Rewind Youth plays the US Army in Rocket League
The Rewind eSports Youth Development Program was established to help provide young esport competitors the opportunity to learn, compete, and grow in esports, all while being in a supportive and teamwork oriented environment. This program is designed to develop youth players of any skill, as well as prepare those players to compete at competitive levels they are comfortable with. Rewind works very closely with both local high schools and in state colleges, aiming to provide an entryway into collegiate esports from high school programs. After just a year of establishing the Youth eSports Program, Rewind has had five high school players commit to joining collegiate esport programs. Rewind also provides opportunities such as the Rewind Collegiate Showcase, an event built for young competitors to show their talent in front of multiple collegiate esport coaches.
While competing in esports is a somewhat new endeavor, Rewind has successfully established three youth esport programs through Rocket League, Fortnite, and Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Our Youth Rocket League team has competed in multiple tournaments around Oklahoma, consistently placing top three within the region. The Fortnite teams typically participate in online competitions from Rewind, such as Hype Cups, Cash Cups, and FNCS depending on skill level. The Smash team participates in numerous smash competitions a week, including our weekly event Friday evenings. These programs currently offer open practices for all youth competitors, only charging a coaching session for attending.
Rewind looks forward to hosting tryouts for all of our youth programs during early July. From July 4th through July 14th, each day will be a different tryout. Mondays will be Valorant tryouts, followed by Apex on Tuesdays, Fortnite Wednesdays, and finishing with Rocket League on Thursdays. These tryouts do not require a rank or high level experience to attend, however these programs do focus on youth esports, or players 18 and under. All tryouts cost $15 a player, and will run from 6:30pm until around 8:00pm.
At Rewind, we expect players committed to a program to be able to attend most practices a month. Typically this is one day a week, lasting about an hour and a half to two hours depending on the game. We also expect players to treat each other and staff with respect, to play fairly and honestly, and to resolve disagreements in a positive way. Our ultimate goal for this program isn't to just help young competitors succeed in esports, but to also help them succeed in their future.
Practices are typically group oriented, focusing on having players compete with and against each other. For players outside of the esport program, practices will cost $20, or one private coaching session. These practices are built to include newcomers, so feel free to come on out!
Outside of the once a week practice, players will also receive multiple perks for being apart of the team. Players will receive a jersey or a practice shirt, a player card allowing free practice time Sunday through Thursday any time at Rewind, and players will have the option to participate in different competitions based on their skill level. Lastly, players interested in continuing their competitive career in college will begin getting help connecting with collegiate esport programs. Rewind works closely with multiple college esport coaches throughout Oklahoma and the surrounding states.
Starting in July, Rewind Youth Development teams will cost a base fee of $50 a month.
Rewind Fortnite offers two different teams to help players find the right fit for what they are looking for. Our Champions Team focuses on competing in Epic Fortnite Events, and requires players be in Champions League through the in-game Arena mode. The Rewind Contender Team focuses on working their way to Champions League, using practice time to participate in group activities. These teams are coached by the Rewind Fortnite coach, Morgan Dizney.
Interested in practicing with the Fortnite Team? Every Wednesday evening the Fortnite teams practice from 6:30pm until 8:00pm. Tryouts for the team will be on Wednesday, July 6th and July 13th.
Rewind Rocket League has arguably been the most successful program in the short history of Rewind eSports. The Rocket League team has won multiple events, placed top three in thousand dollar competitions, and defeated high level opponents such as the US Army Esports. Isaiah Cullom will move from a player into a player-coach role for this upcoming school year. Players have two different optional practice days a week, and participate in different competitions depending on their skill level within the program.
Interested in practicing with the Rocket League Team? Every Monday and Thursday evening the Rocket League team practice from 6:30pm until 8:00pm. Tryouts for the team will be on July 7th and 14th.
Rewind's Youth Smash team focuses on giving opportunities to talented, young competitors within the smash scene. With many tournaments to choose from, Rewind strives to allow players the freedom to attend many events throughout a season while offering high level coaching through the Rewind Smash coach, Mr. Quick. Players will attend one training session a week, with the option to attend the weekly tournament hosted at Rewind eSports on Friday evenings.
Interested in practicing with Smash Team? Every Monday the Smash team practices from 5:00pm until 7:00pm.
Coming soon, Rewind is looking to kick off its youth Apex team this July! Tryouts for this youth team will be on Tuesday, July 5th and July 12th. This team will be coached by Brianna Eads.
Coming soon, Rewind is looking to kick off its youth Valorant team this July! Tryouts for this youth team will be on Monday, July 4th and July 11th. This team will be coached by Dakota Cochran, aka Alpha.