ESRB which means it is considered appropriate for teenage students. Blood visuals are turned off/removed during play. 
  • Many consider Valorant a “tactical hero shooter” which emphasizes the abilities of the selected hero character more than the “shooting” aspect. While shooting is important to the game, it is not the main component.
  • Remember, individual schools can choose which game titles they can participate in during a season.  No one is forced to compete in Valorant for league competition. 

Join Our Spring Season Now

Spring 2024 Season Details 

Spring '24 Schedule

Important Season Dates

  • Spring '24 Enrollment is open as of 11/14/23
  • Preseason: Weeks of 2/5/24 & 2/12/24
  • Regular Season: Weeks of 2/19/24 - 4/8/24
  • Playoffs: Weeks of 4/15/24 - 4/26/24
  • Spring Championships: Week of 4/29/24

Weekly Schedule (Games will be played at 4pm EST)

  • Mondays: All titles!
    • Practice days are optional during the regular season on Mondays from 4-7 PM local time. 
    • Coaches and players will receive in-app notifications and coaches will be able to join the practice queue.
    • This is not required and does not affect team rank.
  • Tuesdays: League of Legends, Splatoon 3™, Valorant
  • Wednesdays: Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate, NBA2K, Overwatch
  • Thursdays: Rocket League, Madden NFL, Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe, Hearthstone

Special Events

  • February 5 @ 3 PM | New Coaches Webinar (recording and slidedeck coming soon)
  • March 9 | DC's Sanctum Series: Smash 2024 Tournament
  • March 15 | Big Thumb Tournament (details forthcoming)
  • March 16 | Griffin-Laker Rocket League Invitational (details forthcoming)
Join for FREE! Fall 2024 Interest Survey!

Join MHSEL this Fall - Complete the Interest Survey Below

Fall '24 Interest Survey


Welcome to MHSEL

We provide a robust online platform that enables schools to easily build and manage teams, check schedules, and track stats, all with real-time support.

Our platform partner, PlayVS, is where varsity esports happens. As a varsity athlete, the level of competition never stops improving and that makes your potential championship that much more impressive. With the PlayVS system, students choose to compete with a variety of game titles:

For FREE (as of 11/14/23), students can join a team and represent their school in competitions across the state! 

An Unrivaled Esports Experience

MHSEL Advisory Board

Advisory Board 2023-24

  • Region 1: Becky LaBrecque, Marquette Senior High School
  • Region 2: Ashlie O'Connor, Alpena Montmorency Alcona ESD
  • Region 3: David Droski, Mona Shores High School
  • Region 4: Vacant
  • Region 5: Ginger Herzog, Bay City Central High School
  • Region 6: Sherri St. Clair, Linden High School
  • Region 7: Eric Heinz, Divine Child High School
  • College: Carl Leone, Oakland University
  • Principal: Steve Forsberg, Ludington High School
  • At-Large: Matt Mooney, Detroit Catholic Central High School
  • At-Large: Brady VanMalsen, Hudsonville High School
  • At-Large: Chris White, Novi High School

MHSEL Partners

MHSEL works with partners to provide Michigan schools and students the best esports experience possible. A big shout out and thank you to our current partners!

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If you are interested in being a partner for the Michigan High School Esports League, hosted by MASSP and MASC/MAHS, please contact us at 517-327-5315.


MHSEL Director

Ryan Staff Photo - MHSEL DirectorRyan Cayce,

Ryan Cayce joined the MASSP team in September 2017. He started his career at Croswell-Lexington High School as a Business & Technology teacher where he taught and coached basketball for six years. Ryan moved into administration at Cros-Lex High School as the Assistant Principal and then Principal. He also served as Principal of Ubly Jr/Sr High School. Ryan holds a Bachelor's in Business Education from Western Michigan University and a Master's in Public Administration from U of M-Flint.

Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, Amanda, and four children. As a family, they spend most of their time on the sports fields/courts, swimming, boating and watching the Detroit Lions. In his free time, Ryan also enjoys playing guitar and running.

