Tuesday 18 June 2024

Ensuring every athlete achieves their dreams.

Participating in a Protea Team is not and end result, it is the entry ticket to International Competition.

Gatekeeping is defined by the Urban dictionary is defined as, "when someone takes it upon themselves to decide who does or does not have access or rights to a community or identity". 

Essentially, gatekeeping is an ongoing practice that a hierarchy of power within the community and further excludes others.

It has come to Mind Sports South Africa's (MSSA) Board's attention that a number of gamers are unfairly and erroneously accusing MSSA of acting as a gatekeeper apropos the selection of South Africa's National Teams.

The accusation is most unfortunate and absolutely untrue.

But, lets look at the facts.

To participate in MSSA's National Team Trials (NTT), the rules are the same as per many years:

  1. If being of the age of majority and have received Protea and/or, National Federation, and/or Provincial Colours in the previous year, shall have successfully completed an Umpires’ Course (if such course was held in the province in which such player resides after the date of being awarded such colours), and
  2. Have been awarded Protea and/or National Federation Colours in the previous year, or
  3. Have participated in MSSA events where such player shall have won a Regional Championship in such period/genre, or have finished in the top 20% or top three places, whichever is greater, at any official Provincial Championships for such period/genre, or have finished in the top 20% or top three places, whichever is greater, at the SA School National Championships for such period/genre, and be fully-paid-up members of an affiliated Member, and be ranked in the top ten of the Ladder for such period/genre.

Thus, on reading the above, Registered Players, have an opportunity like in no other sport to participate in National Team Trials as entry to Trials is NOT based on any official's personal preference and or bias, but is instead totally based on registration and performance in official, and/or officially accredited, events.

Then at NTT, the policy is quite clear. 

MSSA selects the Captain per period (title, whether esports, wargames, boardgames, card games, Phygital, etc), of the winning team who then selects his/her team and advises MSSA of such).

Thus, selection rests firmly in the hands of the Registered Players in order to produce the highest quality teams from the athletes who have qualified to be at NTT from MSSA's official and accredited events.

Thus on a careful reading of the above, it is clear that MSSA, and its officials, are unable to do any form of gatekeeping to ensure that every athlete has every opportunity to achieve their dreams.

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Friday 14 June 2024

SA vs Namibia - 14 June 2024

 

Remember to support our DOTA boys on Friday, 14 June 2024 at 20:00! GLHF! 

https://www.youtube.com/live/BUQ5DOaU4eY?si=vt5rZnXqFRM9ySfM

Thursday 23 May 2024

National Team - Junior Qualifiers


With National Team Trials (NTT) to be played on 25 May 2024  from 9H00 to 10H00, to select the teams to officially represent South Africa in the African Regional Championships and, hopefully, qualify for IESF's 16th World Esports Championships, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) reminds all esports athletes to fully acquaint themselves with the rules on https://esportscommentator.blogspot.com/2024/05/national-team-trials-age-restrictions.html

The following titles shall be played at the 2023 National team Trials to be held on 25 March 2024:

  • Counter-Strike: GO (open and female)
  • Dota 2
  • eFootball
  • Mobile Legends, Bang, Bang (open and female)
  • PUBG Mobile
The Documents required are as follows:
  • Copy of South African Passport.
  • Signed Senior or Junior Contract (Please note a parent or guardian will need to sign if the player is under 18 years of age).
  • Copy of an Unabridged Birth Certificate for players under the age of 18
While National Team Trials shall begin at 10H00 and end at 19H00, Registered Players shall be online at 9H00. MSSA officials will be on duty all day to assist with any queries you might have.

The full list of esports players who have qualified for the junior section of the prestigious National Team Trials are:

