elevating the level of behavior among the SCRABBLE community, we are concerned that things continue to happen
at most tournaments that reflect poorly on us, that we would not want to see publicized or shown to our
children. We are therefore seizing the opportunity as a new organization to hold each of us to a higherstandard of behavior
, in the hope that we will all benefit from playing in a more sportsmanlike atmosphere.
== Behavior Contrary to the Integrity of the SCRABBLE Game ==
==== e. Leaving the Playing Area during a Game without Legitimate Cause ====
With the exception of restroom breaks or other legitimate reasons, players shall not leave the playing room before their game is completed. This type of behavior is both disrespectful and unnerving to
==== f. Deliberate Noncooperation with Tournament Officials ====
==== b. Suspicious Behavior ====
Those players whose actions and/or behaviors are deemed to be suspicious by the director will be warned that they are suspected of cheating. Any further occurrences of suspicious behavior can result in ejection and disqualification from the tournament.
Note: It is understood that tournament newcomers may sometimes "accidentally" cheat or engage in suspicious behavior because of their inexperience. Considerable leeway and the benefit of the doubt should be given to unseasoned players who violate the rules without malicious intent. The rules pertaining to cheating are generally designed for experienced tournament players who are trying to gain an unfair advantage with their actions and who realize what they are doing is wrong and contrary to the spirit of the game.