Wednesday, 22 September 2021

South African National Squads for esports are announced.

Johan van Breda (ZAG Academy) once again serves as MSSA's Manager for esports.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) being the oldest national federation (having been founded in 1985) for esports in the world first selected a team to officially represent South Africa at the 2005 World Cyber Games (WCG). The team did very well with Logan Brook-Shields walking away with a second place in the mobile gaming category.

Ever since 2005, MSSA has selected a national team to officially represent South Africa each year.

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic posed a number of significant problems during 2020 and 2021, MSSA remained at the forefront of delivery to its members by continuing to host Derby, Regional, Provincial, and National Championships. Such championships all lead up to the National Team Trials at which the national squads are selected. 

Regrettably MSSA was not able to selct squads for all the esports titles for which it caters due to the unwillingness of some athletes to meet all of MSSA's rules and the governments requirements apropos COVID-19 regulations.

Nevertheless, MSSA has now selected its National Squads from which MSSA shall select its official Protea Teams.

Until an athlete is awarded Protea Colours for playing in an international test or international championship, all athletes are awarded the next highest award, being National Federation Colours.

The athletes who have been selected to be in MSSA's National squad for the 2021/2022 squad are:

Period/esports titleNameClub
Clash Royale
Liam MoodleyNorthCliff High School
John KimAzure Enigmas
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Jessie Joubert (Captain)ZAG Academy
Simon ZandstraZAG Academy
Thomas VenablesZAG Academy
Joshua ChapmanZAG Academy
Armand van der ColfZAG Academy
HearthStoneAidan VorsterZAG Academy
TEKKEN 7
Jonathan BrownTeam PlayBell
Mhlengi NkosiNWU Vaal
PES 2021
Riezwaan HakimPES Society
Thando SiyengoPES Society
ManagerJohan van BredaZAG Academy

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Friday, 17 September 2021

Limpopo Online Provincial Championships - 25 September 2021

Athletes competing at HTS Tom Naude in pre COVID-19 days.

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ith Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) already having held its 2021 National Team Trials (NTT) on 21 August 2021, MSSA's Limpopo OnlineOnline Provincial Championships affords all Registered Players the opportunity to prepare for MSSA's 2022 National Team Trials.

Early qualification for Trials allows the athlete to concentrate on training and perfecting new tactics and strategies.

Thus Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is continuing to run its online Provincial Championships in order to cater for  its community of member clubs and Registered Players.

MSSA's Limpopo OnlineOnline Provincial Championships shall be held  on 25 September 2021.

MSSA's Limpopo OnlineOnline Provincial Championships  offers all Registered Players the opportunity to qualify for selection to the 2022 national squad and for the 2022 Protea Team.


In order to participate, Registered Players must be fully-paid-up. 

It should be noted that any Registered Player from anywhere in South Africa may compete in this championship.


Obviously Registered Players may participate from the comfort of their own home while being safe from the ravages of COVID-19.


Game titles to be played are:


Period/genreTitlePlatformAge restrictionPlayers
Shooter
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Online only)PC/PS 4/5184 v 4
CS GOPC165 v 5
PaladinsPC/PS 4/5125 v 5
Sport
FIFA '21PS 4/531 v 1
PES 2021PS 4/531 v 1
MOBA
DotA 2PC125 v 5
Clash RoyaleMobile121 v 1
Fighting
Tekken 7PS 4/5161 v 1
Street Fighter VPS 4/5121 v 1
CardHearthStoneVarious71 v 1

Tournament Structure:

As per the MSSA's rules, being:
  • If less than six teams, the championship shall be a Round Robin Championship
  • If 6 to 10 teams enter the championship there shall be four rounds as played to the Swiss System
  • If 11 or more teams enter the championship there shall be five rounds as played to the Swiss System

Eligibility:

  • In order to participate, Registered Players must be fully-paid-up. 

    Entries:

    Medals:


    Medals shall be handed over to winners at the next MSSA LAN that they attend. 