MHSEL Assistant Director

Maggie Staff Photo - MHSEL Assistant DirectorMaggie Helmer,

Maggie joined MASSP in June 2020. Maggie began her career in education at the Ionia County Intermediate School District in 2010 and prior to coming to MASSP worked at the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators for 4 years as their Executive Assistant. Maggie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a minor in Community Leadership from Aquinas College and is a certified Mediator. 

Maggie grew up in Ionia and served on two nonprofit boards for a cumulative of 6 years. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, playing cards, working out, a good book, watching sports (Go Blue!), movie marathons, time with family/friends (especially at the lake or pool), and pushing herself outside her comfort zone (no matter how scary it may be).

MHSEL PREP - Director of Middle Level

Nina Staff Photo - MHSELPREP Director of MLNina Davis,

Nina Davis joined MASSP as the new Associate Director of Member Services and Middle Level in 2022. Nina comes to the organization with over 17+ years of education experience in urban and suburban districts and after a 9 year tenure of being a middle school principal. Nina has taught and been a building administrator for both middle and high school. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Health from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership also from Eastern Michigan University.  

Nina was born and raised in Flint, MI. She and her husband JD have 3 children together. In her spare time, she loves to travel and has proudly visited 46 states and 10 countries to date. Nina loves exploring new brunch spots (her favorite meal) and listening to live music with JD or baking!


MHSEL Community E-Newsletter | Game On

Edition 1 | October 5, 2022

Edition 2 | March 16, 2023

Awards & Honors

MHSEL is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the incredible achievements of our players and coaches. These awards honor individuals who exemplify the league's mission and vision through their dedication, exceptional performance, sportsmanship and positive contributions to the MHSEL community.

Award Categories:

  • All-League (Each Season): Awarded to one player per team (coach discretion), recognized by a customizable digital certificate
  • All-State (Each Season): Awarded to top players in each game title, recognized by a certificate and a *potential*  invitation to participate in an All-State Exhibition Match
  • Player of the Year: Awarded to one outstanding player in each MHSEL game title, receiving a commemorative plaque
  • Coach of the Year: Recognizing an exceptional coach (or director), receiving a commemorative plaque

Nomination Criteria and Deadlines:

Please refer to the attached document or for detailed information on eligibility criteria and nomination requirements for each award category. All nominations are due by April 5th, 2024 and must be submitted through a dedicated Google Form (linked at bottom).

Judging Process:

Nominations will be evaluated by a committee consisting of MHSEL staff, Advisory Board members, and college/pro partners, ensuring a fair and comprehensive selection process.

Award Ceremony:

The MHSEL Spring In-Person Championships will serve as the platform to present these prestigious awards to our deserving winners; April 27 at Oakland University.

Submit a Nomination:

All-State/Player of the Year

Coach of the Year

See What's Happening in Michigan

The official home of Michigan high school esports page contains registration information, season info, titles, league standings, statistics, and past champions; schedule a consultation or sign up to get started.

Visit the PlayVS Michigan Page

View MHSEL Fact Sheet updated February 2024

View MHSEL Infographic updated February 2024

Why MHSEL? updated January 2024

State League Game Title Policy updated June 2023

Past Michigan State Champions

  • 2020-21 School Year 
    • League of Legends Fall 2020: East Kentwood High School
    • Rocket League Fall 2020: Dakota High School
    • League of Legends Spring 2021: Troy High School
    • Rocket League Spring 2021: Dakota High School
  • 2021-22 School Year
    • League of Legends Fall 2021: East Kentwood High School
    • Rocket League Fall 2021: Dakota High School
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fall 2021: Novi High School
    • League of Legends Spring 2022: Bloomfield Hills High School
    • Rocket League Spring 2022: Byron Center High School
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spring 2022: Bloomfield Hills High School
  • 2022-23 School Year
    • League of Legends Fall 2022: Novi High School
    • Rocket League Fall 2022: Divine Child High School
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fall 2022: Bloomfield Hills High School
    • League of Legends Spring 2023: Novi High School
    • Rocket League Spring 2023: Linden High School
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spring 2023: Rochester Adams High School
  • 2023-24 School Year
    • Madden NFL24 Fall 2023: East Kentwood High School
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Fall 2023: Richmond High School
    • Overwatch 2 Fall 2023: Rockford High School
    • Rocket League Fall 2023: Linden High School
    • Splatoon 3 Fall 2023: West Bloomfield High School
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fall 2023: Detroit Catholic Central High School

Who's Playing?

