MSSA boardgaming regulations

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MIND SPORTS SOUTH AFRICA

REGULATIONS SPECIFIC TO BOARD GAMING

The Rules and Regulations of the SOUTH AFRICAN WARGAMES UNION shall at all times be read and applied in conjunction with these Regulations.

Schedule 1, POINTS FOR ALLOCATION FOR COMPETITIONS

1. The points system shall be 1 point for a win, 1/2 a point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss, if not covered by the FMJD.

2. To count as having won, players must meet the victory requirements as laid down in the rules of the period being played.

3. In the event of a draw, a tiebreak will be used which will consist of adding up the scores of the player’s opponents. The highest such score will indicate the correct placing.

4. In the event that players are still tied, and such players actually had a game, the winner of that game is ranked higher.

5. Players who are awarded a bye shall receive the average of their total points score at the end of play. During the competition, however, the player shall not receive points in order to work out who the player will play.

Schedule2, CHAMPIONSHIPS

2.1 BATTLE HONOURS

1. The Honours trophy shall be awarded annually to the club that earns the most points at the South African National Championships.

2. Other clubs may challenge the club that holds the flag.

3. Teams shall consist of three players.

4. Challenges issued must be played in one calendar month upon receipt thereof. Should they not be so played then the holders shall be deemed to have defaulted and the challengers shall receive the trophy.

5. The challenge shall be played at the venue of club which holds the trophy.

6. The challengers shall choose the periods.

7. The challenged shall choose the rules.

8. If the periods are played at the South African National Championships, then the rules used at such championship shall be used.

9. To win the Honours the challengers must beat the holders by a simple majority.

2.2 BOARD GAMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

a. All Premier figure gaming championships, such as, the S A National Championships and all Regional Premier Championships shall be played over five rounds should there be 10 or more players entered for the event.

2. All five rounds shall be played on Sunday.

3. Should there not be sufficient players to play 5 rounds, the umpire in charge of the competition may use his/her discretion.

4. Players from the same club shall not be allowed to play against each other in the first two rounds if such players are less than 50% of players entered in such period.

5. Players from the same club shall not be allowed to play against each other if such period is played to less than five rounds.

2.3 INTER-CLUB LEAGUE

1. Inter-club tests shall be held within the statuary provincial boundaries.

2. All affiliated clubs within such provincial boundary shall be invited by the Regional Director to participate.

3. The Regional Director of such Province shall administer the inter-club test.

4. Inter-club tests may be held in each period.

5. All teams will consist of four Registered Players.

6. Each club may enter one team.

7. The Regional Director concerned will determine the fixture list.

8. The Regional Director shall submit the results to the Management Board before 9H00 the day after the test was held.

9. All teams that are demographically representative shall receive a bonus of 20 points per meet.

2.4 INDIVIDUAL HONOURS

a. Shall be held in all board-gaming periods played at the S A National Championships.

b. That all challenges operate as 'BATTLE HONOURS' challenges, except that the defender must defend the trophy at least twice in two months. Should the defender not have defended the trophy due to lack of opponents, he shall retain the floating trophy, however, should he not have defended the trophy and a challenge has been recorded by the Secretary of the UNION, the trophy will be awarded to the next best player.

c. Should the holder of the trophy not play at the South African National Championships in the period in which he holds the trophy, then the trophy shall be awarded to the winner of the South African National Championships for that period.

d. Should the holder of the trophy play in the South African National Championships, in the period in which he holds the trophy, and fail to finish in the top five places, then the trophy shall be awarded to the winner of the South African National Championships for that period.

e. In the case of new periods, the trophy shall be awarded to the highest seeded player.

f. Should the holder of such trophy be unavailable for more than three months, the trophy shall be awarded to the highest seeded player for such period.

g. The competition shall be run on a national level.

h. The trophy shall be inscribed on a monthly basis when necessary.