Junior
TitleNameClubQualified
Counter Strike 2: Junior
Nicholas Davies (Captain)Pr0NHSNWU School League
James ShirleyPr0NHSNWU School League
Colby JonesPr0NHSNWU School League
Drew TittleyPr0NHSNWU School League
Reshaan GoolamPr0NHSNWU School League
eFootball - Junior
Reabetswe LeburuCurro Klerksdorp2023 Protea Team
Tshwarelo TshwaneKnights Mind Sports ClubNWU School League
Relebogile NkadimengDawnview High SchoolNWU School League
Onye OkekeDawnview High SchoolNWU School League
Matlomane MoleleDawnview High SchoolNWU School League
Usher MokoenaDawnview High School13th Online School
Tristan JennisonDawnview High SchoolCombined Online Schools
Mobile Legends: Bang, Bang - Juniors
Relebohile NkadimengDawnview High SchoolNWU School League
Matlomane MoleleDawnview High SchoolNWU School League
Thabiso SeabelaDawnview High SchoolNWU School League
Onye OkekeDawnview High SchoolNWU School League
Siphesihle MoyoDawnview High SchoolNWU School League
Kennedy Cassells (captain)Pr0NHSNWU School League
Beverly MakhafolaPr0NHSNWU School League
Tylon Law HughesPr0NHSNWU School League
Robyn WadsworthPr0NHSNWU School League
Emily BlakePr0NHSNWU School League
Jenny Pejana (captain)Dawnview High School13th Online Schools
Gerald KhumaloDawnview High School13th Online Schools
Kennedy Cassells (captain)Pr0NHS13th Online Schools
Emily BlakePr0NHS13th Online Schools
Tylon Law HughesPr0NHS13th Online Schools
Beverly MakhafolaPr0NHS13th Online Schools
Robyn WadsworthPr0NHS13th Online Schools
Lu-Zelle Kruger ©MiddiesCombined Online Schools
Antoenetha HattinghMiddiesCombined Online Schools
Rochelle BronkhorstMiddiesCombined Online Schools
Anneke GreylingMiddiesCombined Online Schools
Breydon SeimaMiddiesCombined Online Schools

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National Team - Female Qualifiers


With National Team Trials (NTT) to be played on 25 May 2024  from 9H00 to 10H00, to select the teams to officially represent South Africa in the African Regional Championships and, hopefully, qualify for IESF's 16th World Esports Championships, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) reminds all esports athletes to fully acquaint themselves with the rules on 
https://esportscommentator.blogspot.com/2024/05/national-team-trials-age-restrictions.html

The following titles shall be played at the 2023 National team Trials to be held on 25 March 2024:

  • Counter-Strike: GO (open and female)
  • Dota 2
  • eFootball
  • Mobile Legends, Bang, Bang (open and female)
  • PUBG Mobile
The Documents required are as follows:
  • Copy of South African Passport.
  • Signed Senior or Junior Contract (Please note a parent or guardian will need to sign if the player is under 18 years of age).
  • Copy of an Unabridged Birth Certificate for players under the age of 18
While National Team Trials shall begin at 10H00 and end at 19H00, Registered Players shall be online at 9H00. MSSA officials will be on duty all day to assist with any queries you might have.

The full list of esports players who have qualified for the open section of the prestigious National Team Trials are:

Female
TitleNameClubQualified
Counter Strike 2:
Karla GrewarWhite Rabbit Amaryllis2023 Protea Team
Kaylee LudickATK Club Sport2023 Protea Team
Rochelle Elizabeth NoortmanWhite Rabbit Amaryllis2023 Protea Team
Roelien van DykWhite Rabbit Amaryllis2023 Protea Team
Jessica Eleez GreeffATK Club Sport2023 Protea Team
Avonique van RooyenWhite Rabbit AmaryllisGauteng Online
Christie WebsterWhite Rabbit AmaryllisGauteng Online
Claudia BooyensWhite Rabbit AmaryllisGauteng Online
Christin BrazierATK Club Sport14th Online Prov.
Megan van der WesthuizenATK Club Sport14th Online Prov.
Kayhla Rose CalderATK Club Sport14th Online Prov.
Nathalie DuvenhageWhite Rabbit AmaryllisGauteng Online
eFootball - Female
Mikara NokrajDawnview High SchoolProtea Team
Keletso MuwenaKnights Mind Sports ClubSA Nationals
Mobile Legends: Bang, Bang - Female
Je'nielle CavanaghPES SocietyWestern Cape
Mia AnthonyPES SocietyWestern Cape
Salma ParkerPES SocietyWestern Cape
Rushaan JacobsPES SocietyWestern Cape
Fatiemah IsaacsPES SocietyWestern Cape
Inez PringlePES Society14th Online Prov.
Ra'isha ProutPES Society14th Online Prov.
Fatimah ProutPES Society14th Online Prov.

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