Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Can SAHETI match Rondebosch Boys' record?

SAHETI dominated the game of CounterStrike:: GO in the 2017 On-line Inter-school Provincial Championships.
In 2015 and 2016, Rondebosch Boys' High School dominated MSSA's Online Esports School Provincial Championships for the CounterStrike: GO title, and is the only school to have won the championship more than once. 

The Rondebosch Boys team went on to produce two 
members of the 2016 Protea Esports Team that attended IESF's 8th World Championships - Jakarta, namely Jessie Joubert and Simon Zandstra.

However, in 2017,there was  a dramatic changing of the guard. Rondebosch did not feature, and SAHETI, Parklands College and Cedar House grabbed the to
p three positions.

The question is now whether SAHETI can maintain their winning form.

Like any other sport, teams need to have depth in terms of players in order to maintain their standards.

The results for MSSA's 2017 Online Esports School Provincial Championships for the CounterStrike: GO title are:

CounterStrike: GO
FINAL POS Team Name School
1 SpartansA SAHETI
2 PG18 Parklands College
3 Cedar House Cedar House
4 District_Zero Protea Heights Academy
5 Hoërskool Lichtenburg Hoërskool Lichtenburg
6 Soviet UnicornZ Midstream College
7 Cryptid Claws Hoërskool Wonderboom
8 Curro Kld (Qantum) Curro Klerksdorp
9 MC CS 1 Maritzburg College
10 Pr0NHS Northcliff High School
11 SpartansB SAHETI
12 AFP Hoërskool Wonderboom
13 Pr0NHS &Girls Northcliff High School
14 Oakhill Oakhill
15 Tesseract Jeppe High School for Boys
16 Awoken Hoërskool Wonderboom
17 PG16 Parklands College
18 PG13 Parklands College
19 Raptors HTS HTS Witbank
20 Ice Wolves Hoërskool Wonderboom
21 HTS 1 HTS Witbank
22 RBHS_CSGO__A Rondebosch Boys
23 RBHS_CSGO_B Rondebosch Boys
24 Battelcry Hoërskool Wonderboom

MSSA's fees for 2018.


MSSA would not be able to achieve anything without its members.

The annual affiliation and registration fees are a vital ingredient to MSSA's ability to deliver its development programmes and even getting its national teams overseas.

Every member counts, and every member helps assist MSSA in its core functions.

Thus, MSSA ensures as much as possible, that the fees not be a burden to the membership, but instead, just a contribution to enable MSSA meet its obligations.

Thus, the fees for 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018 are as follows

Affiliation fees:

The Affiliation fee needed to be paid by every member club on an annual basis remains at the amount of R100,00.

Registration fees:

Registration fees are divided into two categories, being:

  • Registered Players who are affiliated to a school club - R6,00 per player per annum.
  • Registered Players who are affiliated to a club other than a school club - R101.00 per player per annum.
However, in keeping with Mind Sport South Africa's policies apropos development programmes, MSSA may waive the fees from registered players who are unable to afford such, should the member club make such request in terms of MSSA's rules.

Monday, 15 January 2018

MSSA's Online Esports School Provincial Championships - 10 February 2018

Learners in action.
MSSA is proud to announce that it will once again hold its Annual School Provincial On-line Championships on 10 February 2018.

Since the last notification, the Management Board noticed an egregious oversight in that HearthStone had not been included. The Board swung into action, and by following proper procedure have now included HearthStone into all school events.

The championship may be used by gamers to qualify for eligibility to compete in the National Team Trials (NTT) should the MSSA need to choose a team for any of the titles played in such championships.

The MSSA School Online Championships has become South Africa's largest official online championship. It is an event that lasts from 10H00 until 18H00 and has proved itself to be a most enjoyable event.

The titles to be played at such event are:

Period/genreTitlePlatformPlayers
FPSCS GOPC,5 v 5
SportFIFA Online 3PC1 v 1
RTSStarCraft IIPC1 v 1
AOSDota 2PC5 v 5
League of LegendsPC5 v 5
VainGloryTablet/cell3 v 3
FightingTekken 7Console1 v 1
CardHearthStoneVarious1 v 1

MSSA would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the dedicated Educators for ensuring that the school teams are ready-and-able and for giving up so much of their time and patience. Only once the learners have left school will they really comprehend what the Educators have done for them.

The championship would not be possible without the continued support from Educators.

