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See also:
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* [[IContact]]: an online archive of NASPA News (originally called Tournament Talk), a weekly newsletter, and other emails sent to the membership.
 
* [[NASPA Bulletin]]: an online archive of NASPA Bulletins (not currently in publication).
 
* [[NASPA Bulletin]]: an online archive of NASPA Bulletins (not currently in publication).
* [[Club news]]
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* [[Club news]]: news about activities at our sanctioned clubs
* [[Member news]]
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* [[Member news]]: news about our members outside of their Scrabble lives
 
* [[SCRABBLE in the news]] : Links to articles about SCRABBLE players, clubs, and tournaments.
 
* [[SCRABBLE in the news]] : Links to articles about SCRABBLE players, clubs, and tournaments.
 
* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/tourneys/calendar.html Tournament calendar]: upcoming tournaments
 
* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/tourneys/calendar.html Tournament calendar]: upcoming tournaments
* [[Tournament results]]
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* [[Tournament results]]: past tournaments
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* ... and our home page, which will always list the top stories.
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== Current news ==
 
== Current news ==
  
=== August 5, 2014 [[OTCWL2014]] on sale now ===
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=== May 2, 2019 Collins 2019 to Take Effect on July 1, 2019 ===
 
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The NASPA [[Advisory Board]] decided that the [https://www.collinsdictionary.com/scrabble/ Collins Official SCRABBLE Words 2019] will take effect for Collins play at sanctioned clubs and tournaments on July 1, 2019.
Preorders are open for OTCWL2014 at the [{{SERVER}}/store NASPA Store],
 
per [[iContact 20140805|iContact announcement]].
 
 
 
=== August 4–5, 2014 [[OSPD|OSPD5]] in the news ===
 
 
 
[[Chris Cree]], [[John Chew]], [[Robin Pollock Daniel]] and others are quoted in stories about OSPD5 linked at our [[Media relations]] page.
 
 
 
=== August 1, 2014 [[Director Manual]] new formats available ===
 
 
 
The [[Publications Committee]] has posted the current (2014-05-20) edition of the Director Manual in .epub and .mobi (Kindle editions) for easy access on handheld devices.
 
 
 
=== July 31, 2014 [[OSPD|OSPD5]] release date changed ===
 
 
 
Merriam-Webster has announced that OSPD5 will go on sale on August 6, and not as originally planned on August 11. Copies of OSPD5 and TWL2014 will still be available at the [[2014 National SCRABBLE Championship]].
 
 
 
=== July 25, 2014 [[Recreational_Clubs#New_York|CNY Club]] registered ===
 
 
 
We welcome our newest recreational club, directed by [[Kieran OConnor|Kieran O'Connor]] in Syracuse.
 
 
 
=== July 22, 2014 [[Recreational_Clubs#Wisconsin|Milwaukee Club]] registered ===
 
 
 
We welcome our newest recreational club, directed by [[Susan Love]] in the Greater Milwaukee area.
 
 
 
=== June 26, 2014: [[2014 Can-Am SCRABBLE Challenge]] qualification standings posted ===
 
 
 
Can-Am [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/tourneys/2014/canam/qual.shtml qualification standings] are now being updated automatically after each rated tournament. Players interested in participating should follow the event page instructions to register before the deadline.
 
 
 
=== June 24, 2014: New Word List to Take Effect on December 1 ===
 
  
The NASPA [[Advisory Board]] has ratified December 1st, 2014 as the date on which the next edition of [[OTCWL]] will take effect. Copies will be available for sale to members at the [[2014 National SCRABBLE Championship]].
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=== April 29, 2019 [[2019 Advisory Board Elections]] - Nominations open ===
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Elections for NASPA's Advisory Board (AB) are approaching. This year three elective seats need to be filled:
  
=== June 3, 2014: NASPA CSW [[Ratings]] revised ===
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* US South
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* US West
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* At Large
  
The NASPA Rating software has been updated so that it now automatically assigns initial ratings to players based on their existing rating in the other lexicon, if they have tournament experience but are new to CSW or TWL play. In conducting a thorough review of how the previous manual process had been implemented, we found several cases in which players had incorrectly been treated as entirely new to tournament play. We have therefore had to take the extraordinary measure of rerating all tournaments beginning at the earliest such incident (July 1, 2011) and proceeding to the present day. We apologize for the inconvenience; please understand that the measure was important for maintaining the consistency and accuracy of our rating system.
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Nominations are open from May 1 through May 31, 2019. To nominate yourself or someone else, contact NASPA at [mailto:info@scrabbleplayers.org info@scrabbleplayers.org].
  
=== June 3, 2014: NASPAWiki new look ===
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=== March 3, 2019 [[Zyzzyva]] Release 3.2.0 Available for [[NWL2018]] ===
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NASPA Zyzzyva Release 3.2.0 is now available for the Windows and Mac OS X platforms.
  
NASPAWiki has a new look, thanks to some help from [http://www.walking-stick.com/ Walking Stick Communications Inc.], a website design and development company.
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=== February 1, 2019 [[Ted Gest]] chairs [[Club/Director Committee]] ===
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We thank Ted Gest for succeeding Alan Stern as chair of
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the NASPA Club/Director Committee; and thank Alan for his past service.
  
=== June 3, 2014: NASPAWiki maintenance upgrade ===
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=== January 8, 2019 [[Sue Tremblay]] joins [[Club/Director Committee]] ===
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We thank Sue Tremblay for joining the NASPA Club/Director Committee.
  
We have updated the MediaWiki software that runs NASPAWiki from version 1.20 to version 1.22. Please report any related issues to us at info@scrabbleplayers.org.
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=== January 8, 2019 [[John Bulten]] joins [[Dictionary Committee]] ===
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We thank John Bulten for joining the NASPA Dictionary Committee;
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John had previously been a valued member of the NSA Dictionary Committee.
  
=== May 24, 2014: Payment system update ===
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=== January 7, 2019 [[OTCWL2018]] PDFs posted to [{{SERVER}}/cgi-bin/services.pl Member Services] ===
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The new words found in the Official Tournament and Club Word List, 2018 Edition have been posted on NASPA Member Services as easily printable PDFs.
  
We have updated our [[Payment]] page with a link that lets nonmembers make payments to the credit of members, for infrequent uses such as gift payment of director's tests.
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=== January 3, 2019 [[OTCWL2018]] implementation delayed ===
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The [[Advisory Board]] has determined that implementation of OTCWL2018 will be delayed from February 1, 2019 to March 1, 2019.
  
=== May 23, 2014: [[2014 National School SCRABBLE Championship]] winners on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight ===
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=== January 1, 2019 [[Joshua Sokol]] and [[Colin Viebrock]] acclaimed to [[Canadian Committee]] ===
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We thank Joshua Sokol for continuing on in his role at the NASPA Canadian Committee, and welcome first-time member Colin Viebrock, who replaces the outgoing [[Mad Palazzo]].
  
2014 NSSC Champions Thomas Draper and Jacob Sass will face Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live this evening.
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=== December 5, 2018 [[OTCWL2018]] released ===
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The electronic text of the Official Tournament and Club Word List, 2018 Edition is now available for download from Member Services. It will take effect on February 1, 2019.
  
=== May 22, 2014: [[2014 National SCRABBLE Championship]] Overflow Rooms ===
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=== October 3, 2018 2019 North American SCRABBLE Championship Announced ===
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The 2019 [[North American SCRABBLE Championship]] will be held in Reno, Nevada, on July 20 to 24, 2019.
  
Our initial guest room block at the Hyatt has sold out, and we have booked overflow space with two other nearby hotels, and are looking for additional space. Please follow our website for further updates.
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=== August 8, 2018 [[Joel Sherman]] wins [[2018 North American SCRABBLE Championship]] ===
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Congratulations to [[Joel Sherman]], winner of the [[2018 North American SCRABBLE Championship]]. View the [http://event.scrabbleplayers.org/2018/nsc/build/nasc-winner-release.pdf press release].
  
=== May 15, 2014: [[2014 National SCRABBLE Championship]] Youth Division Registration Launch ===
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=== August 2, 2018 [[Advisory Board]] Appointments ===
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[[Lila Crotty]], [[Jennifer M Lee | Jennifer Lee]], and [[Ezekiel Markwei]] have been appointed to 2-year terms on the NASPA [[Advisory Board]].
  
Registration is now available [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/register.pl?event_id=NSC2014Y online] for the new youth division at the 2014 NSC.
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=== July 2, 2018 [[2018 Advisory Board Elections]] ===
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[[Cornelia Guest]] and [[Troy Thompson]] were reelected to the US Northeast and US Midwest districts.
  
