Tuesday, 23 January 2018

DotA 2: Teams that have qualified for MSSA's 2018 National Team Trials.

With Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) shall hold its National Team Trials (NTT) on 2 & 3 June 2018.

With Online Schools, Gauteng Provincial Championships, North West Provincial Championships, Provincial Online Championships, Free State Provincial Championships, and Mpumulanga Provincial Championships all to be played before MSSA's National Team Trials on 2 & 3 June 2018, there is ample time for cyber athletes to qualify.

It is therefore hoped that all teams will avail themselves of the opportunity to qualify for trials and possibly be selected for the National Protea Esports Team.

The teams that have qualified to date  for the DotA 2 esports title are:

DotA 2
Team Name Club Number of athletes
Mr Project Oakhill College 5
[PRIDE] Parktown Boys 5
Grey High Gaming Grey High 5
Pr0NHS Northcliff High 5
Northwood DOTA Northwood High 5
Team Theory Oakhill College 5
WBHS/DotA Westville Boys 5
MC DOTA Maritzburg College 5
Grey High Seconds Grey High 5

31 January 2018 is the deadline.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) shall be holding its 1st Executive Meeting on Saturday, 24 February 2018 directly after the end of play.

Thus all member clubs are invited to submit any matters that they feel need to be addressed by MSSA's Executive Committee by the end of business of Wednesday, 31 January 2018.

The Executive Committee consists of all members of the Management Board, and one nominated member from each affiliated member.

Thus every member club has its opportunity to participate in the affairs of MSSA.

It should be noted that the Management Board is accountable to the Executive Committee, and that the authority of the Executive Committee is only second to that of MSSA's Council.

An agenda will be produced by 2 February 2018 and circulated to all member clubs, which shall be accompanied by a proxy form, so that each and every member club will be able to have its say.

CounterStrike: GO - Teams that have qualified for National Team Trials.

The BOO! Protea CounterStrike: GO Team that attended IESF's World Championships - Busan.
With Mind Sports South Africa's National Team Trials (NTT) fast approaching, officials are getting all records ready for such event.

It is imperative that readers are aware that although the team has qualified for NTT, it is actually the members of the team that have qualified for such trials.

Thus teams are welcome to experiment with different combinations throughout the year in order to find the best possible team for trials. As a result, a team nay have more 5 members who qualify for  trials from which they will select their own 'dream team'.

As such, MSSA and its member clubs keep record of each and every player that plays for the various teams in order to ensure that suitably qualified players participate at the prestigious National Team Trials.

With Online Schools, Gauteng Provincial Championships, North West Provincial Championships, Provincial Online Championships, Free State Provincial Championships, and Mpumulanga Provincial Championships all to be played before MSSA's National Team Trials on 2 & 3 June 2018, there is ample time for cyber athletes to qualify.

South Africa already boasts a fine tradition at IESF's annual world championships. It is no small feat to be ranked 12th in the world as South Africa already is so ranked.

It is therefore hoped that all teams will avail themselves of the opportunity to qualify for trials and possibly be selected for the National Protea Esports Team.

The teams that have qualified to date  for the CounterStrike: GO esports title are:
CounterStrike: GO
Team Name Club Number of athletes
Masters of Masters of Mind Sports Masters of Masters of Mind Sports 5
VxP CSGO VexxedPhoenix 8
WBHS_CS:GOA Westville Boys 5
District_Zero Protea Heights Academy 5
Potchefstroom Gimnasium Potchefstroom Gimnasium 5
WBHS/CS:GOB Westville Boys 5
MC: GO 1 Maritzburg College 5
Northwood Northwood 5
Limbros Alpha Fragcon 5
Limbros Beta Fragcon 5

Monday, 22 January 2018

Good governance is everybody's issue.

Morizane Boyes - President of MSSA.
With all the drama surrounding the allegations of 'State capture' in South Africa in recent years, it is important that all members of civil society remain Alert that it never happens to any organisation by any one group.

The only way that the 'capture' of any organisation can be stopped is if the members apply their minds, demand transparency, and insist that processes exist in order to stop any one clique from gaining control.

While associations cannot be owned by anyone, associations may still be captured by groups in order to serve their own ends.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has always been mindful of the problem, and has thus a number of mechanisms in place to stop any attempts at 'capture'.

The most important rule is Rule 9.7 of the Constitution which limits the amount of representation that any club may have on the Management Board to 40%.

