What is Flaktest?
Flaktest is a Youth Esports organisation that provides safe, accessible and fun Youth Esports Clubs and competitions. Flaktest is designed to ensure that children and young people have the best opportunity to succeed in esports while having fun, making friends and learning exciting new skills.
Flaktest esports is available in two forms:
Community club events
Community Club Events have been developing with the game-sense philosophy of participation and safety. This type of environment teaches the fundamentals of esports in a fun, engaging and inclusive environment that focuses on casual rather than competitive play. As parents know, the more fun their child has, the more likely they will continue to play and grow in their passion and club. This is the overarching principle that guides Community Club Events.
Flaktest Youth Esports competitions allows young gamers to test their mettle against other clubs and teams. Using small sided games (3v3, 5v5, 6v6) rather than traditional larger sport formats mean a more enjoyable game with more opportunities to be engaged with the experience, score points and increase the likelihood of overall fantastic experience. As your child progresses through the various competitive levels and environments, they will be introduced to environments that most suit their stage of development, from amateur level tournaments to elite esports competitions.
Esports is a sport for everyone
If your child is between the ages of 12 and 18 and wants to play Youth Esports. There is an option available to them.
While many play esports regularly, there are many children that hve been exposed to regular competitive esports, organised esports teams or clubs. Some of these children may not be emotionally ready to participate in a full term tournament of esports. There are other children who have been involved in different team and individual sporting activities but have never tried esports and are not sure they want to commit to a Youth Esports competition.
Community Club events may be the best option for these young gamers.
With the cultural explosion of esports and popular titles like ‘Fortnite’, some children are built to play competitive esports. They are always ready to try new techniques and are competent enough to train and perform with their team. Others develop a sense of social and emotion strength earlier than others and may be ready to move straight into Youth Esports competitions.
Youth Esports competitions would suit these types of children.
The Flaktest Philosophy
All forms of Youth Esports aim to provide an experience and a safe and fun environment that promotes ongoing participation in esports and a lifelong love for the games young people love to play. The Flaktest philosophy is based on the principles of why young people play and stay in sport.
Why do young people play?
- Fun and socialisation – many are drawn to organised club sport through friends and value the sense of belonging associated with the club
- Physical, emotional and mental benefits (e.g. enhanced physical fitness and ability to deal with stress)
- Learning new skills
- Being part of a team and working together
- An escape; sport can be the one place that youth can feel safe and gain a sense of self, have fun etc.
Why do young people drop out?
- Time clash with other activities (i.e. leisure, social or work)
- The sport becomes boring
- Conflict with study and work commitments
- Over-emphasis on winning by coaches or parents
- Change to another sport
- Transport difficulties, costs
- Young person experiences, witnesses bias or discrimination
Role of the parent
It is not uncommon to see that the focus in junior sport on competition and winning is propagated by parents and is not the primary concern of the child. As parents and teacher representatives, our role is centred around developing the environment that is mindful of the messaging being sent to young gamers.
The research tells us:
- Players want their parents to be involved in and to be supportive of their sporting experience. Instead of behaviour that pressures players to perform and succeed, they would prefer supportive comments about the positive aspects of their attitude, sportsmanship and effort (Sanchez-Miguel, Sanchez-Olivia, Amado, Garcia-Calvao, 2013)
- Participants that perceived more pressure from their parents generally experienced a negative relationship with sport enjoyment. Whereas appropriate parental participation promoted an increase in players’ enjoyment and motivation. (SanchezMiguel et al., 2013)
As a parent, you play a special role in contributing to the needs and development of youngsters. Through your encouragement and good example, you can help assure that all the boys and girls learn good sportsmanship and self-discipline. In Flaktest Gaming, young people learn to work together, to sacrifice for the good of the team, to enjoy winning and deal appropriately with defeat. Best of all, they have fun!
Support your child
Supporting your child by giving encouragement and showing interest in their team is very important. Help your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than victory – that way your child will always be a winner despite the outcome of the game!
Always be positive
Parents serve as role models for their children. Become aware of this and work to be a positive role model. Applaud good plays by your child’s team as well as good plays by the opposing team. Support all efforts to remove verbal abuse from youth esports activities.
Reinforce positive behaviours
Positive reinforcement is the best way to help your child achieve their goals and their natural fear of failure. Nobody likes to make mistakes. If your child does make one, remember it’s all part of learning, so encourage your child’s efforts and point out the good things your child accomplished.
As a player and a student
As a player and student, you play a special role in contributing in representing your school, your team and yourself to the public. Through your encouragement and good example, you can help assure that your team learn good sportsmanship and self-discipline during the match and when you’re offline. In Flaktest Gaming, you will learn to work together, to sacrifice for the good of the team, to enjoy winning and deal appropriately with defeat. Best of all, you’re going to have a great time!
Supporting your team
Supporting your team by giving encouragement and showing interest in them is very important. Help your team work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Remember that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than victory – that way your team will always be a winner despite the outcome of the game!
Always be positive
Lead by example for your team, your school and yourself. Become aware of this and work to be a positive role model. Applaud good plays by your team mates as well as good plays by the opposing team. Support all efforts to remove verbal abuse from youth esports activities. Positive reinforcement is the best way to help your team achieve their goals and their natural fear of failure. Nobody likes to make mistakes. If your team does make one, remember it’s all part of learning, so encourage your team mate’s efforts and point out the good things your team accomplished.
Work, Rest and Play
Joining an esports league does not mean to play more games, but instead find meaning behind the games you play. Gaming is much more enjoyable with friends, and representing your school gives purpose behind practice. Balance is very important when it comes to activities and your education. Make sure to remain focused in the classroom, and complete your work to the best of your ability. Be an example to others and manage your time effectively. Support your team mates when they become distracted at school, and help them understand the important behind effort in all aspects of life.
The Flaktest Member Protection Policy will work towards maintaining ethical and informed decision-making and responsible behaviours within Youth Esports. It outlines our commitment to a person’s right to be treated with respect and dignity and to be safe and protected from abuse. The Policy informs everyone involved in Youth Esports at the national, state and local levels of his or her legal and ethical rights and responsibilities and the standards of behaviour that are required.
We support the rights of the child and will act without hesitation to ensure that a child safe environment is maintained at all times. We also support the rights and wellbeing of our staff and volunteers and encourage their active participation in building and maintaining a secure environment for all participants.
Flaktest and parties acknowledge that our staff, members and volunteers provide a valuable contribution to the positive experiences of children involved in Youth Esports.
Flaktest aim to continue this and to take measures to protect the safety and wellbeing of children participating in Youth Esports.
It is the responsibility of each Youth Esports Club deliverer to adhere to their state-based legislation and act in accordance with their respective administrative protocols. Any individuals engaging in work associated with Flaktest are required to carry the appropriate clearance for that state or territory.