== How Titles are Earned ==
Each year, we calculate overall performance ratings (OPR) for all players based on their tournament activity from the start of the previous year’s[[North American SCRABBLE Championship]] (NASC) to the last tournament that begins before the start of the current year’s NASC . The player with the highest OPR is designated the [[Awards|Player of the Year]].
Then, we consider those players who have played 50 games in each of 3 of the past 5 such OPR calculation years.
top 1% are eligible to become SCRABBLE Grandmasters ( GM) ; the top 6% ( not including the top 1%) are eligible to become SCRABBLE Masters ( SM) ;and the top 25% (not including the top 6% ) are eligible to become SCRABBLE Experts (EX).
Players retain earned titles as long as they maintain their memberships
in good standing, or until they earn a superior title.