The full list of Management Board members is as follows:

Name Position Club
Morizane Boyes President VexxedPhoenix
James Evans 1st Vice-President Knights Mind Sports Club
Adele Janse van Rensburg Vice-President (Umpiring) GenerationX
Sheraaz Nunnian Vice-President (Liaison) East London Mind Sports
Johan van Breda Vice-President (Development) ZAGA
Leonard Loftus Vice-President (Events) Masters of Mind Sports
Joseph Matlhong Board Gaming Representative North West University - Vaal
Paula Loftus Card Gaming Representative Masters of Mind Sports
Ryan Boyes Esports Representative BNKR
Terence Allwright Wargames Old Edwardian Wargames Club
Blair Hamberger Women s’ Desk IntenSity Gaming
Twane Martins Disabled Representative BNKR
Darryl-Lee Bruce-Smith National Schools’ Director HTS Sasolburg
Carl Holliday Legal Advisor Knights Mind Sports Club
Jason Batzofin Player’s Representative Old Edwardian Wargames Club
Colin Webster General Secretary Old Edwardian Wargames Club

Thus the majority  of the Management Board will always be made up by other clubs.

Also by having separation of powers, in that the Management Board is obliged to refer certain issues to Council, the Executive Committee, Boards of Control, Selection Committee, and so forth, the Managements Board's powers are not absolute and always open to inspection.

However, the real strength of MSSA's system is that each and every club is directly affiliated to MSSA and is able to participate in the electoral process. As such, if anybody is elected, it is because the membership has spoken.

It is the membership that enforces the rules, and it is from the membership that office-bearers are drawn.

That is probably one of the reasons why MSSA is the largest membership based organisation for esports in South Africa.

Nominate the person you want.

Cornelius Hlela (in white shirt) who served as a Selector from 1999 - 2005.
On Sunday, 14 January 2018, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) put out a call for the nominations for people to sit on its Selection Committee, and since then, nominations have been trickling in.

The Selection Committee is without doubt one of the most important committees within MSSA.

It is the Selection Committee that is tasked with the duty of selecting the National Teams as well as approving all Provincial and Regional Teams.

Such selectors consider the teams for all disciplines albeit, board gaming, card gaming, esports, and wargames.

It is therefore imperative that the right people are appointed onto the Selection Committee in order to ensure that strong selections of teams are continued to be enacted.

However, it should be noted that people who sit on the Selection Committee  may not hold other office on MSSA, nor may they be selected for any teams themselves.

This is your chance to make a contribution, take it...

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Tekken 7: Players who have qualified for the 2018 National Team Trials.

Mxolisi Lukhele and Andrew Donaldson tussle for supremacy - but there others that may snatch the title.
Since Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has held its 2017 National Team Trials (NTT), MSSA has head a number of championships which help players qualify for the 2018 National Team Trials.

Such championships include the Fezile Dabi Regional Championships, Sedibeng regional Championships, Mpumulanga Provincial Championships, KwaZulu Provincial Championships, Limpopo Provincial Championships, Free State Provincial Championships, Online School League, and the SA National Championships.

Between February and the 2018 National Team Trials (NTT) which will be held on 2 and 3 June 2018, there are already no less than six events that shall be held in which players can become eligible for NTT.

Already, there are mo
re people who have qualified for NTT, in the Tekken 7 esports period, than ever before.
NTT thus promises to hotly fought over as players fight for a place in the official Sou
th African Protea Esports team.

The full list of players who have qualified to date are:

Name Club
Alasdair Donaldson VexxedPhoenix
Angelique Taljaard Fakkel School
Cameron Gilburt Fragcon
Carl McNeil Cape Town Mind Sports
Charlize Seremak HTS Sasolburg
Christopher Fenton JCS Academy
Gawie Fick Fakkel
Jada Whitaker Tom Naudé
Jeremy Seremak HTS Sasolburg
Joost Loftus Masters of Mind Sports
Kaitlyn Creighton Masters of Mind Sports
Keanu de Waal THS Tom Naude
Khanyisa Sibanda JCS Academy
Leighton Howells Cambridge High School
Leonard Loftus Masters of Mind Sports
Leone Loftus Fakkel School
Morizane Boyes BNKR
Mxolisi Lukhele Amplified Rebellion
Nadine Swart HTS Witbank
Paula Loftus Masters of Mind Sports
Phoenix Janse van Vuuren Fakkel School
Pieter Lourens Hoërskool Generaal Hertzog
Sekele Komape THS Tom Naude
Simoné Otto THS Tom Naude
Sune van der Merwe HTS Witbank
Tetelo Mphahlele THS Tom Naude

Gauteng's Umpiring Course.

Participants at MSSA's 2018 Gauteng Level 1 Umpires' Course.
On 20 January 2018, MSSA held its Gauteng Level 1 Umpires' Course at the Old Edwardian Society in Lower Houghton.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) shall be holding such courses throughout South Africa during the course of the year in order to enable as many people as possible, who are willing to become accredited umpires, to do do so.

The next such course shall be held in the North West Province. As soon as  the date and venue has been set, all member clubs shall be advised.

