4th Annual
MOSEF Summer Conference

July 26-27, 2024
Saint Louis University • St. Louis MO


Friday, July 26

Keynote

Dr. Jordan Tsai
Respawn Therapy

Opening Session

State of MOSEF
Dr. Tony Gragnani
Webster Groves High School
MOSEF President

Breakout Sessions (more to come!)

From Toxic to Integrity: Addressing & Preventing Toxicity in Your Esports Program
Leiuna Wofford • Plato High School
Our goal is to set the culture of esports in Missouri rather than be influenced by it and part of that is dealing with the prevalence of toxicity in gaming. This workshop will provide practical ways of addressing toxicity in your scholastic esports program whether it is individuals or more widespread throughout your program.  Leiuna will also provide techniques that can help prevent it getting a stronghold in your esports program. Let's join together to make esports an open and safe place for everyone! 

Future of Esports is Recreational
Robert Cruz • St. Louis Community College
Opportunities for Esports athletes within the field of recreational Esports, a much-desired field currently, and how they can benefit

Help! I’m Not a Gamer!
Elizabeth Hancock • Warrenton High School • MOSEF Board Secretary
I'm an NES Tetris snob (don't come at me with any other versions of the game), and my good games can make grown adults cry. Unfortunately, my gamer knowledge does not go much beyond that. You may be asking yourself: "How can this person be an esports coach when their game knowledge is metaphorically prehistoric?" The answer to that and other "those who don't game . . ." questions will be found in this session. Let's hope my presentation skills outshine my gaming skills.

Help, I’m Surrounded by Cornfields and I Have to Lead an Esports Program
Jeff Wofford • Plato High School
Help, I am surrounded by cornfields and I have less than 300 High School students to recruit from!  This may not be your exact situation but maybe you can sympathize.  Rural scholastic esports just hits different.  Come and hear coach Wolf discuss the advantages and difficulties about of leading a rural esports program.  We will also spend a bit of time discussing how larger schools can help rural schools in their area.

I’m Looking to Start Esports at My School/District
Jeramie Price • Sparta High School • MOSEF Director of Operations
Round Table of Experienced Coaches

Level Up: Mastering the Art of Running an Esports Summer Camp
Doug Small • St. Dominic High School
This presentation will provide coaches with practical insights and strategies for organizing and running an esports summer camp. From structuring the curriculum to fostering a positive learning environment, we'll cover essential aspects such as selecting games, designing workshops, managing logistics, and ensuring the safety and engagement of participants. By the end, coaches will have a clear roadmap for creating an enriching and memorable experience for aspiring gamers in their summer camp programs.

Workshops (BYOD)

Coach Dashboard Using Notion: Stay organized and (literally) on the same page!
Lindsey Neal • Fox Senior High School
Establishing your program starts with your vision and mission, but maintaining that among the rules, titles, timelines, and paperwork can be challenging. Creating a coach dashboard or wiki using an online app like Notion can centralize the data for your program and minimize the clicks needed each year. It is also a central hub for training the coaches of your program and sharing your vision and mission with all stakeholders. 

CTE Challenges: Coaching the Coach
Amy Harris • Hart Career Center • MOSEF Vice President / Treasurer
It's hard to get your students ready when you don't feel ready yourself! This workshop will go over each of the 2024-25 CTE Challenges. We will review the requirements and talk about a few ways to prepare students to participate.

Streaming Ins and Outs
Kevin Clevenger • Blue Springs High School • MOSEF Director of Events
Streaming with OBS & Add-ons

Saturday, July 27

Keynote

Dr. Chris "Doc" Haskell
Boise State University

Opening Session

MOSEF Leadership Structure
Dr. Tony Gragnani
Webster Groves High School
MOSEF President

Breakout Sessions (more to come!)

Diversity in Esports
Chelsea Arnett • Confluence Preparatory Academy
Lindsey Neal • Fox Senior High School
Esports has a problem with inclusivity and knowing how to create a program to provide opportunities to all students can be a challenge. Join Coaches Neal and Arnett in this year's session dedicated to creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive programs. 

Esports Events: Where to Start
Kevin Clevenger • Blue Springs High School • MOSEF Director of Events
Learn how to plan all of the details of your in-person tournaments with MOSEF's Director of Events! 

How To Get Your Players Recruited
Adrienne McIntire • Midland University
A forum for high school coaches to learn how to help their students get recruited. This will include information like:
  • Questions to ask college reps
  • How to market your team
  • How to get and keep colleges invested in your team
Questions will be taken prior to and during the session.

Reaching the "Pal" in "Principal": How to Talk to Your Administration about Esports
Elizabeth Hancock • Warrenton High School • MOSEF Board Secretary
"Video games are bad for kids." "Why should you get a stipend for watching kids play video games?" "Esports isn't MSHSAA, so it doesn't count." You've probably heard a variation of one or more of these questions. In this session, learn how to have productive conversations with your administration about the benefits, hard work, and growth of esports in a way that opens the door to more support and can maybe even result in the white whale of esports coaching: a stipend.

Smash 101
Amy Harris • Hart Career Center • MOSEF Vice President / Treasurer
Are you baffled by blindpicks and stage bans? Stumped by start.gg? Then this is the session for you! We will go over step-by-step procedures for Smash solo and crew seasons, in addition to covering blindpicks and stage banning. We will also preview the details of the new ladder format for Smash Solos.

Registration

Registration is open!

Registration includes all keynotes and breakout sessions, two regional meetings, and gaming/networking time at the end of each day.

Early Bird Pricing (through May 31)

Two-day attendee: $75
One-day attendee: $40

Full Price (beginning June 1)

Two-day attendee: $90
One-day attendee: $50

Please note, your fee must be paid prior to the conference, or it will be due at the door. Unpaid registrants will not be allowed to attend!

Merchandise

Coming soon!

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Hotel Block

Clayton Plaza Hotel
7750 Carondelet Ave.
Clayton, MO 63105
1-407-992-7957

Reservation Link • Use code MOSE
Rate ends on July 5 - don't miss out!