MHSEL Current Season Heat Map
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MHSEL Spring2024 Heat Map

Click to View list of Schools Enrolled

Google Map of Schools for the 2024 Spring Season

List of Schools that have Participated in MHSEL

237 High Schools have played with MHSEL since Fall of 2020! (Being Updated)

  • Adlai Stevenson High School
  • Adrian High School
  • Aim High School
  • Anchor Bay High School
  • Annapolis High School
  • Arts & Technology Academy of Pontiac
  • Atlanta Community Schools
  • Auburn Hills Christian School
  • Avondale High School
  • Baraga Area High School
  • Bark River-Harris High School
  • Bay City Central High School
  • Bay City Western High School
  • Bedford High School
  • Beecher High School
  • Belding High School
  • Belleville High School
  • Bentley High School
  • Benton Harbor Middle & High School
  • Berrien Springs High School
  • Big Bay De Noc School
  • Big Rapids High School
  • Blissfield High School
  • Bloomfield Hills High School
  • Boyne City High School
  • Brandywine Senior High School
  • Brother Rice
  • Brown City High School
  • Burr Oak High School
  • Byron Center High School
  • Cabrini High School
  • Calumet High School
  • Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School
  • Cass City High School
  • Central High School
  • Centreville Junior /Senior High School
  • Charlevoix High School
  • Charlotte High School
  • Cheboygan Area High School
  • Chippewa Hills High School
  • Chippewa Valley High School
  • Clarkston High School
  • Clintondale High School
  • Clio Area High School
  • Cody High School
  • Columbia Central High School
  • Comstock High School
  • Comstock Park High School
  • Concord High School
  • Constantine High School
  • Coopersville High School
  • Corunna High School
  • Covenant House Academy
  • Dakota High School
  • Dansville High School
  • Davison High School
  • De La Salle Collegiate
  • Delta-Schoolcraft ISD
  • Denby High School
  • Detour High School
  • Detroit Catholic Central High School
  • Dewitt High School
  • Divine Child High School
  • Dowagiac Middle School
  • Dr. Benjamin Carson School for Science and Medicin
  • Dryden High School
  • Durand Area High School
  • Early College Alliance at EMU
  • East Detroit High School
  • East Grand Rapids High School
  • East Kentwood High School
  • Elk Rapids High School
  • Ernest W. Seaholm High School
  • Escanaba High School
  • Everett High School
  • Farmington High School
  • Fennville High School
  • Fenton Senior High School
  • Ferndale High School
  • Flushing High School
  • Fordson High School
  • Forest Hills Central High School
  • Frankel Jewish Academy
  • Franklin High School
  • Gateway To Success Academy
  • Genesee Early College
  • Godwin Heights Senior High School
  • Goodrich High School
  • Grand Blanc Community High School
  • Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  • Grayling High School
  • Great Lakes Learning Academy
  • Grosse Ile High School
  • Gull Lake High School
  • H.H. Dow High School
  • Hamady High School
  • Hamilton High School
  • Hamtramck High School
  • Harrison Community High School
  • Harrison High School
  • Hart High School
  • Hastings High School
  • Henry Ford II High School
  • Heritage High School
  • Holton High School
  • Hopkins High School
  • Houghton Lake High School
  • Howell High School
  • Hudsonville High School
  • Huron High School
  • Inland Lakes Secondary School
  • Innovation Academy
  • Innovation Central High School
  • International Academy
  • Ionia High School
  • Iron Mountain High School
  • Jackson High School
  • Jackson Preparatory Early College
  • Jeffers High School
  • John Glenn High School
  • Kalkaska High School
  • Kelloggsville High School
  • Kenowa Hills High School
  • King High School
  • L'Anse Creuse High School - North
  • Lake Shore High School
  • Lakeview High School
  • Lamphere High School
  • Lawton High School
