Friday, 26 May 2017

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Why do sports need governing bodies?

Maryke 'Ykie' Kennard takinng the Athletes' Oath at
IeSF's 2015 World Championships - Seoul.
Often outsiders question the roles and overall purposes of why sports need governing bodies. To the competitive athlete, the answer is clear, but to those who have not been directly involved in sport, the answer may be unclear.

The reasons why the answers may be unclear is that the roles and responsibilities of national and international federations are complex. Both national and international federations, at times, may face conflicting interests which must be handled within a democratic system unlike the more autocratic system employed by private (and public) companies.

It is through the democratic system that allows any registered athlete to assume positions on the various committees. Officers are not hand-picked, but instead rely on the support from the voting members to attain office.

As such, all national and international federations have a constitutional base which is policed by its own membership.

The national and international federations of sport also create the interest, development, and expansion of sport on a grassroots level. It is through the national and international federations efforts that the recognition of sport is promoted.

Without Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) having been accredited in 1991, it is doubtful that boardgaming, esports, and wargames would have the accreditation that it now enjoys. In fact perhaps every private competition in South Africa would also not exist. TELKOM emulated MSSA’s league which ran from 2005 to 2008 when they started their own league in 2008. Players like Barry ‘Anthrax’ Louzada represented South Africa in MSSA National teams in both 2007 and 2013 before starting his own privately owned event.

In short, only national and international federations would take on the responsibilities of development, creating interest, and promotion of the sport without the prospect of immediate financial gain.

The national and international federations also balance the interests of those that want to gain from the commercial interests of sport as such national and international federations safeguard the sport from outside interests, whether such interests are political or commercial. It is only national and international federations that truly look after the interests of the athlete, as without having a driving commercial interest in the sport, such federations are more centred on the promotion ad well-being of the athlete as opposed to crass financial gain. Thus often the national and international federations have to take very tough decisions and walk-away from what, at first, may appear to be lucrative deals.

Thus, only the national and international federations are playing the long-game and take the long-term view in the promotion of sport.

MSSA cares about its members.

Without doubt Mind Sports South Africa's (MSSA) core business is the development of its various disciplines, being, board games, card gaming, esports, figure gaming, and robotics.

Central to the development of the disciplines is that MSSA cares deeply for each and every member. It is the members that make up the MSSA and it is the members that drive MSSA and have made it what it is today.

Without the members, MSSA would not exist.

MSSA has grown in numbers every single year to be the only organisation that has consistently created teams for international competition since 1991. Yes, even in the days of the sport moratorium, NOCSA (National Olympic Committee of South Africa) allowed MSSA to compete on a national level.

It is the passionate care that MSSA has for its members that ensures that MSSA will always protect, nurture, promote, and treat its members as thee heroes that they are.

World Championships in which South Africa has participated since 1991 are:
2016Jakarta –  IndonesiaeSports
2015Seoul –  South KoreaeSports
2015Wales –  WalesBoard games
2015Mbabane –  SwazilandBoard games, wargames
2014Baku –  AzerbaijaneSports
2014Maseru –  LesothoBoard games, wargames
2013Bucharest –  RomaniaeSports
2013Pretoria –  South AfricaBoard games, wargames
2012Cheonan –  South KoreaeSports
2012Durban –  South AfricaBoard games, wargames
2011Andong –  South KoreaeSports
2011Wellington –  New ZealandBoard games, wargames
2010New York –  United StateseSports
2010Daegu –  South KoreaeSports
2010Athens –  GreeceBoard games, wargames
2009New York –  United StateseSports
2009Taebaek –  South KoreaeSports
2009Washington –  United StatesBoard games, wargames
2009Busan –  South KoreaeSports
2008Johannesburg –  South AfricaeSports
2008Helsinki –  FinlandBoard games, wargames
2007Seattle –  United StateseSports
2007Port Elizabeth –  South AfricaBoard games, wargames
2006Taipei –  TaiwaneSports
2006Melbourne –  AustraliaBoard games, wargames
2005Seoul –  South KoreaeSports
2005Athens –  GreeceBoard games, wargames
2004New Orleans –  United StatesBoard games, wargames
2004Palapye –  BotswanaBoard games
2003Rome –  ItalyBoard games, wargames
2002Durban –  South AfricaBoard games, wargames
2001Epsom –  United KingdomBoard games, wargames
2000Epsom –  United KingdomBoard games, wargames
1999Cape Town –  South AfricaBoard games, wargames
1997Johannesburg –  South AfricaBoard games, wargames
1991 to 1996Derby –  United KingdomWargames

Thursday, 25 May 2017

The next three events.

This weekend will see the 16th Mpumulanga Provincial Championships played on 27 & 28 May 2017 at HTS Witbank.

The Mpumulanga Championships has always proven itself to be a popular event, and from small beginnings has grown in size to rival the annual Gauteng Provincial Championships. The growth of the championships can be directly ascribed to the leadership in the  province and the efficiently run championships.

At the end of the day, the administration and umpires make or break an event.

Then, just a week after the 16th Mpumulanga Provincial Championships, MSSA is holding its National Team Trials at Roedean School. This will no doubt be an exhausting weekend as players grapple to get into the national team.