Thank you!
Tournament Structure:

As per the MSSA's rules, being:
  • If less than six players, the championship shall be a Round Robin Championship
  • If 6 to 10 players the championship shall be four rounds as played to the Swiss System
  • If 11 to 30 players the championship shall be five rounds as played to the Swiss System
Eligibility:
  • Any player/team who is a Registered Player affiliated to a school club affiliated to MSSA may enter.
Entry fee:
  • Entry is free to all full-paid-up Registered Players.
  • Only fully-paid-up Registered Players may participate in this event.
Entry date:
  • Entries need to be submitted by no later than Wednesday, 7 February 2018.
Registration:
  • To register, the Educator-in-charge must complete the Google Drive document.
Medals:

Medals shall be awarded to the first three gamers for both men and women in the following categories:
  • MEN: The top three places (1st, 2nd, and 3rd).
  • WOMEN: The top three places (1st, 2nd, and 3rd).
Colours:
  • School Provincial Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a Provincial Championship will earn School Provincial Colours. All Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a any two (or more) Provincial Championships, and who also score within the top 50% at a National Championship in the same period and in the same year, will earn School Provincial Colours.
When and Where:
  • 10 February 2018
  • The first round will start at 10H00. Players shall be given 60 minutes to complete each round. 
  • Players must all be on-line at 9H00.
The championship is accredited as being of the same status as a provincial championship. This means that the championship shall be used for the following:
  • The awarding of school provincial colours;
  • The awarding of medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for both men and women;
  • The ability to qualify for National Team Trials. 
As usual Trials shall be done at a LAN venue, and the team that can best represent South Africa shall then be selected.

Shout casting:
  • The MSSA shall decide who may shout-cast the games.
  • Anybody wishing to be appointed as a Shout-Caster must apply in writing to mindsportssa@iafrica.com

Old Ed's Wargames Club to hold its AGM on 28 January 2018.

The Honours Boards at the Old Edwardian Society.
The Old Edwardian Wargames Club (OEWC) is the oldest member of Mind Sports South Africa. 

The Old Edwardian Wargames Club started as the Johannesburg Wargames Club in 1982. In 1989 the Johannesburg Wargames Club moved to the Old Edwardian Society at 11 Ninth Avenue, Lower Houghton and renamed itself. 

Again the club finds itself  in the position that it should rename itself.

Due to the changing nature of the club, the club no longer only caters for wargames, and has not for quite a while.


Thus the decision to rename the club, involves the club dropping 'wargames' to replace it with 'Mind Sports'.

Details of the AGM:

  • Date: 28 January 2018
  • Venue: Blue Room, Old Edwardian Society at 11 Ninth Avenue, Lower Houghton
  • Time: 12H00
The Agenda is as follows:
  1. PRESENT
  1. APOLOGIES:
  1. TO CONFIRM THE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING:
  1. CHAIRMAN'S REPORT
  1. STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS:
  1. ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS:
All members are minded that if they wish to stand for a position on the committee they must submit their nomination on or before 25 January 2018.
  1. TO LEVY ENTRANCE FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS
  1. TO CONSIDER ALL NOTICES OF MOTION
           1. To amend the name of the club to read, "Old Edwardian Mind sports Club".
           2. To amend the constitution tobe in line with the proforma as produced by the Old Edwardian                 Society.
  1. AWARDS:
            1.  CLUB LADDER            
            2.  CLUB TROPHY 

     10. GENERAL

All members are request to RSVP to wargames@iafrica.com on or before 25 January 2018.

Achievements made by MSSA in 2017.

Morizane Boyes, president of MSSA, making things happen...
Many will know that Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) sent its first team across in 1991 to the World Wargames Championships. MSSA (then known as the South African Wargames Union) too took part in the meeting at Vanderbijlpark (as featured in the film Invictus) which decided the fate of the Springbok emblem. Thus in 1994, MSSA moved away from the Springbok logo and adopted the Protea.

It seems that in every year that MSSA reaches new heights an creates new milestones on its journey.

2017 was no different, and MSSA certainly created some impressive milestones, the most important being:

* MSSA started its online school leagues under its current format for 3 and 4 term schools.
* MSSA amended its rules for Ladder games.
* MSSA amended its rules for Regional Championships to allow ANY gamer, registered or not, to be able to play.
* MSSA further increased gender equity within its rules to be the only SA sport federation with true gender equity.
* MSSA amended its rules apropos team selection to allow for squads to be selected.
* The Protea Esports Team became ranked 12th in the world.
* MSSA maintains its position to be the worlds oldest body for esports.
* MSSA is ranked 2nd in the world by IESF for administration.
* MSSA started its own channel on the mobile app - TULUNTULU.
* BOO! Surprising Media Solutions partnered with MSSA to further  develop esports.

However, none of it would have been possible without the participation of each and every member. All members made a contribution to help MSSA grow and survive.

Thank you, one and all.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Titles to be played in MSSA esports championships in 2018.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) makes every effort to provide a number of titles to be  played at its Provincial and National Championships.

The titles selected by the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will continue to enhance the concept of esports as a sport and will further enable South Africa to compete on an  international level.


Thus the titles selected for all Premier Online and LAN esports championships for the 2018 year are:

Period/genre Title Platform Players
FPS CS GO PC 5 v 5
Sport FIFA '18 Console 1 v 1
PES 2018 Console 1 v 1
Rocket League PC 3 v 3
RTS StarCraft II PC 1 v 1
AOS Dota 2 PC 5 v 5
League of Legends PC 5 v 5
Fighting Tekken 7 Console 1 v 1
Street Fighter V Console 1 v 1
Card HearthStone Various 1 v 1

The titles selected for all School Online and LAN esports championships and leagues for the 2018 year are:
Period/genre Title Platform Players
FPS CS GO PC, 5 v 5
Sport FIFA Online 3 PC 1 v 1
RTS StarCraft II PC 1 v 1
AOS Dota 2 PC 5 v 5
League of Legends PC 5 v 5
VainGlory Tablet/cell 3 v 3
Fighting Tekken 7 Console 1 v 1
Card HearthStone Various 1 v 1

The time has come for MSSA to appoint its National Team selectors.

MSSA's 2017 BOO! Protea Esports Team at IESF's World championships - Busan.
As all members of Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) are aware, MSSA attempts to do everything within its power to ensure that there is good governance at all levels.

Thus, at every level of administration, officials find that they are accountable and responsible, and also are aware that there are rules in place that governs the conduct, authority, and duties  of each and every administrator.

Thus, as in the past, where certain individuals have been turned down because they were unwilling to  accept the rules that enforce good-governance, MSSA would again enforce all such rules.

Since it is up to MSSA's Executive Committee to appoint the Selection Committee, MSSA therefore requests all Registered Players interested in sitting on the Selection Committee to request the member club to which they are affiliated to propose them.

However, it must be noted that Selectors cannot select themselves, nor  be selected for any MSSA team.

There are currently four positions available, and the term of office is for two years.

The Selection Committee is responsible for selecting all Regional, Provincial and National the for all the disciplines, such as, board games, card games, esports, and wargames.

If you want to have a direct input - this is a position for you...

Should you have any queries, please contact the General Secretary at mindsportssa@iafrica.com.

MSSA agrees to vigorous esports on-line test matches.

Ryan Boyes, Esports Representative, watching over MSSA's BOO! Protea CounterStrike: GO Team in Busan , 2017.
South Africa has maintained a consistent international ranking since 2011 with only one exception in 2012 where South Africa's ranking dropped from 13th to 18th.

In all the years in which the Protea Esports team showed improvement, MSSA had engaged in a number of online test matches.

Even though the South African team has to battle with less than perfect circumstances, the online test matches help the team to coalesce to form  a better 'fighting' unit.

The test matches too provide a way for the South African team to come to understand the exact nature of international competition, and just how tough such competition is.

MSSA, also understands that it is not good enough to just get involved in test matches once the Team  is selected after National Team Trials (NTT). There is a general consensus among the Management Board Members that Test Matches should be played throughout the year in order to test various combinations of the team in order to see what works. This does  mean that there may be changes to the team, ans squad, as selected, as MSSA, works to find the most efficient team possible.

With IESF's 10th Esports World Championship going to be held in Kaohsiung City in Chinese Taipei, there is  a huge financial commitment to get the Protea Esports Team to the event, and as such MSSA must ensure that it gets the best 'bang-for-its-bucks'.


Thus MSSA's MANCOM has agreed to authorise the Esports  Representative, Mr. Ryan Boyes, to set up online test matches, for the months of February, March, April, and May.

