Games Featured: Overwatch
Welcome to the St. Thomas Aquinas College Esports Camp: Overwatch. Camp will be directed by the STAC Esports Staff and will feature each game that the varsity team competes in, which include: Overwatch. We will also play some Apex Legends and NBA 2K.
July 12-16 will focus on Overwatch training. Campers focus on improving their skills, through the perfect balance of instruction and fun! The goal is for campers to leave feeling more confident about their Overwatch skills.
Situated in Sparkill, New York, STAC is the perfect place for all aspiring gamers from in and around New York City to level up this summer and get exposure to college esports.
SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE:
9am: Warm Up (CS practice, hand exercises)
10am: Lesson: mental APM
11am: Team bonding: ARAMs
11:30am: Rec time (physical activity to improve athletic performance)
12:30pm: Lunch & free play (non-screen time with some Apex mixed in)
1:30pm: Class: How positivity wins you games
2:00pm: Lesson: Trusting your teammates
2:30pm: Drill: Input Buffering and Animation Cancelling
3pm: Competitive play, incorporating daily lessons
3:45pm: Headspace, cool down + dismissal (for day campers)
4:00pm: Rec time (team events and games)
6:30pm: Open play including Apex Legends, Fortnite, NBA 2k + others
10:00pm: Lights out
Parents Informational Session:
The camp staff would like to welcome all parents to stay for the first hour of camp to learn about the camp curriculum and esports training in general. The camp staff will share the training schedule for the week and provide additional background on why and how camp will be focused on more than just on-screen skill development.
A detailed registration packet containing check-in details, catering options, health/release forms, and emergency contact information will be emailed 4 weeks before the start of camp.
Tristan Holmgren ’13 was named the St. Thomas Aquinas College E-Sports head coach on May 1, 2019, after serving the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the indoor and outdoor track and field programs, helping to lead both men’s and women’s programs to national prominence. Prior to his time at STAC, Holmgren was an assistant track and field coach at the high school level.
A 2013 graduate of STAC with a BS in Sports Management, Holmgren will direct all e-sports programming for the college, including League of Legends, Overwatch, Fortnite, Madden, and NBA 2K teams. An avid gamer, Holmgren has achieved a Diamond I + Split III ranking in League of Legends, having only started with the game a short time ago. He has previously spent most of his gaming mastering Overwatch and Fortnite play.
Holmgren has taken pieces from Mike Krzyzewski’s coaching philosophy, adopting a “Next Play” coaching style which focuses on the upcoming events, rather than dwelling on any past successes or failures. “It is not about the success you’ve had, or the mistakes you’ve made,” says Holmgren. “It’s about the next thing that you do. We can apply this to the E-Sports world by learning from the previous games we’ve played and using those results to help shape out next strategy and action.”
"Our son William absolutely loved it and gained more confidence with his gaming during this week of camp. He really enjoyed spending time with people who had the same level of interest that he has for esports. It also opened his and our eyes to what is involved in playing and/or training for esports."
"I had a super time at the Esports Camp! Lovely to meet so many people IRL, and geek out with our next generation of leaders and changers in the space."
"The gaming was great because I had people to play with and I got to try new things. Our coach(Sidney) was nice and a good coach and got along with everyone and the overnight stay part was ok"
"Apparently his coach helped him with a mistake ritual. I am so thankful as this will help the screaming decrease. Ha! He improved high ground re-takes, game sense and side jumps and I have no idea what any of that means. So thank you!"
"I really improved on my team communication skills. This was my first real competitive experience, and I think it was a lot of fun, and very valuable. I really enjoyed working as a team, and cooperating with others to reach our goal."
"My takeaway from this camp was how health and other activities play a role into video games. I also loved learning from the Cavs coach and what his daily routine is like."
"I learned how to work with my overwatch team much better than I could have without camp."
"This was awesome everybody was very nice and they helped me understand the game better"
"Rambo was very knowledgeable about things you can do outside of the game like stretches and your mindset, not just in the game. My overall gameplay became better because of that."
We are launching camps with some of the best venues, teams, coaches and events around North America. As new dates and locations become available, you will be the first to know.