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'''Club''' SCRABBLE play in Canada and the United States is  
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Competitive '''club''' [[SCRABBLE]] play in Canada and the United States is  
 
administered by [[NASPA]] and its [[Club Committee]].
 
administered by [[NASPA]] and its [[Club Committee]].
  
There are two types of club listings available.
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== Club Listing ==
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; '''NASPA-sanctioned Clubs:'''
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: We maintain a [[Club Roster|club roster]] listing the [[Club Roster|NASPA-sanctioned clubs]] that meet across North America and their meeting times.
  
'''NASPA-sanctioned Clubs:''' We maintain a roster listing the NASPA-sanctioned clubs
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== List of NASPA-sanctioned Clubs ==
that meet across North America and their meeting times.
 
  
Clubs will be listed when their annual US$30 sanctioning fees are paid. The initial sanctioning fee will be valid until the end of 2010. Thereafter, ongoing club sanctions will begin on January 1 and end on December 31.
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The current list of clubs is available at the [[club roster]] page.
  
Unless all club directors concerned have agreed,
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There is no fee for starting or continuing a NASPA-sanctioned club. The fee initially charged has been discontinued.
only one sanctioned club will be permitted
 
to meet on any given day of the week
 
within a 50-mile radius.
 
The $30 fee entitles the director to this exclusivity
 
on one day of the week of his or her choosing.
 
If a director wants a club to meet on more than one day of the week,
 
the director may pay additional $30 fees to obtain this same exclusivity,
 
or not pay additional fees and not receive exclusivity.
 
  
Club web sites may be listed as long as they do not contain inappropriate material or links to inappropriate material as periodically reviewed by the Club Committee.
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Club websites may be listed as long as they do not contain inappropriate material or links to inappropriate material as periodically reviewed by the [[Club Committee]].
  
 
Unless otherwise requested, only the first director listed in the response to the NASPA request for club information will be listed.
 
Unless otherwise requested, only the first director listed in the response to the NASPA request for club information will be listed.
  
In order not to be removed from the list, the following criteria for sanctioned clubs are listed:
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== Registering a Club ==
  
* Club sanctioning must be renewed each year by paying the sanctioning fee.
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To register a new club, complete the [[Club Listing Request]] form and submit it.
* The club director must be a sanctioned director, having taken and passed the director test.
 
* Club directors' NASPA membership status must be current and in good standing.
 
  
'''Casual Clubs:''' The Casual Club listing may be found at the [http://www2.scrabble-assoc.com/main.asp?id=61 '''National SCRABBLE Association Casual Clubs'''] web page.
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In order to maintain registered status, clubs must meet the following criteria:
 
 
Club directors who choose that option as their only listing will not be listed on the NSAPA club listing. If you choose that option you will find a form on that page to fill out to list your club.
 
 
 
 
 
For NASPA-sanctioned clubs there is an annual club sanctioning fee of $30 which may be paid in one of the following manners:
 
 
 
* by check (drawn on a U.S. bank) or money order, payable to NASPA (please specify Club # and specify sanctioning fee), sent to:
 
MARY RHOADES
 
PO BOX 211993
 
BEDFORD, TX 76095-8993
 
USA
 
 
 
* online through [http://PayPal.com/| PayPal.com], paid to accounts@scrabbleplayers.org (if you do not have a PayPal account, you will need to provide a major credit card and set up a PayPal account). '''Please specify that this is a club sanctioning fee.'''
 
* some [[Steering Committee]] members are willing to accept cash payments in person to forward on to NASPA
 
* online payment through this web site using PayPal, eCheck or major credit cards will be available before July 1st, 2009
 
 
 
As stated above, club sanctioning fees will be valid until the end of 2010.
 