African Championship will be held in Malawi


2nd African Draughts-64 Championship will be held from 9 to 14 July 2018 in Malawi. Organizers of the competitions are International Draughts Federation (IDF), African Draughts Confederation and the Association of Draughts of Malawi (ADMA). 

Competitions will be held with the support of the Government of the country and the Malawi National Council of Sports. 

Competitions will be held in three programs: Classic, Rapid and Blitz, with three versions of draughts: international/Russian, Brazilian and pool checkers, and will be qualifying for World Draughts-64 Championship 2019.  

Detailed information will be published later.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Getting ready for the 2018 season.

MSSA's BOO! Protea CounterStrike: GO team in Busan - who will be in the team in 2018?
Mind Sports South Africa's Ladders and Battle Honours systems give gamers the perfect start to the year.

Through playing these very much more informal competitions, gamers are able to hone their skills for the year ahead.

And what a year it is going to be.

The year takes off to a quick start with the Umpire's Course, the Fezile Dabi Regional ChampionshipsOld Edwardian Summer Championships, the Online Schools Championships and the Annual Gauteng Championships.

As usual MSSA shall send a teams to world championships as organised by the international federations.

However, it must be borne in mind that teams shall only be selected should the criteria for selecting a team be met.

Also, it should too be borne in mind that only players who participate in National Team Trials shall be eligible for selection.

So, all the best for 2018, get out there and good luck!

Who may host a MSSA Provincial Championship?

Esport gamers in action.
It is MSSA's policy to have all its championships rotate among member clubs.

However. some clubs are more able than others by having their own venues.

Nevertheless, every club has a chance to host a Provincial Championship in its venue in which it is situated, or in a venue that it has arranged.

Thus you will find that in Gauteng alone, Wits UniversityOld Edwardian Wargames Club (based at the Old Edwardian Society), L'Aigle Wargames Club, Northcliff High SchoolUniversity of Johannesburg, HTS TuineSAHETIJeppe Quondam, Northcliff Wargames Club, Tuks Mind Sports Club, Jeppe High School for Boys have all hosted Gauteng Provincial Championships.

To host an event, a member club must just apply in writing to MSSA stating that they wish to host, and the event is then allocated.

Of course there are huge advantages to hosting. Some of the advantages are:

  • Gaining increased exposure for the host club,
  • Raising funds for the host club,
  • Gaining new membership, and
  • Contributing to the growth of all of mind sports.

What is development?

Johan van Breda, who represented South Africa in IESF's World Championships - Jakarta, now in charge of development.
Much is written about development.

Many feel that development is only about activating growth at grass-root level, but,  in truth, development is so much more than that.

Development affects every single  aspect within Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA), whether it be administration, athletes, technical officials, coaches, etc.

The most visible signs of development, generally, is in the growth of numbers of athletes participating in events, however unless there is a concomitant improvement in the standard of play, such growth in numbers is worthless.

The standard of play in MSSA has definitely improved over the years. This subjective is not a view, bur one based on an  objective analysis of results. The rankings maintained by MSSA provide the yard-stick by which MSSA can analyse the performance of its esports athletes in local competitions.

In order to judge MSSA's performance in international competition, one only has to read the results achieved by MSSA's official Protea Esports Teams at IESF's World Championships. Even though it may seem as though South Africa is stuck at being ranked between the 10th to the 14th mark, it should be remembered that every year, there are more and more national federations competing. As the list of members grows, the competition becomes more intense, and more-and-more effort is required to maintain SA's current ranking.

However, in order for esports to further progress in South Africa, greater efforts in the field of development are required.

With Johan van Breda, who represented South Africa in IESF's World Championships - Jakarta, being in charge of MSSA's development programmes, much is expected.

It is going to be a good year!

Friday, 12 January 2018

Three Federations newly joined to IESF


Belarus (Belarusian eSports Federation, BeSF), Lebanon (eSports Lebanon) and Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic & Intellectual Sport, SAFEIS) have now become new members of International Esports Federation (IESF).

At a normal IESF Board Meeting held on 13th December 2017, the three organizations, which were all favorably evaluated by the Board members, were allowed to become affiliated to IESF as an associate members. Accordingly, the three federations were given the right to participate in IESF’s next Esports World Championship and were also given the right to attend IESF’s General Meeting held during the 2018 IESF Esports World Championship.

IESF membership is divided into three categories: Full, Associate, and Affiliate. Only those accredited by IESF as National Federations in each country may become Full and Associate members. Associate membership is evaluated throughout the year and can be evaluated when the application is submitted. Full membership recognition is only reviewed once a year during the General Meeting of IESF.


