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See also:
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* [[IContact]]: an online archive of NASPA News (originally called Tournament Talk), a weekly newsletter, and other emails sent to the membership.
 
* [[NASPA Bulletin]]: an online archive of NASPA Bulletins (not currently in publication).
 
* [[NASPA Bulletin]]: an online archive of NASPA Bulletins (not currently in publication).
* [[Club news]]
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* [[Club news]]: news about activities at our sanctioned clubs
* [[Member news]]
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* [[Member news]]: news about our members outside of their Scrabble lives
 
* [[SCRABBLE in the news]] : Links to articles about SCRABBLE players, clubs, and tournaments.
 
* [[SCRABBLE in the news]] : Links to articles about SCRABBLE players, clubs, and tournaments.
 
* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/tourneys/calendar.html Tournament calendar]: upcoming tournaments
 
* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/tourneys/calendar.html Tournament calendar]: upcoming tournaments
* [[Tournament results]]
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* [[Tournament results]]: past tournaments
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* ... and our home page, which will always list the top stories.
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== Current news ==
 
== Current news ==
  
=== December 1, 2016 New Rules Published ===
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=== October 1, 2019 The 2020 NASC will be in Baltimore (MD) from August 1 to 5, 2020 ===
A new edition of the [[Rules]], to take effect on January 4, 2017, has been published.
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Save the date - the 2020 North American SCRABBLE Championship (NASC) will be in Baltimore (MD) from Aug 1 to 5, 2020! [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8krCU_9YrU0 Watch the announcement on NASPA Tonight.]
 
 
=== October 16, 2016 Canadian Committee Election Result ===
 
With the October 15 deadline for candidates passing and only two candidates registered, incumbents Bernard Gotlieb and John Robertson won new three-year terms on the Canadian Committee by acclamation.  Their new terms begin on January 1, 2017.
 
 
 
=== September 6, 2016 Committee Updates ===
 
The [[Forward Energy Committee]] was recently formed to examine NASPA opportunities for improvement and to make recommendations to the appropriate governing bodies,  including the Executive Committee.
 
 
 
We welcome [[Betsey Wood]] to the [[Tournament Committee]] and [[Michael Willis]] to the [[Ratings and Recognition Committee]].
 
 
 
=== August 23, 2016 [[Zyzzyva]] 3.1.0 (Windows) released ===
 
This new release includes the OTCWL2016, SSWL2016 and CSW2015 word lists.
 
 
 
=== August 10, 2016 [[David Gibson]] wins [[2016 North American SCRABBLE Championship]] ===
 
See [http://event.scrabbleplayers.org/2016/nasc live coverage] for details.
 
 
 
=== May 27, 2016 Form 990 is now Available ===
 
NASPA's [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/wiki/images/d/dc/2015_Form_990.pdf 2015 Form 990] is now available online for review.
 
 
 
=== May 16, 2016 [[Adam Logan]] wins CNSC 2016 ===
 
Congratulations to Adam Logan, who defeated James Leong in three straight games to win
 
the [[2016 Canadian National SCRABBLE Championship]]. Logan is the only player to have won the event five times.
 
 
 
===April 7, 2016 [[Technology Committee]] Changes ===
 
We welcome [[Arthur Moore|Art Moore]] to the Technology Committee.
 
 
 
===February 29, 2016 [[2016 Canadian National SCRABBLE Championship]]===
 
Registration is now open for the [[2016 Canadian National SCRABBLE Championship]], and closes on April 13th.
 
 
 
===January 21, 2016 [[2016 North American SCRABBLE Championship]]===
 
Registration is now open for the [[2016 North American SCRABBLE Championship]].  All paid registrants on or before February 29, 2016 will receive a free NASC t-shirt.
 
 
 
===June 24, 2015 [[Rules Committee]] Changes===
 
We welcome [[Paul Avrin]], who replaces [[Chris Lipe]] on the Rules Committee, and thank Chris for his six years of service.
 
 
 
===May 25, 2015 Form 990 Uploaded===
 
The [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/wiki/images/6/62/2014_Form_990.pdf 2014 Form 990] for NASPA has been uploaded to the [[Financial reports]] page.
 