 
 
Benefits include:
 
 
 
* Listing of clubs on the NASPA website
 
* Future website features for club directors only
 
 
 
 
 
== '''NASPA-Sanctioned SCRABBLE Clubs''' ==
 
 
 
 
 
[[#ARIZONA|Arizona]]   [[#BRITISH COLUMBIA|British Columbia]]   [[#CALIFORNIA|California]]   [[#ILLINOIS|Illinois]]   [[#KENTUCKY|Kentucky]]   [[#MARYLAND|Maryland]]   [[#MASSACHUSETTS|Massachusetts]]   [[#MINNESOTA|Minnesota]]   
 
[[#OHIO|Ohio]]   [[#ONTARIO|Ontario]]   [[#PENNSYLVANIA|Pennsylvania]]   [[#SOUTH CAROLINA|South Carolina]]   [[#TEXAS|Texas]]   [[#VIRGINIA|Virginia]]   [[#WASHINGTON|Washington]]   [[#WEST VIRGINIA|West Virginia]]
 
 
 
== ARIZONA ==
 
 
 
'''Oro Valley/Tucson #565'''
 
 
 
[http://tucsonscrabble.com '''Club web site''']
 
 
 
:'''Sunday 1:00 P.M.'''
 
::223 W. Weisshorn Street, Oro Valley
 
:'''Thursday 5:00 P.M.'''
 
::Denny's Restaurant, 3655 East Speedway Blvd., Tucson
 
:Ed Saunders  520 575-6734  [mailto:ed@tucsonscrabble.com ed@tucsonscrabble.com]
 
:Joshua Kassel, Webmaster
 
 
 
'''Scottsdale #405'''
 
:'''Tuesday 6:00 P.M.'''
 
::The Hampton Inn, 10101 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
 
:Mike Wier  602 789 0337  [mailto:ed@mikewier@cox.net mikewier@cox.net]
 
 
 
== BRITISH COLUMBIA ==
 
 
 
'''Victoria #402'''
 
 
 
[http://www.victoriascrabbleclub.org '''Club web site''']
 
 
 
:'''Every Tuesday 6:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. (3 games)'''
 
::James Bay New Horizons Community Center, 234 Menzies St.
 
:Marc Levevsque  250 381 0569  [mailto:marc.levesque@telus.net marc.levesque@telus.net]
 
 
 
== CALIFORNIA ==
 
 
 
'''Costa Mesa/El Toro/Aliso Viejo #350'''
 
 
 
:'''Thursday 4:55 p.m.'''
 
::Borders Bookstore, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa
 
:Wednesday 6:15
 
::Arby's, 23862 Bridger Rd, El Toro
 
:Sunday except 1st 12:30-4 P.M.
 
::(Apr-Oct) Neighborhood Cup, 1 Journey, Aliso Viejo
 
:Gary Moss  949 510 1673  [mailto:jftsoi@aol.com jftsoi@aol.com]
 
 
 
 
 
'''La Jolla/San Diego #76'''
 
 
 
:'''Monday 6:30 P.M.'''
 
::Scripps Green Hospital, Hastings Room, 10666 N. Torrey Pines Road
 
:Carol Kaplan  858 535 1262  [mailto:ckappy@pacbell.net ckappy@pacbell.net]
 
 
 
 
 
'''Palo Alto #512'''
 
 
 
[http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/pa-scrabble/ '''Club web site''']
 
 
 
:'''Monday 6:00-9:55 P.M.'''
 
::Boston Market Restaurant, 3375 El Camino Real
 
:Mitch Bayersdorfer  650 326 6243  [mailto:scrabbleman@sbcglobal.net scrabbleman@sbcglobal.net]
 
 
 
== FLORIDA ==
 
 
 
'''Gainesville #552'''
 
 
 
:'''Monday 6:30 P.M.'''
 
::Alachua County Educ. Assoc., 618 NW 24th St
 
:Laura Thomley  352 375 3640  [mailto:Scrbblewhz@cox.net Scrbblewhz@cox.net]
 
 
 
== ILLINOIS ==
 
 
 
'''Champaign #590'''
 
 
 
[http://www.champaignscrabble.com/ '''Club web site''']
 
 
 
:'''Thursday 6:30 P.M.'''
 
::Barnes & Noble, 65 E. Marketview Drive
 
:Between Thanksgiving and New Years, contact for information.
 