  • Lee Middle/High School
  • Lenawee Christian School
  • Leslie High School
  • Linden High School
  • Lowell Senior High School
  • Ludington High School
  • Lutheran North High School
  • Mackinac Island School
  • Macomb Mathematics Science and Technology Center
  • Madison High School
  • Marcellus High School
  • Marquette Senior High School
  • Marysville High School
  • Mason High School
  • Mason Senior High School
  • McBain High School
  • Melvindale High School
  • Mercy High School
  • Meridian Early College High School
  • Michigan Center Jr/Sr High School
  • Michigan Great Lake Virtual Academy
  • Milan High School
  • Mona Shores High School
  • Monroe High School
  • Morey Flextech High School - Shepherd
  • Morrice Area High School
  • Mott High School
  • Mott Middle College High School
  • Munising High and Middle School
  • Muskegon High School
  • Newaygo High School
  • NexTech High School
  • North Central Academy Campus
  • Northview High School
  • Northville High School
  • Northwest High School
  • Notre Dame Preparatory School
  • Novi High School
  • Oakridge High School
  • Ogemaw Heights High School
  • Orchard View High School
  • Owosso High School
  • Perry High School
  • Pewamo-Westphalia Junior Senior High School
  • Pinckney Community High School
  • Pinconning High School
  • Pioneer High School
  • Portage Central High School
  • Redford Union High School
  • Reed City High School
  • Regina High School
  • Renaissance High School
  • Richmond Community High School
  • River Rouge High School
  • Robichaud Senior High School
  • Rochester Adams High School
  • Rochester High School
  • Rockford High School
  • Romulus Senior High School
  • Roscommon High School
  • Roseville High School
  • Sandusky High School
  • Saranac JrSr High School
  • Saugatuck High School
  • Sault Area High School
  • Sexton High School
  • Skyline High School
  • South Christian High School
  • Southfield High School
  • Sparta Senior High School
  • St. Clair High School
  • Standish-Sterling Central High School
  • Stephenson High School
  • Stockbridge High School
  • Stoney Creek High School
  • Success Virtual Learning Centers of Michigan
  • Success Virtual Learning Centers of Michigan - Flint
  • Summit Academy North
  • Swan Valley High School
  • Swartz Creek High School
  • Tawas Area High School
  • Taylor High School
  • The Harper Woods College and Career Institute
  • The New Standard Academy
  • Three Rivers High School
  • Traverse City West High School
  • Trenton High School
  • Troy High School
  • Union City High School
  • Unionville-Sebewaing High School
  • University High School Academy
  • Vanderbilt Area School
  • Vandercook Lake High School
  • Voyageur College Preparatory High School
  • Warren Mott High School
  • Warren Woods Tower High School
  • Waterford Kettering High School
  • Waterford Mott High School
  • Wayland High School
  • Wayland Union High School
  • West Bloomfield High School
  • West Catholic High School
  • West Michigan Virtual Academy
  • Whitehall Senior High School
  • William D Ford Career-Technical Center
  • Williamston High School
  • Woodhaven High School
  • Yale Senior High School
Benefits of Esports & Beyond High School

45% of students involved in esports haven’t participated in any other school sport or activity. 
Thousands of high schools across the country are reaching a new student population by offering esports and unlocking many benefits along the way.

From March 2022 Survey ... Improvements seen:

  • 91% in socializing
  • 83% in communication
  • 78% in leadership skills
  • 73% in mental health
  • 72% in sportsmanship
  • “I feel that I've become a bit more dedicated and lively to something, which helps me get a routine and participate in something besides school.”
  • “One student that I can point out has felt much more welcome in school. His parents reached out to us because they noticed a change in their sons attitude towards school.”

