Strong community engagement within the academic space is paramount to healthy levels of growth in Oceanic Rocket League. It provides a strong platform for new players and community members to enter the competitive space. The team at RLO understands this, and so does the AEL.
This is why for 2023, we’re teaming up with the team at the AEL to fire up the competition in the AEL High School Cup for terms 2 and 3. With all new ways to compete and multiple layers of competition, we’re aiming to give schools more to play for, not just more to play in!
We’ve lined up an action-packed schedule for the main season of High School competition, where schools will be able to play in a more competitive ecosystem, competing for multiple titles, these being:
The May-hem Tournament Champions
Let’s look over how it will all work!
The season kicks off on the 13th of May, with the May-Hem Tournament. Pandering to the name, the May-Hem Tournament will see every high school team compete in an all-inclusive Swiss tournament.
Whilst this tournament will provide the first opportunity for teams to take a high school title as the Mah-hem Champions, the Swiss bracket will also provide a primary gauge on how all our teams stack up in skill, leading into the next stage.
*Note, the results of the May-Hem Tournament will be a primary gauge of skill level, it is not the sole determiner of how we split teams into divisions.
High School Divisional League Play
Following the May-hem Tournament, teams will be split into multiple skill divisions as part of the High School Divisional League Play.
The split divisions are aimed at maintaining a strong level of competition for every team, reducing the number of one-sided matches and creating a more engaging experience for everyone involved. Furthermore, just because a team has placed in a low division, doesn’t mean there’s only the Division title to play for. More on that later.
Within their respective division, teams will compete in a round-robin where they will face every team in their respective division once. The league play stage’ will take place between May 20th and June 17th. The last week of League Play will mark the end of competition in term 2.
High School Divisional Finals
The action heats up in Term 3, starting with the Divisional Finals. This will see the top 4 teams from each Division play in a single elimination knockout finals to determine each Division’s respective champion. The Divisional Finals will take place on the 12th and 19th of August.
High School State Finals
Following the Divisional Finals, we’ll move on to the High School State Finals, where the top 4 teams from each state will compete in a Gauntlet bracket to decide each State Champion. The 4 finalists for each state are determined by the results of the Divisional League Play stage.
The State Finals will be held on the 26th of August and the 2nd of September. Teams will fight to be crowned State Champions, and represent their home state in the High School National Finals.
High School National Finals
After a long haul of competition, the dust settles to reveal just a single team from each state to battle it out in the High School National Finals. Here we’ll find our ultimate champion of the AEL High School Cup. If you’re not competing in the National Finals, you can still get behind your state representative and cheer them on as they contend for all-out glory.
More info on the National Championship will be released at a later date.
Watch on the RLO Channel
That’s right, RLO will be covering all the action from the AEL High School Cup!
Join us as we follow the best action from the May-Hem Tournament, every match in Divisional League 1, Every Divisional Final, all State Championship Matches, and the National Finals!
Tune into https://www.twitch.tv/rloceania on Saturdays at 1pm AEST!
Get Involved with the AEL High School Cup
Don’t wanna miss out on the competition? Head over to https://ael.org.au/hs/ to find out how to register your team! Registrations close on the 1st of May!
We look forward to seeing you all out on the pitch for the AEL High School Cup, this time, with more to play for!