The end of the month sees the 14th Free State Provincial Championships again being played at Fakkel School in Sasolburg on 24 & 25 June 2017.

The Free State Championship is thus the first championship in the run up to the 2018 National Team Trials, and it is always well worth it for players to get an early qualification as the teams can the concentrate on their 'strats' instead of being overly concerned with qualifying.

Building a winning team

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Teams that win, don’t just happen, to develop a winning team the administrators need to invest time, money and dedication.

Of course you could do it the easy way and just buy the players you need, or you could be more developmental in nature.

However, in my opinion, developing consistent winning teams from grass-root level is far more beneficial to the long-term sustainability of the sport.

When clubs take the time and effort to create a development plan, not only do such clubs create winning teams, but such clubs also become more sustainable.

By building junior teams, within clubs, that will eventually feed into the senior teams, clubs create an upward progression as well as an internal competitiveness. Only when athletes realise that there is always someone else working to take his/her place, can such athlete realise his/her own true potential.

Thus a winning national team is a reflection of the member clubs. If the club teams are weak and without a strong base, the national team will mirror such.

National Teams are thus utterly dependant on the development of club teams.

However, it is not good enough to have just a few good teams, the average strength has to be improved upon. By improving the average strength, competitiveness is improved upon. It is just like the economy, no-one wants an economy which is dominated by a few rich individuals with the rest being poor. So it is with sport, the more teams at the top strengthens the system as a whole and such resultant competitiveness builds all the teams into being stronger teams.

National pride, personal pride

Jacobus Engelbrecht receiving his award for second place.
Playing for the official South African Esports Team is an experience like no other.

Playing in a personal capacity in international events just not compare with playing as a member of a South African team.

The concept of officially representing the nation puts the sport into proper perspective. Knowing that all eyes are on you brings out the best. Not only does the athlete carry the hopes and dreams of a country, but, the country is judged by the other athlete’s based on his/her performance and behaviour.

So far South Africa is punching well above its weight.

The teams that Mind Sports South Africa has sent over since 2005 has earned the respect of even the top teams.

In 2014, Team China, otherwise known to many as Team Noob, was amazed at the performance of the South African Team – especially after hearing of South Africa’s terrible infrastructure.

There are few teams and administrators that do not think fondly of the South African team.

Only athletes who have a pride in the nation, and a pride in themselves can carry themselves as well the South African Protea Esports Team does.

Medal winners are as follows:

Name of player
Gabriela Isaacs
IeSF 4th World Championships
Jacobus Engelbrecht
Knights Mind Sports Club
IeSMoD World Championships
Logan Brooke-Smith
World Cyber Games

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

League of Legends Ladder results for the week ending 19 May 2017

Hoërskool Wonderboom at the recent Gauteng Championships.
Only two ladder matches were played in MSSA's League of Legends Ladder for the week ending 19 May 2017.

The matches were between Hoërskool Wonderboom and Westville Boys High School and between Empangeni High School and Jeppe High School for Boys.

Both Hoërskool Wonderboom and Empangeni High School won their respective matches.

However, everyone who played is ultimately a winner.

The practice that the players get playing against their peers is invaluable, and inn time,  will benefit the whole of  South African  esports.

The  ladder as at 19 May 2017 is as follows:

MSSA's National League of Legends Ladder
League of Legends – SeniorLeague of Legends – Schools
PosName of PlayeryearClub
PosName of PlayeryearClub
1First team16Tuks1Fuga Dracones17Hoërskool Wonderboom
2Fuzz Logic16VexxedPhoenix2Westville Boys High School17Westville Boys High School
3Oathbreakers17Valhalla3Virtual Desire Gaming17Hoërskool Wonderboom
4Fuga Dracones17Hoërskool Wonderboom4Pr0NHS17Northcliff High School
5Eternal17VXP5Team Vapor16Sasolburg
6Team Vapor16Sasolburg High6Northwood High School177
7Dark17VexxedPhoenix7Empangeni High School17Empangeni High School
8Gryphons16Knights Mind Sports Club8Grey High Gaming17Grey High School
9Northwood High School17Northwood High School94 Dwarfs and a Giant17Hoërskool Wonderboom
10Legion of Shadow17We are Legion10Jeppe High School for Boys17Jeppe High School for Boys
11Valkyrie17Valhalla11SSES LOL16St Stithians
12Westville Boys High School17Westville Boys High School12PRIDE16Parktown Boys
13Empangeni High School17Empangeni High School13RBHS LOL17Rondebosch Boys
14Jeppe High School for Boys17Jeppe High School for Boys
15St Stithians17St Stithians
16Knights15Knights Mind Sports Club
17White Rabbit Gaming16WRG
18Curro Klerksdorp16Curro Klerksdorp
19Gen Nightwalkers17Generation X
20Silver and Friends16WOERIES
21Dota 4 Lyf16Northcliff High
22Pride17Parktown Boys
23PR0NHS17Northcliff High
25Team Elusium17Hoërskool Wonderboom
26Virtual Desire Gaming17Hoërskool Wonderboom
27CCS Shadow Hunters16Crawford Sandton
28Second team15Tuks
29Fairmont15Fairmont High School
31K1IIJOYS16Hoërskool Generaal Hertzog

Other MSSA Ladder results are: