Friday, 27 January 2023

Passports are required.

All entrants to MSSA's National Team Trials need a current passport. 

Without fail, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) reminds every Registered Player (albeit for Board games, Card games, Esports and/or Wargames) to have a current passport at the time of National Team Trials (NTT).

Not having a passport at NTT is immediate disqualification from the selection process.

The reason is simple. 

In order for MSSA to afford every Registered Player every opportunity to qualify for NTT, MSSA holds its NTT as late as possible. This year sees MSSA holding its NTT on 25 March 2023. Thus there is just no time to allow Registered Players to obtain their passports after NTT.

In the case of the selection of the National Protea Esports Team for IESF's African Regional Qualifiers, to be held in May, and the 15th World Esports Championships (WEC) to be held in Lasi passports, by 31 March 2023. There is therefore simply no time to entertain Registered Players wishing to participate on the international stage who do not have a passport.

Therefore, any Registered Player who has qualified for NTT through any of MSSA's events must ensure that they have a valid passport - which is valid for six months after the event.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2023

Calling all female esports athletes.

Gabriella Isaacs remains South Africa's top female esports achiever. Gabriella finished in second place at IESF's 2012 WEC in the StarCraft Female division - second only to South Korea's Kim "Aphrodite" Young.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has always endeavoured to ensure gender equity in all levels of gaming.

Even when the gaming community was slow to accept such gender equality, MSSA held firm to its principles and ensured that there were females as part of all levels in South Africa.

MSSA has more females on its Board than any other esports federation, and has sent more females than any other national esports federation to compete at IESF's World Esports Championships (WEC). In fact, MSSA, in the form of Marisa Van Der Westhuizen, has had the first-and-only female Team Captain and Flag Bearer at an IESF event.

MSSA's current policies dictate that, where possible, half of all National Team Squads, from which the National Team, is selected, shall be female.

However, in 2022 MSSA did not fare so well. The Female CSGO team was unfortunately unable to attend IESF's 14th WEC and as a result the Namibian team snuck through the African Qualifiers to end in fourth (4th) place in Bali and scoop US$5,000.00 prize money.

There is though, a second chance for South African CSGO female esports athletes. IESF shall be hosting a CSGO event for females at its 15th WEC in Lasi in August 2023.

All that a female esports athlete needs to do to be considered for selection is to:

  • Be a member of an affiliated club,
  • Participate, and win, a MSSA Regional Championship and/or Derby event,
  • Participate, and finish in the top three or top 20% (whichever is greater), of a MSSA Provincial and/or National Championships, and
  • Be ranked in the top 20 places of the official ladder for females.
Lasi awaits those who are not of faint heart. The benefits of merely being selected for the National Squad and earning National Federation Colours is of huge benefit in everyday life.

Take advantage of the opportunity - you know you want to!

For further information please contact SSA on mindsportscorresspondence@gmail.com or on WhatsApp - 079 069 3089.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2023

2023 Northern Cape Online Championships pushed forward to January.

So you want to be in the official Protea Esports chance - here is your chance - enter now!

Due to IESF having moved the 15th World Esports Championships (WEC) from December to August, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) will thus be holding its Northern Cape
 Online Esports Championships on 28 January 2023.

The Northern Cape Online Esports Championships shall offer all Registered Players the opportunity to qualify for selection to the national squad and for the Protea Team.

In order to participate, players must be registered for the 2022/2023 season.

The championship shall be held on 28 January 2023.

Game titles to be played are:


Period/genreTitlePlatformAge restrictionPlayers
Shooter
CODMMobile184 v 4
CS GOPC165 v 5
PUBGMMobile184 v 4
Sport
FIFA '23Console121 v 1
eFootball 2023 (Konami)Console121 v 1
Rocket LeaguePC and Console121 v 1
Sim racing – Assetto Corsa CompetizionePC12
MOBA
DotA 2PC125 v 5
Clash RoyaleMobile121 v 1
League of LegendsPC125 v 5
Clash of ClansMobile121 v1
Mobile Legends Bang BangMobile125 v 5
Fighting
Tekken 7Console161 v 1
Street Fighter VConsole121 v 1
CardHearthStoneVarious121 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:

  • Any team consisting of players who are Registered Players affiliated to a MSSA member club may enter.

Entries:

  • Entry is R100.00 per Registered Player.
  • Only fully-paid-up Registered Players may participate in this event.
  • Entries must be submitted by 27 January 2023.
  • To enter, the club must complete the Google Drive document. 
  • The entry form may be found on Google Drive. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_ERR6815uVjSMu4t5KkRxYqGJ_AA88kkz31qRgksASc/edit#gid=287696184
  • Clubs are to download the entry form, completed the downloaded form, and e-mail it to Mind Sports South Africa. 
  • Photographs of players must accompany the entry.

Medals:


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


      MALE:

  • PREMIERMedals 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 recognized University.
  • SCHOLARSMedals shall be awarded to the first three teams of learners currently registered at any officially recognized 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 recognized University.
  • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams of learners currently registered at any officially recognized school, provided they have not received any Premier medals.

Colours:

  • Protea Colours: Only 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 Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a National Championship will earn National Colours.
  • Provincial Colours: All 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: 28 January 2023
        • 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 towards the National Ladder.

        Shout casting:

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        Monday, 23 January 2023

        MSSA confirms entry to IESF 15th World Championships



        Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA), being the world's oldest national federation for esports, and having participated in every IESF World Championships has confirmed that it has submitted an entry for each and every title. IESF's 15th World Esports Championships (WEC) shall be held in August in Lasi, Romania.

