About Esports

Get the game started with our competitive Esports leagues for all levels with games such a Super Smash Bros, Rocket League, and NBA 2K21.

Esports is a competitive sport through a video game requiring the use of strategy, collaboration, communication, and problem-solving skills to achieve individual or team success. And it’s bigger than ‘just gaming’. Esports allows teens to be engaged in a non-traditional sports program.

Esports will be available for youth ages 9 – 17. Youth will compete against other YMCA Participants in a supervised setting.

  • Develop Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills
  • Boosts Self-Confidence
  • Opportunity to Connect with Friends
  • Improves Hand-Eye Coordination

Nintendo Switch and Smash Bothers Raffle

Esports are coming to the Greater Wyoming Valley YMCA! What’s better way to kick off a new program than by raffling off a brand new Nintendo Switch and Smash Bothers game that can both be used to play in the Esports program. Learn More

What games will be played?

Leagues will focus on playing Super Smash Bros, Rocket League, and NBA 2K21.

What equipment will be used?

Console based play

  • Nintendo Switch, PlayStation

Does my child need to supply the equipment?

All equipment needed will be supplied by the YMCA for team members who participate at the Wilkes Barre Branch of the GWVA YMCA. We do offer the option for virtual play, those team members will need to provide their own equipment for play at home. 


Fees include a team jersey, a tournament with medals, and coaching.

  • Member Pricing: $85
  • Non Member Pricing: $140

Program Dates

Program Starts: April 5th and runs until May 28th 

Age 9-12 are Monday & Wednesday 6-7pm 

Age 13-17 Tuesday $ Thursday 6-7pm 


March 15th– April 2nd 

  • In person at the Greater Pittston YMCA, Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA 
  • Online here

YMCA Esports is the development of values through a progressive program stressing skill development, fun, physical fitness, and friendly competition.  All youth have an opportunity to play and families are encouraged to participate. Additional benefits include:

  • Improved hand-eye coordination
  • Improved attention & visual acuity
  • Improved basic visual processing and executive function
  • Problem-solving & strategy skill development
  • 71% of parents report gaming having net positive effects for children
  • Boosts self-confidence and player socialization
  • 54% of gamers say gaming helps them connect with friends
  • At least ten St. Louis area high schools compete in the top national high school Esports league
  • In the span of just five years, over 125 higher education institutions have created varsity collegiate Esports programs including three locally – Maryville, Fontbonne, and St. Louis Universities
  • More than thirty U.S. colleges and universities offer scholarships for gamers


Do I need to be a Y member to participate? 

Yes, this program is only available to Y members. For more information on membership please visit our membership page or view information on our scholarship programs.


Can I join as a Virtual Team Member? 

Yes! We have options for teens to join or Esports League as a virtual team member. Virtual team members will need to have equipment available at their homes or place of play.

Greater Pittston YMCA will be a totally virtual program during this session. 

For more information on how to join as a virtual team member please contact, Ashlee RittenhouseYouth Director for the GWVA YMCA.
(e) [email protected] (p) 570-970-5039



The Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA and it’s branches will be CLOSED

Sunday, May 30th & Monday, May 31st