Saturday 13 October 2018

Why MSSA runs its Regional Championships the way it does.

'The Pretenders' (from left: Joshua Saunders, Damond Osborn, Adeem Mansoor, Thulani Sishi (Captain) and Ethan Mills) with their prizes  at the 2018 eThekwini Regional Championships.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) initiated its Regional Championships in order to not only extend its footprint into every corner of South Africa, but to elso ensure the financial viability of its member clubs.

All a member club has to do to host a regional championship is to apply to MSSA ( do so according to the rules.

It is the member club that chooses the date and chooses the game titles to be played at such regional championships.

Of course, the abovementioned benefits are not the only ones.

The winners of MSSA Regional Championships also qualify to participate in MSSA's National Team Trials. Already there gamers from four regions (City of Johannesburg, eThekwini, Fezile Dabi, and Sedibeng) who have qualified for MSSA's 2019 NTT.

Thus a member club, through the Regional Championships, is more than able to cater for all members of its community by providing ongoing championships throughout the year.

The rules for hosting a Regional Championship are as follows:


  1. Members within a region may offer to host, through a bid, any such championship at least 90 days prior to the event.
  2. The decision to which club the hosting of such event is awarded shall be made by the Management Board.
  3. The host club shall sign an SLA.
  4. The Management Board may decide to host such championship itself. Should such decision be made and bids have been received, the Management Board shall advise all members of the reasons therefore.
  5. Every effort shall be made by the host to hold such championship in a venue that is easily accessible to both Players and members of the public.
  6. A Regional Championship may be played to any periods currently offered at a Provincial Championship or approved of by the Management Board.
  7. The different periods may be held at separate times and venues from other periods.
  8. Only Regional Championship for each period shall be held in any one season.
  9. Any person may enter, however only fully-paid-up Registered Players may qualify for National Team Trials in such event. Non registered Players shall be charged a surcharge, which shall be decided upon by the Management Board from time-to- time, and shall be remitted to MSSA by the host club within 5 days of such championship.
  10. The host club acknowledges that the event/s is/are wholly owned by the MSSA and all rules are complied with.
  11. The host club shall set the entrance fee. Such fee shall be included in the bid.
  12. The host club shall supply suitable and qualified umpires.
  13. The host club shall purchase the medals from MSSA. MSSA shall price the medals at cost + 20% and postage.
  14. The host club shall be responsible for the venue and all other costs relating thereto.
  15. The club shall keep the net profit for the event.
  16. The club must submit all results to MSSA within 48 hours.
  17. The club must send a statement of account to MSSA within 30 days to the VP in charge of events.
  18. No results may be posted on any site until MSSA has announced the results.
  19. The MANCOM shall invite the player who finished in first place, if a Registered Player, to attend the National Team Trials if the event has met with all the criteria.
  20. The results may be vitiated by the VP in charge of umpiring if any of the above are not complied with.

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