Who is in charge of NASPA? NASPA is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation incorporated in Texas, governed by its board of trustees. Its day-to-day management is in the hands of its Executive Committee, which delegates most tasks to its Committees. Decisions of working committees may be appealed to the Advisory Board; AB decisions may be appealed to the EC; EC decisions may be appealed to the board of trustees.
Do players have a voice in how NASPA works? Yes. Players who have the time and energy to devote to volunteering for one of NASPA's Committees can have the most direct impact on our future by helping to develop our policy. Others are encouraged to either contact the committee in charge of their concern, or their Advisory Board representative for general concerns.
How can I help? If you would like to volunteer with any of NASPA's activities, thank you! Please contact a member of whichever NASPA committee interests you to see how your skills can best be put to use, or check our Help Wanted page. If you have suggestions that you do not want to help work on, you can still send them to any committee member, but they will get implemented sooner if you can help us.
How do I edit pages on this website? If you are a NASPA committee member, then you may request from Web Committee a username and password to log onto the website. Do so and follow the instructions for editing NASPAWiki. If you are not a committee member, please ask one to make your changes.
Will there be executive stipends, will the members decide them, and will they be published? NASPA reports its budget in accordance with statutory requirements governing nonprofit corporations. Executive stipends, if any, are determined by the board of trustees. As of 2012, there are no stipends as such, but NASPA is reimbursing some expenses necessary for its operation, and disbursing approximately $2,000 per month in consulting fees.
The future of NASPA
When will NASPA start spending its capital reserves? While it is important for the organization to maintain reserves for unanticipated liability or expenses, we have already been allocating resources for various publicity activities. We are proceeding cautiously and will announce additional plans as soon as they are available.
Will NASPA spend its capital reserves to subsidize prize pools at major events? In general, no, because we believe that this would lead to the very top players being paid better without an increase in overall membership. We would rather spend money on reaching out to a broader group of potential players to encourage them to join the association.
What do I get with my membership? You get access to member-only sections of the website, the right to participate in official tournaments, the right to volunteer for or stand for election to our committees, and the right to have your club and tournament accomplishments officially recognized.
Can I buy member-only publications such as the OTCWL from WordGear as a NASPA member? Effective July 1, 2009, WordGear no longer restricted sales of such publications to NSA members.
Are newcomers allowed to attend one open rated tournament before joining as members? No, but they will have an option to purchase a 6-month trial membership for US$15.
Joining and renewing
How do I buy a NASPA membership? The membership page says how to pay online using a credit card to activate your membership right away, or submit your data and follow up with a check to have your membership activated when we receive payment.
My credit card is being rejected, but I'm sure it is valid: what should I do? As explained on the Payment page, we do not have control over the format in which our bank expects you to enter your address; please be especially careful about using the standard abbreviation for your state or province, and entering it in the correct box. These are the two most common “errors”.
I'm a tournament director and I need memberships for some players so that my upcoming tournament can be rated. What do I do? Click on the Member Services link in the navigation sidebar, then click on Add New Members in the Director section. Fill out the membership information for your players, then choose “Payment with your next tournament’s participation fee” as your payment option.
Do life members in the NSA get life membership in NASPA? No. The NSA and NASPA are two separate organizations. Life membership in NASPA costs $20/year of age up to age 80.
What proof of age do I need to show to obtain life membership? You can send us a copy of government-issued identification showing your date of birth, or show it to any NASPA-certified Director and ask him/her to attest to us on your behalf.
How do I change my NASPA contact information? Click on the Member Services link in the navigation sidebar, then Edit Profile.
Why did I not receive my National SCRABBLE Championship prize winnings? NSC prizes are paid by check mailed to the address given in your member profile; check to make sure that it’s up-to-date.
Membership numbers and passwords
What is my membership number (NASPA ID)? You can look it up in the member database.
I don't have Internet access; will you mail me my membership number? If you cannot ask a friend to look up your number, you can call us and we will look it up for you.
Can you send me a password to log onto the membership services section of NASPA? No, but you can send it yourself by going to the membership services page, entering your member number and clicking on “Email me my password”.
My current email address is not in the member database, how can I receive my password? Contact the Membership Committee to have your email address updated in the database.
How do I change my password? Go to the Member Services page, then click on the “Change Password” button at the bottom of the page.
Can you set my password to XXXXXX? No. You can change it yourself by clicking the “Change Password” button at the bottom of the Member Services page. If you don’t remember your password, enter your member number and click on “Email me my password”.
