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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 ==
  
=== January 22, 2015 Canadian [[WESPAC 2015]] Qualification System posted ===
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=== October 1, 2019 The 2020 NASC will be in Baltimore (MD) from August 1 to 5, 2020 ===
 
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Save the date - the 2020 North American SCRABBLE Championship (NASC) will be in Baltimore (MD) from Aug 1 to 5, 2020! [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8krCU_9YrU0 Watch the announcement on NASPA Tonight.]
Players interested in representing Canada at the 2015 WESPA Championship
 
should follow the procedure given in the newly posted
 
[[2015 WESPA Championship Canadian Qualification System]].
 
 
 
=== January 7, 2015 Release Date for [[2015 National School SCRABBLE Championship]] ===
 
 
 
Hasbro has issued a brief announcement naming May 16-17, 2015 as the dates for the next [[National School SCRABBLE Championship]]
 
 
 
=== January 6, 2015 Dates announced for Official Tournament and Club Word List 2014, aka [[OTCWL3]] ===
 
 
 
The new lexicon will be released 60 days after a version of Zyzzyva that supports permitted use of the lexicon has been published.  The release date will not be before April 1, 2015.
 
 
 
Until the new lexicon is released, the [[Official_Tournament_and_Club_Word_List]] for all non-Collins club and tournament events is OTCWL2.1, which adds GEOCACHE, -ES, -ED, -ING to the OTCWL2 issued in 2006.
 
 
 
=== November 8, 2014 [{{SERVER}}/cgi-bin/doc.pl?did=7 Threes and Hooks List Published] ===
 
 
 
A list of [[OTCWL2014]] three-letter words and their hooks is now available in the documents section of Member Services.
 
 
 
=== October 1, 2014 [[International Committee]] additions ===
 
 
 
We welcome [[Jesse Matthews]] and [[Steve Polatnick]], new members of the [[International Committee]].
 
 
 
=== September 30, 2014 [[Rules]] Update ===
 
 
 
The final edition of the 2014 rules has been posted; they will take effect in two weeks on October 14, 2014.
 
 
 
=== August 13, 2014 NSC results ===
 
 
 
[http://event.scrabbleplayers.org/2014/nsc/build NSC 2014] results are in: congratulations to the 2014 National SCRABBLE Champion, [[Conrad Bassett-Bouchard]].
 
 
 
=== August 5, 2014 [[OTCWL2014]] on sale now ===
 
 
 
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]].
 
 
 
=== June 3, 2014: NASPA CSW [[Ratings]] revised ===
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
=== June 3, 2014: NASPAWiki new look ===
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
=== June 3, 2014: NASPAWiki maintenance upgrade ===
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
=== May 24, 2014: Payment system update ===
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
=== May 23, 2014: [[2014 National School SCRABBLE Championship]] winners on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight ===
 
 
 
2014 NSSC Champions Thomas Draper and Jacob Sass will face Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live this evening.
 
 
 
=== May 22, 2014: [[2014 National SCRABBLE Championship]] Overflow Rooms ===
 
 
 
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.
 
  
=== May 15, 2014: [[2014 National SCRABBLE Championship]] Youth Division Registration Launch ===
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=== July 24, 2019 [[Alec Sjoholm]] wins [[2019 North American SCRABBLE Championship]] ===
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Congratulations to [[Alec Sjoholm]], winner of the [[2019 North American SCRABBLE Championship]]. View the [[Media:Nasc_winner_release_2019.pdf |press release]].
  
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 22, 2019 The NASPA [[Executive Committee]] announced a restructuring of the NASPA management team. ===
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The Executive Committee announced a restructuring of the NASPA management team at the annual Town Meeting. Read about the restructuring [http://www.icontact-archive.com/archive?c=1384631&f=6038&s=10116&m=277480&t=650b9db00f5228ee57432048f1967e4ef1b454e708354ae751c2b95d07c97caf here].
  