:John Fultz  217 351 7441  [mailto:jfultz@wolfram.com jfultz@wolfram.com]
 
 
 
== KENTUCKY ==
 
 
 
'''Lexington #637'''
 
 
 
[http://lexscrabble.info '''Club web site''']
 
 
 
:'''Monday 6:00 - 9:00 P.M.'''
 
::VFW Post 680, 1494 Leestown Road
 
:2nd Sunday 2:00 - 4:30 P.M.
 
::Good Foods Coop, 355 Southland Drive
 
:Joetta Wilkinson  859 321 3060  [mailto:scrabble.director.mom@insightbb.com scrabble.director.mom@insightbb.com]
 
 
 
== MARYLAND ==
 
 
 
'''Bowie #637'''
 
 
 
:'''First Monday 6:30 P.M.'''
 
::Barnes & Noble, Bowie Town Center, 15455 Emerald Way
 
:Second-fifth Monday 7:00 P.M.
 
::Summerville At The Woodward Estate, 14977 Health Center
 
:Linda Stephanides  859 321 3060  [mailto:lstephan@juno.com lstephan@juno.com]
 
 
 
== MASSACHUSETTS ==
 
 
 
'''Lexington #108'''
 
 
 
[http://www.wolfberg.net/scrabble/lexington/ '''Club web site''']
 
 
 
:'''Thursday 7:00 P.M.'''
 
::First Parish Unitarian Church, 9 Harrington Road.
 
::We meet in the church basement. Enter by the back door and walk down a short flight of stairs.
 
::Elevator is available to the disabled. This is a nut- and shrimp-free environment.
 
:Judy Horn  781 942 7471  [mailto:Scrabbleclub108@aol.com Scrabbleclub108@aol.com]
 
:Ellen Miller  978 287 4776  [mailto:ellen@ellenmiller.net ellen@ellenmiller.net]
 
:Mike Wolfberg, Club Statistician and Webmaster
 
 
 
== MINNESOTA ==
 
 
 
'''Roseville #651'''
 
 
 
[http://www.bachster.com/scrabble '''Club web site''']
 
 
 
:'''Thursday 5:30 P.M.'''
 
::La Casita Mexican Restaurant, 1925 W Perimeter Rd
 
:Carol Dustin  612 789 6076  [mailto:cdustin@q.com cdustin@q.com]
 
 
 
== OHIO ==
 
 
 
'''Dayton #294'''
 
 
 
:'''Saturday 12:30 p.m.'''
 
::Panera Bread, 1203 Brown Street, (near University of Dayton)
 
:Monday 5:30 p.m.
 
::Panera Bread, 1203 Brown Street, (near University of Dayton)
 
::Lois Greene  937 974 8643  [mailto:layla6409@sbcglobal.net layla6409@sbcglobal.net]
 
 
 
 
 
'''Montrose #653'''
 
 
 
[http://www.neoscrabble.com/site.cfm/Clubs/Club653.cfm '''Club web site''']
 
 
 
:'''Thursday 6:30 p.m.'''
 
::Barnes & Noble Book Store, meeting in the cafe, 4015 Medina Road, Fairlawn
 
::Dallas Johnson  330 676 1723  [mailto:dallaswjohnson@hotmail.com dallaswjohnson@hotmail.com]
 
 
 
== ONTARIO ==
 
 
 
'''Cambridge #471'''
 
 
 
'''''Golden Triangle SCRABBLE Club'''''
 
 
 
:'''Friday 7:15 P.M.'''
 
::Riverbend Place, Lower Level Rec Hall, 650 Coronation Blvd.
 
:John Robertson  519 621 6432  [mailto:jgrobertson@sympatico.ca jgrobertson@sympatico.ca]
 
 
 
 
 
'''London #692'''
 
 
 
:'''Monday 6:30 P.M.'''
 
