If not you, then who?
Whether you're an adult with chess experience or completely new to the game, many schools are in need of sponsors or coaches to organize practices and sponsor students during matches or tournaments.
Even if you have little or no experience with chess, don't let that stop you. Our ultimate goal is to foster a love for chess among children, and simply providing a safe place for them to play will do just that. Be careful, though, because you might actually catch the chess bug yourself somewhere along the way.
If you're an experienced player, even better! We just hope that you'll be inspired to take the lead and start a club in your school or district. Read on to find out more. If you have questions or would like advice from one of our experienced coaches, contact us and we'll put you in touch with someone who can help.
What's the Time Commitment?
Time commitment for practices varies considerably. Some clubs run practice once a week for an hour or two, and some practice multiple times a week. Some practice all year, and some practice just during the winter season. It's all up to you and your players.
You can attend as many or as few Saturday tournaments as you want. The Gateway League hosts 8 to 10 Saturday tournaments each year, which are all-day events starting at 8:30 and ending around 6:30. Some clubs and players attend one or two, and some attend all. It just depends on how much playing time you and your players are looking for.
High School League
High school teams play 8 regular season matches between late November and early March on Wednesdays starting no later than 4:00, and usually lasting around two hours. You may play up to three more matches for finals if your team does well.
Junior League matches are held once a week for five consecutive weeks on Thursdays starting in mid January. Registration is between 4:00 and 4:45, and matches usually last around two hours or so.
Time commitments vary depending on you and your players' availability.
Starting a chess club in your school can be a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your students. You can find useful information online to help you get started.