HSEL Spring Major 24 Overview

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This article explains the key dates, times, game information, and more for the HSEL Spring Major 24 competition. Please ensure that all team members are aware of the HSEL GENERAL TOURNAMENT RULES before registration. Please see the HSEL Registration Guide for more details on signing up. 

 

Key Dates

Registration 

12/4 - 4/8

Preseason 

2/19 - 3/1

Regular Season 

3/4 - 4/12

Makeup Week

4/15 - 4/19 

Playoffs

4/22 - 5/10

 

What's New?

  • Regions have been adjusted from 4 --> 3 and are now based on time zone
    • East - all schools in the Eastern time zone
    • Central - all schools in the Central time zone
    • West - all schools in the Mountain, Pacific, Alaska, and Hawaii time zones
    • Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate has been added to the list of regional competitions
  • The qualification process for HSEL Nationals has been adjusted to accommodate the various HSEL Major and HSEL Premier structures.

Game Information

  • High School Esports League Major tournaments use an internal matchmaking queue system
  • Games in bold are completely free to compete and do not require the purchase of a battle pass. 

Title

Team Size

Platforms

Match Length

Divisional Play

Apex Legends 

3v3

Cross-Platform 

Bo1 Preseason

Bo3 Season/Playoffs

Nationwide

Brawlhalla

1v1

Cross-Platform 

Bo5 Regular Season

Bo7 Playoffs

Regions

Chess

1v1

PC/Mobile

Bo3 Regular Season

Bo5 Playoffs

Conferences

Counter-Strike 2

5v5

PC

Bo1 Regular Season

Bo3 Playoffs

Nationwide

Halo Infinite

4v4

PC & Xbox*

Bo5 Season/Playoffs

Bo7 Finals

Nationwide

Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe

4v4

Switch™ 

Best of 3

Nationwide

Minecraft: Survival Games

BR

Java 1.8x

4 rounds per Queue

Conferences

Rainbow 6 Siege (16+)

5v5

PC

Bo1 Regular Season

Bo3 Playoffs

Nationwide

Rocket League

3v3

Cross-Platform 

Bo5 Regular Season

Bo7 Playoffs

Regions
Splatoon™ 3

4v4

Switch™ 

Best of 5

Nationwide
Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate

1v1

Switch™ 

Best of 5 Season 

Best of 7 Playoffs

Regions

VALORANT

5v5

PC

Bo1 Regular Season

Bo3 Playoffs

Regions

*Cross-platform play enabled.

 

Divisions

There are three types of divisional play within the HSEL Fall Major:

  • Regional divisions: our most popular games are divided into three regional competitions
    • East - all schools in the Eastern time zone
    • Central - all schools in the Central time zone
    • West - all schools in the Mountain, Pacific, Alaska, and Hawaii time zones
  • Conference divisions: these games are divided into two conference-based divisions:
    • Atlantic (Eastern & Central time zones)
    • Pacific (Mountain, Pacific, Alaska, Hawaii time zones)
  • Nationwide competitions: these games feature a single, nationwide division.

Note: Regional or conference-based divisions will not feature cross-divisional play until HSEL Nationals.

Tournament Format

Stage Name

Format

Description

Length

Preseason

Leaderboard

Queue system

2 weeks

Regular Season

Leaderboard

Queue system

6 weeks

Playoffs

Single Elimination

Competitors are out after one loss

~3 Weeks

 

Queue Times

HSEL Major tournaments use an internal matchmaking queue system to create matches. Please note that queue times will follow the daylight/standard time changes throughout the year.

Click here to see the "Full Schedule" of queue times on the Major event page.

 

Makeup Windows

Week 7 (4/15 - 4/19) is Makeup Week! Match days and queue times will remain consistent with all days & times listed above. Competitors will be able to utilize multiple queue windows if needed during makeup week.

 

Playoffs

  • Playoffs/finals are manually seeded; players will not use the queue system*.
  • You may only reschedule a playoff match if you meet all of the following criteria: 
    • Your competitor agrees to the new time in the match chat on the Generation Esports platform.
    • You notify and receive approval from HSEL admins for the new time here.
    • The match score is reported before midnight Pacific Standard Time the day prior to the next round (i.e. reschedules must not impede the bracket from advancing).
    • Finals matches cannot be rescheduled.
    • Your opponent must agree to the rescheduled time in match chat on the Generation Esports platform or the default time will remain.
  • Any 3rd place finals matches will occur on the same day as the bracket's finals match. 
  • Per HSEL General Competition Rule 2.8.4: "Roster changes may be made at any point during or in-between seasons except during the time a team has queued for their match, during live matches, or once the playoffs have been seeded. Roster changes are prohibited for single-player tournaments." 
  • In the case an emergency substitute is needed, the Team Administrator must reach out to competition@highschoolesportsleague.com to request permission. 
    • If you have not heard back after 24 hours of making an emergency substitute request, please contact support here

How to Qualify

  • A roster/player must:
    • Play at least 75% of matches to be eligible for playoff qualification.
    • End the season at a high enough leaderboard placement (see tiebreakers below). 
    • Note: Any unplayed regular-season matches will be counted as a loss against the player's/roster's record at the end of the regular season, per rule 2.11.7.1.
  • See 2.11.6.1. Leaderboard & Tiebreakers

Prizing

Tournament Placement Item(s)
Champ Bracket 1st Place School Trophy & Medals
Champ Bracket 2nd & 3rd Place School Plaque & Medals
Gold Bracket 1st Place School Plaque

 

HSEL Nationals

The qualification process for HSEL Nationals is dependent on division and whether or not the game in question has a Premier tier. See below: 

  • Regional* (Brawlhalla, Rocket League, VALORANT)
    • The Major regional champion (Champ brackets only) will be granted a spot in the HSEL Nationals Wild Card bracket once the team admin accepts the opt-in invitation. Placing accordingly in the Wild Card bracket will secure that team/player a spot in Nationals. 
      • Brawlhalla - Top 4 
      • Rocket League & VALORANT - 1st Place
    • Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate 
      • Fall - Top 3 per Conference (Atlantic & Pacific) 
      • Spring - Top 2 per Region (East, Central, West)
  • Conference (Atlantic & Pacific) 
    • The top 3 from each conference (6 per season) will qualify for HSEL Nationals (12 total). 
  • Nationwide
    • The top 4 from a season (Fall or Spring) will qualify for HSEL Nationals (8 total). 
  • The following tournaments will not have a Nationals event for the '23 - '24 school year
    • Apex Legends TDM
    • Rocket League 2v2

Additional Information