=== April 27, 2014: National School SCRABBLE Championship ===
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=== June 2, 2018 [[2018 Advisory Board Elections]] - Voting open ===
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Voting for the 2 contested seats - US Northeast and US Midwest - runs from June 3rd through June 30th. [[Jackson Smylie]] wins the Canada district by acclamation.
  
Congratulations to Thomas Draper and Jacob Sass, the
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=== May 18, 2018 Form 990 is now Available ===
[[2014 National School SCRABBLE Championship|new National School SCRABBLE Champions]].
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NASPA's [[Financial Reports |2017 Form 990]] is now available online for review.
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=== April 26, 2018 [[2018 Advisory Board Elections]] - Nominations open ===
  
=== April 16, 2014: GEOCACHE entry in OSPD5 ===
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Elections for NASPA's Advisory Board (AB) are approaching. This year three elective seats need to be filled:
  
Here’s a sneak preview of the new entry for GEOCACHE to appear in OSPD5:
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* US Northeast
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* US Midwest
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* Canada
  
<br><p style="padding-left:3em;text-indent:-3em">'''GEOCACHE''' ''v'' '''-CACHED, -CACHING, -CACHES''' to search for hidden items by using a Global Positioning System device as part of a game.</p><br>
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Nominations are open from May 1 through May 31, 2018. To nominate yourself or someone else, contact NASPA at [mailto:info@scrabbleplayers.org info@scrabbleplayers.org].  
  
=== April 10, 2014: GEOCACHE wins the [[2014 SCRABBLE Word Showdown]] ===
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=== March 1, 2018 New [[Club/Director Committee]] member ===
  
[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=781011848595291&set=a.148177068545442.22990.108725949157221&type=1&theater Hasbro announced on Good Morning America] that GEOCACHE defeated ZEN to win the showdown. GEOCACHE will be acceptable at the [[2014 National School SCRABBLE Championship]] and the [[2014 National SCRABBLE Championship]].
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We thank [[Ted Gest]] for joining the Club/Director committee.
  
=== March 14, 2014: [[2014 SCRABBLE Word Showdown]] Announced ===
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=== January 31, 2018 [[Mina Le]] named [[International Committee]] cochair ===
  
Hasbro has announced the first ever SCRABBLE Word Showdown; this resulted in a few [[Media relations|media hits]] for NASPA.
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We thank Mina Le for stepping in to replace the late [[Steve Polatnick]] as our International Committee cochair, and representative on WESPA's Executive Committee.
  
=== February 27, 2014: New Code of Conduct Posted ===
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=== January 29, 2018 [[Joshua Sokol]] named [[Canadian Committee]] chair ===
  
The NASPA Advisory Board approved a new version of the [[Code of Conduct]].  While the new CoC took effect on January 2, 2014, it was just posted to the NASPA wiki, so will only apply for any disciplinary matters arising after February 27, 2014.
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We thank Joshua Sokol for accepting the unanimous nomination of his committee
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to be their new chair.
  
=== February 23, 2014: More to Tweet About ===
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=== January 17, 2018 Canadian payment method update ===
  
Beginning this month, the [[Word of the Day]] and all rated [[tournaments]] will
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As of this week, we no longer accept payment by cheque or money order in Canadian funds, but have begun experimentally accepting Canadian-denominated Interac e-Transfers.
be automatically tweeted from the NASPA Twitter account, @NASPA.
 
  
=== January 1, 2014: NSC 2014 Registration Goes Live ===
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=== January 9, 2018 [[Will Anderson]] at CES ===
  
[http://scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/register.pl Online registration] is now
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NASPA goes to [[CES 2018]]! See what happens when Will Anderson plays a Taiwanese robot.
available for the [[2014 National SCRABBLE Championship]].
 
  
 
== Archived news ==
 
== Archived news ==
  
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* [[2017 Breaking news archive]]
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* [[2016 Breaking news archive]]
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* [[2015 Breaking news archive]]
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* [[2014 Breaking news archive]]
 
* [[2013 Breaking news archive]]
 
* [[2013 Breaking news archive]]
 
* [[2012 Breaking news archive]]
 
* [[2012 Breaking news archive]]

Revision as of 11:07, 8 May 2019

This page contains current and recent breaking news about NASPA.

See also:

  • IContact: an online archive of NASPA News (originally called Tournament Talk), a weekly newsletter, and other emails sent to the membership.
  • NASPA Bulletin: an online archive of NASPA Bulletins (not currently in publication).
  • Club news: news about activities at our sanctioned clubs
  • Member news: news about our members outside of their Scrabble lives
  • SCRABBLE in the news : Links to articles about SCRABBLE players, clubs, and tournaments.
  • Tournament calendar: upcoming tournaments
  • Tournament results: past tournaments
  • ... and our home page, which will always list the top stories.


