Tuesday 27 November 2018

Open season!

Curro Klerksdorp's esports team proudly wearing club livery.
Mind Sports South Africa's transfer season (or window) runs from 1 November to 28 February of every year.

The transfer season  applies to all the disciplines, such as, board games, card games, esports, and wargames.

In many organised sports there are clear 'windows' in which transfers may occur.

Certainly there is such a period in esports in Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

But what of South Africa? How does it work in South Africa, and more importantly, how is it regulated by the official controlling body - Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA)?

In MSSA, an athlete may only ever represent one club at a time. The club that the athlete represents is the club that has registered the athlete first. So, let's presume that an athlete starts off the year playing for a school club, and through his own ability improves enough for a private club to offer him/her a position.

The school club has to release the athlete. Such is done by advising MSSA, and then such athlete may be transferred.

However, it should be noted that a club may refuse to issue a 'clearance certificate' if the athlete is not in good standing with his/her club. Of course the athlete may appeal to MSSA as the governing body which will then either uphold or dismiss the appeal.

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