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The 2024 Scrabble Players Championship (SPC) will take place will take place in South Bend (IN) at the Century Center Convention Center from July 20 to 24, 2024.
Registration opened on 2024-01-25.
This webpage is subject to change and will be updated regularly as the plans are finalized.
Cutoffs effective 11:59pm EDT
This section describes in detail the various terms and conditions of registration, most of which are also discussed on the registration form.
To play in the SPC, you must (1) be a NASPA member, and (2) have played in an officially sanctioned Scrabble tournament to earn an official tournament rating. If you live in the United States or Canada, that rating should be a NASPA rating; if you live elsewhere, it may be a WESPA rating or other comparable national rating.
Placement into respective divisions is determined by your Qualification Rating (QR).
Your QR consists of the highest rating attained at the end of any NASPA NWL or Collins (CSW) rated tournament that finished during the period from July 14, 2023 (the 2023 SPC Early Bird) to June 30, 2024.
If you have a rating, but do not play during this period, your QR is the higher of your unchanged current NWL or CSW rating.
For players who have ratings in both lexica, the higher peak or current rating will be used in most cases. For example, a player whose computed QR is 1810 in CSW and 1600 in NWL will use 1810 as her QR for division placement in either CSW or NWL.
Four NWL divisions will be offered, divided by QR.
Playups are allowed within 100 points to the Championship Division (Division 1). Unlimited playups are allowed in the other divisions.
There will be 2 Collins divisions, divided by QR.
Players who only have a WESPA rating will be permitted to play in Division 1 or 2 if that rating is 1499 or below.
If there are fewer than 20 players registered in either division as of June 15, 2023, the divisions will be automatically combined into a single division. Players wishing to switch to NWL after divisions are combined will be allowed to do so at no charge.
The Collins division will be run using NASPA rules, except that the Collins lexicon will be used and the challenge penalty will be 5 points per word. The Collins division will rated by both NASPA and WESPA.
The base entry fee for all divisions is $250.
The Early and Late Birds each have a separate entry fee - $20.
Youths, defined as those whose 18th birthday is on or after July 20, 2024, pay 1/2 of the base entry fee - $125.
The above fees will be increased by $50 after May 31, 2024. For example, a non-youth player signing up for the SPC on June 1, 2024, would pay $300, while a youth would pay $175.
Players accepted after the close of registration on July 3, 2024 must pay a $75 late penalty. For example, a non-youth player signing up for the SPC on July 5, 2024, would pay $375, while a youth would pay $250. Acceptance of registrants after July 3, 2024 is not guaranteed and will generally only be permitted if it does not cause a division to be uneven.
Fees payable are computed based on when (Eastern Time) funds are received in full. If you are not paying right away online at the moment when you register, please be sure to allow enough time for your mailed payment to reach us.
Players not booked IN THE ROOM BLOCK at one of the host hotels for the duration of the SPC Main Event must also pay a commuter / facility fee of $20 per day ($100 maximum per event).
Verification of status as a hotel guest will be performed at registration/check-in and throughout the event. Players staying at the host hotel for only part of the championship must pay the full commuter fee and may then apply for a refund of $20 per day stayed at a host hotel after the conclusion of the championship, by providing the Championship Committee with hotel confirmation number and dates of stay.
You can pay at the time you register via credit card (Visa or MasterCard - US funds).
If you choose to pay later, the following options are available:
Click here for more information about payment options.
Registration changes are subject to the following conditions:
If your rating rises above the limit for the SPC division in which you registered, you will automatically be moved to the lowest division for which you qualify.
To modify your registration after you have registered, please email the organizing committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you paid your tournament fees by credit card, any credit owing to you will be issued to your card; otherwise, we will mail a check to you.
All refunds are subject to a cancellation fee of $25.
If you decide you need to cancel your registration, we will refund your entry fee (and commuter fee, if applicable), if you so request by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 3, 2024. No refunds will be issued after this date.