Those that received their Level 1 certification at the Umpires' Course that was held in the Gauteng Province are as follows:

Name Club
Johan Van Breda ZAGA
Jessie Joubert  ZAGA
Marisa van der Westhuizen  ZAGA
Bernice Botha  ZAGA
Garth Schoeman  Knights Mind Sports Club
Terence James Allwright Old Edwardian Wargames Club
Cobus van der Wath  Fakkel School
Henry Colin Fakkel School

Friday, 19 January 2018

For the brave nothing is too difficult.

Learners who have represented Jeppe with distinction.
In todays' modern society, the traditions of the past blend with the forward progression of technology.

Well, that is how it should be...

This is the case of Jeppe High School for Boys.

The school affiliated to Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) in 2016 and has been, since its affili
liation, a willing participant in the newest of sports - esports.

Such is the nature of the oldest public school in Johannesburg, that it is brave enough to adapt, and progress with  the times, and at the same time, remain true to its rich traditions and culture.

Thus, it is no surprise that 
Jeppe High School for Boys hosted a very successful 2017 Gauteng Provincial Championships.

It will, therefore, not come as a surprise that the school has put in a bid to host the 2018 Gauteng Provincial Championships as well.

MSSA's Management Board will be deciding within the week on the host, and will advise its membership accordingly.

MSSA's umpiring course - 20 January 2017.

One of the most important aspects of a well run championship is the consistency and standard of umpiring.

Umpiring affects every aspect of a championship, and since Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is highly cognisant of such, MSSA shall be holding a number of umpires' courses during 2018.

Such umpiring courses around the country shall ensure that umpires are certified and are fully aware of their duties and responsibilities.

The first such course shall be done as follows:

Date: 20 January 2018
Time: 9H00 - 18H00
Cost: R300.00 per person
Venue: Old Edwardian Society, 9 11th Avenue, Lower Houghton, Johannesburg

The cost will include morning and afternoon tea, and lunch.

The course shall include:
* Ethics
* Background to MSSA's systems
* Roles of the different umpires
* Entry
* Basic rules to the games
* Pairings
* Data capturing of results
* How results are further used

At the end, a test will be given, and those that pass will be accredited as umpires.

Any Registered Player who is 18 or older may register for such course through their member club.

Fur additional information, please contact mindsportssa@iafrica.com

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Can Parklands College maintain their winning form?

With MSSA holding its 9th Annual School Provincial On-line Championships on 10 February 2018, attention turns towards the DotA 2 esports title.

Ever since the entry of Parklands College in 2015, where the College had a triumphant victory i
n their first year of membership, the College has always been a dominant force in DotA 2 at school level. Having won the 
Annual School Provincial On-line Championships in 2015, the College finished in second place in 2016, and then won the title again in 2017.

Under the leadership of Cavan Lang, Parklands College is certainly creating a name for itself  as the school to beat.

Looking at the past results, it very much  seems as though  Parklands College is  the most consistent of all the schools. Such consistency is directly attributable to the College having depth of players.

However, in 2017, there was a strong challenge from both SAHETI and Westville Boys High School, and it will be interesting to see if both of those schools  will also be able to maintain, or better their positions.

At the end of the day, whichever team wins, the Annual School Provincial On-line Championships is bound to be lots of fun and provide many of the learners with much needed experience in competition play.

The past five years' results are:

Pos. 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
1 HTS Witbank St Albans College Parklands College Maritzburg College Parklands College
2 Northcliff High St John’s College Fish Hoek High School Parklands College SAHETI
3 St John’s College Brandcliff House Fairmont High School Oakhill Westville Boys High School

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Can SAHETI match Rondebosch Boys' record?

SAHETI dominated the game of CounterStrike:: GO in the 2017 On-line Inter-school Provincial Championships.
In 2015 and 2016, Rondebosch Boys' High School dominated MSSA's Online Esports School Provincial Championships for the CounterStrike: GO title, and is the only school to have won the championship more than once. 

The Rondebosch Boys team went on to produce two 
members of the 2016 Protea Esports Team that attended IESF's 8th World Championships - Jakarta, namely Jessie Joubert and Simon Zandstra.

However, in 2017,there was  a dramatic changing of the guard. Rondebosch did not feature, and SAHETI, Parklands College and Cedar House grabbed the to
p three positions.

The question is now whether SAHETI can maintain their winning form.

Like any other sport, teams need to have depth in terms of players in order to maintain their standards.

