== Membership ==
=== Benefits ===
# What do I get with my membership? <br />You get access to member-only sections of the website, the right to participate in official [[Tournament|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.
# Do I get a printed membership card? <br />We will not mail them out to you, but you can either print your own using our [http://scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/mcard.pl online tool] or ask us at special events like the [[National SCRABBLE Championship]].
# Can I buy member-only publications such as the [[OTCWL]] from [http://www.wordgear.com WordGear] as a NASPA member? <br /> No, because Word Gear went out of business on July 1, 2013. You can buy the
OTCWL from Merriam-Webster customer service though, and will need to provide your NASPA ID to do so.# Are newcomers allowed to attend one open rated tournament before joining as members? <br /> 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? <br /> 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.