=== April 27, 2014: National School SCRABBLE Championship ===
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=== July 14, 2019 [[Zyzzyva]] Release 3.2.1 Available for Linux ===
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NASPA Zyzzyva Release 3.2.1 is now available for the Linux platform in addition to Windows and macOS platforms.
  
Congratulations to Thomas Draper and Jacob Sass, the
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=== July 6, 2019 [[Kevin Gauthier]] and [[John Karris]] join Tournament Committee ===
[[2014 National School SCRABBLE Championship|new National School SCRABBLE Champions]].
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We thank Kevin Gauthier and John Karris for joining the NASPA Tournament Committee.
  
=== April 16, 2014: GEOCACHE entry in OSPD5 ===
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=== June 26, 2019 [[Zyzzyva]] Release 3.2.1 Available for [[CSW2019]] ===
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NASPA Zyzzyva Release 3.2.1 is now available for the Windows and macOS platforms.
  
Here’s a sneak preview of the new entry for GEOCACHE to appear in OSPD5:
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=== June 6, 2019 [[2019 Advisory Board Elections]] - Results ===
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There were no contested seats after the nomination process so an election was not needed.
  
<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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=== 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.  
  
=== April 10, 2014: GEOCACHE wins the [[2014 SCRABBLE Word Showdown]] ===
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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:
  
[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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* US South
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* US West
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* At Large
  
=== March 14, 2014: [[2014 SCRABBLE Word Showdown]] Announced ===
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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].
  
Hasbro has announced the first ever SCRABBLE Word Showdown; this resulted in a few [[Media relations|media hits]] for NASPA.
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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 macOS platforms.  
  
=== February 27, 2014: New Code of Conduct Posted ===
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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.
  
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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=== January 8, 2019 [[Sue Tremblay]] joins [[Club/Director Committee]] ===
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We thank Sue Tremblay for joining the NASPA Club/Director Committee.
  
=== February 23, 2014: More to Tweet About ===
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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.
  
Beginning this month, the [[Word of the Day]] and all rated [[tournaments]] will
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=== January 7, 2019 [[OTCWL2018]] PDFs posted to [{{SERVER}}/cgi-bin/services.pl Member Services] ===
be automatically tweeted from the NASPA Twitter account, @NASPA.
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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.  
  
=== January 1, 2014: NSC 2014 Registration Goes Live ===
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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.
  
[http://scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/register.pl Online registration] is now
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=== January 1, 2019 [[Joshua Sokol]] and [[Colin Viebrock]] acclaimed to [[Canadian Committee]] ===
available for the [[2014 National SCRABBLE Championship]].
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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]].
  
 
== Archived news ==
 
== Archived news ==
  
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* [[2018 Breaking news archive]]
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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]]

Latest revision as of 11:55, 2 October 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

October 1, 2019 The 2020 NASC will be in Baltimore (MD) from August 1 to 5, 2020

Save the date - the 2020 North American SCRABBLE Championship (NASC) will be in Baltimore (MD) from Aug 1 to 5, 2020! Watch the announcement on NASPA Tonight.

July 24, 2019 Alec Sjoholm wins 2019 North American SCRABBLE Championship

Congratulations to Alec Sjoholm, winner of the 2019 North American SCRABBLE Championship. View the press release.

July 22, 2019 The NASPA Executive Committee announced a restructuring of the NASPA management team.

The Executive Committee announced a restructuring of the NASPA management team at the annual Town Meeting. Read about the restructuring here.

July 14, 2019 Zyzzyva Release 3.2.1 Available for Linux

NASPA Zyzzyva Release 3.2.1 is now available for the Linux platform in addition to Windows and macOS platforms.

July 6, 2019 Kevin Gauthier and John Karris join Tournament Committee

We thank Kevin Gauthier and John Karris for joining the NASPA Tournament Committee.

June 26, 2019 Zyzzyva Release 3.2.1 Available for CSW2019

NASPA Zyzzyva Release 3.2.1 is now available for the Windows and macOS platforms.

June 6, 2019 2019 Advisory Board Elections - Results

There were no contested seats after the nomination process so an election was not needed.

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 macOS 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.

Archived news