          MALE:

    • astern Cape OPREMIERMedals shall be awarded to the first three teams.
    • UNDER 24: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams that have not won a Premier medal and which are comprised entirely of students currently registered at any officially recognised University.
    • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams of learners currently registered at any officially recognised school, provided they have not received any Premier medals.     
         FEMALE:
    • PREMIER: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams.
    • UNDER 24Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams that have not won a Premier medal and which are comprised entirely of students currently registered at any officially recognised University.
    • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams of learners currently registered at any officially recognised school, provided they have not received any Premier medals.

    Colours:

    • Protea ColoursOnly Players that are selected to represent South Africa in International Championships may earn National Colours if the Protea Colours Board's criteria are met.
    • National ColoursAll Players that win all of their Matches at a National Championship will earn National Colours.
    • Provincial ColoursAll Players that win all of their Matches at a Provincial Championship will earn Provincial Colours. All Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a Provincial Championship, and who also score within the top 50% at a National Championship in the same period and in the same year, will earn Provincial Colours.

          General:

          • The championship shall be played on: 25 September 2021.
          • The first round will start at 10H00. Players shall be given 60 minutes to complete each round.
          • The championship is accredited as being of the same status as a provincial championship. 
          • The championship shall be used for the awarding of provincial colours;
          • The championship shall be used for the awarding of medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in Premier, Under 24, and School categories;
          • The championship shall be used for the ability to qualify for National Team Squad.
          • All medals shall be awarded to the recipients at a MSSA LAN championships.

          Umpires:

          • Umpires may only be contacted over Skype on the day of competition. Any communication not on the Skype channel shall not be entered into.

          Ladder:

          • All games shall count for the National Ladder.

          Shout casting:

          • MSSA shall decide who may shout-cast the games.
          • Anybody wishing to be appointed as a Shout-Caster must apply in writing to mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com

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          Wednesday, 15 September 2021

          2021 Sportsmanship awards to date

          Liam Moodley (Northcliff High School) has already earned the Sportsmanship Award in three of MSSA's 2021 championships.

          Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) takes sportsmanship very seriously.

          Most reasonable athletes and parents would agree that sportsmanship is an important aspect of any sport. It is no less true for board games, esports, and wargames.

          Although sportsmanship comes in many forms, everyone can give a few examples of what sportsmanship looks like and what it takes to be viewed as a “good sport”: However all the examples just scratch the surface of displaying good sportsmanship.

          Sportsmanship is an understanding of and commitment to fair play, ethical behavior and integrity, and general goodwill toward an opponent. 

          Sportsmanship is athe affirmation that an athlete is disciplined enough to have perspective, maintain poise and do what is best for his or her teammates and fellow competitors. 

          Being able to make appropriate behavioral choices at the “moment of truth” and in a pressure situation will often reveal a player’s character and his or her ability to be a good sport. Simply put, sportsmanship is a choice.

          While it is all so very easy to get caught up in a game and become too focused on winning, there is so much to be gained and learned from an athletic experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Good sportsmanship is one of those life lessons that should be intentionally learned, taught, practiced and reinforced.

          It is on such basis that MSSA makes the Sportsmanship Award after each and every championship that it runs.

          The winners are then, at the end of the year, are all in line to win the prestigious Dorian Love Trophy for the athlete that most epitomizes such qualities.

          MSSA is proud of each athlete to whom the sportsmanship award has been made, and each athlete has a very dear position in the heart of MSSA.

          The fill list of winners to date are:

          2021
          ChampionshipRecipientClub
          Western Cape OnlineRafeeq CariemPES Society
          Online SchoolLiam MoodleyNorthcliff High School
          Provincial Online SchoolAidan Vorster
          ZAG Academy (Krugersdorp High School)
          Online SA SchoolKennard WardFairmont High school
          Gauteng OnlineLiam MoodleyNorthcliff High School
          KwaZulu Natal OnlineLiam MoodleyNorthcliff High School
          Free State OnlineTheunis van der MerweHoƫrskool Klerksdorp

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