Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA), founded in 1985, is the national federation for Board games, Card games, Esports, and Wargames.
The choice is ultimately up to the school.
MSSA has sent teams with full Protea Colours to international events since 1991 for wargames, 1996 for Morabaraba, 1997 for Checkers, and 2005 for Esports. Many members of the national teams have been scholars, and all have benefited from their involvement in the national Protea Team.
As long as the school club has the approval of the school, and has an Educator-in-Charge, a school may affiliate by merely completing the Application for Affiliation Form and submitting such to MSSA.Any applicant needs to be aware of the following:
1. MSSA’s Constitution,
2. MSSA’s General Regulations,
3. Application for Affiliation form,
4. Registration Forms for all players – including the teacher in charge and any/all coaches,
5. Fee note – please note that the fees for school clubs are R104.00 affiliation fee and R10.00 per player (including the Educator-in-Charge) per annum,
Advantages of having a MSSA affiliated club:
There are many advantages of having a MSSA affiliated club, such as:
- Being part of a community where your club has a real say in how things are done
- Being able to apply for National Lottery Funding – MSSA member clubs can apply for up to R800,000.00 in funding
- Being able to get assistance from your local government
- Experience increased media exposure of your events and your gamers
- Become part of the international community through the MSSA Registered players are able to become internationally recognised umpires, etc.
- Enable your gamers to take part in MSSA events, which may qualify them for Regional, Provincial, and National colours, overseas trips, and even sports bursaries at university.
The Constitution forms the foundation of the MSSA. It guarantees members rights and governs the way that the MSSA operates. It can only be amended by a two-thirds majority at a Council Meeting. Please remember that Associations only have two (2) votes each, whereas member clubs have a representational vote, being:
- Private clubs: one vote per every five registered players, and
- School clubs: one vote per every ten registered players.
The General Regulations comprises of decisions made by both Council and Executive Committee Meetings. The General Regulations deals with how sub-committees operate as well as to how teams are selected and development funding is distributed. Please refer to Schedule 10.12 in regard to the rights of clubs in hosting events.
MSSA’s Discipline Specific Regulations
The Discipline Specific Regulations deal with rules concerning the different disciplines. The Disciplines that the MSSA caters for are; Board Gaming, Card gaming, Esports, and Figure Gaming.
When a club applies for membership, the applicant club must complete such form and return the same to the MSSA.
Fee note for 2023
The fee note details the Affiliation Fees and Registration fees that are payable.
Player Registration Form
The Player Registration Form needs to be completed by every player that is a member of a club and intends to participate in MSSA affairs.
MSSA’s Letter of Undertaking
The Letter of Undertaking is for all registered players who sit on any MSSA committee.
The MSSA makes use of the following:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mindsportssa
- South African Schools' Esports Group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1676447775912809/
- Twitter: @mindsportssa
- Intstagram: @mindsportssouthafrica
- Blog page: https://esportscommentator.blogspot.com/