MHSAA seeking input from membership on possibility of adding eSports

Published: Sep. 29, 2018 at 12:01 AM EDT
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(09/28/2018) - The Michigan High School Athletic Association is talking about eSports as one of three "emerging" sports it may consider adding under its umbrella in the future.

That list also includes girls wrestling and boys volleyball.

While just in the "talking" stage right now, people at the Hamady vs. Goodrich high school football game on Friday night talked about electronic games and their place in high school sports.

"As a parent no, they do enough gaming as it is," said Tujuana McGahee Little.

This football mom says her son will not be joining any eSports teams in the future:

"Keep him focused on No. 1 his academics. Sports would be second, gaming on the weekends only," she said.

Hamady High School Principal Leslie Key hasn't decided if adding eSports to the high school sports line up is a good idea:

"I'd like to see a little more research on it," he said. "But I'm not here to hinder anybody."

MHSAA spokesman John Johnson said the subject came up this week at an annual updat" meeting in Frankenmuth, when "emerging" sports were mentioned.

"Obviously the legs that eSports are getting is really going to help guide our discussion during this coming year and probably the next school year to see if there is a fit," he said.

Junior Samatha Moore thinks it's a good idea for students.

"It would give them more of a platform for college to see give more opportunities for scholarships," she said of video gamers.

Science teacher Jarrett Trumbley agrees.

"We have a lot of students that aren't very athletic, but they're mechanically inclined -- have good hand-to-eye coordination, want to be able to compete for the school," he said.

Johnson said in order to add a sport, 10 percent of the association's membership, or 64 schools, have to sponsor the activity.