Why Esports Now

Benefits of Esports


  • $500-$3K annual operating budget; esports costs a fraction of other sports and offers similar benefits.
  • More than 200 colleges are offering +$20 million in esports scholarships!

Esports is a Varsity Sport 

The MASSP and MASC/MAHS has partnered with PlayVS to bring esports to high schools throughout Michigan. Esports, or competitive gaming, is the fastest-growing high school sport in the country and, much like traditional sports, requires teamwork, critical thinking and communication to achieve success. However, esports goes ever further to create a barrier-breaking, all-inclusive environment with a strong sense of community. All games are selected based on their competitiveness and strategy, and are rated E for Everyone.

MHSEL is not offering varsity letters or asking schools to change policies. MHSEL is offering a state sanctioned league in which schools can participate. This state sanctioned league offers a pathway to decide if they want to offer their students the opportunity to earn varsity letters via esports, as ultimately, schools determine the ability of which sports are letter sports. The National Federation of State High School Associations Network (NFHSA) has partnered with PlayVS to offer this letter opportunity to the schools that participate in state sanctioned leagues, but it is a local decision. 

Learn more about varsity leagues 

Esports In Education

  • Student Achievement
  • Scholarships
  • Careers
  • Leadership/Teamwork
  • Digital Citizenship

Life Skills

  • Teamwork
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Resiliency
  • Sportsmanship

Career Exploration

  • Art
  • Audio
  • Engineering
  • Data
  • Esports
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Facilities
  • IT
  • Game Design
  • Legal
  • Writing
  • Publishing
  • Quality Assurance
  • Professional Gamer

High School and Beyond

Esports opens up a world of possibilities for students. Besides a truly enriching competitive experience, PlayVS provides support for higher education by rewarding championship winners, as well as All-State and All-American, with scholarship money. PlayVS also helps set students up for success should they aspire to continue with esports post-graduation, including playing at the collegiate level, coaching and more.

View below video of a success story of a high school student's story with esports beyond high school.

Start Your Team Today

All esports teams are coach-led to provide a similar structure to any traditional high school sport. PlayVS helps support both coaches and schools by providing resources, training materials, webinars, workshops and a thriving coach community to take the guesswork out of starting and running a program. And the PlayVS platform makes match day a breeze with seamless publisher integrations, scheduling, robust statistics and live support.

Spring 2024 Esports 101 Webinar 

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Spring 2024 Esports New Coaches Webinar

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PlayVS Resources

PlayVS How To Video Series

PlayVS Coach Resource Center: Includes items such as: coach handbook, coach checklist, how-tos, building your program, tryouts-practice-match guides, scrimmaging and more! View Coach Handbook (Fall 2023 Edition)

Ready to take the next step?

Registration is the first step to prepare your school’s team for competitive play. The PlayVS coach dashboard allows for easy management of your school's esports program. You'll be automatically notified when the season starts and if you have outstanding management obligations. Creating an account and building a school profile usually takes less than 30 minutes.

  1. Recruit Interested Students: Use this quick, readymade, Student Interest Survey to gain a better understanding for the level of interest in your building and which competitive games your students want to compete in. Schools can have multiple teams playing multiple game titles. 
  2. Schedule a Consultation Call with a PlayVS expert to walk you through any assistance you may need — technical, organizational, anything; email
  3. Get your Administration's Approval
  4. Sign up at then have your students do the same. Quick and easy!
  5. Connect with your IT Department
  6. Determine your Program's Capacity
  7. Build Your Program
  8. Get Ready to Compete! Verify students at your school, assign them to an esports team and activate your teams (see How to Start Guide and High School Enrollment Steps for additional details).
  9. Match time! Now, you’re ready to compete. Practice up and get ready for your first match! 

Additional Resources:

Raise Money for Your Esports Program

Fundraising Solutions Group (FSG)

View Email Announcement 

Over the years, we’ve heard from coaches about the need for additional fundraising opportunities to help support your esports programs. MHSEL has been hard at work searching for options to meet this need and we believe we’ve found the perfect solution!

