There are no uniforms needed to play esports, and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing isn’t an issue either.

Santa Ynez High School has turned into one of the 100 CIF-Southern Section schools registered to complete in the 2021 esports season.

The CIF and the National Federation of High School Sports both sanction esports competition.

At Santa Ynez, 23 trainees have registered to play for the Pirates, according to Athletic Director Ashley Coelho.

The group is arranged to begin competitors in March.

Jason Finley is the head coach of the Santa Ynez esports group. He also coaches ladies basketball and is an assistant on the varsity football group. He’ll be helped by Coelho, Greg Gandolfo and Sara Ovadia. Gandolfo likewise acts as an assistant football and baseball coach; Ovadia coaches young boys and women golf, and JV girls basketball.

The Santa Ynez group will compete in the computer game “Rocket League,” “Madden 21” and “League of Legends.” The other multiplayer esports video games they might select to play were “Smite” and “FIFA 21.”

Santa Ynez group members Jackson Ollenburger, Stone Wright and Aidan O’Neill said they are pleased about the choice of games. The sophomores play at least one of them.

” I have actually been playing ‘Madden 21’ given that 2016, 2017,” Ollenburger said.

O’Neill also is a fanatic of the popular video football video game: “I have actually bet about five years. I play ‘Rocket League’ a little bit too.”

” Rocket League” is describef as a “hybrid of arcade-style soccer and car chaos.”

Wright said he is a regular “Rocket League” gamer.

The three players were active in the Santa Ynez sports program before the pandemic hit. Wright plays basketball, baseball and volleyball, O’Neill plays basketball and baseball, and Ollenburger plays basketball. All three said they will continue to play those sports when they resume.

” I wished to get included with esports since reality sports were up in the air,” O’Neill said. “Ms. Coelho has actually done a really excellent task setting this up for us.”

” My classroom is all set up with the equipment, however students can also play at house,” Coelho said. “They can use their laptop computer or any console to play. The only thing they can’t utilize is their cellphone.”

San Marcos High School likewise is completing in the CIF’s esports competition.

The CIF State Office said esports promote team-building, addition, STEM and task skills, and can result in college opportunities.

There are a number of college esports leagues. Much of the schools are members of the National Association of Collegiate Esports, which implies they use officially acknowledged university esports programs.

“There are lots of CIF member schools currently engaged in esports, and we are excited to offer this extra education-based chance for all our trainees and member schools,” CIF Executive Director Ron Nocetti said in a news release.

Wright stated he sees high school esports as an opportunity to get recruited and bet reward money in the future.

“I wish to be discovered by some adult leagues,” he stated.