2014 National School SCRABBLE Championship

From NASPAWiki

The 2014 National School SCRABBLE Championship will be held at One Hasbro Place in Providence, RI on April 26–27, 2014. It is open to U.S. and Canadian students in Grades 4–8, and the winning two-player team will receive a $10,000 prize. This webpage discusses NASPA’s involvement in the event, which will as in recent years be to provide our tournament management expertise during the event. Official news about the event can currently be found at Hasbro's School SCRABBLE webpage.

News

May 23rd, 2014
The champions appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight!
April 26th, 2014
Live coverage is up; data is not final until registration is complete.
March 25th, 2014
Added Partners Needed section
March 21st, 2014
Staff hiring is closed.
February 23rd, 2014
We have posted suitable score slips and score sheets for tournament play below in the Competitors and Coaches section.
February 20th, 2014
Hasbro has published a press release about the event.
February 13th, 2014
Registration is open!

Competitors and Coaches

Please visit the online registration page ASAP and pay $100/team to reserve your place. Please note that the charge on your credit card will be to Living It Loving It, the U.K.-based parent company of event organizer Mind Sports International.

There are a limited number of places available, and registration will close on April 11th.

If you'd like to practice with forms similar to the ones that will be used in play, you can download these ones:

  • tally sheet (score slip used to submit results at end of game)
  • score sheet (used to keep track of results during game)

You can find other NASPA forms in our director resources page.

Please be sure to review the event rules, which have been rewritten this year to bring them in closer alignment with NASPA rules.

Partners Needed

If you have a player who needs a partner and is willing to be teamed with another player possibly from another region, please email us at info@scrabbleplayers.org to be listed here.

Schedule

This summary of the official event schedule is provided your convenience. Please check the official version for last-minute changes.

Saturday, April 26 08:30 A.M.–09:45 A.M. Registration and Announcements
10:00 A.M.–05:00 P.M. Rounds 1–5, including lunch break
06:30 P.M.–09:00 P.M. Evening Activity
Sunday, April 27 08:30 A.M.–09:45 A.M. Registration and Announcements
09:00 A.M.–11:15 A.M. Rounds 6–7
12:00 noon–01:00 P.M. Final
01:00 P.M.–01:30 P.M. Prize Ceremony

Staff and Volunteers

We have as of March 21st finished recruiting paid staff for the event. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at the event, please email us at info@scrabbleplayers.org.

Travel

Accommodation

There are several hotels within easy walking distance of the event site. Hasbro has booked a block of rooms at the Hilton Providence across the street, accessible through this booking link, and as described in the main event page includes complimentary breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday.

Getting There

Providence Amtrak Station, 100 Gaspee Street, is 0.6 miles from the tournament site, a 13-minute walk.

The nearest airports to the tournament site are as follows.

PVD Providence, RI 9 miles, 12 minutes (car), 37 minutes (bus)
BOS Boston (Logan), MA 51 miles, 1 hour (car)
BDL Hartford (Bradley), CT 80 miles, 90 minutes (car)

Qualifying Events

The Championship has always been an open event, but some regions hold qualifying tournaments so that they can honor a team with a regional title for them to carry to the Nationals.

Organizers of regional championships are welcome to send information for posting here.

Indiana State School SCRABBLE Championship

  • When: Saturday, March 01, 2014, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Schedule:
    • 08:30 A.M. Registration
    • 09:00 A.M. Welcome and Rules
    • 09:30 A.M. Round 1 begins
    • 10:30 A.M. Round 2 begins
    • 11:30 A.M. Round 3 begins
    • 12:15 P.M. Lunch
    • 01:00 P.M. Round 4 begins
    • 02:00 P.M. Round 5 begins
    • 03:00 P.M. Awards
  • Team Registration: Teams are made up of two students in Grades 4-8. Registration fees are $20 per team or 3 teams for $50. Fees are payable at the door on the day of the tournament.
  • Registration Deadline: February 22.
  • Contact: Valerie Schultz <vschultz@stjohnindy.org> 317-352-9196 ext. 22.

New England School SCRABBLE Championship

  • When: Saturday, March 15, 10:00 A.M.–04:30 P.M. (registration at 09:30 A.M.)
  • Where: Yerwood Center, 90 Fairfield Ave., Stamford, CT 06902
  • Format: 5 rounds of 50-minute School SCRABBLE for players in Grades 3-12 competing in two-player teams
  • Entry Fee: $20/player, includes lunch (extra lunches available for $10 each)
  • Registration Deadline: March 10.
  • Contact: Cornelia Guest <corneliasguest@gmail.com> 203-244-5324 (voice) 914-772-6535 (cell)

North Carolina School SCRABBLE Championship

  • When: Saturday, March 8, 2014, 09:30 AM-04:30 PM
  • Where: Seawell Elementary School, 9115 Seawell School Rd., Chapel Hill
  • Format: Five rounds. Open to ALL NC students in grades 4-8. All students play as part of a 2-person team.
  • Entry fee: $10/player
  • Registration deadline: March 1
  • Contact: David Klionsky <dklionsky@chccs.k12.nc.us>
  • More information: event website

Texas School SCRABBLE Championship

  • When: Saturday, March 01, 2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Where: Birdville ISD Fine Arts/Athletics Facility http://goo.gl/MMK8g6
  • Format: Five rounds. Open to ALL Texas students in grades 4-8. All students play as part of a 2-person team.
  • Schedule:
    • 08:00 to 8:30 A.M. Registration
    • 09:00 A.M. Welcome and Rules
    • 09:30 A.M. Round 1 begins
    • 10:30 A.M. Round 2 begins
    • 11:30 A.M. Round 3 begins
    • 12:15 P.M. Lunch
    • 01:00 P.M. Round 4 begins
    • 02:00 P.M. Round 5 begins
    • 03:00 P.M. Awards
  • Team Registration: Teams are made up of two students in Grades 4-8.
  • Registration Deadline: February 22.
  • Contacts:
Mary Ann Hart txscrabble@gmail.com or
Mary Rhoades, Director 817 718 3115 mrhoadestx@gmail.com
  • Event web site: http://texasschoolscrabble.blogspot.com/
  • If you have students in third grade, bring them along so they can enjoy the championship atmosphere and compete with other students their age. You will not need to fill out a registration form for them. If you have an uneven number, we will find a way to pair them up. Please indicate the number of students attending who will be under the fourth grade level somewhere on your registration forms so that we will have an idea of how many will be joining us.

Toronto School SCRABBLE Championship

  • Format:
    • Eastern Qualifier: Bowmore Public School, February 25, 3 rounds
    • Western Qualifier: Swansea Public School, February 27, 3 rounds
    • Championship: Bayview Glen School, March 4, 4 rounds
  • Entry fee: $10 per 2-player team. Maximum 8 players + 2 alternates per school.
  • Registration deadline: January 31.
  • More information: event website