We are pleased to announce that we will be working with Fundraising Solutions Group (FSG) to help local scholastic esports programs quickly raise all the funds they need. FSG provides a high-value incentive to give; delivered on a 21st-century digital platform; making players, parents and supporters happy to participate and give to your program!

The following is a brief overview of why so many teams are choosing to use the FSG platform to achieve or exceed their fundraising goals:


    FSG works with schools from across the country to raise all the funds quickly & easily; believing fundraising should be fast, we recommend all teams run what is called a POWER HOUR. This is a terrific way to jump-start or meet your fundraising goal. Fundraisers can last as little time as 1-hour to several months. It is all based on the team’s commitment.

    Utilizing the FSG customized digital dashboard provides teams a fast, easy, sustainable and safe way for participants to reach out to family and friends nationwide.

    Every person who donates receives a 1-year membership to a high-value savings app. Exclusive savings of up to 50% off at over 1.6 million top-tier retailers nationwide, (think of it as a new version of the old coupon books on steroids). They also receive a $100 hotel voucher and if they share the fundraising opportunity with just 2 people they earn an additional $150 hotel voucher, significantly magnifying your supporter reach & increasing your response rate by 54 percent. Average savings of over $2,000 annually.

    There is no upfront cost, no setup, and no heavy lifting for anyone involved. Simply provide the required info & your digital dashboard is created & ready to go. The FSG platform utilizes ALL 21st Century technology to increase the ease of sharing, response rate and supporter reach to assure your fundraising success!

    • Coaches love it because they are provided with everything needed to succeed.

      • An email to share with their players & parents which explains the fundraiser, what every supporter receives, the number of donations each participant should get to reach the goal, and how to set up their individual campaign link so that they earn credit for their efforts.

      • Coaches receive access to be able to see all the fundraising activity so they KNOW who is doing or not doing their part to reach the goal.

    • Parents love it because of the tremendous value of the “Thank You Gift” making them happy to donate and share with co-workers & on social media.

    • Players love it because they simply text/email their dedicated fundraiser link to their list of friends and family that live anywhere in the U.S.

Coach, we are pleased to announce we have negotiated a special bonus for you. FSG has agreed to provide every esports coach with a one year membership and a $100 hotel voucher to enjoy. Once your fundraiser is completed you will also receive an additional $500 hotel voucher bonus, so be sure to mention MHSEL when reaching out to their director of fundraising Ann Myers, her direct line is 314-306-0338 and her email is

To further explain the process, be sure to review the following resources:

What you need to get started:

  1. Team or school logo
  2. Group photo (high resolution & horizontal)
  3. 30-second “We Need Your Help” YouTube Video (optional)
  4. How many participants you will have
  5. Fundraising goal
  6. Description of what the funds will be used for
  7. To whom & address the check should be mailed to
  8. Date and time of “POWER HOUR” (optional)

MHSEL is excited about this opportunity for our teams to get the much-needed financial support they've requested.

Best of luck with your fundraising efforts!

Get Your Gear Customized!

Get Your Esports Gear Customized! 

We are excited to announce that ESPORTSGEAR will become the official apparel partner for the Michigan High School Esports League (MHSEL) for the 2023-24 school year!  EsportsGear is a leader in the esports apparel industry and works with many high school, collegiate, amateur and professional organizations all across the country.  Many of our very own Michigan colleges utilize EsportsGear including Alma, Concordia, Oakland University and Western Michigan University to name just a few.  

By creating a league-wide partnership with EsportsGear, high school programs will be able to:

  1. Access a large variety of apparel items including jerseys, hats, hoodies, mousepads, flags, and more!
  2. Work with an artist to design one-of-a-kind apparel showcasing your school logo and colors
  3. Create a virtual school esports store to sell merchandise to peers and family members and generate revenue to your school through the sales of apparel

MHSEL has already create our own store which will allow you to see the design quality and ease of browsing and ordering gear. Click here to check it out!

