Thursday, 28 May 2020

MSSA lines up even more international esports Test Matches.

MSSA President, Amanda Pakade, has confidence in Suth Africa's National Esports Teams.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has already held test matches against Azerbaijan (16 May 2020) and Namibia (25 April 2020). The test matches were a great success for MSSA's young Junior Protea DotA 2 Team. The experience in being able to participate against Azerbaijan's and Namibia's best has truly inspired the team to go further than before.

MSSA is now busy negotiating further test matches with Namibia, Azerbaijan, Nigeria and Peru.

The test matches will afford members of the National Squad to earn their Protea Colours even during this unpredictable time when sporting fixtures have been severely restricted due to the lockdown caused by COVID-19.


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Tuesday, 26 May 2020

School National Federation Colours are on-the-line.

Learners locked in battle in an exciting game of Clash Royale at MSSA's 2019 SA Schools' Championships.
With the lockdown continuing due to the COVID-19 crises, Mind Sports South Africa is not able to hold its popular annual South African Schools' National Championships. When held as an event, the championships would be a LAN event which would afford all School Learners the opportunity of participating in, and winning, a national championship.

Players who win all their rounds in the titles that they have entered automatically earn themselves Junior National Federation Colours.
Another important feature of this championship, is that it is open to any learner, whether or not the school is affiliated or not.

However, for team events, it is required that all members of the team are from the same school.

MSSA, being unable to hold its 10th 
South African Schools' National Championships will thus be holding an equitable Online National Championships on 13 June 2020.

MSSA'
s 10th South African Schools' National Championships has thus not been replaced by this event, the Championship has merely been delayed until the situation permits. Thus MSSA will relook at a date for the 10th South African Schools' National Championships

Players too, will be able to play from their own homes.

MSSA's 
South African Schools' Online National Championships, will offer local players the opportunity to qualify for selection to the national squad and for the Protea Team that will attend IESF's World Championships to be held in Eilat in November 2020 should they meet the criteria.


The championship shall be held on 13 June 2020.


Game titles to be played are:



TITLES10H0011H1512H3014H0014H3016H00
Paladins PC/PS4Round 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 Starts
LUNCH
Round 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
FIFA’20Round 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2020Round 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
HearthStoneRound 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
Street Fighter VRound 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
Clash RoyalRound 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
Counter-Strike: GORound 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
League of Legends (LoL)Round 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
DotA 2Round 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
TEKKEN 7Round 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts


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:

  • Any learner currently registered for primary or secondary studies may enter.

Entry fee:

  • Entry is R35.00 per Registered Player.
  • Only fully-paid-up Registered Players may participate in this event.

Entries:

Medals:

Medals shall be awarded to the first three gamers for both men and women (per  province) in the following categories:
  • MEN: The top three places (1st, 2nd, and 3rd)).
  • WOMEN: The top three places (1st, 2nd, and 3rd))
Please note that the medals shall be awarded to the players at the next LAN championship in which such team/player enters and participates.

Colours:
  • School Provincial Colours: All Players, currently registered as learners, 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.
  • School National Colours: All Players, currently registered as learners, that win all of their Matches at a National Championship will earn School National Federation Colours.

When and Where:

  • 9 May 2020
  • 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.
  • All medals shall be awarded to the recipients at a MSSA LAN championships.

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 mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com 
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Revised MSSA 2020 Calendar of Events.

Under lockdown, LAN events have been deferred to later dates, with online events becoming more prevalent.
Even though it has been announced that South Africa will go to level 3 lockdown, due to COVID-19, on 1 June 2020, sporting evens are still prohibited, but funerals aren't - go figure!

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has thus revised its Calendar of events to ensure that all Registered Players are still afforded the opportunity to qualify for National Team Trials and National Team Selection.


The new online events do not replace the existing LAN events, as the LAN events may still be held should conditions permit.

The revised Calender of Events is as follows:



2020 Calendar of events

Date
Event
Discipline
Venue
25 JANUARY
Umpires’ Course - Gauteng
All
Old Edwardian Society, 11 Ninth Ave., Lower Houghton
1 & 2 FEBRUARY
Ancients, Checkers, PES 2020, Morabaraba
Old Edwardian Society, 11 Ninth Ave., Lower Houghton
9 FEBRUARY
All esports titles as approved at the AGM in December
On-line
11 APRIL
Provincial Online Student Championships
All esports titles as approved at the AGM in December
Online
18 APRIL

All esports titles as approved at the AGM in December
Online
25 APRIL
South Africa vs Namibia
DotA 2
Online
9 MAY
1st Combined School Online Provincial Championships
All esports titles as approved at the AGM in December
Online
16 MAY
South Africa vs Azerbaijan
DotA 2
Online
30 MAY
All esports titles as approved at the AGM in December
Online
13 JUNE
1st SA School Online Championships
Board games, Card games, Esports, wargames
Online
Week ending
17 JULY
1st round of NWU School League
All esports titles as approved at the AGM in December
Online
25 & 26 JULY
26th KWAZULU NATAL Championships
Board games, Card games, Esports, wargames
TBD
1 & 2 AUGUST
National Team Trials
All
In the province that has the most qualifiers
8 & 9 AUGUST
17th FREE STATE Championships
All
TBD
29 & 30 AUGUST
Board games, Card games, Esports, wargames
TBD
TBA
Indigenous Games
Morabaraba
To be determined by SRSA
19 & 20 SEPTEMBER
17th EASTERN CAPE Championships
Board games, Card games, Esports, wargames
TBD
26 & 27 SEPTEMBER
8th LIMPOPO Championships
Board games, Card games, Esports, wargames
TBA
1 NOVEMBER
Submit nominations of office-bearers
Admin
mindsportssa@iafrica.com
15 – 20 November
IESF 12th World Championships
DotA 2, PES, Tekken 7
Eilat, Israel
5 & 6 DECEMBER
34th S A NATIONAL Championships
Board games, Card games, Esports, wargames
TBD
5 DECEMBER
37th NATIONAL CONVENTION
Annual General Meeting
TBD
TBA
SRSA's S A Schools Championships
Morabaraba
To be determined by SRSA

Delayed events due to COVID-19

Date
Event
Discipline/periods
Venue
TBA
24th WESTERN CAPE Championships
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames
Curro Durbanville,
1 Memento Drive, Sonstraal Heights, Durbanville, 7550
TBA
Umpire’s Course – Mpumulanga
Umpiring course
TBD
TBA
Provincial School Championships for all provinces
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames 
TBD
TBA
Board games, Card games, Esports, wargames
HeronBridge College
TBA
FINANCIAL AGM
Meeting
HeronBridge College
TBA
10th SA School Championships
Board games, Card games, Esports, wargames
HeronBridge College

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