 
 
===May 1, 2015 [[Jason Keller]] chairs [[Tournament Committee]]===
 
Jason Keller succeeds Dallas Johnson as chair of the NASPA [[Tournament Committee]], effective May 1, 2015.
 
 
 
===April 28, 2015 [[Zyzzyva]]===
 
NASPA Zyzzyva version 3.0.4 has been released for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.  The iPhone app continues in development; no release date for that program is available at this time.
 
 
 
===April 15, 2015 [[2015_Grants|NASPA IDEA Grants announced]]===
 
NASPA [[Advisory Board]] seeking members with ideas to contribute to and enhance the NASPA community -- support in the form of grants of up to $1500.
 
 
 
===March 14, 2015 [[Naspa-pro]] listserv guidelines created. ===
 
Moderation assumed by [[Social Media Committee]]
 
 
 
===March 12, 2015 New NASPA [[Social Media Committee]] Formed===
 
 
 
Welcome to our newest committee and its seven members: Conrad Bassett-Bouchard, Judy Cole, Iliana Filby, Kate Fukawa-Connelly, Roger Cullman, Terry Kang Rau, and Marsh Richards.
 
 
 
=== March 11, 2015 New [[School SCRABBLE]] study word lists added to [{{SERVER}}/cgi-bin/services.pl Member Services] ===
 
 
 
We have added three new School SCRABBLE study word lists to Member Services: 2s and 3s, 3-to-make-4s, and short JQXZ words.
 
 
 
=== March 10, 2015 2016 NASC Location Announcement ===
 
 
 
The [[2016 North American SCRABBLE Championship]] will be held at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on August 6-10, 2016.
 
 
 
=== March 9, 2015 [[Tina Totten King]] joins the [[Dictionary Committee]] ===
 
 
 
We welcome our newest committee volunteer!
 
 
 
=== February 17, 2015 [[NASPA Zyzzyva]] released for OS X ===
 
 
 
NASPA Zyzzyva 3.0.3 is now available for the OS X platform.
 
 
 
=== February 7, 2015 [[OTCWL2014]] to take effect 2015-04-10 ===
 
 
 
The [[Advisory Board]] has ruled that the new edition of the Official Tournament and Club Word List will take effect on April 10.
 
  
=== February 6, 2015 [[NASPA Zyzzyva]] released ===
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=== July 24, 2019 [[Alec Sjoholm]] wins [[2019 North American SCRABBLE Championship]] ===
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Congratulations to [[Alec Sjoholm]], winner of the [[2019 North American SCRABBLE Championship]]. View the [[Media:Nasc_winner_release_2019.pdf |press release]].
  
The first version of NASPA Zyzzyva, 3.0.3 (for consistency with pre-NASPA Zyzzyva) has been released for Windows. It includes access to [[OTCWL2014]].
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=== July 22, 2019 The NASPA [[Executive Committee]] announced a restructuring of the NASPA management team. ===
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The Executive Committee announced a restructuring of the NASPA management team at the annual Town Meeting. Read about the restructuring [http://www.icontact-archive.com/archive?c=1384631&f=6038&s=10116&m=277480&t=650b9db00f5228ee57432048f1967e4ef1b454e708354ae751c2b95d07c97caf here].
  
=== February 5, 2015 Delay to [[Official Tournament and Club Word List|OTCWL2014]] effective date ===
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=== July 14, 2019 [[Zyzzyva]] Release 3.2.1 Available for Linux ===
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NASPA Zyzzyva Release 3.2.1 is now available for the Linux platform in addition to Windows and macOS platforms.
  
The effective date of the OTCWL2014 has been delayed, due to difficulty in making the program available for download from the NASPA website.  Once the program is available for download, that information will be communicated to the SCRABBLE community, and the Advisory Board will then determine the effective date.
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=== July 6, 2019 [[Kevin Gauthier]] and [[John Karris]] join Tournament Committee ===
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We thank Kevin Gauthier and John Karris for joining the NASPA Tournament Committee.
  
=== January 29, 2015 [[2015 National SCRABBLE Championship|2015 North American SCRABBLE Championship]] registration is open ===
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=== June 26, 2019 [[Zyzzyva]] Release 3.2.1 Available for [[CSW2019]] ===
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NASPA Zyzzyva Release 3.2.1 is now available for the Windows and macOS platforms.
  
