Friday, 15 January 2021

Use of venues for events.

 

It has been brought to Mind Sports South Africa's (MSSA) attention that under the most recent regulations only sporting activities by recognized sporting bodies are allowed.

Thus venue may only be used for official league fixtures and/or championships, and for training for such purposes.

Unfortunately this means that social, that is, non official fixtures are not permitted for the time being from venues.

Please do not encourage, or permit, the use of the facilities for such purposes, and remain compliant with all regulations in regard to COVID-19.

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Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Learners may play for both private and school clubs.


There is no doubt that any sport that does not implement strong development programmes at school level, and does not enable schools to participate in every level of official championship and league, will eventually fail.

It is Mind Sports South Africa's opinion that only schools that participate in official esports structures prepare their learners for the real world, while those that do not, do their learners no favour in the long-run and only prepare them for disappointment, heartache, and failure.

Only learners that participate in official structures are able to:
  • Earn Regional, Provincial, and/or National Colours,
  • Officially represent South Africa,
  • Earn Protea Colours,
  • Have the chance or winning prize-money for his/her school, and
  • Obtain bursaries to attend institutions of higher learning.
Not only that, but learners who play for a private club may be entered by a school club in an event exclusively in school events/divisions should such Registered Player be fully registered at such school as a learner and upon such school’s terms.
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Tuesday, 12 January 2021

OKI Gaming is on the move.


OKI Gaming is up and ready for the 2021 year. The club has moved into a new facility (out of our old shack into a new house), and has been setting it up and finalizing its trai8ing schedule so that it can continue to train and teach players games other than EA's efootball sports title of FIFA. 

 OKI Gaming will be focusing on fighting games for the next 4 months (Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7 and Dragon Ball Z Fighter). After that the club will move into the realm of First Person Shooters (FPS) for 4 months. The club will concentrate on (Call of Duty, Apex Legends and Fortnite).

The club will then concentrate on sport games in the last stretch of the year as most new sport games are released after August of each year.

The club also intends to hold "biweekly tournaments", through which the club can assess the progress of each player being taught/developed, and monthly tournaments for the FIFA esports title, to generally accommodate the community. The management of OKI Gaming realize that the growth of any club is utterly dependent on having sustainable and effective outreach programmes.

However, all the above depends on the situation apropos COVID-19, but the club remains confident that things will work out well, given the solid foundations laid in 2020.

The club, based in Simunye (Westonaria), affiliated to Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is "a shining light in terms of development among the community", according to MSSA President Amanda Kwaza.  

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Monday, 11 January 2021

Transfer season - 1 November 2020 to 28 February 2021


In order to transfer from one club to another, a Registered Player needs to settle all of his debts with his current club, and apply to such club to leave.

MSSA, only allows this, unless in exceptional circumstances, to happen in the period 1 November to 28 February.

The reasons for only having one transfer period is to:
  • Create stability in in both clubs and teams

    In the past, gamers were known to 'clan hop'. While this at the time may have rewarded certain players with immediate gratification (in sponsorships, prize-money, etc.) it did  nothing to allow a club to fully develop the gamer. If a club is not sure about the length of time that a gamer will be a member of the club, the club is more likely to abuse the gamer's skills and not further develop the gamer. So it has been in the past where MSSA has seen some gamers move from one club to another as soon as the club offered the gamer that little bit more.

    Teams that also stick together, learn how to deal with each other as a group, deal with problems, and work better as a team.
  • Rationalise membership

    In terms of  MSSA's Constitution and Regulations, a Registered Player may only represent one club, unless a scholar. Scholars, affiliated to a  private club, are allowed to play for their schools in school leagues and championships. The club that the Registered Player may represent is the first club that the Registered Player joined in the season. Such club is  then known as the 'first claim' club and only such club  may enter  the person into championships or count his/her membership for voting rights.

    Thus, MSSA's records apropos membership do not  show 'double-dipping' as a Registered Player may only be shown as a member of only one club and are quite accurate.
  • Ensure sustainability of clubs

    The strength of any  association remains  its members. Since it is the clubs that are the members of MSSA, it is vital that MSSA protects and  develops the clubs themselves. By regulating the movement of players, clubs are better able to budget and plan for how they want to develop themselves.

Thus the transfer 'window' is now open. If you as a player want to transfer your allegiance from one club to another, do it before 28 February 2021.

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Sunday, 10 January 2021

Procedure to be followed by private clubs affiliating for the 2021 season.

 

Just some of the private clubs affiliated to Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA).

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is the national federation for Board games, Card games, Esports, and Wargames.

MSSA promotes all  the different disciplines equally, although each affiliated club may pick-and-choose which discipline it wishes to promote in its club. Some clubs will promote the whole gambit, while others will concentrate on only one discipline, and/or even just concentrate on one specific title.

The choice is ultimately up to the member club.

The various mind sports offer unique opportunities to many South Africans. Many Souuth Africans have been able to earn Regional, Provincial, and National Colours which have allowed them to earn bursaries and obtain first-class educations.

MSSA has sent teams with full Protea Colours to international events since 1991 for wargames, 1996 for Morabaraba, 1997 for Checkers, and 2005 for Esports. 

