Saturday, 15 August 2020

How clubs offer to host official mind sports events.

Old Edwardian Mind Sports Club has hosted more MSSA events than any other affiliated club.

Old Edwardian Mind Sports Club has hosted more MSSA events than any other affiliated club.

On 1 August 2020 Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) invited all members to suggest which events they want to see retained in the article "Getting ready for 2021".

Of course a number of member clubs have submitted their views, all of which are being collated and will be discussed by MSSA's Management Committee and the Board Gaming, Card Gaming, Esports and Wargames Boards of Control.

However, it is important to know how MSSA decides where each championship is held.

Regional Championships:

Regional Championships may be hosted by any member club. Even a club based in a different region may host a Regional Championship in an entirely different region should MSSA's Management Committee approve. Such was the case when the Old Edwardian Mind Sports Club hosted the eThekwini Regional Championship at the Durban Gaming Expo in July 2018. 

The rules for hosting an official Regional Championship may be found here.

Provincial Championships:

Provincial Championships rotate among the member clubs within any such province. Thus only clubs within KwaZulu Natal may host the KwaZulu Natal Provincial Championships. Through actively pursuing this policy, provincial championships are held in various venues which allow clubs to grow their support base and obtain media coverage. 

All online events are directly hosted by MSSA itself.

National Championships:

National Championships rotate among all interested member clubs based within South Africa.

As such the prestigious SA National Championships may be held in any city in South Africa. While some gamers may consider such to be inconvenient, it must be remembered that hosting the SA National Championships or the SA Schools' National Championships gives a huge boost to the host club. Such boost to the host club may be felt for many years afterwards in terms of increased membership, participation and media coverage.

However, to host any Regional, Provincial, and/or National Championship, the applicant member club must submit its application to host to the General Secretary by 1 November 2020.

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