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This page contains information for NASPA directors about directing SOWPODS tournaments, specifically about the differences and commonalities between Collins (SOWPODS) and regular (OTCWL) tournaments. The information also applies to separate Collins events within larger regular tournaments.
All tournaments must be sanctioned by the Tournament Committee ahead of time as described on the page about tournaments. The fees, deadlines, requirements and restrictions are the same. All time/distance separation requirements apply even between tournaments that use different lexicons.
All parameters specific to the tournament should be specified at this time, including:
If the director is also seeking WESPA ratings, the tournament must meet all WESPA ratings criteria, the tournament committee must be notified when sanctioning is requested (see below) and WESPA ratings levy must be paid. If you indicate that the tournament will be WESPA rated when seeking sanctioning, NASPA ratings officer John Chew will submit your ratings data to WESPA upon receipt of the NASPA ratings data.
The Official Tournament Rules may be used with the change of only rule III.A.1 to specify SOWPODS as the word reference.
Optionally one may also change the challenge penalty rule in section IV.I.3 p. 15 to any of the choices listed in WESPA rules, section 3.10.15 p. 17–18. Typically in international tournaments, the penalty for an unsuccessful challenge is 10 or 5 points per challenged word but no loss of turn. The choice should be indicated in all tournament announcements.
On a case-by-case basis, the adoptation of certain other WESPA rules may be approved.
Currently, the choice of the rating system (regular or Collins) is not included in the tournament database entry created by the Tournament Committee, but entered manually by the NASPA rating officer when rating the tournament.
Consequentially, when submitting tournament results, the director should contact NASPA rating officer (currently John Chew) before the submission to ensure that the correct rating system will be used. (If you contact John in advance, he can also notify WESPA and submit the results there; see the next section.)
In all other respects, the results submission process is the same.
To have the tournament rated by WESPA, please notify the Tournament Committee when submitting the event for sanctioning, and include the following information with your sanctioning request:
Please note that WESPA no longer requires a minimum of six players to rate a tournament, so that Collins tournaments with four or more players may be WESPA rated.
The Tournament Committee will forward this information to the WESPA liaison for further action by WESPA.
WESPA rating requires that the WESPA ratings levy be paid, and the results must be submitted to the WESPA ratings officer (currently Bob Jackman) by email as a .TOU file. If you indicate that your tournament will be WESPA rated when you submit it for sanctioning, NASPA ratings officer John Chew will prepare and submit the .TOU file for you, upon receipt of the NASPA ratings data.
If you do not provide notice of WESPA rating when seeking tournament sanctioning, the following methods may be used to generate a .TOU file:
Regardless of the method, one should verify the spellings of the names of all participants. A number of players have spelling diffferences between their NASPA and WESPA rating records. tsh can convert certain player names, but not all possible current and future player names.
Here is a sample result file in the format submitted to NASPA (including optional information on first and second turns):
#division A #ratingcheck off Wiegand, Dave 2000 2 0 3; 400 50 444; p12 1 0 2 Kantimathi, Sam 1800 1 3 0; 300 502 50; p12 2 1 0 Goldman, Stuart 1600 0 2 1; 50 502 333; p12 0 2 1
Here is the corresponding .TOU file, named A.TOU (note the variation in certain names):
*M2010-12-31 Your Tournament Name *A 0 David Wiegand 2400 +2 1350 1 2444 3 Sam Kantimathi 300 1 1502 +3 1350 2 Stu Goldman 1350 3 1502 2 333 +1 *** END OF FILE ***
The first line consists of an asterisk, a capital letter M, a date in ISO 8601 format, a blank and the name of your tournament.
The second line consists of an asterisk and a capital letter that corresponds to the name of the division (and also the name of the file).
The third line consists of 39 blanks and the digit zero.
Subsequent lines, one line per player, consist of the following elements, separated by any number of blanks:
The last line consists of the string “*** END OF FILE ***”.