Current news

May 2, 2019 Collins 2019 to Take Effect on July 1, 2019

The NASPA Advisory Board decided that the Collins Official SCRABBLE Words 2019 will take effect for Collins play at sanctioned clubs and tournaments on July 1, 2019.

April 29, 2019 2019 Advisory Board Elections - Nominations open

Elections for NASPA's Advisory Board (AB) are approaching. This year three elective seats need to be filled:

  • US South
  • US West
  • At Large

Nominations are open from May 1 through May 31, 2019. To nominate yourself or someone else, contact NASPA at info@scrabbleplayers.org.

March 3, 2019 Zyzzyva Release 3.2.0 Available for NWL2018

NASPA Zyzzyva Release 3.2.0 is now available for the Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

February 1, 2019 Ted Gest chairs Club/Director Committee

We thank Ted Gest for succeeding Alan Stern as chair of the NASPA Club/Director Committee; and thank Alan for his past service.

January 8, 2019 Sue Tremblay joins Club/Director Committee

We thank Sue Tremblay for joining the NASPA Club/Director Committee.

January 8, 2019 John Bulten joins Dictionary Committee

We thank John Bulten for joining the NASPA Dictionary Committee; John had previously been a valued member of the NSA Dictionary Committee.

January 7, 2019 OTCWL2018 PDFs posted to Member Services

The new words found in the Official Tournament and Club Word List, 2018 Edition have been posted on NASPA Member Services as easily printable PDFs.

January 3, 2019 OTCWL2018 implementation delayed

The Advisory Board has determined that implementation of OTCWL2018 will be delayed from February 1, 2019 to March 1, 2019.

January 1, 2019 Joshua Sokol and Colin Viebrock acclaimed to Canadian Committee

We thank Joshua Sokol for continuing on in his role at the NASPA Canadian Committee, and welcome first-time member Colin Viebrock, who replaces the outgoing Mad Palazzo.

December 5, 2018 OTCWL2018 released

The electronic text of the Official Tournament and Club Word List, 2018 Edition is now available for download from Member Services. It will take effect on February 1, 2019.

October 3, 2018 2019 North American SCRABBLE Championship Announced

The 2019 North American SCRABBLE Championship will be held in Reno, Nevada, on July 20 to 24, 2019.

August 8, 2018 Joel Sherman wins 2018 North American SCRABBLE Championship

Congratulations to Joel Sherman, winner of the 2018 North American SCRABBLE Championship. View the press release.

August 2, 2018 Advisory Board Appointments

Lila Crotty, Jennifer Lee, and Ezekiel Markwei have been appointed to 2-year terms on the NASPA Advisory Board.

July 2, 2018 2018 Advisory Board Elections

Cornelia Guest and Troy Thompson were reelected to the US Northeast and US Midwest districts.

June 2, 2018 2018 Advisory Board Elections - Voting open

Voting for the 2 contested seats - US Northeast and US Midwest - runs from June 3rd through June 30th. Jackson Smylie wins the Canada district by acclamation.

May 18, 2018 Form 990 is now Available

NASPA's 2017 Form 990 is now available online for review.

April 26, 2018 2018 Advisory Board Elections - Nominations open

Elections for NASPA's Advisory Board (AB) are approaching. This year three elective seats need to be filled:

  • US Northeast
  • US Midwest
  • Canada

Nominations are open from May 1 through May 31, 2018. To nominate yourself or someone else, contact NASPA at info@scrabbleplayers.org.

March 1, 2018 New Club/Director Committee member

We thank Ted Gest for joining the Club/Director committee.

January 31, 2018 Mina Le named International Committee cochair

We thank Mina Le for stepping in to replace the late Steve Polatnick as our International Committee cochair, and representative on WESPA's Executive Committee.

January 29, 2018 Joshua Sokol named Canadian Committee chair

We thank Joshua Sokol for accepting the unanimous nomination of his committee to be their new chair.

January 17, 2018 Canadian payment method update

As of this week, we no longer accept payment by cheque or money order in Canadian funds, but have begun experimentally accepting Canadian-denominated Interac e-Transfers.

January 9, 2018 Will Anderson at CES

NASPA goes to CES 2018! See what happens when Will Anderson plays a Taiwanese robot.

Archived news