::St. Jude's Anglican Church, Corner of Fanshawe Rd. and Adelaide St., North London
 
:Sharon Crawford Mackay  519 474 3104 [mailto:sharoncm@hotmail.com sharoncm@hotmail.com]
 
 
 
== PENNSYLVANIA ==
 
 
 
'''Pittsburgh #352'''
 
 
 
[http://www.pghscrabble.com '''Club web site''']
 
 
 
:'''Wednesday 7:00 P.M. except holidays'''
 
::In Squirrel Hill, call for details
 
:Stan Angrist  412 422 7878  [mailto:sangrist@verizon.net sangrist@verizon.net]
 
:M.W. Schroeder  [mailto:msch@nauticom.net msch@nauticom.net]
 
:Brad Mills, Webmaster
 
 
 
== SOUTH CAROLINA ==
 
 
 
'''Columbia #645'''
 
 
 
:'''Thursday 6:00 P.M.'''
 
::Panera Bread, Woodhill Mall, Garner's Ferry Road
 
:Peggy Grant  803 603 2139  [mailto:mmgrantnp@aol.com mmgrantnp@aol.com]
 
 
 
== TEXAS ==
 
 
 
'''Bedford #248'''
 
 
 
'''''Mid-Cities SCRABBLE Players'''''
 
 
 
[http://scrabbletx.org/ '''Club web site''']
 
 
 
:'''Tuesday 6:45 P.M.'''.
 
::Taco Bueno, 1528 Brown Trail
 
:Mary Rhoades  817 718 3115  [mailto:mrhoadestx@gmail.com mrhoadestx@gmail.com]
 
  
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* The club director must be a sanctioned director, having taken and passed the director test.
 +
* Club directors’ NASPA membership status must be current and in good standing.
  
'''Houston #359'''
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=== '''Changing Club Information''' ===
  
[http://debbiewebbie.com '''Club web site''']
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Please keep us up to date when things change at your NASPA club.  Send changes pertaining to club location, meeting time, address, email, website, or anything shown on your club listing to the [[Club Committee]]  [mailto:naspa-club-directors@yahoogroups.com naspa-club-directors@yahoogroups.com] .
  
:'''Sunday 1:30 P.M.'''
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=== '''NASPA Sanctioned Club Benefits''' ===
::Sandy's Market, 12171 Katy Fwy.
 
:Judy Newhouse  281 379 1601  [mailto:jnhouse@aol.com jnhouse@aol.com]
 
:Carole Miller  281 580 6607  [mailto:caromill@aol.com caromill@aol.com]
 
  
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* Listing of clubs on the NASPA website which is linked  directly and indirectly with Hasbro.
 +
* NASPA members are protected by our corporate insurance policy should a NASPA member be the proximate cause of damage while participating in NASPA sanctioned activities, including official club play.
 +
* The accomplishments of players at NASPA sanctioned clubs have validity and legitimacy throughout North America and the Scrabble playing world. Accomplishments are official with special accomplishments chronicled on our worldwide website.
 +
* Exclusivity: Only one sanctioned club will be permitted to meet on any given day of the week within a 50-mile radius unless agreed upon by all concerned.
  
'''Portland #652'''
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== How to Start a NASPA Club ==
  
:'''Thursday 7:00 P.M.'''
+
* Find players: If you know any people who have expressed an interest in playing, contact them and let them help you pick a good night for a club. You can actually start in any public place or in your home until you are ready to become a sanctioned club. Download the [[Directors Manual|Director’s Manual]] and read all about clubs. You can find the [[Official Tournament Rules]]. Most clubs have 3 or 4 games per session.
::Books Ink, 1011 Highway 181 Ste 6
 
:Jennifer Hay  361 643 3222  [mailto:Txbooksink@cs.com Txbooksink@cs.com]
 
:Jennifer Hinojosa  361 945 3511  [mailto:jennifer.hinojosa@hotmail.com jennifer.hinojosa@hotmail.com]
 
  
== VIRGINIA ==
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* Find a place to meet: Clubs meet in all sorts of places, such as restaurants (fast food and other places), bookstores, recreation centers, meeting rooms in upscale groceries, libraries, hotels, churches, colleges, schools, rooms at senior retirement centers, assisted living centers or apartment complex meeting space, etc. Be sure the times they are open will coincide with the times you want to start and end.
  
