2014 Breaking news archive

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These archived news items originally appeared on the Breaking news page.

November 8, 2014 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 22, 2014 OTCWL2014 errata posted

See Member Services for a list of 87 corrections to the printed version of the official word list.

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

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 NASPA Store, per iContact announcement.

August 4–5, 2014 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 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 CNY Club registered

We welcome our newest recreational club, directed by Kieran O'Connor in Syracuse.

July 22, 2014 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 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 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

Registration is now available online for the new youth division at the 2014 NSC.

April 27, 2014: National School SCRABBLE Championship

Congratulations to Thomas Draper and Jacob Sass, the new National School SCRABBLE Champions.

April 16, 2014: GEOCACHE entry in OSPD5

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.


April 10, 2014: GEOCACHE wins the 2014 SCRABBLE Word Showdown

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.

March 14, 2014: 2014 SCRABBLE Word Showdown Announced

Hasbro has announced the first ever SCRABBLE Word Showdown; this resulted in a few media hits for NASPA.

February 27, 2014: New Code of Conduct Posted

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.

February 23, 2014: More to Tweet About

Beginning this month, the Word of the Day and all rated tournaments will be automatically tweeted from the NASPA Twitter account, @NASPA.

January 1, 2014: NSC 2014 Registration Goes Live

Online registration is now available for the 2014 National SCRABBLE Championship.