2009 Breaking news archive
Many of these archived news items originally appeared on the Breaking news page. Some older items have been added after-the-fact for historical reference.
June 3, 2009: New Bulletin available
The newest NASPA Bulletin can be downloaded here.
June 5, 2009: new committee established
June 5, 2009: Reno sanctioned
The Reno tournaments starting July 1, 2009 are going to be NASPA events.
June 17, 2009: news page created
The original breaking news page was created on this day (some earlier items are included for convenience).
Payments to NASPA can no longer be made through PayPal, as PayPal has determined that Scrabble is a form of illegal gambling. The manual payment fee for NSC registration has been waived.
June 18, 2009: trial memberships
Trial membership information for first-time tournament players added to the Tournaments page.
June 18, 2009: tournament types explained
New table on Tournaments page highlights the difference between Local Club Tournaments (LCT) and the more typical Open Rated Tournaments (ORT).
June 19, 2009: rules revision announced
June 22, 2009: new committee established
July 1, 2009: official NSA-NASPA transition date
July 10, 2009: tournament results and ratings online
The new tournament data submission application is online.
We have a new tournament results page that has the official results of the first NASPA-rated tourneys (Albany, Reno, Charleston, Laguna Woods) as well as copies of NSA results for the first half of 2009.
The ratings page has been updated with a link to the current official NASPA ratings and an archive of historical monthly NSA ratings.
July 21, 2009: the first NASPA Newsletter
The first issue of NASPA Tournament SCRABBLE Newsletter is ready and available online, thanks to the efforts of Newsletter Committee and approximately 50 other volunteers.
July 31, 2009: National SCRABBLE Championship
August 3, 2009: next NSC in Dallas
The location of the next two (2010 and 2011) National SCRABBLE Championships has been announced: Hotel InterContinental Dallas.
August 5, 2009: Dave Wiegand wins National SCRABBLE Championship
Dave Wiegand from Portland, OR wins the 2009 National SCRABBLE Championship in Dayton, OH and receives the $10,000 prize. The runner-up is the last year’s champion and the reigning world champion Nigel Richards from Malaysia. Dave defeated Nigel in the last two rounds today to win the tournament by a narrow margin; both players won 25 games but Dave accumulated a higher point spread (+1728 vs. +1593). This is the second championship for Dave; he also won the title in 2005.
Joel Wapnick from Montreal, QC placed third in the first division with 22 wins. Divisions two through five were won by Thomas Reinke from Middleton, WI, Dave Leonard from Buffalo, NY, Max Karten from Barrington, RI and Doug Szymkowiak from North Ridgeville, OH.
August 7, 2009: 2010 NSC dates
The 2010 National SCRABBLE Championship in Dallas will take place on August 7–11, 2010.
August 20, 2009: WSC team substitution
August 22, 2009: NASPA Newsletter, issue 2
Newsletter Committee has published the second issue of NASPA Tournament SCRABBLE Newsletter.
August 23, 2009: new committee established
A new committee, Governance Committee, has been established.
September 1, 2009: Membership Committee addition
September 5, 2009: Manchester, CT rated
The August 22 tournament directed by David B. Carlson in Manchester, CT has been rated, and has caused at least one subsequent tournament to be re-rated. We apologize for the delay in posting these results and the inconvenience of the re-rating process.
September 14, 2009: rules clarified
September 21, 2009: 2000 members
The number of NASPA members in the membership database surpassed 2000 today.
September 22, 2009: Newsletter Committee dissolved
NASPA has dissolved its Newsletter Committee, after having been unable to come to agreement concerning responsibilities.
We have added a link from our 2010 National SCRABBLE Championship page to the Intercontinental Hotel Group reservations page for players who wish to book rooms at our group rate.
September 25, 2009: York, PA rated
The tournament held in York, PA on 2009-09-12 has finally been rated. Since all ratings are now processed in chronological order (to be precise, in order of tournament start times), some subsequently re-rated events may have different ratings. Directors are asked to submit rating data as quickly as possible to minimize the amount of re-rating that takes place.
October 8, 2009: NASPA joins WESPA
As of today, NASPA is a Class 1 member of the World English-language Scrabble Players Association (WESPA). For more information, see the full text of the announcement.
October 11, 2009: spokespersons named
October 18, 2009: member list available for directors
October 27, 2009: new policies
November 1, 2009: noncontiguous rating data accepted
We now accept noncontiguous rating data submissions, that is, ones in which the players are not listed by division.
November 1, 2009: submit profile photos online
November 3, 2009: membership card, online payment
November 3, 2009: Bulletin Volume 1, Number 3 released
The new issue of the bulletin has begun its one-week members-only preview.
November 3, 2009: password requests are more secure
We have been getting one or two complaints a month from members whose passwords are getting reset by other people mistyping their NASPA IDs and clicking on the button to reset and resend a random password. We have just made the process a little more secure by requiring the person to enter your current email address when asking for the password.
November 9, 2009: clarified tournament separation guidelines
Clarified the time and distance separation guidelines for sanctioning multi-day and one-day tournaments.
November 13, 2009: Bulletin V.1, No.3 public release
The most recent issue of the NASPA Bulletin is now available for public download.
November 16, 2009: new club news page
November 28, 2009: updated Director's Manual
An update to the Director’s Manual has been posted. Most of the changes deal with the transition from NSA to NASPA.