North American youth esports league XP League has teamed up with coaching platform Next Level Esports.
As a result of the partnership, both parties will develop a training and certification programme for XP League’s coaches. According to a release, the qualification is said to put an emphasis on positive reinforcement for school-age players.
The programme will provide coaching training that focuses on skills such as creating frameworks for practice and planning, strategies and tools to reinforce positive behaviours, as well as reward systems.
XP League’s coaches will receive a certification if they successfully complete the programme’s modules and a corresponding exam.
In addition to hosting tournaments across North America, XP League provides player and coach training. Additionally, the company offers a nine-week seasonal programme which includes one practice and one match a week for elementary, middle and high school students.
Earlier this year, XP League was acquired by North American franchise growth accelerator Unleashed Brands.
Jay Melamed, XP League CEO and Brand President, commented: “Every decision we make for the organisation is always what’s in the best interest for our players and coaches.
“We are thrilled to partner with Next Level Esports and provide our coaches the best tools and resources in the industry to further advance their career and team’s success.”
Launched in 2018, Next Level Esports is a company that focuses on providing esports training initiatives for coaches. This includes courses, programmes, certifications, content and mentorships.
Over the last 12 months there have been significant shifts within North America’s scholastic and collegiate ecosystem. Notably, Riot Games announced changes to its scholastic and collegiate League of Legends ecosystem in June, following the termination of its exclusivity deal with beleaguered high school esports platform PlayVS.
Additionally, Belong Gaming Arenas has partnered with two US school districts to provide venues and scholastic support. Meanwhile, Generation Esports released a scholastic gaming curriculum and several Georgian stakeholders launched a new Georgian collegiate esports league.