The results for MSSA's 2017 Online Esports School Provincial Championships for the CounterStrike: GO title are:

CounterStrike: GO
FINAL POS Team Name School
1 SpartansA SAHETI
2 PG18 Parklands College
3 Cedar House Cedar House
4 District_Zero Protea Heights Academy
5 Hoërskool Lichtenburg Hoërskool Lichtenburg
6 Soviet UnicornZ Midstream College
7 Cryptid Claws Hoërskool Wonderboom
8 Curro Kld (Qantum) Curro Klerksdorp
9 MC CS 1 Maritzburg College
10 Pr0NHS Northcliff High School
11 SpartansB SAHETI
12 AFP Hoërskool Wonderboom
13 Pr0NHS &Girls Northcliff High School
14 Oakhill Oakhill
15 Tesseract Jeppe High School for Boys
16 Awoken Hoërskool Wonderboom
17 PG16 Parklands College
18 PG13 Parklands College
19 Raptors HTS HTS Witbank
20 Ice Wolves Hoërskool Wonderboom
21 HTS 1 HTS Witbank
22 RBHS_CSGO__A Rondebosch Boys
23 RBHS_CSGO_B Rondebosch Boys
24 Battelcry Hoërskool Wonderboom

MSSA's fees for 2018.

MSSA would not be able to achieve anything without its members.

The annual affiliation and registration fees are a vital ingredient to MSSA's ability to deliver its development programmes and even getting its national teams overseas.

Every member counts, and every member helps assist MSSA in its core functions.

Thus, MSSA ensures as much as possible, that the fees not be a burden to the membership, but instead, just a contribution to enable MSSA meet its obligations.

Thus, the fees for 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018 are as follows

Affiliation fees:

The Affiliation fee needed to be paid by every member club on an annual basis remains at the amount of R100,00.

Registration fees:

Registration fees are divided into two categories, being:

  • Registered Players who are affiliated to a school club - R6,00 per player per annum.
  • Registered Players who are affiliated to a club other than a school club - R101.00 per player per annum.
However, in keeping with Mind Sport South Africa's policies apropos development programmes, MSSA may waive the fees from registered players who are unable to afford such, should the member club make such request in terms of MSSA's rules.

Monday, 15 January 2018

MSSA's Online Esports School Provincial Championships - 10 February 2018

Learners in action.
MSSA is proud to announce that it will once again hold its Annual School Provincial On-line Championships on 10 February 2018.

Since the last notification, the Management Board noticed an egregious oversight in that HearthStone had not been included. The Board swung into action, and by following proper procedure have now included HearthStone into all school events.

The championship may be used by gamers to qualify for eligibility to compete in the National Team Trials (NTT) should the MSSA need to choose a team for any of the titles played in such championships.

The MSSA School Online Championships has become South Africa's largest official online championship. It is an event that lasts from 10H00 until 18H00 and has proved itself to be a most enjoyable event.

The titles to be played at such event are:

SportFIFA Online 3PC1 v 1
RTSStarCraft IIPC1 v 1
AOSDota 2PC5 v 5
League of LegendsPC5 v 5
VainGloryTablet/cell3 v 3
FightingTekken 7Console1 v 1
CardHearthStoneVarious1 v 1

MSSA would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the dedicated Educators for ensuring that the school teams are ready-and-able and for giving up so much of their time and patience. Only once the learners have left school will they really comprehend what the Educators have done for them.

The championship would not be possible without the continued support from Educators.

Thank you!
Tournament Structure:

As per the MSSA's rules, being:
  • If less than six players, the championship shall be a Round Robin Championship
  • If 6 to 10 players the championship shall be four rounds as played to the Swiss System
  • If 11 to 30 players the championship shall be five rounds as played to the Swiss System
  • Any player/team who is a Registered Player affiliated to a school club affiliated to MSSA may enter.
Entry fee:
  • Entry is free to all full-paid-up Registered Players.
  • Only fully-paid-up Registered Players may participate in this event.
Entry date:
  • Entries need to be submitted by no later than Wednesday, 7 February 2018.
  • To register, the Educator-in-charge must complete the Google Drive document.

Medals shall be awarded to the first three gamers for both men and women in the following categories:
  • MEN: The top three places (1st, 2nd, and 3rd).
  • WOMEN: The top three places (1st, 2nd, and 3rd).
  • School Provincial Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a Provincial Championship will earn School Provincial Colours. All Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a any two (or more) Provincial Championships, and who also score within the top 50% at a National Championship in the same period and in the same year, will earn School Provincial Colours.
When and Where:
  • 10 February 2018
  • The first round will start at 10H00. Players shall be given 60 minutes to complete each round. 
  • Players must all be on-line at 9H00.
The championship is accredited as being of the same status as a provincial championship. This means that the championship shall be used for the following:
  • The awarding of school provincial colours;
  • The awarding of medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for both men and women;
  • The ability to qualify for National Team Trials. 
As usual Trials shall be done at a LAN venue, and the team that can best represent South Africa shall then be selected.

Shout casting:
  • The MSSA shall decide who may shout-cast the games.
  • Anybody wishing to be appointed as a Shout-Caster must apply in writing to mindsportssa@iafrica.com