Monday 11 December 2017

Anyone may participate in a MSSA Regional Championship.

Regional championships are the perfect breeding ground for development.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 3 December 2017 is again proof that Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) always listens to the majority view of its member clubs.

Thus MSSA has amended the regulations so that any gamer, whether registered or not, may enter any MSSA Regional Championships.

For players who are not Registered Players, an additional amount of R30.00 per person per game entered shall be charged.

Thus anyone can enter and be eligible for both medals and Regional Colours.

However it sh
ould be noted that only players who are Registered Players shall be considered for eligibility for National Team Trials (NTT).

It is hoped that the Regional Championships will be expanded to each and every region in the country, as the championships will undoubtedly help:
  1. Strengthen clubs that are in each region,
  2. Encourage clubs to grow in regions that as yet do not have member clubs, and
  3. Allow a greater base of players to participate in official MSSA championships without having to travel vast distances.
However, the MSSA is aware that many of the clubs do not have the financial resources and 'know-how' to host a full provincial championship. Thus the Regional championships are designed to be much smaller affairs. 

Host clubs may host only the period that such club has an active interest in promoting. Thus there could be a Regional event held for each period within a Region at a different time – as long as the host clubs within the Region have met with all the criteria for such.

As an example, a member club like St John's may very well host the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Regional Championships, while the Old Edwardian Wargames Club hosts the CoJ Ancients Regional Championships, while Wits University hosts the CoJ Regional Championships for Board games and Starcraft II, and Northcliff High School hosts the CoJ Regional Championships for CounterStrike: GO and DotA 2.

This way the MSSA will create a larger pool of people able to host championships which will also do much to help the growth of LANs as well as financially bolster the member clubs as the net profit from these events will be kept by the host clubs.

Regional Championships thus remain the basis of grass-root development. With 56 regions in South Africa, should there be a Regional Championship in each and every region, more gamers will be able to qualify for National team Trials and be exposed to all MSSA's disciplines (board games, card games, esports, robotics, and wargames).

Content received from any/all Regional Championships shall also be screened on MSSA's TV Channel on Tuluntulu.

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