Has esports piqued your interest? Want to start a program at your school but know nothing about it?! Don’t worry, we have you covered. You can have little to no knowledge about esports and still start a successful, dynamic program for students in your building. Need more proof? Hear from a principal, coach and student perspective! 

This Fall 2021 Season MASSP and MASC/MAHS, partnering with PlayVS, are excited to offer our second year of the Michigan High School Esports League: Champions Series (MHSEL)! MHSEL’s mission/vision is to provide safe, competitive and curricular environments for Michigan High School students to compete against schools across the state.  The MHSEL provides students the opportunity to build critical skill sets, explore vast career opportunities, and contribute to their school’s culture as a varsity athlete. Last year the number of teams competing around the state doubled between the Fall and Spring season in our inaugural year!

Why esports?

Esports opens up a world of opportunities for students. Whether their interests are competition, social media, shoutcasting, production, design, analytics, or just spending time with friends — high school esports provides students with a sense of connection to their school while exploring curricular and career development. It’s also one of the only coed varsity sports a school can offer! No matter the results, when students compete, school culture wins!

Why PlayVS?

PlayVS is the official high school esports partner of the NFHS Network. This means there is only one place where varsity high school esports is played — PlayVS. PlayVS makes it easy for players and coaches to get started - regardless of skill level. PlayVS offers the most popular titles including: League of Legends, Rocket League, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Splatoon 2, FIFA 21, Madden 21 and more. 

New to the Game? 

If your school is brand new to esports, it’s as easy as 1-2-3. Sign up here to get started today. Need to brush up on some fundamentals? PlayVS resources provide info, advice, and expert perspectives on wide-ranging topics across the entire esports spectrum. Contact PlayVS Michigan Account Executive, Tom Neiman at tom.neiman@playvs.com to get the conversation started. Check out the PlayVS Academy, Resource Center, Michigan’s PlayVS State Page, and our MHSEL webpage!

2021-2022 School Year

MHSEL offers two seasons per school year: Fall and Spring. Your school can impact and engage more students than traditional sports, and for a fraction of the cost. PlayVS team will help you find the perfect plan for your school. Get started today

  • Important Fall 2021 Season Dates
    • Enrollment opens: 7/26
    • Preseason: 9/13 - 9/24
    • Registration deadline: 9/24
    • Regular Season: 9/27 - 11/19
    • Break: 11/22 - 11/26
    • Playoffs: 11/29 - 12/17
    • Fall Championships: TBD
  • Weekly Schedule:
    • Tuesdays: League of Legends, FIFA 21, Splatoon 2
    • Wednesdays: SMITE, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    • Thursdays: Rocket League, Madden NFL 21
  • Match Time: 4:00 p.m. local time

At MHSEL, we want to make this opportunity possible for your school and more importantly your students and we would love to have you a part of the Champion Series where gamers become athletes! 

Written by Maggie Helmer, MASSP Coordinator of Programs and Communications