To cancel your registration after you have registered, please email the organizing committee at email@example.com.
By registering for the SPC, you agree to abide by the tournament rules and NASPA Code of Conduct and and to comply with the 2024 Scrabble Players Championship Terms and Conditions.
The Scrabble Players Championship will use the current NASPA Rules.
In particular, games at this tournament - probably the highest Division 1 board without a Gibsonized player - will be annotated and/or streamed live. If you refuse to play a designated game with annotation or streaming, you will forfeit it and may at the director’s discretion be assigned a spread penalty of −200 points.
A signed Minor Release and Consent Form is required for all players under age 18 as of July 19, 2024. The form may be downloaded and submitted in advance or executed by a parent or guardian at registration.
Participants in the Scrabble Players Championship are responsible for bringing all equipment necessary to play in the tournament. If neither player in a game has equipment available for their game, a double forfeit may be imposed.
The Championship Committee reserves the right to modify the above to account for unforeseen special circumstances.
Players will be paired using tsh, with Gibsonization (determined by number of games plus spread - 1000 points per round).
The winners of the top divisions in both NWL and CSW lexicons shall be determined as follows:
Chew pairings will be in effect (with no fixed initial schedule), with Gibsonization (determined by number of games plus spread - 1000 points per round).
No division will have more than 16 players. If four or more players prefer Collins, they will play in a separate Collins division.
To play in the first round on Saturday morning, you must check in between 10:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. on Friday, July 19, 2024.
You may ask a friend to check in for you by proxy if you cannot check in in person.
If you do not check in before the desk closes at 6:00 P.M., you may join the championship in progress as soon as it is convenient for the pairings staff to add you back in; this may not take place before Sunday morning.
No refund will be issued to latecomers.
When you check in, you will be given an announcement sheet. This is to reduce the number of announcements that have to be made on Saturday morning, so that the event can get underway quickly. You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the announcements and tournament schedule.
|Date / Time
|Fri July 19 - 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
|SPC Check In
|Fri July 19 - 12:00 Noon
|SPC Early Bird - 4 games - NWL & CSW
|Sat July 20 to Wed July 24
|SPC Main Event - 31 games - NWL & CSW
|Thu July 25 - 10:00 A.M.
|SPC Late Bird - 4 games - NWL & CSW
This schedule may be modified to add new events or possibly to change room locations. Also, until about a month before the event, it should be considered an early draft, with only the times for registration and the main event to be set in stone. Once the event begins, please check the schedule for changes at the beginning of each day.
SWAG SUNDAY! Wear your Scrabble Championship or Scrabble-related swag!
The official event hotels are:
Tournament entrants are eligible for our group rate of $139 (plus applicable taxes and fees).
Hotel bookings at our group rate are subject to availability within our group rate block of rooms and must be booked on or before June 30, 2024. After that date, rooms may be available at the hotel's prevailing room rates.
As noted above, players not booked IN THE ROOM BLOCK at one of the host hotels or the duration of the SPC Main Event must also pay a commuter/facility fee of $20 per day ($100 maximum).
Both event hotels offer:
The table below provides additional details about each hotel:
|Courtyard by Marriott
|Doubletree by Hilton
|King Bed or 2 Queen Beds
|King Bed or 2 Double Beds
|Early Arrival / Late Departure
|Up to 3 days before / after event dates - Book directly with hotel
|Up to 2 days before / after event dates
|Free cancellation 48 hours before check-in - 1 night room plus tax penalty after deadline
|Free cancellation before 4:00 PM local hotel time on 18 Jul 2024.
|Complimentary valet parking
|Self-parking - $5 / night with in / out privileges
|Complimentary hotel shuttle
|The Bistro - open for breakfast / dinner
|Starbucks and Baker's Bar & Grille - Full breakfast available
|Chocolate Chip Cookie
|Online or contact hotel directly - Group code SCPN
|Online or contact hotel directly
Note that the Doubletree will be undergoing some renovations this summer. We do not expect any impact to our group.
