NAECAD Clinics

Esports Events

NAECAD is committed to providing quality professional development and member networking opportunities throughout the membership year. NAECAD will be announcing the 2022-23 regional clinic schedule July 1, 2022, as soon as details are finalized. Please continue to periodically check this page as ongoing updates will be posted here, as well as on our social media and Discord.

Clinic Overview

The NAECAD Clinic is a multi-day esports conference where attendees network, learn, and share ideas. Attendees of the NAECAD Clinic  will be able to learn from scholastic esports leaders as they share trends, challenges, and opportunities in esports. By attending the NAECAD Clinic you will learn the impact of scholastic esports through education, competition, and careers. We host between 3 to 5 clinics every year, each in a different part of the country

Who Attends

The annual NAECAD Clinic attracts all stakeholders in scholastic esports. This consists of: coaches, administrators, and teachers at the K-12 level, coaches, professors, directors, and administrators at the collegiate level, and business leaders at the professional level. NAECAD is committed to bringing the ecosystem together to create progress dialogue to improve the space.

What A Clinic Looks Like

At NAECAD we are committed to creating a fantastic experience for attendees and people who choose to participate digitally. The clinic is executed in a variety of formats such as:

  • Speaker Panels
  • Keynote speeches
  • Round Table Discussions
  • Networking Sessions
  • Sponsor Booths & Activations
  • LAN tournament

Future Clinics

For the membership year 2022-2023, NAECAD is planning 4 clinics. Tentative dates and locations of these clinics are:

  • November 2022 – Fresno, California
  • January 2023 – Miami, Florida
  • March 2023 – Des Moines, Iowa
  • May 2023 – Columbus, Ohio

Speakers, schedule and tournament information for the upcoming events will updated soon

Past Clinics

2019 – 2021 - Past NAECAD clinics attendees and speakers consisted of a variety of people from organizations such as: Intersport, Florida Tech, Texas Scholastic Esports Federation, Missouri Scholastic Esports Federation, Iowa High School Esports Association, Cope.GG, Milwaukee Esports Alliance, Wisdom Gaming, Fair Chance Learning, Esports Circus, Byte Speed, Spectrum Furniture.

Here is link for speaker information and schedule for the event in 2020

March 2022 – After a brief hiatus due to Covid, NAECAD resumed it’s clinic series with it’s 5th Annual clinic in Des Moines, Iowa. 

  • Date: March 4-5, 2022
  • Location: Grand View University, Des Moines, IA

The National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors (NAECAD) invites you to the 5th Annual NAECAD Coaches and Directors Clinic. This clinic will take place all day Friday, March 4, and the morning of Saturday, March 5, 2021, at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. 

This clinic is specifically for Directors, Coaches, Athletic Directors, and other vital esports roles currently involved with university and high school esports programs. The clinic will also provide valuable information for schools that are exploring the idea of starting a competitive varsity esports program.  This two-day event will provide keynote sessions, panel discussions, and round table discussions presented by leading coaches, directors, and administrators from university and high school esports programs from across the country. This year, along with keynote sessions, there will be specific sessions for established esports programs at both the high school and university level, and specific sessions for institutions just beginning a competitive esports program, or looking to start an esports program both at the university and high school level.

Friday lunch is included as part of the conference and Friday evening there will be a dinner social event for clinic participants and sponsors with drinks and food. This will give you quality time to network, and learn from, individuals from established programs from around the country. There will also be a Call of Duty fundraiser event hosted by the Variety Club of Iowa on Friday night that all clinic participants can choose to participate in. There will also be amazing door prizes for those in attendance!

The clinic will also feature sponsor companies that provide products, resources, and services to help you start or enhance the esports program on your campus.

The clinic will begin at 9:00 a.m. (C.S.T.) on Friday, March 4 and end on Saturday, March 5, at noon. Check-in on Friday begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Grand View University Student Center. All sessions will be recorded and clinic attendees will have access to every session on the NAECAD-PDP after the clinic is over.  

There will also be a university esports tournament taking place on Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6. Admission to the tournament is part of the clinic registration fee.

  • Keynote sessions presented by the top names in university and high school esports. 
  • Specific sessions and roundtable discussions for advanced esports programs at the university and high
    school levels.
  • Specific sessions for beginning and exploring esports programs at the high school and university level.
  • Back by popular demand - roundtable discussions to network and learn from individuals with similar
    responsibilities/roles.
  • Clinic partner presentations for latest resources and services.
  • Network social events to meet other professionals in the esports world.
  • All sessions will be recorded and clinic attendees will have access to every session on the NAECAD-
    PDP platform after the clinic is over.
  • Questions about the 5th Annual NAECAD Coaches and Directors Clinic send to jprescott@naecad.org

Virtual Option: The clinic will also be available virtually if you cannot attend in person.

Lodging: Hotel Information – Call and ask for NAECAD Classic and Clinic Discount

Map to Grand View University Student Center:
https://www.grandview.edu/filesimages/PDF/AboutGV/CampusDirections/studentcenter_driving_directions.pdf

NAECAD Members will receive a discount code for $50 off registration fee. Current university or high school students interested in becoming an esports coach or director will receive a discount code for $100 off registration fee. Email jprescott@naecad.org and request the discount code for the clinic registration. The registration fee is nonrefundable.

An email notification will be sent when successfully registered for the clinic. Any questions/issues with registration, email jprescott@naecad.org.

Details/Highlights:

Developing Student Athlete Leadership Capacity
and Team Synergies - Bootcamp

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