== The transition from the NSA to NASPA ==
# What is the difference between NASPA and the NSA? <br />
As of 2010-01-01, [[Hasbro]] no longer provides regular funding to [[SCRABBLE]] [[clubs]] 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? <br /> 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? <br />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U.S., Canada or overseas) compared to $20–25 for the NSA, and the NSA rating fee of US$1.00–1.75 per player has been replaced by a NASPA participation fee of US$0.50 per player per game which was effective July 1, 2009.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? <br />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? <br />You may view the organization's Form 990 from the [[Financial_Reports]] page. # Should I renew my [[membership]] in the NSA? <br />The NSA no longer offers a membership program.
# What membership do I need to play in a sanctioned tournament? <br /> You must have NASPA membership.
When did NSA clubs become NASPA clubs? <br /> July 1, 2009. # How do I register a new upcoming tournament? <br /> Contact the [[Tournament Committee]]. # Will the rules and lexicon change? <br /> 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? <br /> Not in the foreseeable future. The NSA and Word Gear are separate businesses that happen to share staff and facilities.