As of December 2017, the number of IESF member nations is 46 of which 21 nations are from Asia, 17 nations from Europe, 4 nations from Africa and two of each from America and Oceania. Among these member nations, 24 members were approved by National Olympic Committee and National Sports Authority in each country.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

MSSA's 2018 Calendar of Events.

Simone Beck who umpired at MSSA's S A National Championships in December 2017.
First event up for the 2018 year is MSSA's Umpires' Course to be held on 20 January 2018. The course is open to any Registered Player of an affiliated club. Participants who  successfully finish the course will then be accredited umpires and will be able to umpire at MSSA events.

The second event, also in January 2018, is MSSA's Fezile Dabi Regional Championships whichh will allow players to qualify for Regional Colours and for National Team Trials.

The full 2018 Calendar of events is:

2018 Calendar of events

Date
Event
Discipline
Venue
20 JANUARY
All
Old Edwardian Society, 11 Ninth Ave., Lower Houghton
27 JANUARY
MortalKombat XL,
Tekken 7,
Injustice 2,
Street Fighter V
JCS Academy
17 Witteberg Street,
Vaalpark, Sasolburg

3 & 4 FEBRUARY
Ancients, Checkers, FIFA ‘18, Morabaraba
Old Edwardian Society, 11 Ninth Ave., Lower Houghton
10 FEBRUARY
CS:GO, DotA 2, FIFA, LOL, SC, Tekken 7, VainGlory
On-line
24 & 25 FEBRUARY
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames

24 & 25 MARCH
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames

21 APRIL
Dota 2,
CounterStrike GO,
League of Legends,
Street Fighter V
On-line
28 & 29 APRIL
Free State Provincial School Championships
Board and Figure games

28 & 29 APRIL
Gauteng Provincial School Championships
Board and Figure games

28 & 29 APRIL
Provincial School Championships for Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumulanga, Northern Cape, North West, Western Cape
Board and Figure games

5 & 6 MAY
National Team Trials
Morabaraba and Wargames

26 & 27 MAY
17th MPUMALANGA Championships
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames

26 MAY
FINANCIAL AGM
Meeting

2 & 3 JUNE
eSports National Team Trials
TBD

23 & 24 JUNE
15th FREE STATE Championships
All
Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
7 JULY
Fezile Dabi Regional Championships
To be determined

21 & 22 July
Capricorn Regional Championships
To be determined
THS Tom Naudé
Week ending
27 JULY
1st round of School League for 4 term schools.
CounterStrike: GO, DotA 2, FIFA Online, League of Legends, StarCraft II, Tekken 7, VainGlory
Online
28 & 29 JULY
SA School Championships
Board, Figure and eSports

4 & 5 AUGUST
24th KWAZULU NATAL Championships
All

11 AUGUST
StarCraft II, Hearthstone
eSports (PC)
On-line
25 & 26 AUGUST
22nd WESTERN CAPE Championships
All

TBA
Indigenous Games
Morabaraba
To be determined by SRSA
1 SEPTEMBER
Sedibeng Regional Championships
To be determined

Week ending
7 SEPTEMBER
1st round of School League for 3 term schools.
CounterStrike: GO, DotA 2, FIFA Online, League of Legends, StarCraft II, Tekken 7, VainGlory
Online
8 & 9 SEPTEMBER
City of Johannesburg Championships
Sat. Morabaraba & StarCraft II
Sun. Ancients & FIFA ‘18
Old Edwardian Society, 11 Ninth Ave., Lower Houghton
22 & 23 SEPTEMBER
16th EASTERN CAPE Championships
All

29 & 30 SEPTEMBER
7th LIMPOPO Championships
All
TBA
1 NOVEMBER
Submit nominations of office-bearers
Admin
mindsportssa@iafrica.com
1 & 2 DECEMBER
32nd S A NATIONAL Championships
All
Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
1 DECEMBER
35th NATIONAL CONVENTION
Annual General Meeting
Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
TBA
SRSA's S A Schools Championships
Morabaraba
To be determined by SRSA

Notes:

  1. International events still need to be included.
  2. Inter-Provincial events need to be included
  3. Inter-Regional events need to be included
  4. Club events need to be included
  5. Regional Championships need to be included.
  6. Free State is moved to earlier in the year.
  7. National Team Trials still need to be included