[{{SERVER}}/cgi-bin/register.pl Online registration] is now open for the 2015 North American SCRABBLE Championship.
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=== June 6, 2019 [[2019 Advisory Board Elections]] - Results ===
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There were no contested seats after the nomination process so an election was not needed.  
  
=== January 28, 2015 MSI 2016 World Championship Qualifier Program announced ===
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=== May 2, 2019 Collins 2019 to Take Effect on July 1, 2019 ===
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The NASPA [[Advisory Board]] decided that the [https://www.collinsdictionary.com/scrabble/ Collins Official SCRABBLE Words 2019] will take effect for Collins play at sanctioned clubs and tournaments on July 1, 2019.
  
Players interested in winning places to this event through NASPA tournaments should
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=== April 29, 2019 [[2019 Advisory Board Elections]] - Nominations open ===
consult the newly announced [[Media:Naspa-msiwcqs.pdf|program document]].
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Elections for NASPA's Advisory Board (AB) are approaching. This year three elective seats need to be filled:
  
=== January 22, 2015 Canadian [[2015 WESPA Invitational Masters|WESPAC 2015]] Qualification System posted ===
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* US South
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* US West
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* At Large
  
Players interested in representing Canada at the 2015 WESPA Championship
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Nominations are open from May 1 through May 31, 2019. To nominate yourself or someone else, contact NASPA at [mailto:info@scrabbleplayers.org info@scrabbleplayers.org].
should follow the procedure given in the newly posted
 
[[2015 WESPA Championship Canadian Qualification System]].
 
  
=== January 14, 2015 Venue Announced for [[2015 National School SCRABBLE Championship]] ===
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=== March 3, 2019 [[Zyzzyva]] Release 3.2.0 Available for [[NWL2018]] ===
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NASPA Zyzzyva Release 3.2.0 is now available for the Windows and macOS platforms.
  
Hasbro has issued a brief announcement naming its corporate headquarters as the venue for the next [[National School SCRABBLE Championship]]
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=== February 1, 2019 [[Ted Gest]] chairs [[Club/Director Committee]] ===
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We thank Ted Gest for succeeding Alan Stern as chair of
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the NASPA Club/Director Committee; and thank Alan for his past service.
  
=== January 7, 2015 Date Announced for [[2015 National School SCRABBLE Championship]] ===
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=== January 8, 2019 [[Sue Tremblay]] joins [[Club/Director Committee]] ===
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We thank Sue Tremblay for joining the NASPA Club/Director Committee.
  
Hasbro has issued a brief announcement naming May 16-17, 2015 as the dates for the next [[National School SCRABBLE Championship]]
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=== January 8, 2019 [[John Bulten]] joins [[Dictionary Committee]] ===
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We thank John Bulten for joining the NASPA Dictionary Committee;
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John had previously been a valued member of the NSA Dictionary Committee.
  
=== January 6, 2015 Dates announced for Official Tournament and Club Word List 2014, aka [[OTCWL3]] ===
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=== January 7, 2019 [[OTCWL2018]] PDFs posted to [{{SERVER}}/cgi-bin/services.pl Member Services] ===
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The new words found in the Official Tournament and Club Word List, 2018 Edition have been posted on NASPA Member Services as easily printable PDFs.
  
The new lexicon will be released 60 days after a version of Zyzzyva that supports permitted use of the lexicon has been published.  The release date will not be before April 1, 2015.
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=== January 3, 2019 [[OTCWL2018]] implementation delayed ===
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The [[Advisory Board]] has determined that implementation of OTCWL2018 will be delayed from February 1, 2019 to March 1, 2019.
  
Until the new lexicon is released, the [[Official_Tournament_and_Club_Word_List]] for all non-Collins club and tournament events is OTCWL2.1, which adds GEOCACHE, -ES, -ED, -ING to the OTCWL2 issued in 2006.
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=== January 1, 2019 [[Joshua Sokol]] and [[Colin Viebrock]] acclaimed to [[Canadian Committee]] ===
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We thank Joshua Sokol for continuing on in his role at the NASPA Canadian Committee, and welcome first-time member Colin Viebrock, who replaces the outgoing [[Mad Palazzo]].
  
