|Charlize Seremak went straight from MSSA's SA National Championships to IESF's 11th World Championships.|
As usual, the school was a superb host, and the championships ran smoothly and without a hitch.
MSSA's SA National Championships is the last event of the year, and is without doubt, the most important championships on the South African calendar as any player witshing to qualify for selection to the South African National Squad, from which the South African National Protea Team, shall be selected must participate at such SA National Championships. Of course there are exceptions in certain cases, but in such cases, MSSA must be contacted prior to the event.
Having run for 36 continuous years, MSSA's SA National Championships is breaking records. However, not all the various disciplines have been played for the full 36 years. Wargames heads the bill at having been played at all 36 National Championships, with Board games (in the form of Morabaraba) having been included in 1996. Shortly thereafter, in 1997, checkers made its debut. It was only in 2005, even though MSSA had been running Provincial Esports events since 1998, that Esports made its way into the SA National Championships.
Despite the pedigree of the other disciplines, it is now esports that contributes the largest amount of participants, and has more games (periods) being hosted than any othe discipline.
Even with esports only having been represented at MSSA's SA National Championships since 2005, it makes the esports portion possibly the oldest running esports national championships in the world!
Eleven (11) games (periods) were played, of which one (1) was a wargame, two (2) were board games and the remaning eight (8) were esports titles.
It must also be stressed that only titles that are played at SA National Championships, qualify to have teams selected that will earn Protea Colours. There are exceptions to the rule, but they are exceptions...
The championship was hard fought, and the standard exhibited showed a marked improvement over previous years.
The full list of winners is as follows:
- Esports titles selected for all MSSA's School Championships.
- Esports titles selected for all MSSA's Student championships.
- 2020 Calendar of Events
- The various events held by Mind Sports South Africa.
- Why schools and universities should invest in esports.
- New National Team Selection Criteria
- Selecting the national Protea teams for Mind Sports South Africa.
- MSSA's umpiring course - 25 January 2020.