All selected have found being part of the national team to be an education in itself.. 

All clubs must be legal bodies, as well as being non-profit organizations. Thus each club needs to have a founding document. Associations may use the draft constitution provided below.

It is the club that is the member of MSSA, while the players are affiliated to the club.

Any applicant needs to be aware of the following:
  1. MSSA’s Constitution, 
  2. MSSA’s General Regulations, 
  3. Proforma Constitution - this is a draft constitution that is used by many clubs affiliated to MSSA, 
  4. An Application for Affiliation form,
  5. Registration Forms for all players – including the administrators and any/all coaches,
  6. The fee note form – please note that the fees for private clubs are R108.00 affiliation fee and R115.00 per player per annum, 
  7. The Letter of Undertaking, and
  8. A brochure about MSSA
In order to affiliate, the completed Application for affiliation Form must be submitted to the MSSA.

Once the Board has approved a club’s affiliation, the club then needs to complete the Google Registration Page allocated to the club for the players and make payment.

All club members may participate in all events for which it qualifies. Such events include meetings, championships, courses, and so forth. 

Advantages of having a MSSA affiliated club: 

There are many advantages of having a MSSA affiliated club, such as:
  1. Being part of a community where your club has a real say in how things are done
  2. Being able to apply for National Lottery Funding – MSSA member clubs can apply for up to R800,000.00 in funding
  3. Being able to get assistance from your local government
  4. Experience increased media exposure of your events and your gamers
  5. Become part of the international community through the MSSA Registered players are able to become internationally recognised umpires, etc.
  6. Enable your gamers to take part in MSSA events, which may qualify them for Regional, Provincial, and National colours, overseas trips, and even sports bursaries at university.
MSSA’s Constitution   

The Constitution forms the foundation of the MSSA. It guarantees members rights and governs the way that the MSSA operates. It can only be amended by a two-thirds majority at a Council Meeting. Please remember that Associations only have two (2) votes each, whereas member clubs have a representational vote, being: normal clubs: one vote per every five registered players, and school clubs: one vote per every ten registered players.

MSSA’s General Regulations   


The General Regulations comprises of decisions made by both Council and Executive Committee Meetings. The General Regulations deals with how sub-committees operate as well as to how teams are selected and development funding is distributed. Please refer to Schedule 10.12 in regard to the rights of clubs in hosting events.

MSSA’s Discipline Specific Regulations   


The Discipline Specific Regulations deal with rules concerning the different disciplines. The Disciplines that the MSSA caters for are; Board Gaming, Card gaming, Esports, and Figure Gaming.

Application for Affiliation form   

When a club applies for membership, the applicant club must complete such form and return the same to the MSSA.

Fee note for 2021 

The fee note details the Affiliation Fees and Registration fees that are payable.

Player Registration Form   


The Player Registration Form needs to be completed by every player that is a member of a club and intends to participate in MSSA affairs.

MSSA’s Letter of Undertaking   

The Letter of Undertaking is for all registered players who sit on any MSSA committee.

Social Media

The MSSA makes use of the following:
Should you have any queries whatsoever, please contact mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com.

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Friday, 8 January 2021

Get your club's news out.


All clubs involved in the various mind sports catered by Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) have always battled to find consistent coverage of their activities. This is just one of the manty reasons that MSSA has its blog page.

By consistently providing up-to-date news and information about Checkers, Draughts, Esports, Morabaraba, and Wargames, the number of readers of MSSA's blog page has steadily increased since Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) began operating such blog.

MSSA started the blog page in August 2013, and since then the numbers have climbed from a few readers a day to a over 10,000 a month.

There even has been as much as 33,000 readers on a single day.

Mind Sports South Africa's (MSSA) blog carries articles pertinent to competitive gaming in South Africa from proto-computer gaming all the way through to the most modern. 

Of course it has taken dedication, consistency and accurate reporting of events to attract such numbers.

Because the blog is run by MSSA, any and all member clubs are able to have articles published on the blog. 

Thus all member club's are invited to send in articles for the blog page, and are welcome to highlight their achievements, sponsorships, strategies, events, and/or top players.

There is no better, or easier way, of advertising your club.

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First Sleep and Recovery Summit for all South Africans.


 First Sleep and Recovery Summit shall be held in February 2021 for all South Africans. 

The summit is targeted to all South Africans involved in the medical, wellness, and sports performance sector and shall explore:

  • The world of Sleep and Recovery
  • The missing links in health, rehab and performance which lie in the ability to recover and adapt
Anyone who needs to better understand the many facets of recovery.
  • Fitness Coaches
  • Personal Trainers
  • Strength Coaches
  • Performance Coaches
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Fitness Enthusiasts
  • Massage Therapists
  • Health Coaches
  • Physical Therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Rehab Specialists
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about health, recovery, sleep and performance!
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) encourages all its coaches and technical stall to attend in order better provide for the welfare of its Registered Players.

Please view the link below to sign up for this informative event.

Registration is FREE!

https://www.sleepcoachcourse.com/southafricasummit