The National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors (NAECAD), is the “primary professional organization for competitive esports coaches and directors at all levels of competitive play.” The organization’s fourth annual NAECAD Clinic will be held virtually on March 3-5, 2021. The clinic will contain over 50 sessions, with attendees normally consisting of Coaches, Activities Directors, Administrators, and various other leadership positions on campuses who are trying to advance the “student experience and student development.”

The three-day event will highlight keynote speakers, panel sessions, and roundtable discussions from leaders in the esports industry, including coaches and directors at the high school and collegiate levels.

“Competitive esports is reaping the benefits that many of the traditional sports offer in terms of leadership development and engaging students in the school community,” commented Dr. Jay Prescott, the Executive Director of the National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors. It’s an industry that is rapidly growing into a mainstream powerhouse. However, where traditional sports offer a foundation for competitors in high school and collegiate leagues, the esports atmosphere outside of the pro arena has been in a state of constant construction. Education is key, and NAECAD has committed to “play an integral part by placing intentional efforts on equipping coaches and directors at the club, high school, collegiate, and professional levels.”

“It is important to have a community where individuals can celebrate successes, discuss frustrations, and share ideas,” Dr. Prescott wrote in a press release. “Often times, constituents on a campus do not quite understand esports at an adequate level to provide the necessary support. This results in leaders of a program with no place to turn and trying to figure things out on their own. The combination of all program structures and support looking differently, and little to no past history, makes running a successful program difficult as leaders are seeking support and guidance.”

Resources in esports are vital to help the industry grow on all levels, and the NAECAD is “continuously looking for ways to bring value to its members and remain at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy, and professional development.”

The NAECAD Coaches and Directors Clinic will begin at 9:30 am CST each day. All sessions will be recorded, and clinic attendees will have access to every session after the clinic is concluded. To register, visit the NAECAD website. Members will receive a $50 discount code.