'''Hampton Roads #675'''
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* Call your neighborhood or city newspaper and let them know you have a new club and are looking for publicity. They may have a community activities column you can add your club to. They may also send a reporter to your club to interview and take photos.
  
:'''1st & 3rd Tuesday 7:15 P.M.'''
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* Put notices on public bulletin boards in laundromats, grocery stores and anywhere else you see one.
::Starbucks, 4421 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach
 
:Ann Vyce  [mailto:jdevyces@gmail.com devyces@gmail.com]
 
  
== WASHINGTON ==
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* Carry club business cards with you that you can give people if SCRABBLE comes up in the conversation. Google "free business cards" and take advantage of offers. You can also use a greeting card software or other software to print your own on to print at home with Avery or other products that have business card stock.
  
'''Seattle #253'''
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* Have flyers available at your club meeting for people who seem interested. You can also make a flyer to put on the doors of the establishment while you are there if the manager will let you.
  
[http://www.seattlescrabble.org '''Club web site''']
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* Publicize on Facebook, MySpace, NASPA club listing (when you have become an official club), Literacy events, fair booths, leave club brochures in bookstores or libraries if allowed, word of mouth in online play (ISC, Pogo), free ads such as on Craig's List, Meetup groups.
  
:'''Tuesday 6:00 P.M.'''
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* Offer to teach an Adult Ed class on SCRABBLE at a community college, senior center or library.
::University Friends Meetinghouse, 4001 9th Ave NE
 
:Rebecca Slivka  206 285 7188  [mailto:slugbiker@comcast.net slugbiker@comcast.net]
 
  
== WEST VIRGINIA ==
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* More on getting and keeping new players: Offer incentives to members if they bring a new member (free week or two at club for the member), provide Top 10 Things list, FAQs on website for potential new players, teach, encourage and allow certain perks such as the 2-to-make-3 list, Mike Baron's Cheat Sheet, an additional 5 minutes on their clock, offer free challenges for a certain length of time or a certain number of wins, offer consultation games so they can see rack management, board strategies, etc., pair with lower-rated established players for awhile, offer the Expert Point Certificates.
  
'''Charleston #620'''
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* Consider: Unrated youth tournaments, having an unrated division at your regular rated tournament and publicizing it.
  
'''''Kanawha Valley SCRABBLE Club'''''
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* Club Dues, if desired: This varies depending on club expenses and prize funds. Some club dues contribute toward tournament playing room costs. Sometimes club dues provide club prizes, either weekly, monthly or yearly. Club dues can go toward yearly tournament expenses.
  
[http://wvscrabble.com '''Club web site''']
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== Expert Point Certificates ==
  
:'''2nd & 4th Saturdays 1-4 P.M.'''
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Some clubs use Expert Points (one point for each club game win) to encourage and celebrate club achievements. They can be a motivating factor for the newcomer to continue attending your club. Those certificates reflect many hard-fought victories.  
::Books-A-Million, on Corridor G, 212 RHL Blvd., Dudley Farms Plaza
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Certificates may only be awarded to current members of NASPA. It is up to the club director to notify the  [[Club Committee]]  [mailto:naspa-club-directors@yahoogroups.com naspa-club-directors@yahoogroups.com] which Expert Award certificates should be awarded and what level. Levels of achievement are: 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000, 2000 and 3000 Club wins.
:1st Wednesday 6 - 9 p.m.
 
::Los Agaves, 508 3rd Ave
 
:Brad Mills (304) 345-0484 [mailto:wvscrabble@gmail.com wvscrabble@gmail.com]
 

Latest revision as of 01:58, 11 March 2016

Competitive club SCRABBLE play in Canada and the United States is administered by NASPA and its Club Committee.

Club Listing

NASPA-sanctioned Clubs:
We maintain a club roster listing the NASPA-sanctioned clubs that meet across North America and their meeting times.

List of NASPA-sanctioned Clubs

The current list of clubs is available at the club roster page.

There is no fee for starting or continuing a NASPA-sanctioned club. The fee initially charged has been discontinued.

Club websites may be listed as long as they do not contain inappropriate material or links to inappropriate material as periodically reviewed by the Club Committee.