2.4 LENGTH OF CHAMPIONSHIPS

10. The Board of Control shall decide from time-to-time on the format required for each championship.

2.5 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

a. Any period shall be played at the S A National Championships provided that:

1. There is at least one Regional Premier Championship for that period played the previous year.

2. There are at least eight entries for such Championship.

3. World Individual Championship rulings shall be used if available.

4. Premier championships shall be used for selecting the senior national team.

5. Schools shall be used for selecting the junior national team.

2.6 NATIONAL TEAM TRIALS

1. To enter National Team Trials each entrant shall be registered with the International Wargames Federation.

2. To enter National Team Trials each entrant shall include with his/her entry an essay that shall include the following:

1. At least three technical tips.

2. Tactics employed.

7. NATIONAL TEAMS

1. National Team members shall play at least one game per month against a South African player seeded in the top ten in the country from date of selection until two weeks before departure to the Championships for which the player has been so selected. The last two weeks, each member of the team must play at least three games per week against a South African player who is ranked in the top ten in the country.

2. The Selectors shall enforce the training period.

8. REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

a. General

i. Regional Championships shall be divided up into Premier and Championship events.

ii. Any board-gaming period shall be played, should the following conditions be met:

1. That the period has previously been played at the championship in question in the past three years, or

2. That there is a minimum of six entrants who enter on time, and

iii. The period is played on the date of the official regional championships.

iv. Championships shall be held according to the SAWU modified 'Swiss' system.

2.9 PENALTIES

1. All players who arrive between over 5 minutes late shall forfeit the round.

2. The Penalty System as determined by the Umpire's Committee dated 17 April 2003 was adopted.

2.10 RULES

1. No player shall be allowed to shuffle pieces.

2. If a piece is touched, such piece must be moved – if it is legal to do so.

3. In team events, teams shall only play each other team once.

4. All local amendments shall be excluded.

5. Spectators shall not be allowed to influence players.

6. All of the Unions Provincial and National championships, shall be played on the following system.

Divisions

Awards made and other notes

Qualifications to enter

Premier First three places, as well as for Under 24, high school and Primary school. To be played over 5 rounds if 10 or more entrants. Open to any registered player

Championship First three places. Open to any registered player over the age of 18.

Schools First three places for High Schools and for Primary Schools. To be played over 4 rounds. Open to any player who is a learner registered at a primary or secondary institution

2.11 MEDALS

a. SCHOLARS

1. Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school and the first three primary school scholars in the following categories:

1. At each "Premier" event.

2. At each S A Schools Championships.

3. At each Provincial Schools Championships.

b. UNDER 24

1. Medals shall be awarded to the first three players who are under 24 years of age in the following categories:

1. At each "Premier" event.

2. At the S A National Championships.

3. WOMEN

1. A medal be issued to the best woman in each section.

2.12 DRAUGHTS (8 x 8)

a. The 3 - move system shall be played at all premier events.

b. All championship events shall be played to the GO-AS-YOU-PLEASE (GAYP) system.

2.13 MORABARABA

2.14 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

a. Players who are seeded in the top twenty (Premier seedings for seniors, and Scholar seedings for juniors) in South Africa shall have the right to enter the World Championships at their own expence as long as:

1. The player is registered to both the UNION and the IWF.

2. The player enters through the UNION, and meets the Union’s requirements.

3. The player represents his/her club.

4. The rules of the World Championship specifically allow such individual entry.

15. MCG MORABARABA CHAMPIONSHIPS

1. The Union shall recognise the championship that it administrates and officiates on the mines on behalf of MCG as being of equal status to its own championships.

Schedule 3, RULES LODGED

3.1 Rules lodged are removed from the official listing if they are not played at any regional or national championship for at least three years.

Period Rule sets received

Draughts - Brazilian          FMJD 
Draughts - International      FMJD 
Moruba                        SAWU 
Morabaraba                    GARM 
SesothoMorabaraba             GARSM

Schedule 4, RULES USED

1. The Rules to be used at any National or Regional Championship will be the set chosen from the list of Rules lodged by the majority of players.

2. Late entries shall not affect the choice of rule-set.

3. Only original copies of locally produced rules shall be allowed at championships.

Schedule 5, SEEDINGS

1. The Board-gaming representative, or his/her representative, shall be responsible for the seedings for the discipline.