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.

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.

Beginner players

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. Additionally, Community Club events are perfect for players who have never tried esports and are not sure they want to commit to a competition.

Community Club events may be the best option beginner players.

Experienced players

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.

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)

Parent conduct

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.

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