Tuesday 7 June 2016

South African National School Championships - 30 & 31 July 2016

All of them, winners!
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) started its South African School Championships back in 1996.

Although the championships back then only concentrated on board games and wargames, the championships has over the years also been broadened to include eSports.

It has over the years, been a great source of unearthing the talent that has driven many of the senior national teams.

Many top gamers at school level have been enlisted into National Team duty – and have done very well!

One only has to remember players like Vincent Lane (St John's College), Andre Tonkin (Krugersdorp High), David Webster (Sandringham High), Dominic Bauer (Eden College), Conradie van Heerden (DF Malan), Jason Batzofin (St John's College), Elishia Retief (Hoerskool Linden), and Gabriella Isaacs (SAHETI).

All of the above have performed at the highest levels both here and abroad, and all of whom have done South Africa proud – very proud indeed!

The Annual South African National Championship shall be played on 30 & 31 July 2016.

The championship also counts as the MSSA's National Team Trials for MSSA Junior Protea Teams.

Registrations will close on the 10 July 2016.

Players who wish to compete in any of MSSA's Championships are advised to complete their annual registration forms so that they may register as Registered Players as soon as possible. Late entries will be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

All gamers are reminded that the South African National Championships is an open championship. In other words any registered player is entitled to enter the championship – no matter where they live, or their category of membership. If you have any queries, please contact the MSSA.

Championship Details:

Hosting Club
: Parklands College, Cape Town
Venue: Parklands College, Cape Town
Date: 30 & 31 July 2016
Game Entry Fees: FREE
Entries: Clubs must use the entry form on Google Drive to enter their players.
Food & refreshments: Highly reasonable prices
Computers: Bring your own. Please ensure that all game updates are done prior to arrival. No updates shall be done at the event.
Schedule: As below.
Board games titles to be played at 2016 School National Championships
Saturday Checkers Morabaraba

eSports titles to be played at 2016 School LAN National Championships
Saturday StarCraft II League of Legends HearthStone Tekken Tag Tournament II
Sunday Sunday CounterStrike: GO FIFA '16 DotA 2

Wargames to be played at 2016 School National Championships
Saturday Ancients - DBM 3.2
Sunday Ancients - DBM 3.2

Games begin at 9H00 on both days and shall end at 18H00.

Rules and Regulations: All Rules and Regulations pertaining to eSports are available from the MSSA. Players are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the Bylaws and all Period Specific Rules. If any Player wishes to provide advice regarding the drafting of the Period Specific Rules they are encouraged to contact MSSA who will take all comments into account.

The following Medals may be awarded at the Championship:

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd placeFor both male and female,  as well as for both High School and Primary School
Colours and National Team Trials:
  • Junior National Federation Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a National Championship will earn Junior National Federation Colours.
  • Provincial Colours: All Players that 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.
  • Junior Protea Team: This event shall be used by MSSA to select a junior Protea Team. However, because the team will also be expected to play in 2017 for South Africa, Grade 12's are not eligible for selection.

Please note that times may be changed to take into account load-shedding.

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