Sunday, 21 January 2018

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:

Period/genreTitlePlatformPlayers
FPSCS GOPC,5 v 5
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
Eligibility:
  • 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.
Registration:
  • To register, the Educator-in-charge must complete the Google Drive document.
Medals:

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).
Colours:
  • 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