The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association (PIEA) announced today the addition of members of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly to the organization’s Board of Directors. Reps. Donna Bullock of Philadelphia and Mike Puskaric of Allegheny and Washington counties will join Senator Scott Martin of Lancaster County and Senator Lisa Boscola from the Lehigh Valley on the PIEA Board.
The PIEA was established in 2019 as one of the first governing bodies focused solely on esports in the country, and recently opened registration for their 2021 competitive season. Pennsylvania high school Rocket League and Overwatch esport teams will now have a chance to experience quality competition with neighboring teams and play for state championships.
“So many high schools in my district are playing competitive esports and expanding opportunities for students to be engaged in the school community,” said Senator Martin. “So esports has been and will continue to be an important part of our area’s academic programming, which is key not only as an elected official but also as the chairman of the Senate Education Committee. I believe an organization like PIEA is crucial when it comes to further advancing the presence of esports in our schools across the state and harnessing the positive impact it has on our students.”
The legislators will join educational and community leaders on the Board with the goal of providing regulatory oversight and competition guidelines for interscholastic esports ...
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association (PIEA) announced registration is open for its 2021 season, which will offer high school esports teams the opportunity to compete for Pennsylvania’s first high school esports championship.
The PIEAwas established in 2019 as the only statewide interscholastic esports league.
“The PIEA is the first organizational governing body that focuses solely on esports competitions in high schools in Pennsylvania,” said Bill Thomas, a member of PIEA’s board of directors. Thomas said it offers regulatory structure for high school esports competitions and serves as the only entity with a path to a state championship.
The league began a competition last spring, which was derailed due to the covid-19 pandemic, Thomas said.
This spring, the PIEA plans to have a complete championship season in which teams can compete for two game titles; one in Overwatch and another in Rocket League.
High school esports is growing, but competition isn't local — one group hopes to change that
York Daily Record -- by Neil Strebig
Feb. 5, 2021
Rivalries are a part of high school sports.
Dallastown vs. Red Lion is must-watch Friday night football. Spring Grove and South Western wrestling is Tuesday night tension under a flood light. Yet, high school esports teams rarely compete against their school's most hated nemesis.
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association (PIEA) is hoping to change that.
PIEA Opens Registration for 2021 High School Esports Season
PIEA PRESS RELEASE
2021 Championship season to feature Rocket League and Overwatch competitions
HARRISBURG, PA -- January 14, 2021 - The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association (PIEA) announced today that registration is officially open for its 2021 season, offering Pennsylvania high school Rocket League and Overwatch esport teams a chance to compete. The 2021 regular season schedule is expected to begin virtually in March, with the PIEA State Esports Championship held in May.
Schools interested in participating in the 2021 season must first visit interscholasticesports.org and register as a member of the PIEA. The PIEA will be in touch directly once the form has been received to complete the registration process.
“We’ve seen firsthand the positive impact that esports can have on students and schools as a whole, which is why we are committed to providing equitable and regulated competition to Pennsylvania’s high school esports programs,” said Langdon Ramsburg, a member of PIEA’s Board of Directors. “There is such a demand for schools to compete against their long-standing rivals in a structured environment similar to traditional high school sports. The PIEA exists to do just that, while at the same time empowering the next generation of esports and gaming talent to pursue their passion and advance their education in STEM.”
The 2020 PIEA Championship season was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the season’s cancellation, the league had more than 35 teams registered to compete. With the popularity of esports on the rise, the PIEA anticipates an even higher number . . .
UPDATED: PIEA Statement on 2020 State Esports Championships Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
On March 13, 2020, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association (PIEA) announced it was postponing the remainder of the 2020 PIEA State Esports Championships due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The hope was to resume the tournament once Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education gave the green light for schools to resume their in-person and on-campus activities.
Unfortunately, in the weeks following our initial postponement, the situation around the novel coronavirus has become more complicated, and social distancing and other mitigation efforts have expanded here in Pennsylvania. This includes the indefinite closure of all K-12 schools across the Commonwealth. There is no set date for students to return to school, or for school buildings and facilities to reopen.
These unprecedented times have forced the PIEA to make the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the 2020 PIEA State Esports Championships ...
First-Ever Pennsylvania Statewide High School Esports
Championship Announced for March 2020
PIEA PRESS RELEASE
Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association Unites Schools from Across the Commonwealth for a Chance to Take Home the State Championship Title
HARRISBURG, PA -- February 27, 2020 - The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association (PIEA), one of the nation's first high school governing bodies exclusively focused on esports, has announced it will host the state's inaugural high school esports competition...
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association (PIEA) announced its official launch today, becoming one of the first high school governing bodies focused solely on esports in the country.
The PIEA is a venture started by several stakeholders, including the Hollinger Family and McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC. The PIEA will provide the oversight and regulatory structure necessary to bring credibility and confidence to the esports industry as a viable high school program. All while ensuring student safety, security is the top priority...