Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Female learners are encouraged to enter NWU MSSA Online School League.

Charlize Seremak (left) and Amanda Pakade, MSSA President, (right) at IESF's 11th World Championships. Charlize is the tenth female to have represented South Africa at IESF World Championships.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is proud of its achievements of being the only National Federation to have achieved gender equity on its Board, as well as to be the only National Federation to have delivered a female component in each and every national Protea Team that has attended every International Esports Federation (IESF) World Championships since 2012. 

However, it should be noted that MSSA, though, first awarded Protea Colours in 2010 to female athletes (Kgothatso Moerane, and Natalie Witoslawski) who were both Tuks students at the time.

It is by participating in the NWU MSSA Online School League that female esports athletes can qualify for National Team Trials, and at the same time have a little fun as well as possible earn a little silverware, in the form of medals, earn High School Provincial Colours, and possibly even earn some prize money, or even win the bursary on offer.

As already reported, the Online League (NWU MSSA Online School League) offers prizes other than just the medals and provincial colours to the overall winners. The prizes include:

  • A R30,000.00 Bursary for the winner of the StreetFighter V esports title, and
  • R5,000.00 Prize money for the School for the winner of the Paladins esports title, and
  • R5,000.00 Prize money for the School for the winner of the DotA 2 esports title, and
  • R5,000.00 Prize money for the School for the winner of the efootball PES 2020 esports title.
The following Medals may be awarded at MSSA's 2020 Annual Inter-School League:
  • HIGH SCHOOL (FEMALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.
  • PRIMARY SCHOOL (FEMALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.
  • HIGH SCHOOL (MALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.
  • PRIMARY SCHOOL (MALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.
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Esports at schools.

The full interview may be watched on: https://www.facebook.com/SuperTeachersUnite/videos/275150760596249/UzpfSTcxNDE5NTI0NzoxMDE1NzExMTU4Mzc5NTI0OA/
Esports is a great way to still participate in extra-mural activities whilst adhering to social distancing regulations.

In this interview Colin Webster from Mind Sport South Africa talks about Esports in schools and how you can start an eSports club at your school.

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Sunday, 5 July 2020

Two more exciting events in July 2020.

Esports athletes from around SA 
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has not slowed down despite the vicious onslaught of COVID-19. No matter what those in denial may say, many MSSA officials are of the opinion that COVID-19 is here to stay, and we all will have to adjust our lifestyles to live with the disease - no matter how unpleasant that may be.

Fortunately, active, official competitive esports championships can still be held if all cxoncerned work together.

Restrictions on face-to-face championships still continue that will have to see new rules to be formulated to ensure that such events can be held under current restrictions imposed by government regulation.

Nevertheless, MSSA shall be holding two more events in in July 2020. The other two events are:

Both events allow players to qualify for national selection to South Africa's official National Protea Esports Team.

Being a member of the Protea Esports Team allows athletes opportunities that are oft undreamed of by those not well acquainted with sport. Receiving Protea Colours not only helps the athlete to enter the first rung of international competition, but also enables the athlete to obtain bursaries at university, and also obtain employment.


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KwaZulu Online Provincial Championships - 25 Jul 2020.

In pre-covid times, Grantleigh battling it out at MSSA's 2019 KwaZulu Natal Championships held at Curro Hillcrest.
With sporting events still under lockdown Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) decided to run an online KwaZulu Natal Provincial Championships.

MSSA will thus be holding its KwaZulu Natal Online Provincial Championships on 25 July 2020.

MSSA's KwaZulu Natal LAN Provincial Championships has thus not been replaced by this event.

MSSA's 1st KwaZulu Natal Online Provincial Championships, which will offer local players the opportunity to qualify for selection to the national squad and for the Protea Team.


In order to participate, the majority of each team must consist of players who reside in 
KwaZulu Natal. However, in the case of players who play 1v1 games, only KwaZulu Natal residents are eligible to enter.


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


The championship shall be held on 25 July 2020.


Game titles to be played are:



TITLES10H0011H0012H0013H0014H0015H00
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 team consisting of players who are Registered Players affiliated to a MSSA member club may enter.
  • The majority of each team must consist of players who reside in KwaZulu Natal. 
  • In the case of players who play 1v1 games, only KwaZulu Natal residents are eligible to enter.

Entries:


Medals:


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


      MALE:

  • PREMIER: Medals 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 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: 25 July 2020

  • 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:

  • For games to count for the National Ladder, teams must advise the Umpires before the start of each match.

Shout casting:

  • MSSA shall decide who may shout-cast the games.

  • Anybody wishing to be appointed as a Shout-Caster must apply in writing tomindsportssa@iafrica.com

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Thursday, 2 July 2020

Esports titles to be played in NWU MSSA Online Esports School League.


The esports titles to be played in all MSSA's school championships and leagues are as follows:


Period/genreTitlePlatformAge restrictionPlayers
ShooterCS GOPC,165 v 5
PaladinsPC/console125 v 5
SportFIFA ‘20PC31 v 1
PES 2020PS 431 v 1
MOBADota 2PC125 v 5
League of LegendsPC125 v 5
Clash RoyaleMobile121 v 1
VainGloryTablet/cell123 v 3
FightingStreet Fighter VConsole121 v 1
CardHearthStoneMobile71 v 1