Esports Gear Store Screenshot

If you are ready to take the next step with your school’s esports apparel, please refer to the resources below to get started:

We will be providing additional resources to help walk schools who are interested in setting up a store.  

*Please note that schools are not required to use EsportsGear and are welcome to pursue other vendors; however, revenue kickbacks to schools are higher with the more programs we have involved.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ryan Cayce, Director of Esports, at

Check Us Out (news & photos)

Spring 2024 Season

Fall 2023 Season

WZZM13 Story: Back-to-school and the rise of esports in Michigan

2x Champion & Not Slowing Down

View Article on East Kentwood High School Student, Kymen Cartwright

2023 Spring Championships at Western Michigan University

Press Release

Photo Gallery

Website Story

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2022 Explore Esports Conference & Fall Championships (Semi's & Finals)

Press Release

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2022 Spring Championships

Press Release

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2021 Fall Championships

Press Release

Photo Gallery 

2020 Fall League Creation 

Press Release of League Starting 

MHSEL PREP – Esports for Middle Level!

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Start a Middle Level Esports Club

Support student engagement and provide an extracurricular opportunity for middle school students at your school through the popular and exciting world of esports! 

Registration is Open!

Registration for MHSEL Prep is now OPEN on LeagueSpot, our new home for middle level esports! 

Our partner, PlayFly, will be available to help MHSEL Prep teams set up their management account on the LeagueSpot platform. To start this process, please email: with your school name as well as the name and email of your coach.

Beginning the week of January 30, the spring season will kick off with eleven weeks of matches between teams using our platform Automatcher. Your students will have the chance to compete in four exciting game titles – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Splatoon 3, and Rocket League – on three different days

The MHSEL Prep Guidebook contains competition details and registration processes for the seasons. We invite you to attend one of our in-depth onboarding webinars, which will provide tournament details and a full registration demonstration. The upcoming dates for orientation webinars are:

  • January 9th at 4:00 p.m.
  • January 23rd at 4:00 p.m.

Click Here to Register

When You Join MHSEL PREP, You Receive:

  • Plug & play league support (no knowledge of gaming or esports necessary)
  • Support needed to start an esports club
  • Platform to connect with other schools from across the state

Learn More Middle Level Esports 101 Webinar Recording 


Contact Nina Davis, Associate Director of Middle Level,

FAQ & Resources

What is Esports?

Esports, short for electronic sports, involves video games that are played in a competitive, typically team-based, environment which requires a great deal of strategy and communication. Similar to traditional sports, esports athletes practice and train to improve performance, scout teams and game plan for upcoming matches, make in-game adjustments, and more. Coaches oversee the overall development of players, manage the team rosters, make starting/bench/alternate decisions, monitor behavior and ensure sportsmanship is being followed. Games are traditionally played virtually and spectators can view matches on popular online streaming sites such as Twitch or YouTube.

Fundraising & Budget Resources

Sample Fundraising Letter for Schools

Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Three Year Implementation Plan for Esports

Does MHSEL/PlayVS have a Special Olympics Unified League?

Yes, we do! Check out this link to learn more: Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools

What hardware is needed to play?

Are there any resources and trainings for Coaches specifically?

Is additional software needed for certain leagues?

  • Some console-based games require an online gaming subscription to play (i.e. PS Plus, Xbox Live, etc.).
  • Note: you will need to download or own the games - just depends on the game title. Rocket League and League of Legend are free to download. Madden, NBA and Nintendo games have a cost. 

Not receiving emails?

  • Unblock PlayVS emails
  • MHSEL sends emails from the domain and Please make sure to have your district add these domains to your schools accessibility lists so you don't miss any information! 

What do Michigan Schools Say About Esports?

When are the Esports Seasons? 

  • Fall Season: September - December
  • Spring Season: February - May 

What Titles and Platforms are Available?

Are players able to compete remotely?

  • We fully support remote play, especially after experiencing COVID-19 pandemic. We don't want any students putting themselves or others at risk to come into school to play esports, if that school is operating on a hybrid or remote learning model.

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