Esports Club seeks recognition

Josh Bova, Staff

PA has new Esports Club, hoping to be recognized as an athletic team. Currently, the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) currently does not recognize  Esports as a “sport” in the state.   

 This year, New Hampshire sponsored a pilot program with organized Esports in high schools throughout the state. 

“That was the catalyst that had Mr. Vezina [PA’s athletic director] to reach out and see who would be interested in starting a league,” said Mr. Rich, the advisor of the Esports Club.  

Pilot competitions were held at  Southern New Hampshire University on March 30 and April 6 to gauge how Esports would be received, said Mr. Rich.  “It went well from the players’ side,” said Mr. Rich. “If the state agrees, we’ll probably green light more competitions, but if not, we’ll scrap it.” 

Now the Esports club will wait for approval by the NHIAA to create an official Esports leagues and recognize it as a high school sport. 

Until then PA’s ESports will remain a club open to all people. “It’s always going to be open to everyone in the Gaming Club, and the Esports will operate out of that,” said Mr. Rich 

Meetings for the Esports Club are held Wednesdays at 2:30 pm in Rm. 3002.