I tried entering my NASPA ID and password but keep being told “'re trying to connect to an unknown session. Please log on again.” We use “browser cookies” to keep track of sessions at our website. If you see this message and use AOL as your ISP, make sure that you are using Firefox as your browser and not the default AOL browser. Otherwise, make sure that you have cookies enabled in your browser preferences.
Where can I find a list of NASPA members and ratings? Please consult the NASPAWiki article about ratings.
How are state / province rankings computed? These ranking lists are updated automatically whenever new ratings are computed after a tournament.
A player is listed in the wrong state. How can that be corrected? Each player should be able to log in to the member services as described above and update the address in his or her own profile. The new state will be used the next time the state rankings are computed.
I haven't played in a tournament in many years, do I have to use my old rating or can I start over? Once you have received a rating, you must use it in your next tournament, no matter how long the time has been. Players are responsible for notifying the director if they have ever played in a sanctioned tournament and received a rating (and to ensure that the director has their correct rating/name on record).
I have a WESPA rating but no NASPA rating; what happens at my first NASPA Collins tournament? Your Director may at his/her discretion place you in a division based on your WESPA rating, but your initial NASPA rating will be computed as an unrated player.
Can I book my return flight on the assumption that things will wrap up at their usual time? There is a small chance that top players might need to stay a little later, but it will be business as usual for everyone else.
Does NASPA have its own newsletter? No, but NASPA has a bulletin which appears periodically and hopes to appear more regularly as time goes on.
Where can I find the NASPA Bulletin? Click on the Bulletin link in the sidebar of any page.
My friend doesn’t have Internet access, but is a NASPA member. How can my friend read the NASPA Bulletin? Although the NASPA Bulletin is protected by copyright, you may print it for your own personal use and for the personal use of other members. Registered directors are encouraged to do so for their players.
I know someone who does not have Internet access and does not go to clubs or tournaments. How can they read the NASPA Bulletin? NASPA is an association for club and tournament players. If a person does not want to attend clubs or tournaments, they will not be interested in the NASPA Bulletin.
When will the next issue of the Bulletin be published? We are working toward a more publication schedule and thank you for your patience.
What is cross-tables.com? Cross-tables.com is a partner website developed and maintained by Seth Lipkin, providing a wealth of statistical information about the history of official SCRABBLE play in North America.
What does it mean when it says "Check with NASPA" next to an unrated player's name in a tournament roster? It means that cross-tables.com does not track information about unrated players, and you should use the regular membership tools to verify an unrated player's membership status.
The transition from the NSA to NASPA
What is the difference between NASPA and the NSA? As of 2010-01-01, Hasbro no longer provides regular funding to SCRABBLEclubs and tournaments. As a result, over the course of 2009, the NSA transfered responsiblity for clubs and tournaments to the newly formed NASPA, leaving the NSA to concentrate on developing new markets for SCRABBLE in areas such as School SCRABBLE.
How were the members of the NASPA Steering Committee chosen? The committee members were chosen by the NSA. The selection criteria were not made public, but the committee includes NSA Persons of the Year, top directors and non-directing players, people who have and have not worked directly for the NSA, and people from north, south, east and west. It clearly did not include several people who could have made significant contributions to the committee, but the initial size of the committee was already a little too large, and there are plenty of opportunities for others to work with NASPA.
Will I have to pay more to play SCRABBLE? Yes. It takes money to run an organization. Hasbro is no longer providing that money, so for the foreseeable future, players will be charged higher fees than under the NSA regime. In particular, annual membership in NASPA costs US$30 (regardless of residence: U.S., Canada or overseas) compared to $20–25 for the NSA, and the NSA rating fee of US$1.00–1.75 per player has been replaced by a NASPA participation fee of US$0.50 per player per game which was effective July 1, 2009.
What will I get for my money? NASPA is a player-run organization committed to expanding the playing community by continually improving its services and your playing experience. If you have suggestions as to new services you would like to pay for, please contact our Membership Committee. Buying a membership shows your support for the organization, entitles you to play in sanctioned tournaments and have your achievements officially recognized.
Is financial information available for NASPA? You may view the organization's Form 990 from the Financial_Reports page.
Should I renew my membership in the NSA? The NSA no longer offers a membership program.
What membership do I need to play in a sanctioned tournament? You must have NASPA membership.
When did NSA clubs become NASPA clubs? July 1, 2009.
Will the rules and lexicon change? The NSA Rules Committee and Dictionary Committee have been transferred to NASPA, and continue their work as usual. There will be regular updates to the Rules, and the Long List will be updated in the next few years.
Will NASPA be taking over Word Gear too? Not in the foreseeable future. The NSA and Word Gear are separate businesses that happen to share staff and facilities.