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Current news

January 21, 2010: Bryan Pepper joins Advisory Board

NASPA is pleased to announce the addition of Bryan Pepper to the Advisory Board effective January 1. Bryan is a longtime player and director, including many years as a divisional director at Nationals. Bryan was appointed by Mary Rhoades, whose tenure just ended. Outgoing Advisory Board members are given the opportunity to appoint a replacement, a policy that NASPA adopted from the NSA.

We are grateful to Mary for her five years of service on the Advisory Board, as well as her continued service on many other important NASPA committees, and we look forward to Bryan's contributions to the Advisory Board.

January 6, 2010: Rules Revision Announced

New rules changes go into effect February 2, 2010. The updated Official Tournament Rules (along with a summary of the changes) are available now.

January 4, 2010: 2500 members

The number of paid NASPA members in the membership database surpassed 2500 today. Directors can download a listing of all valid members.

December 2009

December 14, 2009: Allen Pengelly joins Rules Committee

Rules Committee announced that it had named Allen Pengelly as a new member. He replaced Robin Pollock Daniel who was named an official spokesperson for NASPA Executive Committee.

December 13, 2009: new Bulletin released

The fourth NASPA Bulletin has been released to members and is available here (the public release follows after one week).

December 12, 2009: Dallas Johnson named Tournament Committee cochair

Dallas Johnson has accepted the position of Cochair of the NASPA Tournament Committee. This position is shared with Andy Saunders, who offered Dallas the position.

November 2009

November 29, 2009: Pakorn Nemitrmansuk wins World Championship

Pakorn Nemitrmansuk of Thailand has won the 2009 World SCRABBLE Championship by defeating Nigel Richards in the finals.

November 28, 2009: updated Director's Manual

An update to the Director’s Manual has been posted. Most of the changes deal with the transition from NSA to NASPA.

November 16, 2009: new Club News page

New Club news page has been created. If a player does something newsworthy at club, please follow the instructions on the Club news page to submit it for posting.

November 13, 2009: Bulletin V.1, No.3 public release

The most recent issue of the NASPA Bulletin is now available for public download.

November 9, 2009: Clarified tournament separation guidelines

Clarified the time and distance separation guidelines for sanctioning multi-day and one-day tournaments.

November 3, 2009: password requests are more secure

We have been getting one or two complaints a month from members whose passwords are getting reset by other people mistyping their NASPA IDs and clicking on the button to reset and resend a random password. We have just made the process a little more secure by requiring the person to enter your current email address when asking for the password.

November 3, 2009: Bulletin Volume 1, Number 3 released

The new issue of the bulletin has begun its one-week members-only preview.

November 3, 2009: Membership Card, online payment

Effective immediately, current members can print their own membership card, and new members can apply for and pay for membership online.

November 1, 2009: submit profile photos online

Effective immediately, players can submit profile photos through Member services. Profile photos are used in tournament results, by some tournament software and of course in member profiles.

November 1, 2009: Noncontiguous rating data accepted

We now accept noncontiguous rating data submissions, that is, ones in which the players are not listed by division.

October 2009

October 27, 2009: New policies

Steering Committee has unanimously approved two NASPA policies concerning endorsements and donations.

October 18, 2009: Member list available for directors

A new member list application allows directors (only) to get a list of all current NASPA members in a concise format, sorted alphabetically.

October 11, 2009: Spokespersons named

NASPA’s Executive Committee has named Robin Pollock Daniel and Matthew Hodge as official spokespersons.

October 8, 2009: NASPA joins WESPA

As of today, NASPA is a Class 1 member of the World English-language Scrabble Players Association (WESPA). For more information, see the full text of the announcement.

September 2009

September 25, 2009: York, PA rated

The tournament held in York, PA on 2009-09-12 has finally been rated. Since all ratings are now processed in chronological order (to be precise, in order of tournament start times), some subsequently re-rated events may have different ratings. Directors are asked to submit rating data as quickly as possible to minimize the amount of re-rating that takes place.

September 24, 2009: NSC 2010 Hotel Reservations Link posted

We have added a link from our 2010 National SCRABBLE Championship page to the Intercontinental Hotel’ group reservations page for players who wish to book rooms at our group rate.

September 22, 2009: Newsletter Committee dissolved

NASPA has dissolved its Newsletter Committee, after having been unable to come to agreement concerning responsibilities.