Unless otherwise requested, only the first director listed in the response to the NASPA request for club information will be listed.

Registering a Club

To register a new club, complete the Club Listing Request form and submit it.

In order to maintain registered status, clubs must meet the following criteria:

  • The club director must be a sanctioned director, having taken and passed the director test.
  • Club directors’ NASPA membership status must be current and in good standing.

Changing Club Information

Please keep us up to date when things change at your NASPA club. Send changes pertaining to club location, meeting time, address, email, website, or anything shown on your club listing to the Club Committee  naspa-club-directors@yahoogroups.com .

NASPA Sanctioned Club Benefits

  • Listing of clubs on the NASPA website which is linked directly and indirectly with Hasbro.
  • NASPA members are protected by our corporate insurance policy should a NASPA member be the proximate cause of damage while participating in NASPA sanctioned activities, including official club play.
  • The accomplishments of players at NASPA sanctioned clubs have validity and legitimacy throughout North America and the Scrabble playing world. Accomplishments are official with special accomplishments chronicled on our worldwide website.
  • Exclusivity: Only one sanctioned club will be permitted to meet on any given day of the week within a 50-mile radius unless agreed upon by all concerned.

How to Start a NASPA Club

  • Find players: If you know any people who have expressed an interest in playing, contact them and let them help you pick a good night for a club. You can actually start in any public place or in your home until you are ready to become a sanctioned club. Download the Director’s Manual and read all about clubs. You can find the Official Tournament Rules. Most clubs have 3 or 4 games per session.
  • Find a place to meet: Clubs meet in all sorts of places, such as restaurants (fast food and other places), bookstores, recreation centers, meeting rooms in upscale groceries, libraries, hotels, churches, colleges, schools, rooms at senior retirement centers, assisted living centers or apartment complex meeting space, etc. Be sure the times they are open will coincide with the times you want to start and end.
  • Call your neighborhood or city newspaper and let them know you have a new club and are looking for publicity. They may have a community activities column you can add your club to. They may also send a reporter to your club to interview and take photos.
  • Put notices on public bulletin boards in laundromats, grocery stores and anywhere else you see one.
  • Carry club business cards with you that you can give people if SCRABBLE comes up in the conversation. Google "free business cards" and take advantage of offers. You can also use a greeting card software or other software to print your own on to print at home with Avery or other products that have business card stock.
  • Have flyers available at your club meeting for people who seem interested. You can also make a flyer to put on the doors of the establishment while you are there if the manager will let you.
  • Publicize on Facebook, MySpace, NASPA club listing (when you have become an official club), Literacy events, fair booths, leave club brochures in bookstores or libraries if allowed, word of mouth in online play (ISC, Pogo), free ads such as on Craig's List, Meetup groups.
  • Offer to teach an Adult Ed class on SCRABBLE at a community college, senior center or library.
  • More on getting and keeping new players: Offer incentives to members if they bring a new member (free week or two at club for the member), provide Top 10 Things list, FAQs on website for potential new players, teach, encourage and allow certain perks such as the 2-to-make-3 list, Mike Baron's Cheat Sheet, an additional 5 minutes on their clock, offer free challenges for a certain length of time or a certain number of wins, offer consultation games so they can see rack management, board strategies, etc., pair with lower-rated established players for awhile, offer the Expert Point Certificates.
  • Consider: Unrated youth tournaments, having an unrated division at your regular rated tournament and publicizing it.
  • Club Dues, if desired: This varies depending on club expenses and prize funds. Some club dues contribute toward tournament playing room costs. Sometimes club dues provide club prizes, either weekly, monthly or yearly. Club dues can go toward yearly tournament expenses.

Expert Point Certificates

Some clubs use Expert Points (one point for each club game win) to encourage and celebrate club achievements. They can be a motivating factor for the newcomer to continue attending your club. Those certificates reflect many hard-fought victories. Certificates may only be awarded to current members of NASPA. It is up to the club director to notify the Club Committee  naspa-club-directors@yahoogroups.com which Expert Award certificates should be awarded and what level. Levels of achievement are: 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000, 2000 and 3000 Club wins.