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Rulings are listed below in reverse chronological order, with original motion numbers.
Details of disciplinary issues are generally confidential. Members may view the list of current suspensions here.
The board voted to refer a disciplinary appeal back to the Tournament Committee to gather more evidence.
The board voted to reduce a penalty previously meted out for a disciplinary issue.
The board voted by email that the effective date for the OTCWL2014 lexicon would be 2015-04-10.
The board voted 8-1 that the effective date for the OTCWL2014 lexicon will be 2015-03-31, barring a serious delay in the release of the Windows version of the program.
The board voted 8-1 that the new edition of the rules should take effect two weeks after final publication.
The board voted 9-0 to add the new OTCWL2014 words to the NASPA Collins lexicon on the same date on which OTCWL2014 becomes effective.
The board voted 10-0 to delay adoption of OTCWL2014 until two months after the board deems that the proper word judge and study materials are available to their members.
The board voted 5-4 to defeat a motion that events with time controls of less than 25 minutes should be 1/3-rated.
The board voted 8-2 to permit sanctioning of tournaments with a time limit of less than 25 minutes but no more than 20 minutes provided that they are supplementary events to a main event, that they have fewer games than the main event, and that they not extend over more than one day.
The board voted by email against a request by Dan Horowitz, referred to it by the Tournament Committee to permit players at an event to decide on a game-by-game basis whether to play with 20- or 25-minute time controls.
The board voted 9-1 to adopt OTCWL2014 on 2014-12-01.
A request from the director of the Boston Area Tournament to permit hybrid lexicon play in the Premier division similar to Can-Am play, referred to the Board by the Tournament Committee, was denied following a 4-3 vote.
A proposal from the International Committee that lower divisions in multi-division Collins tournaments be permitted to consult a list of two- and three-letter words during rated tournament play was defeated by a 5-2 vote.
The board considered the temporary policy allowing a 100-mile restricted radius in certain situations. Because only few tournaments have been run under this new policy, it was unanimously determined to extend the policy for another year.
The Board voted unanimously to reverse to overturn a suspension and reverse the outcome of a rated game.
The Board voted unanimously to adopt the revised Code of Conduct.
The Advisory Board voted 5-1 to permit the sanctioning of events in Wilmington, DE and New York, NY on September 5-7, 2015. The Board will review the attendance levels at both events before any deliberations take place concerning events in the region on the 2016 Labor Day weekend.
The Advisory Board unanimously voted to deny a director’s request to reopen a disciplinary issue.
The Advisory Board responded to a Tournament Committee request for guidance concerning a request by Winter for sanctioning of a hybrid TWL-CSW tournament by voting 7-2 with one abstention to approve it on a onetime basis, provided that Winter provide the AB with player feedback concerning this experiment.
The Advisory Board unanimously upheld a Tournament Committee decision regarding a disciplinary issue.
The AB ratified the Tournament Committee's new policy on resolving scheduling conflicts among sanctioned events.
The AB lowered the minimum distance between one-day tournament on the same weekend from 200 miles to 100 miles.
The 2013 World SCRABBLE Championship US qualification system should be emended to require players who withdraw late from the system to apply to the Advisory Board if they wish to participate in the 2015 World SCRABBLE Championship US qualification system.
Notwithstanding his late withdrawal from the 2011 World SCRABBLE Championship US qualification system, Brian Cappelletto may participate in the 2013 World SCRABBLE Championship US qualification system.
The “Cruise Control” ruling (Motion 4) is withdrawn, and cruises will be subject henceforth only to the usual separation rules for tournaments.
The AB, after considering proposals to reduce its overall size, ruled that it would remain unchanged.
The Advisory Board will hold elections to replace two outgoing members; see details at this link.
Details to follow.
Details will be announced at the 2011 National SCRABBLE Championship.
Computer players should be permitted to obtain NASPA ratings under some circumstances.
That James Leong should rank immediately below Andy Saunders in the rating-based qualification list for the 2011 Canadian National SCRABBLE Championship.
As of August 1, 2010, any NASPA director who does not submit the results of their tournament for rating within two weeks of the end of the event will receive an email warning; if the results are not received within four weeks, their director certification will be downgraded one step, from full to apprentice, or from apprentice to uncertified. Directors who have pending data submissions as of August 1, 2010 will have those submissions deemed to have been due as of that date for the purpose of calculating warning and downgrading dates. Where a tournament has more than one codirector, the one designated as being responsible for data submission will be the only one to whom these sanctions will apply.
As of August 1, 2010, overdue NASPA member accounts will incur a 2% penalty compounded on unpaid balances every calendar month. Member accounts which remain overdue for three months will be suspended and not reinstated until payment is made in full, including penalties. Members who have unpaid balances as of August 1, 2010 will be deemed to have incurred those balances as of that date for the purpose of calculating future penalties and suspensions.
Directors who are unaware of the possibility of fraudulent claims by players as to their membership status may be forgiven responsibility for one fraudulent charge.
The 90-day rule on cruise/tour separation was enacted.
The SOWPODS rating system shall be created.
Nathan Benedict is granted a special exemption from the deadline for registering in the U.S. WSC qualification system, and replaces Brian Bowman in the last place determined by qualifying (peak) rating. (6 yea, 0 nay, 2 abstain, 7 absent)
If a director announces in a tournament flyer that games will be annotated, a player who refuses to comply with annotation is subject to forfeiting annotated games with a severe spread penalty (originally -200, but the exact amount to be debated by the Rules Committee). (13 yea, 0 nay, 2 absent)