September 21, 2009: 2000 members

The number of NASPA members in the membership database surpassed 2000 today.

September 14, 2009: rules clarified

Rules Committee has issued a clarification regarding a rule in Official Tournament Rules, describing what is a “reporting error” that could be corrected after result slip submission.

September 5, 2009: Manchester, CT rated

The August 22 tournament directed by David B. Carlson in Manchester, CT has been rated, and has caused at least one subsequent tournament to be re-rated. We apologize for the delay in posting these results and the inconvenience of the re-rating process.

September 1, 2009: Membership Committee addition

John Robertson has joined the Membership Committee to help facilitate Canadian dollar transactions.

August 2009

August 23, 2009: New committee established

A new committee, Governance Committee, has been established.

August 22, 2009: NASPA Newsletter, issue 2

Newsletter Committee has published the second issue of NASPA Tournament SCRABBLE Newsletter.

August 20, 2009: WSC team substitution

John Luebkemann has withdrawn from the US team for the 2009 World SCRABBLE Championship and has been replaced by Brian Bowman.

August 7, 2009: 2010 NSC dates

The 2010 National SCRABBLE Championship in Dallas will take place on August 7–11, 2010.

August 5, 2009: Dave Wiegand wins National SCRABBLE Championship

Dave Wiegand from Portland, OR wins the 2009 National SCRABBLE Championship in Dayton, OH and receives the $10,000 prize. The runner-up is the last year’s champion and the reigning world champion Nigel Richards from Malaysia. Dave defeated Nigel in the last two rounds today to win the tournament by a narrow margin; both players won 25 games but Dave accumulated a higher point spread (+1728 vs. +1593). This is the second championship for Dave; he also won the title in 2005.

Joel Wapnick from Montreal, QC placed third in the first division with 22 wins. Divisions two through five were won by Thomas Reinke from Middleton, WI, Dave Leonard from Buffalo, NY, Max Karten from Barrington, RI and Doug Szymkowiak from North Ridgeville, OH.

Final standings:

August 3, 2009: next NSC in Dallas

The location of the next two (2010 and 2011) National SCRABBLE Championships has been announced: Hotel InterContinental Dallas.

July 2009

July 31, 2009: National SCRABBLE Championship

The event registration took place today in Dayton, OH, Convention Center. Games start tomorrow morning. Stay tuned for near-realtime online coverage.

July 21, 2009: the first NASPA Newsletter

The first issue of NASPA Tournament SCRABBLE Newsletter is ready and available online, thanks to the efforts of Newsletter Committee and approximately 50 other volunteers.

July 10, 2009: tournament results and ratings online

The new tournament data submission application is online.

We have a new tournament results page that has the official results of the first NASPA-rated tourneys (Albany, Reno, Charleston, Laguna Woods) as well as copies of NSA results for the first half of 2009.

The ratings page has been updated with a link to the current official NASPA ratings and an archive of historical monthly NSA ratings.

July 1, 2009: official NSA-NASPA transition date

On July 1, the coordination of tournaments and clubs was officially transitioned from the NSA to NASPA. All tournament participants are required to be NASPA members.

June 2009

June 22, 2009: New committee established

A new committee, NASPA-WESPA Liaison Committee, has been established to coordinate communication with WESPA.

June 19, 2009: Rules revision announced

John Luebkemann (chair of the Rules Committee) announces some minor changes to the Official Tournament Rules to become effective August 1, 2009.

June 18, 2009: Tournament types explained

New table on Tournaments page highlights the difference between Local Club Tournaments (LCT) and the more typical Open Rated Tournaments (ORT).

June 18, 2009: Trial memberships

Trial membership information for first-time tournament players added to the Tournaments page.

June 17, 2009: News page created

This page was created today (some earlier recent items are included for convenience).

June 15, 2009: PayPal unavailable

Payments to NASPA can no longer be made through PayPal, as PayPal has determined that Scrabble is a form of illegal gambling. The manual payment fee for NSC registration has been waived.

June 5, 2009: New committee established

A new committee, Director’s Manual Committee, has been established to update the Director’s Manual.

June 5, 2009: Reno sanctioned

The Reno tournaments starting July 1, 2009 are going to be NASPA events.

June 3, 2009: New Bulletin available

The newest bulletin can be downloaded here.

Archived news

None at this time.