Youth Coding League (YCL)

The Youth Coding League turns ‘coding’ into a team-based spectator sport that is both entertaining to watch and fun to compete in.  

The Youth Coding League is a twelve-week competitive coding program for middle school students. Student teams work along with school-based coaches to prepare for a final, spectator-friendly coding competition at the end of the season, learning computer programming basics along the way. Industry mentors, typically current software developers, are also available to provide additional support and guidance to League teams.

Attend the YCL Fall 2017 Season Final Competition

Youth Coding League FAQ

How do teams work?

Teams must be based at area middle schools. Each League team can have between three and six students. Each team must also have a coach, typically either a teacher or school administrator. During the season, teams meet at least once a week for an hour, leading up to the competition in early December.

Who can coach at YCL team?

Each school is responsible for finding a coach, typically a teacher or administrator. GlobalHack will provide training as well as an easy-to-implement twelve-week curriculum for all League coaches. Coding or technology knowledge is preferred but not required to coach — we ask that the coach is open and willing to learn along with their team. We ask that schools reimburse their coaches for their time with a stipend. A small number of scholarship stipends are available to schools that cannot afford to reimburse their coaches.

How long does the season last?

The League season will begin in August and last until early December. Teams will meet on a weekly basis, but may meet more frequently closer to competitions.

How much does participation in the YCL cost?

Participation in the pilot year of the Youth Coding League is FREE. However, we do ask that schools provide a stipend for their coach and transportation for the students to the final competition.

How does a school sign up to be part of the YCL?

Currently, we have a limited number of spots for middle school teams for our Fall 2017 season. We are looking to expand in Fall 2018 into area high schools. Please contact Beth Casagrand at for more information.

How do I apply to be a YCL mentor?

Industry professionals, serving as mentor volunteers, are an important part of the Youth Coding League. Please contact Beth Casagrand at for more information.  

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