 
== Archived news ==
 
== Archived news ==
  
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* [[2018 Breaking news archive]]
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* [[2017 Breaking news archive]]
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* [[2016 Breaking news archive]]
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* [[2015 Breaking news archive]]
 
* [[2014 Breaking news archive]]
 
* [[2014 Breaking news archive]]
 
* [[2013 Breaking news archive]]
 
* [[2013 Breaking news archive]]

Latest revision as of 10:55, 2 October 2019

This page contains current and recent breaking news about NASPA.

See also:

  • IContact: an online archive of NASPA News (originally called Tournament Talk), a weekly newsletter, and other emails sent to the membership.
  • NASPA Bulletin: an online archive of NASPA Bulletins (not currently in publication).
  • Club news: news about activities at our sanctioned clubs
  • Member news: news about our members outside of their Scrabble lives
  • SCRABBLE in the news : Links to articles about SCRABBLE players, clubs, and tournaments.
  • Tournament calendar: upcoming tournaments
  • Tournament results: past tournaments
  • ... and our home page, which will always list the top stories.


Current news

October 1, 2019 The 2020 NASC will be in Baltimore (MD) from August 1 to 5, 2020

Save the date - the 2020 North American SCRABBLE Championship (NASC) will be in Baltimore (MD) from Aug 1 to 5, 2020! Watch the announcement on NASPA Tonight.

July 24, 2019 Alec Sjoholm wins 2019 North American SCRABBLE Championship

Congratulations to Alec Sjoholm, winner of the 2019 North American SCRABBLE Championship. View the press release.

July 22, 2019 The NASPA Executive Committee announced a restructuring of the NASPA management team.

The Executive Committee announced a restructuring of the NASPA management team at the annual Town Meeting. Read about the restructuring here.

July 14, 2019 Zyzzyva Release 3.2.1 Available for Linux

NASPA Zyzzyva Release 3.2.1 is now available for the Linux platform in addition to Windows and macOS platforms.

July 6, 2019 Kevin Gauthier and John Karris join Tournament Committee

We thank Kevin Gauthier and John Karris for joining the NASPA Tournament Committee.

June 26, 2019 Zyzzyva Release 3.2.1 Available for CSW2019

NASPA Zyzzyva Release 3.2.1 is now available for the Windows and macOS platforms.

June 6, 2019 2019 Advisory Board Elections - Results

There were no contested seats after the nomination process so an election was not needed.

May 2, 2019 Collins 2019 to Take Effect on July 1, 2019

The NASPA Advisory Board decided that the Collins Official SCRABBLE Words 2019 will take effect for Collins play at sanctioned clubs and tournaments on July 1, 2019.

April 29, 2019 2019 Advisory Board Elections - Nominations open

Elections for NASPA's Advisory Board (AB) are approaching. This year three elective seats need to be filled:

  • US South
  • US West
  • At Large

Nominations are open from May 1 through May 31, 2019. To nominate yourself or someone else, contact NASPA at info@scrabbleplayers.org.

March 3, 2019 Zyzzyva Release 3.2.0 Available for NWL2018

NASPA Zyzzyva Release 3.2.0 is now available for the Windows and macOS platforms.

February 1, 2019 Ted Gest chairs Club/Director Committee

We thank Ted Gest for succeeding Alan Stern as chair of the NASPA Club/Director Committee; and thank Alan for his past service.

January 8, 2019 Sue Tremblay joins Club/Director Committee

We thank Sue Tremblay for joining the NASPA Club/Director Committee.

January 8, 2019 John Bulten joins Dictionary Committee

We thank John Bulten for joining the NASPA Dictionary Committee; John had previously been a valued member of the NSA Dictionary Committee.

January 7, 2019 OTCWL2018 PDFs posted to Member Services

The new words found in the Official Tournament and Club Word List, 2018 Edition have been posted on NASPA Member Services as easily printable PDFs.

January 3, 2019 OTCWL2018 implementation delayed

The Advisory Board has determined that implementation of OTCWL2018 will be delayed from February 1, 2019 to March 1, 2019.

January 1, 2019 Joshua Sokol and Colin Viebrock acclaimed to Canadian Committee

We thank Joshua Sokol for continuing on in his role at the NASPA Canadian Committee, and welcome first-time member Colin Viebrock, who replaces the outgoing Mad Palazzo.

Archived news