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Hasbro has issued a brief announcement naming May 16-17, 2015 as the dates for the next National School SCRABBLE Championship
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.
A list of OTCWL2014 three-letter words and their hooks is now available in the documents section of Member Services.
The final edition of the 2014 rules has been posted; they will take effect in two weeks on October 14, 2014.
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.
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.
We welcome our newest recreational club, directed by Kieran O'Connor in Syracuse.
We welcome our newest recreational club, directed by Susan Love in the Greater Milwaukee area.
Can-Am 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.
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.
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.
NASPAWiki has a new look, thanks to some help from Walking Stick Communications Inc., a website design and development company.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
2014 NSSC Champions Thomas Draper and Jacob Sass will face Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live this evening.
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.
Registration is now available online for the new youth division at the 2014 NSC.
Congratulations to Thomas Draper and Jacob Sass, the new National School SCRABBLE Champions.
Here’s a sneak preview of the new entry for GEOCACHE to appear in OSPD5:
GEOCACHE v -CACHED, -CACHING, -CACHES to search for hidden items by using a Global Positioning System device as part of a game.
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.
Hasbro has announced the first ever SCRABBLE Word Showdown; this resulted in a few media hits for NASPA.
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.