Committees

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The operations of NASPA are managed by a number of committees.

In December 2008, Hasbro and the NSA invited a group of players to form the NSA Steering Committee (SC) and to brainstorm ideas for divesting the responsibility for organized SCRABBLE play from the NSA while keeping it going under some user-paid system. There was unanimity to implement a membership fee/participation fee structure.

In January and February, the SC corresponded frequently online and came up with the basic plan for what would become NASPA. As several deadlines approached, the focus of the SC shifted from planning to implementation. Members volunteered for working subcommittees corresponding to their areas of interest and expertise, reporting to SC cochairs Chris Cree and John Chew. In March, as the new organization was legally incorporated this structure was formalized, with the SC working subcommittees becoming NASPA working committees, and the SC cochairs becoming NASPA copresidents (collectively called the NASPA executive or Executive Committee). The NSA Steering Committee continues to exist as a trusted group of advisors to the NASPA executive, and will continue to be consulted concerning the future of the association.

Committees should follow NASPA’s Committee rules.

Main committees

Committee Description Yahoo! Group
Executive Committee The main executive body of NASPA, consisting of NASPA copresidents.  
Steering Committee Group of players and directors appointed by the NSA to manage the establishment of NASPA. It advises the Executive Committee concerning the transition from the NSA to NASPA and the future of NASPA. webpage email
Advisory Board Transferred from the NSA to NASPA, acts as a disciplinary and general advisory body. webpage email

Working Committees

The following committees conduct much of NASPA’s ongoing business, and report (in most cases weekly) to the NASPA executive.

Committee Description Yahoo! Group
Bulletin Committee Publishes the NASPA Bulletin  
Canadian Committee Responsible for matters affecting only Canadian players webpage email
Championship Committee Organizes major SCRABBLE championships webpage email
Club/Director Committee Deals with officially sanctioned SCRABBLE clubs and directors webpage email
Dictionary Committee Revises the game lexicon to reflect the evolution of the language webpage email
Director’s Manual Committee Updates the Director’s Manual webpage email
Finance Committee Drafts the association’s annual budget
Governance Committee Inactive.
History Committee Records the history of NASPA and organized SCRABBLE activities in the United States and Canada. webpage email
International Committee Coordinates international communications and events.
Marketing Committee Inactive webpage email
Membership Committee Deals with the needs of NASPA members webpage email
Pairings Committee Evaluates and certifies pairing algorithms for tournament use webpage email
Ratings and Recognition Committee Revises the rating system to improve its accuracy, and finds other ways to recognize outstanding players
Rules Committee Formulates the club and tournament game rules
Technology Committee Evaluates and certifies equipment used by players and directors webpage email
Tournament Committee Deals with officially sanctioned SCRABBLE tournaments webpage email
Web Committee Deals with the development and maintenance of the association’s online presence webpage email

See also

List of all committee members.

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