2017 NASC for Overseas Visitors

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Here is a brief introduction to the 2017 North American SCRABBLE Championship for overseas visitors considering attending.

What is it?
This is the 28th North American SCRABBLE Championship (previously known as the National SCRABBLE Championship). It features about 500 players and 31 rounds of NASPA- and WESPA-rated play over five days on July 22–26, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana.
Where is New Orleans?
New Orleans is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. It is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the Mississippi River. The city and is bounded by the parishes of St. Tammany to the north, St. Bernard to the east, Plaquemines to the south, and Jefferson to the south and west. Lake Pontchartrain, part of which is included in the city limits, lies to the north and Lake Borgne lies to the east.
How do I get there?
New Orleans is served by Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). If your country does not have a direct flight, considering flying to Miami (MIA), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) or Orlando (MCO) which are all in the Southeast region of the United States. Most major American cities connect directly to MSY.
Do I need a visitor’s visa?
It depends on where you are travelling from. We can tell you whether or not you do, but it is your responsibility to obtain the visa yourself.
Don’t you play with the American dictionary?
Many of us do, but we get about 60 players each year in our Collins division.
How can I see who is registered this year?
An entrants list will be posted, once registration opens.
What do I need to do to register?
If you are not already a NASPA member, you need to have an active membership to register. Then you may complete the registration form once registration opens, and remit payment either by credit card or postal money order as instructed. You may also pay John Chew in cash, in person at an international event.
How do I become a member?
If you live in a country with which we have a reciprocal agreement (including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, SDev (German speaking) countries, India, Nigeria and Malaysia) and are a member of your local official Scrabble association, just email us at info@scrabbleplayers.org for your complimentary membership. If not, ask us if we can negotiate an agreement with your organization. If not, first-time trial membership costs US$15 for six-months; past members may purchase a one-week membership for US$19.
How much does the NASC itself cost?
USD$160, plus a USD$100 commuter fee if you do not stay at one of the event hotels. Prices increase by $50 on May 12.
What was the top prize in the Collins division in 2016?
$2,500.
How can I find out more about the event?
Visit the 2017 North American SCRABBLE Championship webpage, or email us at info@scrabbleplayers.org