Attendees can park at the Century Center for $5 per car per day.
South Bend, IN - located 90 miles east of Chicago, IL - is the home of the University of Notre Dame - worth a visit!, the Studebaker Museum, and the South Bend Cubs (who will be in town at their nearby ballpark).
Downtown South Bend features many eclectic, locally owned restaurants that keep the dining scene upbeat and flavorful.
South Bend, IN, is served by the South Bend International Airport. As of January 2024, the airport has 12 nonstop destinations and connections worldwide with flights from Allegiant, American, Delta, and United.
The airport is located 4 miles from the Century Center and event hotels - with taxi, shuttle, and ride share services available. The Doubletree offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport for hotel guests.
The South Shore Line connects the airport with downtown Chicago. Consider flying in or out of Chicago and visiting Chicago too!
Amtrak connects South Bend to major cities like Toledo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New York, Boston and Washington D.C.
Greyhound offers direct bus service from several Midwest destinations to downtown South Bend.
If you prefer to drive, South Bend is in the heart of the Great Lakes region between Chicago, Detroit, Columbus and Indianapolis. It is just 10 miles south of the Michigan State line and easily accessible from the Indiana Toll Road.
Players traveling to the SPC from outside the United States may require a visitor visa to enter the United States.
It is your responsibility to determine if you need a visitor visa or other documentation. Contact the Championship Committee if you need an invitation letter to support your application process.
Nationals of Visa Waiver Program countries can list the NASPA Double Down director, Art Moore (P.O. Box 1217, Ocoee, FL 34761), as the US Point of Contact on the ESTA application.
If you need a roommate and would like a listing here, please complete the 2024 NASPA Double Down Roommate Request Form.
Tony Leah is seeking a non-smoking male roommate to share a room at the Courtyard by Marriott from 7/18 to 7/24. You can reach Tony by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (416-471-7005 ).
Ben Withers is seeking a non-snoring male roommate to share a room at the Doubletree from 7/19 to 7/24. You can reach Ben by email (email@example.com).
IMPORTANT: When you get your roommate, please contact the committee so we can remove your listing.
If you need a ride/rider to or from the championship, and would like a listing here, please complete the 2024 SPC Ride Request Form.
IMPORTANT: When you get your ride/rider, please contact the committee so we can remove your request.
Bob and Andi Schoenman, creators of Protiles, honor Rose Kreiswirth's memory. Rose was an expert Scrabble® player for over 30 years and cherished the game for its educational values. An accomplished player, Rose was as well known for her sense of fairness and her congeniality as she was for her competitiveness.
The Rose Award will be awarded each year at the Scrabble Players Championship to a female player who, in the opinion of the judges, best exemplifies the fierce competitiveness and compassion that we remember Rose for. Thank you, Bob and Andi Schoenman!
If you are interested in donating prizes to the Scrabble Players Championship or otherwise supporting the championship, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about sponsorship opportunities at the championship, please contact the Championship Committee.
If you have a product to sell to Scrabble players, this is the place to do it. Hundreds of the most avid fans of the game will be in one place with money ready to spend at your table.
To become a vendor, print out, date and sign two (2) copies of the NASPA 2024 Vendor Agreement and send both executed copies to Art Moore via email or postal mail (P.O. Box 1217, Ocoee, FL 34761) along with the required payment if you want more than a half table of exhibit space.
If you have questions about becoming a vendor, please contact the Championship Committee.
Volunteers are needed to assist with set up, registration, and tear down. Volunteers receive a free event T-shirt. Sign up here.
A complimentary 2024 SPC registration will be awarded to one player for every 50 players participating in an SPC Satellite Event.
An SPC Satellite Event must have at least 14 rounds over multiple days and at least 50 players across all divisions in the specific event.
Full details about the program can be found here.
This page will be updated as the event draws nearer. If you have urgent questions about the event, please email the Championship Committee.