        Lași, also referred to mostly historically as Jassy is the second largest city in Romania and is known as the Cultural Capital of Romania and is a symbol of Romanian history. Lasi is still referred to as "The Moldavian Capital", and is the main economic and business centre of Romania's Moldavian region. In December 2018, Iași was officially declared the Historical Capital of Romania.

        Romania previously hosted IESF's World Esports Championships in Bucharest in 2013, and MSSA was able to put a very strong team into the field for League of Legends (LOL), Tekken Tag tournament II (female division), StarCraft, and Starcraft (female division),. The team was not only one of South Africa's strongest ever fielded, finishing up as ranked 10th in the world, but also proved to be immensely popular.

        Colin Webster, President of MSSA, stated, "MSSA's entry reflects the confidence that it has in South African esports athletes. with teams and players selected to represent South Africa having to qualify for the 15th WEC, MSSA is confident that the majority of teams selected shall so qualify, and go on to represent South Africa with pride and distinction at Lasi."

        MSSA, in keeping with promoting all its esports athletes, has thus entered the following titles:

        • Counter-Strike: GO (CSGO)
        • Counter-Strike: GO (CSGO) - Female division
        • DotA 2
        • eFootball
        • Mobile Legends, Bang Bang
        • PUBGM
        • Tekken 7

        Only Registered Players who have qualified through MSSA's Regional, Provincial, and National Championship are eligible to participate in MSSA's National Team Trials.

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        Sunday, 22 January 2023

        MSSA revises its 2023 Calendar of Events

        Romania awaits the best of South Africa's esports athletes to do battle for ultimate glory.

        With International Esports Federation (IESF) having brought its annual World Championships forward to August, MSSA has had to amend its Calendar of Events in order to afford all esports athletes the opportunity of qualifying for MSSA's annual National Team Trials.

        It is at such National Teeam Trials (NTT) that MSSA shall select its National Protea Team that shall participate in the African Regional Qualifiers and hopefully, in the 15th World Championships as well.

        The 2023 Calendar of Events is as follows:

        2023 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
        DateEventDisciplineVenue
        1 JanuaryNew Year's Day
        2 JanuaryPublic Holiday
        28 JanuaryNORTHERN CAPE Online ChampionshipsEsportsOnline
        4 FebruaryUmpires’ Course - GautengAllOld Edwardian Society,
        11 FebruaryUmpire's CourseAllOnline
        25 February4th WESTERN CAPE Online ChampionshipsEsportsOnline
        4 March12th Online Inter-school Provincial ChampionshipsAll esports titles as approved at the AGM in DecemberOnline
        11 March4th GAUTENG Online ChampionshipsEsportsOnline
        20 MarchSpecial School Holiday
        21 MarchHuman Rights Day
        25 MarchNational Team TrialsEsportsOnline
        27 March - 11 AprilGovernment school holidays
        1 April4th Provincial Online Student ChampionshipsAll esports titles as approved at the AGM in DecemberOnline
        7 AprilGood Friday
        10 AprilFamily Day
        15 April13th Provincial Online ChampionshipsAll esports titles as approved at the AGM in DecemberOnline
        22 & 23 AprilProvincial School Championships for all provincesBoard and Figure gamesVarious venues.
        22 AprilProvincial School Championships for all provincesEsportsOnline
        27 AprilFreedom Day
        28 AprilSpecial School Holiday
        1 MayWorkers' Day
        6 MayUmpire’s CourseOnline
        13 & 14 May38th GAUTENG ChampionshipsBoard games, Card games, Esports, wargamesTBA
        27 MayFINANCIAL AGMMeetingTBA
        27 & 28 May24th WESTERN CAPE ChampionshipsBoard games, Card games, Esports, wargamesTBA
        10 & 11 JuneSA School ChampionshipsBoard games, Card games, Esports, wargamesTBA
        16 JuneYouth Day
        24 June4th SA School ChampionshipsEsportsOnline
        26 June - 17 JulyGovernment school holidays
        22 & 23 July26th KWAZULU NATAL ChampionshipsBoard games, Card games, Esports, wargamesTBD
        Starting on 24 July1st round of NWU 14th Annual School LeagueAll esports titles as approved at the AGM in DecemberOnline
        29 July4th KWAZULU NATAL Online ChampionshipsEsportsOnline
        5 & 6 August17th FREE STATE Championships / 4th FREE STATE Online ChampionshipsTBDTBD
        9 AugustNational Women's Day
        12 AugustNational Team TrialsFot titles that qualifyTBD
        26 & 27 August25th NORTH WEST ChampionshipsBoard games, Card games, Esports, wargamesTBD
        TBAIndigenous GamesMorabarabaTo be determined by SRSA
        16 & 17 September17th EASTERN CAPE Championships / 3rd EASTERN CAPE Online ChampionshipsBoard games, Card games, Esports, wargamesTBD
        24 SeptemberHeritage Day
        23 & 24 September8th LIMPOPO Championships / 4th LIMPOPO Online ChampionshipsTBDTBD
        2 to 9 OctoberGovernment school holidays
        14 October4th NORTH WEST Online ChampionshipsEsportsOnline
        1 NovemberSubmit nominations of office-bearersAdmin
        2 & 3 December34th S A NATIONAL Championships/ 3rd Online SA NATIONAL ChampionshipsBoard games, Card games, Esports, wargamesTBD
        2 December40th NATIONAL CONVENTIONAnnual General MeetingTBD
        16 DecemberDay of Reconciliation
        18 DecemberGovernment school holidays
        TBASRSA's S A Schools ChampionshipsMorabarabaTo be determined by SRSA
        25 DecemberChristmas Day
        26 DecemberDay of Goodwill*

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